Dana Carey is a flutist of many genres. She has a background performing and recording rock, indie, klezmer, Southern gospel, classical, chamber, avant-garde, tango, R&B, neo-soul, and more. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of the Pacific (2013) under the tutelage of Dr. Mathew Krejci, principal flute for the Sacramento Philharmonic. She has participated in masterclasses with flutists such as Carol Wincenc, Viviana Guzman, Valerie Coleman of Imani Winds, Bonita Boyd of the New York Ballet, Claudio Barile, and others. Dana has won several solo performance competitions and one for musicological research.
Dana's teaching style incorporates both classical training and non-traditional approaches. She likes to ensure her students are having fun while learning. Because of that, she has incorporated things like a student’s favorite pop song into tonguing exercises, used another student’s favorite TV show intro song for a long tone warm-up, and allowed one student to use an anime song for his solo piece. She teaches all ages, and from complete beginners to early-advanced.
Outside of music, Dana enjoys exploring this great state, spending time with her cats, hiking, and reading. She balances her career between music and civil rights advocacy.