Amal Gochenour was appointed Piccoloist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2018, under the direction of Marin Alsop. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony, and Washington National Opera orchestras, as well as guest Principal Flute with the Korean Broadcast Symphony. She has played under the batons of such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, Stéphane Denève, John Williams, Leonard Slatkin, Yoel Levi, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, John Adams, JoAnne Falletta, and Juanjo Mena. She was previously a member of the Richmond Symphony and Sarasota Opera.
In addition to performing, Ms. Gochenour is a sought after teacher and frequently leads masterclasses and lectures at Peabody Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Maryland, among others. She has been on faculty at the Consummate Flutist, Oaxaca International Flute Festival, Flute Forum, and Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind masterclasses, and has presented at the National Flute Association and Mid-Atlantic Flute conventions.
She collaborated as research associate with Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute of the of the New York Philharmonic, on the best-selling “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, Volume II.”
Born in Kuwait and raised outside of Washington D.C., she began early musical studies on piano before switching to ﬂute at the age of ten. She earned her undergraduate degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Prominent teachers include Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alice Weinreb, Bradley Garner and Judith Lapple.
When not performing, Ms. Gochenour enjoys an active lifestyle that includes tennis, scuba diving, and ﬂying trapeze. Ms. Gochenour is a Yamaha Performing Artist.