Flute Academy

Faculty & Instructors



Thomas Robertello was appointed associate professor of flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1997.

A former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony, he has performed as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He has toured with the San Francisco Symphony and was guest soloist with that orchestra in Jerod Tate’s “Iholba,” for solo flute, chorus, and orchestra, premiered at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony, which commissioned the work, and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony. He has been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has several other solo recordings, including the Telemann solo flute fantasies, all-Bach solo works, music by Faure, several commissioned works, and a live CD from recital performances in Japan.

Robertello’s former faculty positions include with the Asian Youth Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, Roosevelt University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has taught master classes and performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, and South America. His many festival performances as a soloist include the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (U.S.), Grand Teton (U.S.), Nara (Japan), Kirishima (Japan), Londrina (Brazil), Dartington (U.K.), Athitos (Greece), Music Anatolia College (Greece), Brevard Music Center (U.S.), National Orchestral Institute (U.S.,) and Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle, Germany.



Hailed for her "fluid, mellifluous sound," Korean flutist Suyeon Ko is rapidly establishing her reputation as a soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and an educator. An active teacher, Dr. Ko has a passion to bring out the best quality musicians can achieve. She has won top prizes in numerous competitions: Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition, TMTA Young Artist Competition, and American Protege International Competition. Dr. Ko has performed in a variety of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings. She has given recitals in South Korea, Australia, and the U.S.

Since 2016 Dr. Ko has been a member of the Volante Winds, a quintet formed in Bloomington, IN. The Volante Winds seeks out creative collaborations in the pursuit of excellence in chamber music. Driven by a desire to share music with as wide an audience as possible, The Volante Winds combines performance of the highest quality with a deep passion for pedagogy. The Volante Winds were named semi-finalists at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and semi-finalists at the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The quintet held residencies at The Mineral Springs Chamber Music Festival in Winsconsin, The Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska, and The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in Korea where we were dedicated to educational outreach and public performances.

Committed to education at all levels, Dr. Ko was appointed Artistic Director of the Flute Academy at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2019. Open to all ages and levels, Dr. Ko acts as the recruiter, curriculum designer, lesson teacher, and conductor for the Flute Academy Ensemble.

Suyeon Ko earned a Doctor of Music degree in flute performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Jeju National University in South Korea. Former teachers include Thomas Robertello, Kathryn Lukas, Mary Karen Clardy, and Dea-Sik Hur.

Dr. Ko resides in Bloomington Indiana with her beloved dog Bori.