Monika Durbin studied music at The University of West Florida (Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance), The University of Southern Mississippi and Pensacola Junior College (Associate of Arts, Music). She is a past winner of the Junior/Senior Woodwinds division of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association competition. She especially enjoys performing chamber music. Monika has provided musical programs for organizations such as the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild, Artel Gallery, various PSO "Beyond the Stage" outreach engagements, and performed live on WUWF radio (88.1 FM). In collaboration with pianist Stephanie Womble, Monika represented District 1 of the Florida State Music Teachers Association by performing the Sonatina for flute and piano by Eldin Burton on the "Independent and College Teachers' Recital" at an FSMTA State Conference. She has played woodwinds for the Pensacola Little Theatre, and flute, piccolo, and alto flute for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Choral Society of Pensacola. She appears as a guest artist (flute and harp) on two CDs by Celtic band Sweet Prospect: Cold Frosty Morn and Lark Song.
Monika is the pianist at Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and teaches private woodwind, piano, and harp lessons from her home studio. She lives in northeast Pensacola with her wife Lia, who is a freelance software engineer. Monika and Lia have an 11-year-old daughter, Cai, who is homeschooled and has a passion for creating digital art.
Hear samples of my flute playing on SoundCloud. A few harp and piano samples appear below. References always available upon request.