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Dr. Gözde Çakır Ramsey, a native of Turkey, is an active flute performer and teacher. Before joining the faculty at Tennessee Tech University, Gözde was second flute with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and was flute professor at both Missouri Western State University and Benedictine College. She served as teaching artist at Harmony Project Kansas City, flute instructor for the Blue Valley School district, and managed her own private flute studio both online and in the Kansas City area. She also performed with Trio Fiore KC, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

Dr. Çakır has performed throughout Turkey, United States, France, Switzerland, and Kosovo, including: National Flute Association, Opus Erasmus III Mélodie et poésie dans la musique contemporaine, where she performed both orchestral and chamber music in Paris, International Istanbul Pera Music Festival, and the International Kosovo Music Festival called Zgijime Art. She has received recognition at various competitions including second prize at the Coltman Chamber Music competition, second prize in the Izmir International Flute Competition, first place in the Yamaha Scholarship Award, honorable mention at the Nixon Woodwind Competition, and winner of the concerto competition at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She is active creating content to present and perform at national conferences throughout the United States. She is passionate about research on Turkish music as well as collaborating with living composers.

Dr. Çakır earned her DMA in flute performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, her Master of Music from Central Michigan University, and her undergraduate degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University-Istanbul State Conservatory. See more at gozdecakirflute.com.

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