Classics of the Phonograph

Julia Escobar shares her favorite flute recordings

graphic with vinyl record text Illinois Public Media Classics of the Phonograph John Frayne joined by special guest Julia Escobar

On this very special edition of Classics of the Phonograph, John Frayne will be joined in studio by Julia Escobar—Illinois Public Media’s first ever John Frayne Classical Music Graduate Student Work Experience fellow. Julia, who is doctoral student at the University of Illinois, will introduce her favorite recordings as well as discuss famous flutists such as Jean Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Julius Baker, and William Bennett, and also a recording by her former teacher, Dr. Adah Jones.


  • Mozart: Quartet in D Major for Flute and Strings in D Major, K. 285: Jean Pierre Rampal, flute, Isaac Stern, violin, Alexander Schneider, viola, Leonard Rose, cello
  • Reinecke: "Undine" Sonata for Flute and Piano, movs. 1 and 2, William Bennett, flute, Clifford Benson, piano
  • Poulenc: Sonata  for Flute and Orchestra, orchestrated by Lenox Berkeley; James Galway, flute, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor
  • Martinu: Sonata for Flute, mov. 1; Julius Baker, flute, Anthony Makas, piano
  • Chuck Mangione: "Chase the Clouds Away," Adah Jones, flute, from "Chuck Mangione, Live at the Hollywood Bowl" Album

Meet Julia Escobar

John Frayne Classical Music Graduate Student Work Experience Fellow
woman in blue dress sits with flute in field of flowers

Julia Escobar

Hello, I’m Julia Escobar, the first John Frayne Classical Music Graduate Student Work Experience fellow here at Illinois Public Media. I’m honored to join John Frayne for this special edition of Classics of the Phonograph which features the flute in a variety of settings. I am in my second year studying for my Doctorate in Flute Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois. I got my Master’s in Flute Performance here as well and my Bachelor’s from Texas State University. I am originally from Austin, Texas. Along with performing the flute, I am very passionate about teaching. I serve as the Teaching Assistant for the U of I Flute Studio where I maintain a studio of flute and piccolo students, teach the supplemental flute methods course, and more! Aside from being a student and working, I enjoy spending time with my cat Cora, being with friends and family, and making jewelry.