Peggy Schecter, founder and director of the Maui Flute Choir, earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Schecter, recipient of a Fulbright award, continued her education at the Paris Conservatory, as well as studying privately with the international soloist Jean-Pierre Rampal and with the acclaimed French soloist and pedagogue Marcel Moyse.
She has made multiple recordings, including “The Art of Bel Canto” with Richard Tucker for Columbia Records, and has participated in the Marlboro, Spoleto, Casals, Grand Teton, Rockport and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
She was a founder and artistic director of the N.J. Chamber Society, and served on the Board of the N.Y. Flute Club, for which she directed their Young Flutist’s Competition.
Additionally, Ms. Schecter served as principal flutist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and performed with such groups as the New York City Opera, N.Y. Metropolitan Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New Jersey State Opera. She was a guest artist with the Guarneri String Quartet at Lincoln Center.
For 20 years Ms. Schecter was a visiting Specialist at Montclair State University where she taught flute and founded and directed the MSU Flute Choir. Ms. Schecter can be heard on the Columbia, Nonesuch, Pantheon, Premier, and Opus One labels. She currently serves as principal flutist with the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Chamber Ensemble, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra, while maintaining a class of private flute students. In July of 2011 Peggy founded the Maui Flute Choir.