Dwyer, Doriot Anthony
- Barbara Jepson
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(b Streator, IL, March 6, 1922). American flutist. She studied privately with georges Barrère and Bradley Kincaid, and at the Eastman School under Joseph Mariano (1939–43). She became second flutist of the National SO (1943–5) and then the Los Angeles PO (1946–52); she also played first flute in radio studios and Hollywood Bowl concerts. In 1952 she became first flutist of the Boston SO; she was one of the first woman appointed to a principal position in a major American orchestra and was the Boston SO’s only female principal until 1980. She was also a charter member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, founded in 1963. Dwyer retired from the Boston SO in 1990 to pursue a solo career. Her farewell performance was as soloist in the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto for Flute, commissioned by the Boston SO for the occasion. Dwyer has appeared as a soloist in the United States and Europe; she has given the first performances of works for flute by Walter Piston, William Bergsma, and Leonard Bernstein, and has recorded music for flute by Amy Marcy Beach, Bernstein, Claude Debussy, John La Montaine, Daniel Pinkham, Piston, and Zwilich, among others. She has taught at Pomona College and the New England Conservatory, and as of ...