Amy Hardison Tully performs as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist and is praised for her shimmering tone and flawless technique. She is currently principal flutist with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and as a freelance flutist she has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (S.C), the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (FL), the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (N.C.), The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (N.C.) and the Thalian Hall Opera Theatre Orchestra (N.C.). Internationally she has been principal flutist on orchestral and wind symphony tours to Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. As a chamber musician she performs with the Long Bay Symphony Wind Quintet and tours with the Tully Hull Flute and Guitar Duo.
Amy is a past winner of the Convention Performers Competition sponsored by the National Flute Association, where she performed at the 2007 annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Other conference invitations include recitals on the 2008 Florida Flute Association annual conference, the 2008 South Carolina Flute Society in Columbia, S.C., the 2011 National Flute Association conference in Charlotte, N.C. and the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference in Washington, D.C. As a strong advocate of new music, she performed the world premiere of Paul Rice Songs by composer Beth Wiemann, a song cycle for soprano, flute, and guitar that she helped commission and most recently she gave the world premiere of Dance Suite for Flute by South Carolina composer, Andrew Fowler. Her next project includes recording the flute and guitar works of Argentine composer, Maximo Diego Pujol, with guitarist Daniel Hull.
In addition to performing and teaching, research continues to be an important focus of Amy’s scholarship. Her dissertation Henry Cowell: Diverse Works for Flute (published by VDM-Verlag, 2008), discusses little-known works for flute by American composer Henry Cowell. Her most recent article, “Chamber Music in America in the Twentieth Century” is found in the music encyclopedia Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture (California: ABC-CLIO, 2013). Other writing contributions include editing “A Guide to Flute Clubs” published by the National Flute Association (2011) and articles for the South Carolina Flute Society quarterly newsletter. In 2013 she wrote a grant to fund the America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway project, which awarded $1,500 from the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Society for American Music. The project featured 6 documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20thmusic and focused on the American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and mambo and hip hop. The documentary and performance presentations were held on campus of Coastal Carolina University in Spring 2014.
Amy is currently Associate Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., where she teaches flute and music history and conducts the CCU flute ensemble. She holds memberships in the National Flute Association and the South Carolina Flute Society, and is an artist endorser of Azumi Flutes by Altus and Jupiter Flutes. She holds the B.A. in Flute Performance (with Honors) from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, the M.M. in Musicology from Northwestern University, and the Artist Diploma and D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she studied with Constance Lane and Donna Shin. For more information visit www.amyhardisontully.com