Wayla Chambo is a flutist, radio host, and music educator. As a performer, Chambo is committed to presenting engaging interpretations of both new music for flute and the traditional repertoire. Currently based in Southeast Virginia, she is Associate Artistic Director and flutist with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, performs frequently with guitarist Todd Holcomb as Duo Thalassa, serves as a substitute flutist with the Virginia Symphony, and freelances with various local ensembles. She has served on the Flute Society of Washington Board of Directors and the National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee, and was Program Chair of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. Chambo has recently appeared in concert with the Open Door Concert Series, Coastal Virginia Chamber Music, the Virginia Wesleyan University Concert Series, and the Tidewater Classical Guitar Concert Series. Past appearances include the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Richmond Flute Fest, Hampton Roads Flute Faire, East Carolina University Flute Symposium, Sweet Briar College Concert Series, June in Buffalo, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, and multiple performances and workshops at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention and the National Flute Association Convention.
Chambo is currently the Assistant Program Director and host/producer of Afternoon Classics for WHRO-FM, WHRO Public Media’s 24-hour classical radio station serving Southeast Virginia and beyond. Her teaching experience includes Thomas Nelson Community College, Eastern Mennonite University, and the University of North Texas, as well teaching students of all ages and levels in a private flute studio setting. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas (Doctor of Musical Arts), CalArts (Master of Fine Arts), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Music), and has published in The Flutist Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, Artizen, Cellar Door, and Harmonia.