Blair Francis, assistant principal flute, is a South Carolina native and has been playing the flute since age 11. Prior to joining the orchestra, she performed as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic from April 2016 through the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. She has also held the Edgar and Patricia Harris Flute II Chair of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Oregon Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Augusta Symphony Orchestra (GA) and the Palmetto Opera Orchestra (SC).
Blair was selected as a prizewinning finalist in the Young Artist Competitions of the Florida Flute Association and the South Carolina Flute Society and was chosen as a winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition. She has also been a winner of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Carolina concerto competitions. Blair has been an instrumental fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival, Brevard Music Center and Eastern Music Festival.
Blair received a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music as a full scholarship student. She holds a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Presser Scholar Award. Her principal teachers include Robert Langevin, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Parker-Harley and Cynthia Hopkins.