Mary Oppermann, MM
Applied Faculty, Flute
Flutist Mary Oppermann enjoys a versatile and active career as an orchestral, chamber and studio musician in the Southern California area. She has performed in many orchestras and ensembles including the Hour of Power Orchestra at the Crystal Cathedral and Shepherd’s Grove, South Coast Symphony, LA Master Chorale, Long Beach Chorale and Chorale Bel Canto, among many others. Mary has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Celtic Woman, Randy Travis, Mannheim Steamroller, Roger Williams, James Ingram, and Amy Grant, just to name a few. She has been principal flutist with the Hour of Power orchestra since 2001 where she performed weekly on the worldwide Hour of Power television program from the Crystal Cathedral and continues to perform on the broadcast from Shepherd’s Grove. Throughout the years, Mary has been featured on the Hour of Power broadcast many times performing solo concertos and in small chamber groups. She has also held the position of second flute and piccolo with the South Coast Symphony since 2004. Mary has given numerous solo recitals throughout California, including a “Sundays Live” radio broadcast from the LA County Museum of Art.
Mary received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she studied with the world-renowned flutist Julius Baker. Her other principal teachers include Anne Zentner, Michael Parloff, John Barcellona and Paul Renzi.
In addition to teaching at CBU, Mary maintains a private studio in her home in Orange County.