Solo performance at the Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne
June 2nd, 2022 (click here for more info)
Photo: Rectorat de Paris – Sylvain Lhermie

Louna Dekker-Vargas is a flutist, chamber musician,  and educator. She has traveled around the U.S., France and Canada as a chamber musician, soloist and teaching artist.

Louna has served as a substitute flutist for the International Contemporary Ensemble, and is a regular substitute for the Broadway musical, Wicked. She also plays with NY jazz quintet Atlantic Extraction, led by bassist Nick Dunston. Her minimalist composition Ah was commissioned for chamber orchestra by Mind on Fire in September of 2018.

Louna has conceived and directed several cultural programs for disadvantaged or marginalized audiences, serving as coordinator for Peabody’s program Creative Access and performing twice in the Our Joyful Noise Series for autistic audiences in Baltimore. She also wrote an award-winning grant proposal to establish the first hip hop class at Peabody Conservatory, taught by Wendel Patrick, which led to the development of a unique hip hop  curriculum, never before seen in a major U.S. Conservatory, enabling fruitful dialogues and collaborations across genres, and to several symposiums bringing hip hop luminaries to speak at the conservatory.

She is also a founding member of Trio Jinx- a flute, double bass and viola trio active from 2015-2018 performing residencies at the Sikta Chamber Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, the Mesa Performing Arts Center, and the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Her duo, The Witches, with Ledah Finck combines classical chamber artistry with inquisitive free improvisations and their own compositions for flute, violin and voice. 

Louna holds a Bachelor of Music from Peabody Institute, under the tutelage of Marina Piccinini, and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Johns Hopkins University. She graduated with honors from both institutions. Her mentors in music include Vincent Lucas (Principal flute of l’Orchestre de Paris), Helen Campo (Wicked musical Flute soloist) and Wendel Patrick (Hip Hop producer, Pianist, Professor at Peabody Conservatory, and Harvard Hutchins Center Scholar).

Email: lounadekker@gmail.com


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