Lollie Newsome is a recent graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (concentrating in flute performance) and Educational Studies (concentrating in community & social change), studying flute with Dr. Sabrina Hu. While at Rhodes, she completed a semester exchange at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a summer study abroad program at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland through Michigan State University. She has performed on flute and piccolo with the Rhodes College Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden, the Krashna Musika Orchestra in Delft, the Netherlands, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Tango Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. Newsome was a winner of the 2016 Rhodes College Gladys Cauthen Concerto Competition and the 2016 Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition Senior Division and was a finalist in the 2017 US Navy Fleet Bands national audition. Currently, she is on the substitute roster for the Memphis (TN), Hendersonville (NC), Ocala (FL) and Pensacola (FL) Orchestras.
An Atlanta-native, she performed with the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble Orchestra and has studied with Atlanta flutists Melissa Sebel, Jessica Sherer, Christina Smith and Todd Skitch. In Atlanta, she has performed with Tara Winds, the Atlanta Musicians’ Orchestra, the Perimeter College/Community Wind Ensemble, the Westminster Summer Concert Band, and Identikit, an Atlanta-based klezmer-fusion band. She also volunteers at the Woodruff Arts Center as an Arts Ambassador.
Passionate about education, Newsome shadowed an in-school music engagement fellow with the Memphis Music Initiative, taught chamber music at White Station Middle School (Memphis), and worked at the Memphis-based PRIZM Ensemble’s in-school programs and summer music festival. In 2015, she completed a summer teaching internship with Breakthrough Collaborative Atlanta. She has been involved with the Atlanta Music Project since 2015 as a music mentor at their 2015 and 2016 summer programs and as a site assistant from 2018-2019.