Schuyler Thornton


Flutist Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the Tri-State area. She has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Music Festival. A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras, and recently finished her first season as co-principal flute of the Ohio Light Opera. She has performed with Opera at Rutgers for the past two years and was previously principal flute of the College Light Opera Company for four seasons while also serving as orchestra manager.

Passionate about chamber music, Schuyler coordinated and performed in College Light Opera's inaugural and second annual chamber music series. An advocate of new music, she performed at Contemporary Music Festival at James Madison University in 2016 and 2017. Equally at home with early music, Schuyler regularly performs on traverso with the Rutgers Baroque Players.

She has been a featured performer at the New York Flute Fair, Wisconsin Flute Fair, NJMEA, VMEA, and CBDNA conferences, and has performed in numerous masterclasses and ensembles across the US. Schuyler is a sought-after piccoloist and has performed on piccolo with Southern Virginia Opera, Rockbridge Symphony, College Light Opera, and Opera at Rutgers. She has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages and has several articles on pedagogy published in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. She serves as treasurer of the New Jersey Flute Society.

Schuyler earned her bachelor of music in performance and bachelor of arts in government from Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, her master of music in performance from James Madison University and is currently pursuing her doctorate of musical arts. under the tutelage of Bart Feller at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.