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Judy Adams Hand is Associate Professor of Flute at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she teaches flute, music history, ear training, and music courses for non-majors. She has held the Bank One/Henry Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music at McNeese, and has also served as Assistant Department Head. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Arkansas, and a Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Hand is currently principal flute in the Lake Charles Symphony and the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana. She has soloed with both orchestras on flute and piccolo, and has held positions in the North Arkansas Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony. She toured England and Wales with the International Flute Orchestra and was a performer at the William Bennett Flute Course in England, as well as performing a solo recital at St. James Church Piccadilly in London. In master classes she has performed for such greats as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Geoffrey Gilbert, and William Bennett.
She has been awarded numerous arts grants, including the prestigious Louisiana Artist Fellowship, as well as serving on grant adjudication panels. Dr. Hand’s students have consistently won performance competitions, and have gone on to graduate schools both nationally and internationally. Her CD, Judy Hand Plays the Flute Music of Keith Gates, is a world premiere recording on the Summit Record Label. She has performed many times at annual conventions of the National Flute Association, and has had performances aired on National Public Radio. She is the NFA liaison for the Louisiana Flute Society and was Coordinator for the 2011 Louisiana Flute Festival. She has been a presenter at conventions of the Louisiana Bandmasters Association and the Louisiana Music Educators Association, and her articles on pedagogy, performance, and auditioning have been published in The Louisiana Musician, The National Flute Association Journal, and the MENC Journal.