Wendy Herbener Mehne, Principal
Betty Gelb Sass Chair
“One of the most exciting things about playing with the CCO is the opportunity to collaborate with such great musicians in an orchestra setting.“
Wendy Herbener Mehne is professor of flute at Ithaca College, where she was a 1995-96 Dana Teaching Fellow and the 2004 London Sabbatical Scholar. With Pulitzer prize-winning composer, Steve Stucky, and colleagues from Ithaca College and Cornell University, she was a founding member of the new music group, Ensemble X. Dr. Mehne has been a guest artist and given master classes throughout the United States and has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and at the Skaneateles Festival. As a member of the Ithaca Wind Quintet, she gave the world premiere performances of Karel Husa’s Cayuga Lake (Memories) at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Dana Wilson’s Mirrors at the 1993 National Flute Association convention in Boston. As a soloist, she gave the National Flute Association convention premiere performance of Dana Wilson’s The Conjurer in 2017. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, national ACDA and SEAMUS conferences, the International Guitar Festival in Fort de France, Martinique, numerous National Flute Association conventions, and in broadcasts by affiliates of National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Service. Dr. Mehne is a contributing author for Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk and the Instrumentalist, and has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Mark, and Open Loop labels. Her CD, The Conjurer: Chamber Music for Flute by Dana Wilson, was released in August 2016.