James DeVoll


Adjunct Instructor of Flute, Flute Choir in Music and Music - Instrumental

James DeVoll joined the faculty of Gustavus in the fall of 2011, where he teaches flute and directs the flute choir. Based in the Twin Cities, he has performed on recitals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Recent projects have included concerts in Germany at the Hochschule of Detmold, a collaboration with composer Steve Reich and conductor Ransom Wilson at Yale, and a recital and Master Class at the University of Arkansas. He has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has worked with several composers on the premiering of dozens of works with groups such as the American Composers Forum and the Contemporary Music Workshop. In France, he spent two summers participating in the Centre Acanthes festival for contemporary music. As a teacher, he is on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, was recently a clinician for the Minnesota All-State Band, and has adjudicated many Solo and Ensemble Contests. Each summer he teaches at Flute Fire, an intensive camp for flutists in Dallas. Additionally, he has performed at the National Flute Conventions in New York City and in Kansas City, where he was a winner of the 2008 Convention Performers Competition.

Originally from Dallas, TX, James studied at Yale and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Additional studies were in France, where he obtained a diplôme from the Conservatoire Internationale d’Été, in Nice, and he is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota. His principal teachers include Julia Bogorad–Kogan, Ransom Wilson, and Bradley Garner, as well as major influences from Immanuel Davis, Sophie Cherrier, and Mario Caroli. Before moving to Minnesota, James was the Chair of the Music Department at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a private boarding High School for the arts in California. James is also a student of the Alexander Technique and studies privately with Brian McCullough. 

Areas of Expertise

Flute and Flute Choir

Courses Taught


MUS-181 (Flute Choir), MUS-249 (Piccolo), and MUS-349 (Flute)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-181Flute Choir182016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-349Flute162016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-249Flute162016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-184Woodwind Ensemble22013/FA