Masha Popova is the adjunct flute instructor at McLennan Community College, adjunct instructor in chamber music at Baylor University, and newly appointed Principal Flute of the Shreveport Symphony. During the summers, she performs with the Central City Opera Orchestra as Principal Flute.
Prior to moving to Waco, she had completed a four year fellowship with the New World Symphony. She has 18 years of flute performance experience, including soloing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performing as guest principal flute with Auckland (NZ) Philharmonia, and Seattle Symphony. In most recent seasons, Masha Popova has performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Boise Philharmonic.
Masha has 13 years of teaching experience. During the 2019-2020 school year, she taught in several Houston area schools, where she maintained a studio of over 25 students. Over the last couple of years, Masha has taught a variety of group flute classes. During the 2014 summer, Masha taught at Luzerne Music Center (upstate NY), a camp for middle school and high school kids, leading group lessons, sectionals, as well as private lessons. She also has taught masterclasses and lessons in Medellin, Columbia for 18-25 year olds.
Masha is now accepting private students of all ages and levels to her private studio in Waco, Texas.
Masha Popova received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, studying with Leone Buyse. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music for her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner.