Alan Berquist, a native of California, started his study of flute and piano at the age of six. Starting piano lessons first, he watched his sister play clarinet in the elementary school band and proceeded to tell his mother that he wanted to play the shiny instrument sitting next to the clarinets (true story!). He has continued to make piano an integral part of his music background, focusing on accompanying other flutists, instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Flute Performance at The Florida State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant under the direction of Eva Amsler. Former teachers include Susan Clark (Principal Flute, Diablo Symphony Orchestra) and Caryl Mae Scott (Former Principal Flute, Stockton Symphony) in California. His Bachelors in Flute Performance is from Florida State University, studying with Eva Amsler and Stephanie Jutt and Masters in Flute Performance is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying again with Stephanie Jutt. He received a Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University studying with Alberto Almarza and masterclasses with Jeanne Baxtresser. While there, he competed at the Fischoff and Plowman National Chamber Music Competitions with the Lago Flute Quartet. Alan served as Associate Program Chair for the 2004 National Flute Association (NFA) Annual Convention in Nashville, performer at the 2006 convention in Pittsburgh, and debuted a commissioned world premiere flute duet with Etesian Duo by composer Mark Fromm at the 2016 convention in San Diego. While in Wisconsin, Alan premiered new works by fellow colleagues and composers Jerry Hui and Scott Gendel. He has played with the Diablo and Madison Symphony Orchestras, and has performed live on Wisconsin Public Radio with Stephanie Jutt and pianist Jeffrey Sykes. International travel has led Alan to perform on the concert stages of Japan, Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Spain, México, Costa Rica, and Cuba with various ensembles.
Alan has performed as principal flute with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, second flute and piccolo with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Awesöme Orchestra, and Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. He was honored to be accepted to play at both the 2013 Midwest Clinic and 2015 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference with Brooklyn Wind Symphony. He co-founded and performs regularly with the Etesian Duo with flutist Arturo Rodriguez.