- DMA, Music, Louisiana State University
- MMus, Flute, North Carolina School of the Arts
- BS, Music Education, Bob Jones University
Esther Waite teaches flute lessons at Bob Jones University and Bob Jones Academy. She also directs the University Flute Choir and teaches the Woodwind Literature Survey and Woodwind Pedagogy courses. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (Bob Jones University, 2004) and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance (University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2006) prior to joining the faculty of the Division of Music. In May 2013, she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University, where she served for three years as a doctoral teaching assistant in the flute studio. Her primary teachers have been Katherine Kemler, Tadeu Coelho, and Amanda Barrett. Esther’s interest in Russian composers led to her doctoral dissertation topic of the 1960 flute sonata by the Soviet composer Edison Denisov.
Dr. Waite has played flute and piccolo with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Twice a winner of Louisiana State University’s concerto competition, she performed Frank Martin’s Ballade and Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto with the LSU Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Waite has coached chamber music and given workshops on extended techniques at several summer music programs, including Musica Piccola (Winston-Salem, NC), LSU Honors Chamber Winds Camp (Baton Rouge, LA), and Inspiration and Praise Flute Masterclass (Greenville, SC). She holds membership in the National Flute Association and previously served as president of the South Carolina Flute Society.
Esther assists in the music ministry and college student supper ministry at her local church, and in her free time enjoys hiking, cooking, and keeping up with her favorite college football team. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she confesses that she misses the snow of wintertime.