Louise Dixon, second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has retired after a 42-year tenure. With her departure, she ties the CSO record as the third longest-serving flutist in the orchestra’s history.
Appointed to the CSO’s flute section in 1973 by music director Sir Georg Solti, Dixon had been principal flute of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was also a member of the Grant Park Orchestra.
A native of Pigeon, Mich., Dixon was introduced to the flute through her school music program; she joined the Saginaw Youth Orchestra, winning the Young Artist Competition to appear as soloist with the Saginaw Symphony. After completing high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she earned a performer’s certificate and a bachelor of music degree at Indiana University and a master of music degree at Northwestern University. Her teachers included James J. Pellerite and Walfrid Kujala.
Throughout her CSO tenure, Dixon performed on the orchestra’s chamber music series. She was a soloist with the CSO numerous times in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 at Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival. A frequent soloist at the Bach Week Festival in Evanston, she also was a guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and a member of the faculty at the DePaul University School of Music.
An avid cyclist, golfer and bridge player, she plans to continue those pursuits during retirement, along with taking classes in French and yoga. She is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and summers at her home on Lake Huron in Michigan with her dog, Jasper.
TOP: Louise Dixon smiles during a performance with the CSO on its Winter 2013 Tour. | Todd Rosenberg Photography