Tamara Drury Klobassa, flute
Tamara Drury Klobassa is a private flute, masterclass, sectional and chamber instructor in the Dallas area. She recently moved from the Austin, Texas area where she maintained a private teaching studio of over fifty students. She is passionate about music and is excited to be back in her native city.
Ms. Drury discovered her love of teaching and learning in a collaborative community throughout her education. Her educational background includes the following degrees: Master of Music in Flute from the University of Northern Iowa, Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Performance Certificate in Flute from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architectural Studies from Texas A&M University, College Station. With an avid growth mindset, she aspires to continue teaching music to mentor the next generation of musicians and to continue performing.
Her previous teaching experience includes student instruction in university and private sector environments. As the Graduate Assistant for the University of Northern Iowa flute studio, she taught the Flute Instrumental Techniques Class, undergraduate flute lessons to flute majors and non-majors, and many workshops and clinics with Dr. Angeleita Floyd, retired Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Drury continues to collaborate with other music educators while serving as a flute clinician and instructor for clinics, summer workshops, and masterclasses of all levels. She has been a private flute instructor of all ages in various cities in Texas and Iowa since 2012.
In addition to Ms. Drury’s passion for teaching, she continues to develop her own musicianship by performing flute, piccolo and low flutes. A few recent performance highlights include winning the flute vacancy with the U.S. Marine Band, winning a substitute flute and piccolo position for the Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, performing contrabass flute at the National Flute Association Gala Concert in 2018, premiering many new chamber and flute choir works, performing an alto flute feature for the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference and for Michael Daugherty’s residency at UNI, and winning international recording auditions to perform in masterclasses for Ian Clarke, Lorna McGhee, William Bennett, and Leone Buyse in the United States and Canada.
Ms. Drury’s primary music mentors include:
Dr. Angeleita Floyd, University of Northern Iowa, retired
Marianne Gedigian, The University of Texas at Austin
Jennifer Keeney, former University of Houston, Creative Flutist Studio
Dr. Mariana Gariazzo, former Texas A&M University
Kathryn Lukas, Indiana University
Claire Johnson, Southern Methodist University, retired