Alan Berquist is the Flute Lecturer at California State University, Stanislaus. He holds a Doctor of Music with specialized study in College Teaching and Baroque Flute from Florida State University, studying under Eva Amsler as a graduate teaching assistant. He is also a student of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon University where he completed a Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies. He also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and Florida State University (BM). He was a winner of the 2019 National Flute Association (NFA) Convention Performers Competition, served as the 2004 NFA Associate Program Chair, and has performed at six national conventions. He also has performed with California Symphony, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Awesöme Orchestra Collective, and symphony orchestras in Tallahassee, Panama City Pops, Astoria (NY), Albany (GA), and Madison (WI).
An advocate of new music, he has commissioned works from Mark Fromm, performed premieres and collaborated with composers like Matthew Briggs, Viet Cuong, David DelTredici, Scott Gendel, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, and David Stock. Alan serves as composition and performance competition judge for various organizations including Flute New Music Consortium and NFA's Newly Published Music Competition. He also serves as the Composer Diversity Database Coordinator for the Institute for Composer Diversity. Highly involved with early music, Alan also studied Baroque traverso, recorder, and Renaissance recorders, performing for specialists including Barthold Kuijken, Na’ama Lion, and Jeanne Swack.
His principal teachers include Eva Amsler, Alberto Almarza, Stephanie Jutt, Caryl Mae Scott, and Susan Clark, in addition to frequent masterclasses with Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. Masterclasses include Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Leone Buyse, and Marina Piccinini. Alan also teaches in Northern and Central California as well as online.