Longest serving female flautist?main
There appear to be only two principal flutes in our exhaustive list of the longest serving orchestral players, and both are male.
Could it be that Nora Shulman, who is stepping down as principal flute of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra after 43 years, wins the endurance record for women?
She was hired as associate principal flute in 1974, became acting principal in 1984, and was appointed principal in 1986 by Sir Andrew Davis.
Nora retires in July and will be widely missed.