Academic Year Adjunct Faculty
Performance Practice, Global Music, Music & Social Justice, and Flute
Hailed as "The Rockstar of the Flute" (Informador de Guadalajara) and praised for “Sophisticated” (San Francisco Classical Voice) performances, Ray Furuta has established a reputation as “one of today’s top young concert artists” (Del Mar Times).
As a recipient of the coveted SVLaureate "On the Stage" 2019 prize and officiated as a cultural ambassador to the U.S. in 2014, Furuta has performed and taught worldwide. He has been a featured performer for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miami Chamber Music Society, Juilliard School, United Nations, and the Mainly Mozart, Yellow Barn, Banff, Sarasota, and Icicle Creek Music Festivals to name only a few. He has soloed with top ensembles across the globe, specializing in the contemporary concerti of Paul Schoenfield, Brett Dean, and Yuko Uebayashi. Following the U.S. Premiere of the Uebayashi Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, the San Jose Mercury News proclaimed Ray Furuta "The protégé of the great flutist, Carol Wincenc."
As a dedicated chamber musician, he is the Artistic Director and Founder of Chamber Music Silicon Valley and is an artist-member of the Common Sounds Project, a multi-genre ensemble of western classical and world music. In addition, he has established duos with Bridget Kibbey, Merima Kljuco (Duo Cassotto), and Carol Wincenc (Burkart Duo) and has collaborated with renowned artists including Jon Nakamatsu, Peter Frankl, The Weilersteins, and members of the Kronos, Avalon, Brooklyn Rider, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Emerson String Quartets.
As a powerful teaching artist, Furuta is a Lecturer of Flute, Performance Practice, and Music & Social Justice at Santa Clara University and is the primary mentor for Chamber Music Silicon Valley's Stand-alone Emerging Artist Fellowship. He has given master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, New York University, University of Victoria, Gettysburg College, Lebanese American University of Beirut, among others. He also regularly serves on the faculties of Orquestra Sinfonica Juvenil de Guadalajara, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and Imagine Arts Seminar in Beirut, Lebanon.
As a recipient of the infamous Staller Scholar Award and honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2016, Furuta earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University where he was a pupil of Carol Wincenc and the Emerson String Quartet. His other mentors include flutists Elena Yarritu, Isabelle Chapuis and Jill Felber, harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and pianist Wu Han.
Intro to Listening: Global Music (MUSC 7)
Music at Noon (MUSC 16/116)
Performance Practicum (MUSC 33)
World Music Ensemble (MUSC 52/152)
Music in the Community (MUSC 133)
Private Instruction - Flute (MUSC 60/160/162)