Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Patricia Surman

Adjunct Instructor, Flute
Department of Music
Oklahoma Hall 108
(580) 774-3708

Dr. Patricia Surman

Dr. Patricia Surman is Instructor of Flute at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Northeastern State University. Before teaching in Oklahoma, she taught flute and chamber music at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, and was a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. She earned her BM in flute performance from the University of Redlands, MM in flute performance and MM musicology from the University of North Texas, and completed her DMA in flute performance with a minor in music theory at UNT. In addition, she holds a diploma from the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice where she was a student of Philippe Bernold. Patricia’s dissertation, “Ida Gotkovsky’s Eolienne pour flute et harpe in Theory and Practice: A Critical Analysis” contains the most current and extensive biography of Gotkovsky and the only theoretical writing on Gotkovksy’s flute compositions.

As an orchestral and wind ensemble player, Patricia appears regularly with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Signature Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the Starlight Band. Previously, Patricia was a member of the Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra and the Redlands Symphony. She has been a concerto soloist on flute and piccolo with the Riverside Camerata, the Keene Camerata, the UNT Flute Choir, and the Flutissimo Académie in Les Vovires, France, and the Tulsa Community College Band.

She has appeared in recital extensively across the United States and in Europe. Recent appearances include engagements in New York, Florida, California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina; and Madrid and Alcala, Spain. Her live concert at Palacio Laredo in Alcala de Henares appeared on Spanish Solidaria TV. She was an invited performer in the Lewisville Lake International Chamber Music Series, Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Brown Bag It Concerts, Oklahoma City Public Library’s Noontime Series, Mu Phi Epsilon Series at the Dallas Public Library, and Flower Mound Lamb of God Saturday Concert Series. Patricia has been a featured performer for many flute clubs and flute festivals, including the Florida Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair and the Flute Society of Mid-South.

Patricia has commissioned and premiered flute works in various genres, spanning from electoacoustic works with interactive electronics to strictly acoustic compositions of Chapman Welch and Paul David Thomas. Patricia studied with Mary Karen Clardy, Sara Andon and Cynthia Ellis, and has participated in master classes with Trevor Wye, Alexa Still, Kathleen Chastain, Ann Deiner Giles, Peter Lloyd, Ransom Wilson, William Bennett, Susan Milan, and others. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choarlworks CD series. Her website is

Office Hours: Courses:
 By Appointment
Course No. Course Title
  Applied Flute
Flute Choir
Fundamentals of Music
Graduate Flute Literature
Graduate Flute Pedagogy
Introduction to Music