A co-founder of the National Flute Association and performer on the modern flute, James J. Pellerite is well known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Previously,
he served as principal flutist with the Indianapolis and Detroit symphonies; he also performed with the orchestras of Chautauqua (New York), Radio City Music Hall, L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the San Francisco
and Dallas symphonies. He has played under the batons of such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, and Bruno Walter. With Igor Stravinsky conducting, Pellerite
also recorded his Octet for Winds.
Pellerite was professor of music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, for three decades. He was a renowned pedagogue, combining innovative approaches to his teaching with a focus on orchestral literature. He trained many flutists to go on to prominent university and symphony careers. As a performer and teacher, he appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, including residencies in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.