B I O G R A P H Y
Greek flutist and Trevor James Low Flutes Artist Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis is the Adjunct Flute Instructor and Lecturer of History of Rock at Frostburg State University and an Associate Instructor of Flute and Piano through West Virginia University's Community Music Program . Previously she has taught History of Musical Theater at the same institution and assisted with teaching the music appreciation course Introduction to Film Music at West Virginia University.
As a soloist, Eftihia has won the West Virginia University Young Artist Competition and International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (2016), was an alternate winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition and National Flute Association Convention Into the Music Masterclass (2018), and an alternate finalist of the Byron Hester Flute Competition (2015). In 2019 she was also named a finalist in the Instrumental College/University Performance division of The American Prize Competition. In addition, she has been invited to perform at the College Music Society Conference, Flute Society of Washington Convention, West Fork New Music Festival, and a number of Society of Composers, Inc. regional concerts.
As an orchestral and chamber musician, she has served as the principal flutist of the Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, Junges Tonkünstler Orchester Bayreuth, Greek-Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra, WVU Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Retro Wien, Polytropon Ensemble, and various other ensembles, giving her the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues of Greece, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. She is a founding member of the award-winning and recording artist BETA Quartet with whom she has won the Flute Society of Kentucky Flute Quartet Competition (2017), were alternate winners for the Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division Competition (2017) and the first flute quartet to make it as semifinalists in the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2017). The ensemble’s debut album (2017) and single (2020) may be found through the ensemble’s official website and other online streaming platforms.
Eftihia has a passion for incorporating a theatrical element in her performances and collaborates often with singers, dancers, and living composers. As an advocate for new music, she has given the world premiere of several works, including Au Marriage du Village by Solon Michaelidis for flute and string orchestra (2015), Autumn Breeze for flute and piano (dedicated to her) by Donnie Lee (2016), and the award-winning On the Road by Kyle Simpson for narrator and chamber ensemble (2016). With BETA she has premiered In-Sight by Matthew Heap for flute quartet (2016), David Maslanka’s Recitation Book flute arrangement by Tatiana Cassetta (2018), Waking of the Green Spring and Dance of the Nuraghi Warriors by Anže Rozman (2019). In 2015, she participated in the recording of Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien’s debut album Cavafy III – Theissis, where she is heard playing flute/alto flute to original music composed by Greek composer Athanasios Simoglou.
Dr. Arkoudis academic endeavors and musical activities have been financially supported by grants from West Virginia University and Friends of Flutes Foundation, as well as the Susan B. Hardesty, Eleana T. Donley, and Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation scholarships.
As a graduate assistant at West Virginia University, Dr. Arkoudis assisted with teaching applied flute lessons at the undergraduate level while serving as a recruiter for the WVU College of Creative Arts (2017-2019) and a Community Outreach Representative of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the greater area of Morgantown (2017-2018). She also worked as a Social Media Recruiter for WVU College of Creative Arts (2015-2017), Director of Public Relations for the International Flute Symposium (2017), and Associate General Manager of Mon Hills Records (2015-2016).
While still living in Greece, Eftihia marched with several bands in Athens and Corfu prior to being hired as the primary flute instructor and flute ensemble coach of the Youth Wind Symphony Apostolos Moschos (2008) and also maintained a private studio in Athens teaching piano and music theory to students with or without physical and learning disabilities. She also worked as an actress-musician through the independent company To Fi whose mission was to promote the arts to elementary students of various backgrounds through educational outreach and the creative storytelling of published bed-time stories.