"I love working with young people, I love that passion that you can bring to students. Sometimes people are so concerned about technique, but you have to have passion when you play. To make beautiful music and to make it exciting – for me, it's my life."






Robert Hugh Willoughby


Born: June 6, 1921 Grundy Center, Iowa, United States

Died: March 27, 2018 aged 96 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Robert Hugh Willoughby (Bob) was an American classical flute player and flute teacher. He played both Baroque and modern flute. He has been described by Flute magazine as the "American grandmaster of the flute".

He served as assistant principal flute in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, and First Flute in the Cincinnati Orchestra under Max Rudolf.

Bob taught for many years at Oberlin College, where he was the first Robert Wheeler Professor of Performance. He taught for ten years at the Peabody Institute, and up until his death at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. In 1996 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association.


Willoughby News


We will be holding a 100th Birthday Party for Bob this summer on June 6th. This will be held as a virtual event (via Zoom, like everything else for the past year of course) and everyone is invited! It will be a lot of fun and we hope you can join us. For more info and to sign-up, CLICK HERE

We will also be sponsoring some events in honor of Bob's 100th birthday at the NFA convention in 2022 (this year's conference is going to be virtual) - more on that later!