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. He has appeared on concerts and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. Locally, he has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, the La Crosse Symphony, and has worked with dozens of composers on the premieres of over 30 works. In Europe, he spent two summers participating in the Centre Acanthes festival for contemporary music in France. Other performances have included venues in England, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany, and throughout France. He has also 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. In addition to Gustavus, he teaches at teh MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, and has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Hamline University, the University of Minnesota-Morris, and has served as President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association (UMFA). 

Originally from Dallas, TX, James studied at Yale, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and the University of Minnesota. Additional studies were in France, where he obtained a diplôme from the Conservatoire Internationale d’Été, in Nice. 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. 

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