Peggy Schecter is the principal flutist with the Maui Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Pops Orchestra, and the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra. Peggy earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker, New York Philharmonic principal flutist. Recipient of a Fulbright award, she studied with Gaston Crunelle at the Paris Conservatory, and also privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. She also had the good fortune of studying with the French flutist and pedagogue, Marcel Moyse, in both Zurich and New York City.
She has participated in the Marlboro, Spoleto, Casals, Grand Teton, Rockport, Newport, and Mostly Mozart Festivals, and has performed with the Metropolitan, New York City and New Jersey State Operas, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was guest artist with the Guarneri String Quartet at Lincoln Center. Peggy has performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Eleazar de Carvalho, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Oliver Messiaen.
Peggy is a founder and was artistic director of the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, which toured in Europe and was broadcast on National Public Radio, and served on the Board of the N.Y. Flute Club, for which she directed their Young Flutist’s Competition. For 20 years she was the flute professor at Montclair State University, where she founded and directed the Montclair State University Flute Choir. In 1995, she co-founded the Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day, the mission of which is to create a non-competitive and fun environment for amateur flutists, from 6th grade through adults. As a member of the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet, (based in New York City), which was the recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant to tour in Europe, she performed with the ensemble in its debut at Wigmore Hall in London, and at Salle Chopin in Warsaw. The group performed at Carnegie Hall, and as a member of Young Audiences, it performed over 600 public school concerts in all five boroughs of New York City. Peggy was presented in her recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall by Young Concert Artists. She has recorded for the Columbia, Nonesuch, Pantheon, and Premier labels. In 2011 she founded the Maui Flute Choir, which has performed on several Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, and at Maui Coffee Attic. Peggy teaches flute privately and enjoys accompanying her students on piano. She loves gardening, cooking, interior design, and travel.