Welcome to the website of TRAVERSO, the quarterly newsletter for people interested in the history of the flute, its repertoire and performance practice. Each issue includes an article on a subject of interest to historical
flutists, along with announcements about current events, new
recordings and publications. The newsletter was founded by Ardal Powell in 1989, and is currently edited by Linda Pereksta.
Linda Pereksta has served as Chair of the National Flute
Association’s Historical Flutes Committee, and was twice a major
prizewinner in the NFA’s triennial Baroque Flute Artist Competition. An
active recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed with Washington Bach Consort, Spire Baroque Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, Ensemble Musical Offering, Tallahassee Bach
Parley, Baroque Southeast, Belle Meade Baroque, and others. She has written on subjects related to
historical flutes for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk, has performed and presented at numerous NFA conventions and
regional flute festivals, and her doctoral
treatise, “Twentieth-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a
winner of the NFA’s 2004 Graduate Research Competition. Her main teachers were Betty Bang Mather, Robert Willoughby and Colin St. Martin, and she has had additional studies with Christopher Krueger, Claire Guimond and Rachel Brown. Linda teaches Flute and directs the Early Music Ensemble at The
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.