Shanna Gutierrez

Flute Faculty (Suzuki and Traditional)
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Shanna studied at both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University where she received both her Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Ms. Gutierrez has been fortunate enough to have a lot of exposure to the music world and the various talents that are present within it. That being said, she has had several significant teachers/mentors over the years, the most primary being Amy Porter, her instructor from the University of Michigan, and Walfrid Kujala, her instructor from Northwestern University.

Awards and achievements: 

Shana has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and core member of Ensemble Dal Niente. She was the recipient of the 2012 Kranischstein Prize for Interpretation (Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music). She has also been featured on live radio broadcasts for WFMT Chicago, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. Ms. Gutierrez has also participated in contemporary music festivals throughout the US- in addition to concerts and residencies in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, and Columbia. She also helped commission and present premiere performances of over 150 new pieces, including US premieres of works by Michel van der Aa, Malin Bang, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Bernhard Lang, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Shanna was also a prizewinner in the 2011 Stockhausen Courses for her performance of THINKI for solo flute.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Shana recently released the album Mobile with guitarist Jesse Langen, featuring world premiere recordings of music by Fredrick Gifford. Her other collaborations include those with renown composers Kaija Saariaho, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, and Hans Thomalla.

Ms. Gutierrez is the founded of Sonic Sculptures: A Journey in Sound, through which she presents concerts and workshops on contemporary flute music and techniques throughout the US and abroad. She was also a former fellow of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and performs on a Burkart flute and piccolo.