Taking a "road less traveled," violinist/flutist Jami Bale has spent a lifetime pursuing achievements on two diverse orchestral instruments. A native of Kansas City, she has returned to her home town to join the faculty of Metropolitan Conservatory KC after spending many years as an active free lance musician on both instruments in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding tri-state region of Ohio and West Virginia. She currently serves as a tenured member of the violin section in the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra (PA), and performed frequently with the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony (WV).
Versatile in many musical styles, Jami is in high demand as a classical chamber and orchestral musician. She has played for Broadway shows with Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, and has also performed in concert with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Michael W. Smith, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Moody Blues. Other career highlights include performing in concert with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and appearing in several installments of the acclaimed PBS Doo Wop television series.
In addition to an ongoing career as a freelance flutist, Jami was a National finalist and Regional Winner of the MTNA Young Artist Competition. As part of her continuing education, she has either studied with or performed on the master classes of many of the principal flutists from top U.S. orchestras and teachers from the premier music schools such as: Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Jeffrey Khaner, Lorna McGhee, Jim Walker, Thomas Nyfenger, Peter Lloyd, Carol Wincenc, and Samuel Baron.
While enjoying an active performing career, Jami returns to Kansas City bringing several decades of teaching experience. In Pittsburgh she previously held the positions of violin and flute instructor at PYCO School of Music, Musik Innovations, Adjunct Instructor at Duquesne University, and for the City Music Center at Duquesne University. Jami holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music, Master of Music (violin) and Master of Music (flute) from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Artist Diploma from Duquesne University.
Jami believes that a solid foundation of classical training in fundamental technique, basic music theory, and an understanding of performance practice in the different eras of music history allow a student to explore and enjoy any musical style. She enjoys teaching students of any playing level beginner through advanced, and a wide range of ages from as young as six years old through adult. Lessons may be scheduled on either violin or flute.