Alison Fierst

Associate Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic

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Alison Fierst has established herself as a prominent orchestral musician of her generation after she joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Flute in September of 2019. Alison has appeared as Guest Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, Mainly Mozart Orchestra, and had previously held the position of second flute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following her appointment in New York City, Alison discovered an enthusiasm for music education. In the Fall of 2020, she was invited to join the faculty of The Consummate Flutist Masterclass, a series hosted by her alma mater, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. In addition, Alison has given lectures at multiple institutions throughout North America, South America, and Asia. Alison maintains a private flute studio in New York City and online. 

Highlights from Alison’s position in the orchestra include touring the world and performing with renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Jaap van Zweden, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. She particularly enjoyed performing in collaboration between the New York Philharmonic and Lizzo for YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’. You can hear Alison on the soundtrack for Steven Speilberg’s remake of the classic movie, ‘West Side Story’. 

Alison has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and studied with Nadine Asin, Mark Sparks, and Demarre McGill. Alison’s honors include Second Place in the 2017 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and First Place in the 2017 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition. She also won First Place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Woodwind Competition and proceeded to win Second Place in the 2018 NSAL National Woodwind Competition.

Alison completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University in 2018. Her teachers include Alberto Almarza, former New York Philharmonic Principal Flute Jeanne Baxtresser, and Philharmonic Principal Flute Robert Langevin.

Experience & Education

  • New York Philharmonic 2019 – Present
    Associate Principal Flute
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 – 2019
    2nd Flute
  • Carnegie Mellon University 2014 – 2018
    Bachelor in Flute Performance
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Jordana Machado June

Alison is an amazing teacher with such wonderful teaching qualities! She is extremely easy to work with and great at honing in on needs and ways to improve sound, technique, and overall musical performance. She was everything and far more than I expected in an amazing flute teacher. If you are wanting to improve your flute playing and are looking for an encouraging and inspiring teacher, your search is over. Attentive, kind, encouraging, motivating, and very talented in what she does!... I am so glad to have the opportunity to learn with her.

Jasmine Yuan May

Alison Fierst is an incredible flute teacher! She is very kind and encouraging and in each lesson, she was able to pinpoint precisely what I needed to do to improve my flute playing. Her expertise in orchestral playing and her skills as a professional flutist are clear through her teaching. I reached out to her to work on the performance component of my senior thesis, and I learned so much from her in a short time. I always left lessons feeling excited to practice and could not recommend her enough as a flute teacher!

Elizabeth Saller January

Your search for a caring, passionate, intelligent and easy to work with flute teacher ends here! Alison Fierst is the best and such a joy to work with. I am an established flute instructor in my local area and reached out to Ms. Fierst when I decided to start taking auditions for graduate schools and professional ensembles. I know what it takes to be a good teacher and Ms. Fierst is the real deal. She is attentive in every lesson, her explanations and demonstrations are easy to follow and don't overwhelm you, she articulates her expectations clearly, and a nice bonus, I think she's funny. These are just a few (out of many) wonderful traits Ms. Fierst brings to her teaching. Since starting lessons with Alison Fierst, I've become more confident in my ability and realize I have a lot of value in my music. Good luck in your search for the right teacher for you!

Pedro Nasi December

Alison is an amazing flutist and teacher. Within a very short timeframe she was able to convey invaluable concepts relating to both technical and musical aspects. In addition to that, she is a very accessible and friendly person. I could not recommend her enough!

Cierra Hall July

Along with being an amazing flutist, Alison is also an awesome teacher! I have only been studying with her for a short period of time, but with the amount I have learned, it feels like it has been much longer. She is also kind, friendly, and easy to work with!

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