TIA ROPER As a distinguished soloist and concert artist, Dr. Tia Roper has several credits to her name. They include holding the principal flute positions of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan. She also won first prize in the 2004-2005 Artists International Debut Recital Award and received critical acclaim for her Carnegie Hall recital debut. She has performed as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute player with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic.
A winner of the New York Flute Club Competition, she was also awarded first-runner up in the Frank Bowen Young Artists Competition in New Mexico and won the grand prize in the countrywide National Association of Negro Musicians Competition. She has given concert performances in Russia, Switzerland, the Barbados, Japan, Venezuela, and throughout the United States. In addition, Dr. Roper is the recipient of the ASCAP Leiber & Stoller Scholarship, Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation Scholarship, and American Symphony Orchestra League Scholarship.
Tia Roper was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, her Masters Degree in Music Performance from Boston University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University where she studied with Bart Feller. Earlier flute studies were with Rie Schmidt, Bradley Garner, and Michael Parloff. As an active music educator, Dr. Roper is on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music and the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.