Marie Tachouet is the Principal Flute of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has played acting principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony, Sante Fe Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Opera orchestras. Prior to her appointment at Lyric Opera, Marie enjoyed playing principal flute with the Sarasota Opera and Akron Symphony while substituting frequently with the Pittsburgh and Oregon symphonies.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Marie has worked closely with composers including Charles Wuorinen, Elliot Carter, and John Zorn in varied venues such as the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim. In 2011 she performed David Felder's "Inner Sky" as a New Foromm Player at Tanglewood, where the New York Times praised her "extraordinary agile" solo playing. She has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Music Academy of the West, and Spoleto Festival USA. Marie studied with Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, and Amy Porter while earning degrees from the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. Having led recent masterclasses at Western Illinois University and University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Marie has a keen interest in mentoring the next generation of musicians.