A native of south Florida, Audrey Destito-Stutt began her horn playing career at the Interlochen Arts Academy in the woods of northern Michigan before spending a year in Boston studying with renowned soloist and former associate principal horn of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Eric Ruske. Audrey then received her bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, where she studied with Empire Bass member, Gregory Miller. During her time at Lynn, Audrey performed extensively in orchestras throughout South Florida including the Miami City Ballet, the Palm Beach Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Palm Beach Pops, and Symphony of the Americas. Ms. Destito-Stutt earned her master’s degree in music performance at Michigan State University, where she studied with Corbin Wagner, third horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Interested in finding new ways to perpetuate and enrich the classical music tradition, Audrey became a founding member of the wind quintet, Fresco Winds, a group determined to breathe fresh life into the standard repertoire and bring greater awareness and appreciation to new music. With Fresco Winds, Audrey was a finalist at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition in Stamford, CT; a state winner of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition in Mt. Pleasant, MI; and both a quarter and semi-finalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN. Also with Fresco Winds, Audrey has performed at the Kettle Moraine Chamber Music Series in Palmyra, WI and at the Absolute Chamber Music Series in Lansing, MI.
Committed to musical collaboration, education, and outreach, Audrey worked with the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony for years, providing weekly coaching for the horn section and the ensemble’s honors brass quintet. Additionally, Audrey was actively involved with the Michigan State University Community Music School’s outreach program, playing in dozens of educational performances. Ms. Destito-Stutt spent several summers in Door County, WI, where she was on faculty at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s symphony session. Ms. Destito-Stutt has also collaborated and toured with Grammy nominated world music band Sones De Mexico in their production of “Fiesta Mexicana,” a fusion of Mexican folk music and classical brass quintet.
Upon returning home to Florida after graduate school, Audrey joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and Miami Dade College where she taught for four years. Ms. Destito-Stutt currently freelances throughout Florida and holds regular positions with the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. Audrey is currently serving on faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University as adjunct professor of horn and interim band director.