Meet the Faculty

The Credo Flute faculty are excited to share their extensive solo, chamber music, orchestral, and pedagogical experience with you. They are thrilled to be doing so in Credo’s holistic environment.

Here is a listing of complete Credo programs faculty.

Faculty List

Faculty MemberAffiliation
Bonita BoydEastman School of Music
Jennie BrownElmhurst College and Wheaton College
Gary WoodwardProminent Los Angeles Freelance Artist, Biola University

Bonita Boyd is Professor of Flute at the Eastman School of Music, and on the artist faculty of the Aspen Music and Aria International Festivals. She is co- principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Previous posts include principal flute with the Rochester Philharmonic (1971-1984), Chautauqua Symphony (1971-1977), and Filarmonica de las Americas, Mexico City (1977). She was a faculty member of the Johannesen International School of the Arts (1987-1996).

Ms. Boyd has performed with orchestras and as recitalist throughout the world, including the National Gallery Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, California Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Pusan Symphony (Korea), Western Australia Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Polish Radio Orchestra, Vilnius Chamber Orchestra, as well as numerous performances on National Public Radio, PBS television specials, and radio recordings in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Poland, and Lithuania.

Her extensive discography includes releases on Spectrum, Vox, Stolat, Gasparo, Philips, Albany, Pantheon, and Fleur de Son labels. Her most recent recordings include Bernstein’s Halil and a new release of the Paganini Caprices. Boyd has premiered numerous works, including Samuel Adler’s Concerto (1977); Warren Benson’s Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan (1978) and Concertino for Flute, Strings, and Percussion; Solo Sonata by Miklos Rozsa; and Eclipse Musings, Augusta Read Thomas (1998).

Jennie Brown teaches and serves as Director of Credo Flute.  With an entrepreneurial spirit, she embraces the philosophy that music is an integral part of the modern world and that exciting new opportunities abound.  She is the Artistic Director and flutist with Picosa, a chamber ensemble for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and resident composer, which launched its inaugural concert season with established concert series at the innovative venue of PianoForte Chicago, at the historic and beautiful site of Mayslake Peabody Estate, and in numerous concerts and residencies in colleges and universities.  In order to a serve the community, Picosa has established a long term partnership with Hesed House, an organization that assists those transitioning out of homelessness.  Dr. Brown is the flutist on faculty at Elmhurst College where she will serve as the co-director of the 2016 study abroad program “January in Paris: Living Parisian Arts and Culture”.  She has also been on faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music since 2002 where she has taught flute, theory, and music appreciation.  She has performed throughout the U.S., and in Japan, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and England and is an active performer throughout Chicago.  She can be heard on Albany Records and is recording the complete works of Joseph Schwantner for flute.  Dr. Brown is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS)  Jennie has performed five times in National Flute Association annual conventions and has served as an adjudicator for the Young Artist’s Competition and as Volunteer Coordinator.

Gary Woodward brings to Credo Flute a wealth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom gleaned from a multifaceted career at the highest level of performance in orchestral, chamber music, commercial recording, and musical theater.

Highlights of his over forty year career as one of Los Angeles’s most respected freelance flutists include twenty-five seasons as the Principal Flutist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and performances as principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies from Russia.

Mr. Woodward is actively recording for motion pictures and television, having played countless scores written by the top composers at all of the major recording studios.

Mr. Woodward maintains flute studios at Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, The Master’s College and Occidental College. Previous teaching positions include University of Southern California and UC Santa Barbara. He also serves as the Choir Director at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Woodward holds degrees in music from the University of Southern California and Chapman University, where his principal teachers were Roger Stevens and Arthur Hoberman. He studied extensively in the master classes of world-renowned flutists Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marcel Moyse and Maxence Larrieu.