Sandra Lunte is Professor of Music. She held the Hammond Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts from 2008-2011, and the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music from 2003-2006. Dr. Lunte teaches flute, flute choir, flute class, woodwind trio, and sophomore theory. She leads the yearly summer High School Flute Camp and the November High School Flute Invitational, two major recruiting events for the university. Dr. Lunte was the recipient of a 2005 Artist Fellowship granted by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and with her duo partner, pianist Richard Seiler, was named 2006 Northeast Louisiana Artist of the Year. Dr. Lunte has received numerous Louisiana Division of the Arts artist mini- grants, and her flute, voice, and piano trio was awarded a 20,000 dollar Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She is listed on the Louisiana Artist and Touring Rosters.
Dr. Lunte has performed and adjudicated at many state, regional, national, and international conventions, including the 2005 convention in San Diego, where she and harpist Elizabeth Richter gave the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s Chimera, a work they commissioned. The premiere recording of this piece appears on the duo’s compact disc Montage-Four Centuries of Music for Flute and Harp, released on Centaur Records and also available directly from Dr. Lunte. Eric Ewazen is currently writing a sonata for Dr. Lunte and pianist Richard Seiler, which they commissioned from the composer. The work will have its world premiere performance at ULM in February 2012 with the composer in attendance.
She has been heard twice on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and has recorded seven compact discs with the National Flute Choir. Dr. Lunte serves as Principal Flute of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers have included Katherine Borst Jones, Paul Boyer, and James Pellerite. Dr. Lunte is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Certified Laughter Coach, and also does therapy work with her dog, Jack, who is certified through Therapy Dogs International.