Esther Fredrickson is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and plays flute and piccolo with several orchestras across the Southwest. She joined the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2019, is a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with the Santa Fe Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, and New Mexico Philharmonic. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Oregon.
Her work in chamber music includes appearances with Chatter ABQ, and with Eighth Blackbird in the live-version premiere of Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet. In 2011, Esther was selected as a winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, with an adventurous program of Baroque and contemporary unaccompanied flute music. Esther maintains a diverse private studio, and in 2021 served as the interim professor of flute at New Mexico State University.
Aside from her career in music, Esther is also the co-founder of a small design-build construction company. Albuquerque Joinery specializes in new home construction using traditional adobe building techniques, but also produces custom doors, cabinets, and fine woodworking in general.