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, Just Bach, Sonata à Quattro, 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 is Professor of Flute and directs the Early Music Ensemble at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.