Duo Allant is a world-class flute and guitar ensemble. Kathryn Thomas Umble (flute) and Francois Fowler (guitar) are recognized for the high level of musicianship and artistry that they bring to each performance. Known for connecting with audiences, Duo Allant has received glowing accolades for their exciting programs. Duo Allant’s innovative repertoire spans over 400 years of music from Brazil, Japan, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Argentina, and France. In addition, they are enthusiastic exponents of new music and have premiered works composed for their duo.
Recent performances include the Ohio Cultural Alliance and Defiance Community Cultural Council Chamber Music Series, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, Georgia), Capital University (Columbus, OH), Columbus State Unversity (GA), Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, Sunday Concert Series at Stambaugh Auditorium, Dayton Classical Guitar Society, Pittsburgh Music Academy, Faculty Artist Series at Youngstown State University, Penn State University (Esber Hall), and Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC).
In addition to concert performances, Duo Allant is committed to reaching out to the community and the next generation of young musicians through university master classes and high school presentations. Dr. Umble and Dr. Fowler are faculty members at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University.
Kathryn Thomas Umble has presented recitals in Europe and throughout the United States, including venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space, New York, and the Milhaud Society at the Cleveland Institute of Music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is Associate Professor of Flute at Youngstown State University. Umble was winner of the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions Competition and recently was guest artist in recital with the Aurista Ensemble in New York City. She also performed in recital at the 2009 National Flute Association Convention, was featured guest artist of the Pittsburgh Flute Club, and concerto soloist with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble at 2011 OMEA Conference, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Umble holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and Michigan State University and was awarded the Prix d’excellence for Outstanding Musicianship from the Fontainebleau School of Music, France, which she attended on full scholarship. Prior to teaching at Youngstown State University, she has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and Grove City College. In addition to performing principal flute with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Umble holds the piccolo position with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She can be heard on the Naxos, Dana, GMMC, and Access Labels. Umble is a founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Allant, with Francois Fowler.
Guitarist Francois Fowler has given recitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including concerts in Albany, Cleveland, Dayton, Denver, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Jekyll Island, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Montréal, Monterrey, Rochester, San Jose, Seattle, Spartanburg, Springfield, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tifton, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. Fowler is the recipient of national and international prizes including the 2001 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Guitar Competition. A faculty member at the Dana School of Music (Youngstown State University, Ohio), he maintains an active guitar studio and coaches guitar ensembles. Fowler obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he studied with Ed Honeywell, and his Doctorate from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Bruce Holzman. Francois performs on a Thomas Humphrey guitar with D’Addario Strings, his compositions and arrangements are published by Clear Note Publications, and his recordings are released by CBC records, Canadian Music Center, Clear Note, Novalis, and independently. His latest CD Sonata (ClearNote, 2010) features music by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Agustin Barrios, Gregorio Huet, and Domenico Scarlatti. Fowler is also a founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Allant, with Kathryn Thomas Umble. For more information please visit www.francoisfowler.com.
Francois Fowler is a D’Addario Performing Artist, he performs on D’Addario Strings