About Us

The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1996 as a one-woman repair shop. Today, our internationally-established retail, repair, and distribution center supplies flutists with nearly everything they'll need in their musical life - whether it be instruments, music, direction, or knowledge. Our in-house staff members, most of whom are flutists, are able to offer an unparalleled level of expertise and service.

We stock many of the top worldwide brands and models of piccolos, flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, and more unusual members of the flute family. As a central hub of the flute community we stock Altus, Amadeus, Azumi, Brannen, Bulgheroni, Burkart, Di Zhao, Emanuel, Gemeinhardt, Geoghegan, Goosman, Guo, Hammig, Haynes, Jupiter, Kingma, Levit, Lyric, Mancke, Martin Gordon, McKenna, Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Nagahara, North Bridge, Pearl, Powell, Resona, Robert Dick, Sankyo, Sheridan, Sonare, Song Young Chan, Trevor James, Williams, and Yamaha. Every instrument that passes through our company, new or pre-owned, is play-tested and adjusted by our professional repair staff; this allows us to often offer double warranties on our flutes, as we are so sure of their quality and adjustment.

Our sheet music department stocks a huge range of music for the flute family - from solo works to complex mixed ensembles; from children's holiday music to pop play-alongs to academic 21st-Century music. We constantly have new works arriving, from new to ancient, so if you have trouble finding anything please contact us; we're more than happy to go hunting.

We supply a large range of accessories, bags, accoutrements, and musical needs directed towards the flute player. We also offer a full consignment system and a wide range of used piccolos, flutes, harmony flutes, and headjoints.

Carolyn Nussbaum - Owner / Repair

Ms. Nussbaum pursued her interest in flute making and repair over a two and a half year period, studying under such flute makers as Chris McKenna, one of the top flute repair professionals and piccolo makers in the country. Having successfully completed technical training at Verne Q. Powell Flutes in Waltham, MA she has been repairing instruments since 1994 and started the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company in 1996. 

Ms. Nussbaum is authorized to repair all major brands of flutes including Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Sankyo, Trevor James, Williams, Brannen, Miyazawa, Burkart, Altus, Muramatsu, Powell, Hammig, and many more.

Carolyn Nussbaum received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Houston, where she studied flute with Byron Hester. At the University of North Texas she completed an Master of Arts degree in flute, studying under Jacqueline Hofto and Kathy Chastain, and also finished her thesis on the mechanical development of the modern flute.

Mary Lyons - Flute Sales Manager

Mary Lyons, flutist, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Art from the University of North Texas in 1994 and went on to receive her Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in Flute Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University in 2006 while studying under Dr. Pam Youngblood.

Ms. Lyons has been performing with the Brookhaven Flute Choir since 2002 and Flutes of the Spirit Flute Choir since 2001. Ms. Lyons joined the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company in 2003 and works as Instrument Inventory Manager and Flute Sales Specialist.

Chelsey Fields - Repair Head

Chelsey Fields, flutist, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University in 2008 studying under Dr. Lisa Van Winkle. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Ms. Fields worked as an intern with the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company before obtaining her Associates Degree in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College in 2009. Ms. Fields now manages the repair shop and works as a flute repair specialist at the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Fields became an authorized and licensed service technician for Muramatsu flutes and in the spring of 2017 she became a licensed service technician for Brannen flutes. Outside of music, she enjoys sewing, quilting, and crafting and has even won ribbons at the State Fair of Texas for her quilts, embroidery and more.

Duane Hewson - Repair

Duane Hewson received his Associates Degree in Musical Instrument Repair from Western Iowa Technical Community College in 1994 after having spent 17 years as a Model/Instrument Maker in the medical, scientific and aerospace industries. Mr. Hewson then moved to Austin Texas where he worked as an instrument repair technician for major instrument retailers until 2008 when he joined instrument manufacturer, KHS America. While at KHS, Mr. Hewson was responsible for set-up and adjustment of all new Altus and Azumi flutes, new Jupiter woodwinds, as well as the maintenance and repair of all flutes for the KHS Altus Artist Program. Mr. Hewson is certified in the David Straubinger flute pad program, is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and has hosted repair clinics at the NAPBIRT Annual Repair Conferences and local association events in Nashville, TN. In October 2012, Mr Hewson moved to Plano TX and joined the repair and maintenance staff of the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company.

Carole Overturf - Sales and Social Media

Carole Overturf is an active flutist, flute teacher, and administrator in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She currently performs with the New Life Symphony Orchestra and subs in various other local symphonies. Carole holds a masters degree in flute performance from Indiana University and a Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas. Her primary teachers include Thomas Robertello and Dr. Mary Karen Clardy.

Carole has previously taught private flute lessons for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Rockwall ISD, Irving ISD, Azle ISD, and Waxahachie ISD and she has also been on staff at Floot Fire summer camp in Richardson. Carole resides in Farmers Branch with her husband Patrick and their two cats, Maestro and Oscar.

Daniel Perez - Flute and General Sales

Daniel Perez currently plays piccolo with the New Life Symphony Orchestra and flute/piccolo with the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble. He currently plays on a Yamaha 684 with a Lafin headjoint and a rose gold plated LeFreque. Outside of playing the flute, Daniel enjoys trying out new kinds of food and hanging out with his cats Kai and Sadie and dog Zoey. 

Allison Adams Rojas - Accounting

Allison Adams Rojas is a 2019 graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce where obtained her master's degree in flute performance, and a 2017 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in music education. Ms. Rojas is an active flutist and teacher, having been a performing member of the Orchestra of the Pines, the Longview Symphonic Orchestra, the Texas Voices, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the New Life Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Allison is a former student of Dr. Christina Guenther and Dr. Julee Kim Walker. Besides her position at Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company, Rojas is a private flute lessons teacher in the DFW and East Texas areas.

Brice Smith - Flute Sales

Dr. Brice Smith has a deep passion for teaching and community engagement through classical music. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder with Christina Jennyings, and a Master of Music in Flute Performance and a Master of Music in Chamber Music with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan, as well as a Performer Diploma under the direction of Thomas Robertello at Indiana University. Brice received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Violin Performance and German language at the University of Arkansas. He has performed in many professional bands and orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. As a soloist, Brice has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, with the Arkansas Philharmonic and University of Michigan Camerata Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at the National Flute Association's Convention as a member of the Colorado Flute Orchestra. 

As a collegiate music instructor, Brice has taught masterclasses and lessons at the University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Commerce, Adams State University, Siena Heights University and the Crescendo Detroit program for young students in the performing arts. Administratively, he held the position of Artistic and Development Assistant for the 2019 Crested Butte Music Festival and is the current Student Engagement Specialist for the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. Brice is a member of Dr. Carter Pann’s Boulder Altitude Directive (BAD Ensemble) and the Graduate Woodwind Quintet, under the guidance of Yoshiyuki Ishikawa.

Simon Berry - Sheet Music and Web

Simon Berry is a music researcher and editor with a focus on unusual and new music, paired with a literary and graphic design education. He has edited a variety of textbooks, educational materials, independent and commercial publications, and articles; designed music and book covers; and served as an independent editorial and catalog consultant for music publishers. He maintains an active relationship with several conservatory and national music libraries, including projects for retrieval and publication of archival materials.