Ervin Monroe is a musician of great versatility, flutist, composer, arranger, conductor, and entrepreneur. While in high school, he was asked to play as principal flutist in the Pensacola Florida Symphony. He then attended the Oberlin Conservatory and at age 19 studied in Austria, where he also toured as a member of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. Monroe was offered a permanent position there, but decided to complete his musical studies in the States and vie for a spot with a major American symphony. While working on a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Monroe was hired to play as principal flutist for the American tours of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies, including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish, and Royal English ballets. At age 23 he was selected to play in the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and record chamber music for RCA Red Label Classics. Two years later, he was appointed the principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony, a position he held for 40 years until his retirement in 2008. He can be heard on numerous symphonic recordings with legendary conductors such as Antal Dorati and Neemi Jarvi.