Dr. Banks serves as Assistant Professor of flute at Mississippi State University as well as the director of the MSU flute choir. An enthusiastic performer, Dr. Banks performs with the MSU Faculty Wind Quintet, Wind Trio, and serves as the principal flutist for the Starkville Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Alabama Symphony, Delta Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, North Mississippi Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Evansville Symphony Orchestra. Additional performance honors include concerto appearances with the Starkville Symphony, W.D. Packard Concert Band, MSU Wind Ensemble, MSU Community band and she was recently named as the winner of the 2020 Flute New Music Consortium’s solo flute competition.
Dedicated to the continued availability of a comprehensive music education for all, Dr. Banks supports music programs in the region by making frequent visits to high schools and middle schools. She has enjoyed visits to over 75 schools in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas to perform for students and lead clinics regarding flute techniques and the study of music as a career path. Other learning opportunities for students and teachers are available through her social media accounts on: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Additionally, Dr. Banks has presented clinics and performances for the National Flute Association (USA), Mid South Flute Society, Mississippi Bandmasters, Music by Women conference, National Band Association Southern Band Symposium, College Music Society Southern Regional Conference, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS). She serves as a board member and competition coordinator for the Mid South Flute Society, is a member of the National Flute Association, and is a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium.
Dr. Banks received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Flute Performance degrees from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, OH. She completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Her principal teachers include Thomas Robertello, George Pope, Kathryn Thomas-Umble, and Shery Larson. In addition to her flute studies, Dr. Banks completed doctoral minors in Baroque flute and Music Theory.
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