Martha Conwell Long is the principal flute of the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Bach Festival. She joined the OSO in September 2016 after four seasons with the San Antonio Symphony and three seasons with the Fort Collins Symphony in Colorado. Martha has appeared as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Colorado and New World Symphonies.
Martha grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where she studied with Brooks de Wetter-Smith and Helen Spielman. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, studying with Jim Walker. Martha continued her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, completing a Graduate Diploma as a student of Elizabeth Rowe. While in school, she received fellowships to the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood Music Center, including two summers as a New Fromm Player. As a student, Martha was a prize winner at the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Pittsburgh Flute Club Young Artist Concerto Competition, the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition, and the NFA’s Young Artist Competition.
Outside of the orchestra, Martha teaches privately and performs with 45th Parallel Universe. In the summer she teaches at Flute Boot Camp (Tigard, OR) and Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake in (Joseph, OR).
Martha plays on a handmade Powell flute and is a Powell Artist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and hiking around the Pacific Northwest.