Dr. Deanna Little, professor of flute at Middle Tennessee State University, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music degree in flute performance and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Her primary instructors include James Scott, Kate Lukas, Peter Lloyd, Trevor Wye, and Angeleita Floyd.As a professor at MTSU, Little currently teaches applied flute, classes in woodwind methods, literature and pedagogy and directs the MTSU Flute Choir.
As an active performer, Little is a member of the Stones River River Winds as well as the MTSU Faculty group the Stones River Chamber Players. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony ( AL), Sewanee Symhony Orchestra (TN), and Evansville Philharmonic (IN).
Little has won numerous awards for her flute playing. She was a two time winner in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition (1998, 1996) as well as the recipient of an award for best performance of a newly commissioned work at the 1996 convention. She was a winner in the 2007 Myrna Brown Competition in Texas and a 1998 semi-finalist in the New York Concert Artists Guild Competition.
She has performed as a soloist, master class clinician, chamber musician, and flute ensemble director throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Netherlands. She was also the 2004 local arrangements coordinator for the NFA Convention in Nashville, TN and is a past-president of the Mid-South Flute Society.
In addition to her teaching duties at MTSU, Little teaches on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and has also taught on the faculty at Drake University and the University of the South at Sewanee.
Deanna Little is an Altus Artist, visit the MTSU Faculty Page to hear excerpts from her CD "Diamonds Uncovered" (July 2009).