Photo credit: Studio Misha Photography

Photo credit: Studio Misha Photography

Misty Theisen, Musician

Misty Theisen is a multifaceted musician based in western North Carolina where she is professor of woodwinds/music education at Mars Hill University.

Performing recitals, concertizing, and conducting clinics across the United States, Theisen is an active flutist. She has appeared regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. As featured soloist with orchestra or wind ensemble, her performances include concerti by Cimarosa, Doppler, Chaminade, Mozart, and Michael Young. A tireless advocate of contemporary classical music, Theisen has given the world premiere of several compositions commissioned by and dedicated to her. With her ensemble FUJIN she has toured throughout the country, lectured at the 2015 Mid-South Flute Festival, and performed at the 2016 U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposium. Her forthcoming album scheduled for release in 2019 will feature new music for flute by 20th-century and contemporary American composers.

In addition to flute and piccolo, Theisen is a proficient performer on all clarinets, saxophones, and oboe. She utilizes these skills in her steady work as an orchestral musician for several regional theater companies (Asheville Community Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and more). Recent productions for which Theisen has played reed books include The ProducersInto the WoodsJesus Christ Superstar, and the world premiere run of Acito & Libby's Chasing Rainbows. Theisen occasionally appears as pianist — including when she staged and directed her own sold-out production of Musical of Musicals: The Musical! at 35Below (Asheville, NC) in January 2017.

Theisen's experiences as a music educator are wide-ranging, encompassing K-12 public schools and private university positions, bands and orchestras, the United States and England. Just prior to her full-time appointment to Mars Hill University, she taught in both the Buncombe County and Asheville City public school systems. From 2012 to 2014, Theisen presided as the Tau B Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity; she continues to serve SAI as the financial officer for the Lambda Beta chapter.

Misty Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education (BMEd) and Flute Performance (MM) where she studied with Sharon Lebsack. She has also taken lessons from and participated in master classes with renowned soloists Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, and Wissam Boustany.


Photo credit: Studio Misha Photography

Photo credit: Studio Misha Photography

Misty Theisen is a wonderful and exceptional musician in so many ways. She is a virtuoso performer on the flute... I have never heard her play anything that was not totally beautiful in terms of intonation, tone production, and interpretive artistry. As a performer she is ideal and sets the highest possible standard. In my creative life, I feel extremely fortunate to have come in contact with her and to have her perform my music with such expertise and beauty. Beyond this, she is a pleasure to work with to create performances that will stand the test of time. I give her my highest recommendation and know that in future years she will set the standard of excellence for her students and for her fellow professional musicians/performers.
— Stephen Dankner, composer
Misty Theisen performs far beyond being a flawless technician and beyond reading the notes and rhythms with a precision that one only experiences with computer playback. Misty is a performer of the highest quality - she is musical, sensitive, and an absolutely perfect technician. I have had the opportunity to work with Misty on several occasions and every time I am blown away by her ability to get to the heart of the material (and get beyond the difficulty) to bring out a beautiful and spot-on interpretation of my music and the music of other composers. It is rare to find performers like her...
— Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, composer, TCU faculty
Misty Theisen is a very gifted musician and has made quite a name for herself in the music community since moving to the Asheville area. She is a wonderful addition to the full-time faculty in the music department at Mars Hill University.
— Mike Robinson, Conductor, Past President NC Bandmasters Assoc.