A successful teacher and performer for many years, Ruth Ann McClain received Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in flute performance from the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University, where she studied with Paul Eaheart, and later with Bruce Erskine. As well as performing chamber and solo recitals in the area, including the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Delta State University, and Miami University, she was a featured artist at the Slovenian Flute Convention, 1998, and the Flutewise Event at the Barbican Centre, London, 1999, which was the beginning of James Galway’s birthday tour in the UK. In 2000, performing with the Delta Trio (Carol Dale, flute, and Wesley Emerson, piano), concerts and masterclasses in Florence and Pisa, Italy; in 2002, at the 10th annual Dutch Flute Convention in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and in Salem, OR: the Flutewise Event at Abbotsholme School, UK , 2004.
Formerly on the faculties at the University of Memphis, Preparatory Division, and Rhodes College and Music Academy, she has taught at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and has been a guest clinician for the MTSU Flute Festival, the Mississippi Flute Festival, and the Greater Portland Flute Society’s College and University Day. McClain was artistic director and founder of the Rhodes Flute Institute, co-founder of the Mid-South Flute Society, and is a member of the National Flute Association, and has performed at their annual convention. She was named to the NFA Online/Technology Committee, and her “Flute Related Web Sites” (from the Flute Connection) have been mentioned in the British Flute Sociey’s “Pan, and the NFA “Flutist Quarterly”. McClain is former NFA Exhibits Liason, former Technology contributor/editor for the NFA’s Flutist Quarterly, and a former chair of the NFA High School Soloist Competition. An advocate for the use of beta blockers for performance anxiety, under the direction of a physician, McClain was featured as the lead-in in these articles:
Mrs. McClain has relocated to her hometown of Marianna, Arkansas, where she continues to maintain a private studio, using both Suzuki and traditional methods in her teaching. For advanced students, online lesssons via Skype and Facetime are also available. Her students have won local, regional, and national competitions, and several play in professional orchestras and ensembles.