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B.M.E. (Peabody); M.M.E. (Peabody); Ed.S. (Peabody)


Jane B. Kirchner

Associate Professor of Flute, Emerita

Jane Kirchner earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees as well as the Specialist in Education from George Peabody College, where she was a graduate fellow and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A flute student of Judith Bentley and Marion Valasek, she has participated in master classes with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennett, Betty Mather, William Westney and Trevor Wye. 

Formerly a member of the Nashville Symphony on flute and piccolo, Kirchner is a charter member of the Blair Woodwind Quintet and previously a soloist with the Nashville Baroque and Classical Society and a founding member of the WindStrum Trio. She is an established recitalist, chamber performer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the South and Midwest, and has judged both flutes and chamber groups for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, along with regional and national levels of competition for the Music Teachers National Association. 

Kirchner has appeared on National Public Radio, National Educational Television, at the National Flute Association Convention, and the World’s Fair. A previous holder of a touring grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, she has performed at the Mid-South Flute Society’s Flute Fest and collaborated with such composers as John Harbison, Donald Martino, Peter Schickele (as part of the Blair Commissions: Music for the 21st Century project), Joseph Schwantner, and Blair faculty members Michael Kurek and Michael Rose in performances of their works. She previously served on the faculties of George Peabody College, Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts (receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award), the Southeast Instrumental Clinics, the Nashville Institute for the Arts, and Wolf Trap Head Start. Her students excel in auditions and competitions in Tennessee and the Southeast, including participation in the MTNA national finals for woodwinds.

Listed in the International Who’s Who in Music, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women, Kirchner formerly served as Province Vice-President of Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity.

Kirchner also served 18 years as the Blair School’s Associate Dean. At Vanderbilt she served on a multitude of committees at the School and for the university at large, and her administrative duties included the research, development, and implementation of the first B.Mus. degree at Vanderbilt, as well as preparing accreditation and reaccreditation proposals for the National Association of Schools of Music, along with writing the original catalog materials for the Blair School.

In 2002, her students and former students collaborated with the Dean and the Potter Trust to name the flute studio in her honor.