Prof. Bethany Gonella

Bethany GonellaBethany Gonella is Adjunct Professor of Flute in the Department of Music at Winona State University. She plays piccolo in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and is a substitute musician for the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and several other orchestras in the Twin Cities region. Bethany also performs as a freelance musician. She loves teaching, and she maintains a private flute studio in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area along with her teaching at WSU.

Growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, some of her earliest musical influences were Suzuki violin lessons and flute lessons. She studied flute first with Christine Cleary, free-lance flutist, and then with Helen Blackburn, flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.

Bethany obtained her bachelor’s degree in music at Northwestern University, studying with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, both of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She completed her master's degree in flute performance at the University of Southern California (USC), studying with Jim Walker. During her time at USC, she was selected to perform a solo recital as part of the Palos Verdes Library District's 2010 Classical Music Series. In Los Angeles, she enjoyed working with private students as well as teaching music classes and performing educational music assemblies at local schools through the USC Thornton Music Outreach Program.

Bethany lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In her free time, Bethany enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with her husband, running, biking, reading, and gardening. She stays actively involved in the region’s flute community and currently holds the position of Technology Chair in the Upper Midwest Flute Association.


  • Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance (2009)
    Northwestern University
  • Master of Music - Flute Performance (2011)
    University of Southern California

Courses Taught

  • Flute Lessons
  • Flute Choir


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