Carol Hester is Professor of Flute at Luther College where she teaches applied flute and flute methods. She holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in flute performance from the Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music degree in flute and piano performance from Samford University. Formerly the Principal Flutist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in La Crosse, Wisconsin (2010-2021, 1992-2002), Hester is a member of the Luther College faculty wind ensemble, the Talus Trio, and has also performed with the Oneota Winds, the Trio/Quartet Inégal, and the Northeast Iowa Chamber Winds.
Hester is a licensed Andover Educator (2016) and as such is trained to teach the What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body course. Her ongoing interest in the physiological and neurophysiological basis of music pedagogy is reflected in her approach to teaching and performing. She is also author of the textbook, "Teaching the Flute—a Method of Instruction."