Alison Brown Sincoff, Associate Professor of Flute, joined the Ohio University faculty in September 1997 and was named the Ohio University School of Music’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in May of 2009. Professor Brown Sincoff frequently performs with colleague, Gail Berenson (piano), as founding members of the Ohio University Lyric Duo, and Athenia, a wind trio featuring the collaborations of additional faculty at Ohio University—Dr. Michele Fiala, oboe and Dr. Matthew Morris, bassoon. A featured soloist in a CD recording of Joel Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius with the Ohio University Wind Symphony and Dr. Andrew Trachsel, director, is due to be released this December (2012). Professor Brown Sincoff has also recorded Henk Badings’ Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Climer, a past director of the OU Wind Ensemble (2001). In 2009, a performance of Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, Steven Huang, director, was also a highlight of Professor Brown Sincoff’s campus performance engagements. She thoroughly enjoys working with the School of Music’s talented faculty.
On a national level, Professor Brown Sincoff collaborates with university flute studios throughout the United States. She has performed at the National Flute Association’s Flute Convention, has served as a competition adjudicator, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the organization. Additional music conference appearances include the Collegiate Band Directors National Association’s North Central Division Conference, the International Double Reed Society, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Select flute festival invitations include the Arizona Flute Festival, Central Ohio Flute Association’s Flute Festival, Flute Society of Kentucky Flute Festival, Northeast Ohio Flute Association’s Flute Festival, and the West Virginia University Flute Fling. In 2003, Professor Brown Sincoff performed George Crumb’s An Idyll for the Misbegotten for amplified flute and three percussion at the University of Dayton’s Contemporary Music Festival. George Crumb was the featured composer in attendance for this festival. In 2002, she collaborated with the Eastman Conservatory’s Ying Quartet as a part of a two-week summer chamber residency in the state of Montana.
In 2003, Professor Brown Sincoff traveled to Argentina to perform and present master classes as a part of a faculty exchange program with Ohio University and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música y Artes Escénicas of Buenos Aires. Professor Brown Sincoff returned to Mendoza in 2011, at the invitation of Pablo Salcedo, as a festival performer and clinician for World Flutes Festival III.
Laureate of several national and international competitions, including: first prize in the 1995 National Flute Association’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition (Orlando); first prize of the 1996 NFA’s Piccolo Artist Competition and third prize in the Young Artist Competition (New York); and semifinalist in the 1999 Myrna Brown Flute Competition (Dallas). In July of 1997, Professor Brown Sincoff was one of two Americans selected to perform at the 4th International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan.
Professor Brown Sincoff maintains frequent engagements as a substitute orchestral and chamber musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ballet MET, Columbus Chamber Society, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, West Virginia Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic.
Professor Brown Sincoff completed doctoral studies in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Her principal teachers were Bradley A. Garner, Jack Wellbaum, John Bailey, Alexander Murray, and her father, Robert H. Brown.
Ms. Brown Sincoff performs on a 10k Brannen Brothers flute and a Wm. S. Haynes piccolo.