A native Californian, Alaina Bercilla graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and also received a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan. She has held the 2nd Flute/Piccolo chair in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2008.
Ms. Bercilla has been invited to perform as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the Pasadena Community Orchestra. She has also been a finalist in the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Las Vegas Flute Club Competition, a semifinalist in the Frank Bowen Competition and the WAMSO (Volunteer Association for the Minnesota Orchestra) Competition, and a qualifying participant in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 2006 she was invited to be a part of a week-long training workshop held by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which focused on the music of Steve Reich and culminated in a concert at Zankel Hall celebrating the composer's 70th birthday.
Prior to joining the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, she held positions as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as Piccolo Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra.
Having taught flute at a variety of levels, from beginning 5th graders at Bursch Elementary School in Compton, CA, to gifted high-schoolers in Detroit, MI, as Principal Flute and Mentor of the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Ms. Bercilla is looking forward to working with the students of EWU as adjunct professor of flute. She currently maintains a private studio in Spokane, WA, where she lives with her husband, Adam Wallstein.
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