“I have never heard such a joyful, resonant piccolo,
whose fully rounded tones were pure pleasure to listen to”
- Boston Musical Intelligencer
Weronika Balewski is a flutist, teaching artist, and educator dedicated to creating
engaging musical experiences that connect us to ourselves and to each other. She is the Flutist and Co-Founder of Marvento Duo, winner of the Brookline Symphony
Concerto Competition, and active as a Baroque flutist and new music advocate in
various chamber, orchestra, and educational projects. Weronika is the music teacher at Epstein Hillel School and has a thriving private studio in the Boston area and online through Skype. She is an instructor and Director of Development at Integral Steps, an organization specializing in education which integrates the mind, body, and emotions through interdisciplinary learning. Committed to building healthy vibrant arts organizations, Weronika contributes actively to the strategic development of her ensembles and organizations.
This season, Weronika is performing and teaching in Muliverse Concert Series' Exoplanetary, a Somerville day of workshops and live performances bringing together music, poetry, and scientific lectures on the topic exoplanets. Other performances include a Marvento Duo residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute and summer concerts in Poznań, Poland.
Weronika’s past chamber music collaborations include a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; the Coffee Cantata Project at Longy, featured in Susan Rockefeller’s film Bach Star Café; and writing, producing, and performing in Volare Ensemble’s humorous musical play The Meaning of Life: A Musical Debate at the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival. Weronika has performed as a guest artist with 208 Ensemble in Boise and Room to Spare in Roslindale, MA. She also co-founded Emissary Quartet and played with the ensemble for four seasons. With Emissary, she won grants from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard and NewMusicUSA, co-designed and executed an international Call for Scores competition which garnered 180 submissions from 5 continents, developed a Young Composers Project with composer Kaley Lane Eaton, collaborated with composer Annika Socolofsky to commission, premiere, and record One wish, your honey lips, and designed and taught educational workshops for the Suzuki Association of Utah and the Utah Flute Association.
As an educator, Weronika teaches music and movement musicianship classes for organizations including Floot Fire Boston, Colorado Suzuki Institute, the Suzuki Association of Colorado, and Old Town Suzuki. She is completing her certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a social, joyful, movement-based approach to learning music. As a musicianship faculty member at the Suzuki School of Newton, Weronika rewrote and implemented a new musicianship curriculum and student workbooks, served as Musicianship Department Chair, and interviewed young musicians for the Suzuki Radio podcast. She has also taught group flute classes for Making Music Matters! in Boston Public Schools and undergraduate solfege and music theory review classes at Carnegie Mellon University.
Weronika is a passionate supporter of new music. She frequently performs works by living composers, commissions new music for flute, and believes contemporary repertoire belongs in the curriculum of all music students, from the youngest to the oldest. At the Suzuki School of Newton, she created an annual group composition project for children and teens, with themes such as incidental music to Little Red Riding Hood and an exploration of extended instrumental techniques. Weronika has performed at the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes and premiered new works at New Music on the Point in Vermont.
Weronika has performed as a concerto soloist with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She has been a section flutist with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, the Berry Collective Chamber Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, American Bach Soloists’ Orchestra, and the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina in Brazil.
Weronika has served as Secretary of the Board of Integral Steps, and as interim President of the New England Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America. She was honored with the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry from Longy. She is the 2011 winner of the Gindroz Prize for Travel and Study in Europe and a recipient of the 2010 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership, prizes which funded study abroad in Germany and Peru.
Weronika holds a B.F.A. in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and a
M.M. in Flute Performance with a Teaching Artist Certificate from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She was the 2018-2019 Integrative Education Fellow at Integral Steps, focusing on education which balances the development of the mind, body, and emotions. Weronika is indebted to her teachers Alberto Almarza, Emma Shubin, Jeanne Baxtresser, Marco Granados, and Na’ama Lion.
“[the] performance was definitely a memorable one”
“a creative thinker who is uniquely dedicated to
reaching audiences in rich and surprising ways”
-President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry