Oregon Symphony principal flute Martha Conwell Long is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. She attended the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where she studied with Jim Walker and was the first wind player to receive a Bachelor of Music degree. As an undergraduate Martha won prizes at the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Pittsburgh Flute Club Young Artist Concerto Competition, and the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition. During her final year at Colburn, Martha was named principal flute of the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado.
Martha continued her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, completing a Graduate Diploma as a student of Elizabeth Rowe. She spent two summers as an orchestral fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts and was invited to return for a third summer as a New Fromm Player, working with composition fellows and focusing on the study and performance of contemporary music.
In 2012 Martha became principal flute of the San Antonio Symphony in Texas. During her four years in San Antonio, she performed concertos by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, and G.P. Telemann with the orchestra. In 2015, Martha returned to Tanglewood for a fourth summer as a New Fromm Player and was a prize winner at the NFA’s Young Artist Competition.
Martha joined the Oregon Symphony at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. During her first season, she performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments with her colleagues under the baton of Maestro Hans Graf. Outside of the orchestra, she teaches private lessons, coordinates the NFA's Orchestral Audition Competition, and performs with 45th Parallel Universe. In the summer Martha teaches at camps for middle- and high-school students and performs as principal flute of the Oregon Bach Festival.
Martha plays on a handmade Powell flute and is a Powell Artist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing Boggle, and hiking with her husband and dog.