Tour de Flute
A trio of friends and colleagues
Although the Tour de Flute Trio has existed spiritually for over 20 years, our performing group formed during the summer of 2019. We felt the need to bring our talents together to awaken new audiences to experience flute ensemble repertoire. Prior to that, we have performed in orchestra flute sections together as colleagues. Two of us actually met at a HS summer camp and two of us met at a flute masterclass!
Francesca Arnone is artist/faculty at the University of South Florida where she teaches flute and chamber music. Equally at home in orchestral, chamber ensemble, and college teaching settings, she performs with orchestras around the state on flute, piccolo, and alto flute. She's earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Miami. Dr. Arnone has taught at Baylor, West Virginia, Boise State, and Idaho State universities before returning to her home state of Florida. She loves to travel through music, and right now is cooking her way around the world, one vegetable at a time.
Beth Larsen enjoys an active career as an orchestral flutist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. She performs with the Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra and has collaborated with some of the world's leading artists including Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Andre Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Itzak Perlman, James Taylor and Gloria Estefan. She's earned degrees from Florida State University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying with Charles Delaney, Kryil Magg and Jack Wellbaum as well as further study with Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, William Bennett and Trevor Wye. When she's not playing her flute, Beth enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, hiking and cooking.
William Larsen has been the principal flute of the Southwest Florida Symphony for more than thirty-seven years. Bill earned his Bachelors of Music in Performance from Arizona State University and his Master of Music in Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, associated with the University of Cincinnati. His teachers include Jose Corral (Phoenix Symphony), and Peter Lloyd (former principal of the London Symphony). Mr. Larsen is currently on the faculty of Florida Southwestern State College.