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Dr. Cathy Collinge Herrera’s performing-teaching career spans four continents. Founder and catalyst of The Flutopia Initiative and Latin America’s flute festivals, she is an NFA competitions winner, and PA Arts Council Rostered Artist. Published by ALRY and Presser, she teaches at Juniata College.

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Flutist Cathy Collinge Herrera enjoys an international performing and teaching career spanning four continents and several decades. Her Doctorate in Flute Performance and Certificate in World Music have led her down many unique as well as traditional orchestral and chamber music paths which she continues to pursue. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was a founder of the Latin American Flute Festival scene. In recent years she has added new age improvisation, composing and interdisciplinary arts collaboration to her list of musical passions. Cathy has premiered her compositions in the U.S. and abroad as soloist at music festivals, touring with the Cornell University Men’s Glee Club, with the Herrera-Register flute and guitar duo, Camerata Amistad trio, and the TrioArts Project, a collaboration of music, dance and the spoken word. Founder of The Flutopia Initiative charitable organization, she organizes a benefit concert for a local charity in the host city of each National Flute Association convention. Cathy is a Rostered Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, flutist and piccoloist with Nittany Valley, Altoona and Penns Woods Symphony Orchestras, and is the Flute Lecturer at Juniata College. Her works are published by ALRY and her book, “It’s Performance Day!” by Theodore Presser.

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Flutist Cathy Collinge Herrera enjoys an international performing and teaching career spanning four continents and several decades. Her Doctorate in Flute Performance and Certificate in World Music have led her down many unique as well as traditional orchestral and chamber music paths. She has served on university and conservatory faculties in Australia, Peru and the U.S. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was principal flute of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and a founder of the Latin American Flute Festival scene. In recent years she has added new age improvisation, composing and interdisciplinary arts collaboration to her list of musical passions. An artistic ambassador for U.S. Embassies, Cathy has premiered multiple works, including her own compositions in the U.S. and abroad as soloist at music festivals, such as the Bournemouth (England) Music Festival; Música Para Todos festival in La Paz, Bolivia; Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in Peru and El Centro del Mundo Quito, Ecuador; the Mesoamerica tour with the Cornell University Men’s Glee Club; as well as throughout the Americas with the Herrera-Register flute and guitar duo; Camerata Amistad trio; and the TrioArts Project, a collaboration of music, dance and the spoken word. Founder of The Flutopia Initiative charitable organization with the motto ¨flutists inspiring musicians to change the world, one concert at a time¨, she has worked locally to benefit hometown residents with ¨Play it Forward¨ concerts and the ¨Flutopia 5k!¨ featuring musicians along the route. In the U.S. she organizes Flutopia Initiative benefit concerts for a local charity in the host city of each National Flute Association convention, and on an international level has raised funds and provided musical instruments for music students in Guatemala, Haiti and Peru, as well as funds for Doctors Without Borders. Cathy is a Rostered Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, flutist and piccoloist with the Penns Woods, Altoona and Nittany Valley, Symphony Orchestras, and is the Flute Lecturer at Juniata College. Her compositions are published by ALRY and her book, “It’s Performance Day! Success in the Spotlight” by Theodore Presser.