Masha, originally from Oak Park, IL, began studying flute at age eleven, continuing her studies through high school with Donna Milanovich. Most recently, Masha was the first prize winner in the woodwind/brass division at the Young Texas Artist Competition. As a Albert M. Greenfield winner, Masha performed as a concert soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the 2009-2010 season. Masha has also performed as a soloist with the Symphony of Oak
Park and River Forest, Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. In most recent summers, Masha has attended the Spoleto Music Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and National Repertory Orchestra.
In addition to her performances, Masha greatly enjoys teaching classical flute. She has taught at several Houston area middle schools and high schools during the past several years, in addition to maintaining a private studio. Here's an excerpt from Masha's teaching philosophy:
"I encourage all my students to ask questions - the more, the better. Since I only see students once a week, during the lesson my main goal is to make sure that the student knows what and, more importantly, how to practice during the week. I try to help every student develop a fine ear, as that is the best tool for individual practicing at home. In addition, I often show different exercises for students in order to help them fix certain problems in whatever they might be working on. The discipline that we learn as musicians can be extremely beneficial in all areas of life. There is nothing more rewarding than the joy a student experiences as they improve!"
Masha received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She recently finished her Master of Music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she studied with Leone Buyse.
READ MASHA'S STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:
"I had the pleasure to obtain flute lessons from Masha Popova. Masha is an excellent teacher in all respects. She addresses fundamentals, techniques and tonal skills, while supporting her advice with pertinent pieces. I have taken flute lessons from many teachers. Masha stands out in being fresh and unassuming. I miss her. But I wish her a very successful career wherever she chooses to go." - Verena, adult student.