Heidi Ruby-Kushious enjoys a multifaceted musical life, intertwining a vast array of orchestral and teaching experiences. The most meaningful aspect of teaching for Ruby-Kushious, is the opportunity to pass down knowledge gained through her intense studies with legendary flutists, and experiences in various orchestral flute sections. Her current positions include flute and piccolo in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, as well as extra flute and piccolo for The Cleveland Orchestra. Memorable highlights as a soloist include performing a concerto with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, performing a duo concerto with Jean Pierre Rampal, and her Carnegie Hall debut. Heidi held principal flute in City Music and Red chamber orchestras for many years, and continues to play extra flute and piccolo in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in festivals across the U.S. and Europe, including Tanglewood, Spoleto, National Repertory, and the Mozarteum International Summer Academy. Notable prizes include First Prize in the Artists International Competition in New York, and Laureate Prize in the Munich International Competition.


  • BM, The Curtis Institute of Music; studied with Julius Baker, John Krell and Murray Panitz
  • MM, Yale School of Music; studied with Thomas Nyfenger
  • Postgraduate study, Mozarteum University Salzburg; studied with Alain Marion

Teaching Experience

  • CIM/Case Western Reserve University Joint Music Program (2017-present)
  • Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Flute Faculty (2017-present)
  • University of Akron School of Music (2014-16)
  • Kenyon College
  • Capital University
  • Yale University assistant instructor of undergraduate flute