Robert Willoughby is a faculty member at the Longy School of Music in Boston and recipient of the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years he was professor of flute at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was the first Wheeler chair in performance, and later a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has served as principal flutist of the Cincinnati Symphony and assistant first flute of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a founding member of the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and Oberlin Woodwind Quintet, he toured extensively in Europe and the Orient. He has commissioned and premiered compositions by Easley Blackwood and Thea Musgrave, among others. A longtime member of the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, he gives concerts and masterclasses on modern and baroque flute. Mr. Willoughby has recorded for the Gasparo, Vox, CRI, Coronet, and Smithsonian labels. He holds a B.M. from the Eastman School and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and his teachers were Joseph Mariano, Georges Laurent, and William Kincaid.
Mr. Willoughby made many recordings on LP as a soloist and with the Oberlin Baroque ensemble and other chamber ensembles. Most of these LP's are no longer available, but the following recordings have been re-released on CD:
- National Flute Association, Inc.: Historic Recording Series,
Vol. 3: Robert Willoughby [Selections from CLAUDE
DEBUSSY: Bruyères from
the Second Book of Preludes (Arr. Maillet), JACQUES
IBERT: Jeux, PHILIPPE GAUBERT: Sonata (1918), FRANK
MARTIN: Ballade, ANDRÉ CAPLET:
Rêverie et Petite Valse (1897), BOHUSLAV
MARTINÙ: First Sonata (1945), GEORG
PHILLIP TELEMANN: Sonata in g minor, Op.13, Nr. 1, CARL
PHILIPP BACH: Sonata e-moll (traverso), CHARLES
KOECHLIN: Fourteen Pièces, THEA MUSGRAVE:
Impromptu Nr. 1, for flute and oboe, ELIOTT
CARTER: Eight Etudes and a Fantasy, (1950) for flute,
oboe, clarinet and bassoon, PAUL HINDEMITH:
Quintet, Opus 24, #2, PAUL HINDEMITH:
(1927), CARL CZERNY: Duo Concertant, Opus129, ALFREDO
CASELLA: Sicilienne and Burlesque]
- Pierné (Sonata da Camera for flute, cello, and piano and Canzonetta for flute and piano), Reger (Serenade for flute, violin, and viola and Suite for flute and piano) and Roussel (Trio for flute, viola, and cello), Boston Records BR1054.
- "Revelations," music by Carter, Fine, Gerhard, Honegger, Messiaen, Musgrave, and Wuorinen, Boston Records BR1071.
- "Mostly French," music by Debussy, Fauré, Honegger, Ibert, Martinu, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Roussel, Boston Records BR1070.
Articles by Robert Willoughby
- "Telemann's Fantasia #2 in A Minor: A Performance Guide, Flute
Talk (November 2003): 10-11.
- "Sonata in E Minor by J.S. Bach, First and Second
Movements: Performance Guide by Robert Willoughby," Flute
Talk (April 1987): 16-19.
- "Sonata in B Minor by J.S. Bach, First Movements:
Performance Guide by Robert Willoughby," Flute
Talk (March 1985): 8-11.
- The Flute: Practice Techniques. Elkhart,
IN: W.T. Armstrong Co., Inc., n.d.
Tone and Intonation, Flute Talk (December
1994): 11; originally in The Instrumentalist (October
- Flute Vibrato, Flute Talk (January
1992): 24-25; originally in The Instrumentalist (February
Interviews with and Articles about Robert Willoughby
- Robert Bigio, "Robert Willoughby: American Grandmaster of the Flute," Flute (2010).
- Aralee Dorough, "Robert Willoughby: The Next Decade, The Flutist Quarterly XXXVII, no. 4 (Summer 2012): 30-33.
- Jictoria Jicha, "Robert Willoughby Combines the Wisdom of Three Masters," Flute
Talk (November 2003): 4-11.
L. Garrison, "90th Birthday Celebration for Robert Willoughby," Flute Talk 31, no. 4 (December 2011): 12-13
L. Garrison, "Happy Birthday, Bob: A Tribute to Robert Willoughby," The
Flutist Quarterly XXVI/2 (Winter 2001): 57-61
- "A Conversation with Robert Willoughby," (interview with Patricia George), Flute Talk 31, no. 4 (December 2011): 14-17
Mariano and Kincaid to Decades of Fine Teaching," (interview
with Vanessa Mulvey and Vanessa Holroyd) Flute Talk (February
Willoughby: Combining the Best of Schools, (interview
with Kerry Walker) Flute Talk (December
- Robert WilloughbySeeking Variety, (interview
with William Montgomery) Flute Talk (October
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