Arts Administrator & Flutist
Corinna Nash-Wnuk is carving new pathways for the 21st-century artist, successfully juggling dual careers in arts administration and performance. For over a decade, Corinna served in key leadership positions at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, progressing from the role of Associate Dean for Admission and Enrollment Management; to Associate Dean for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness; and finally, to Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Finance. Among her strategic initiatives are the Meadows Test Optional Policy resulting in a dramatic increase in student diversity; successful cultivation of a data-informed approach across various spheres; modernization of the admission and financial aid operations; tactical design and implementation of Meadows Performance-Based Funding Model; and authorship of several key reports to the Meadows Foundation on numerous student and faculty metrics.
In one of her final projects at the Meadows School, Ms. Nash-Wnuk was tapped to perform key duties of associate dean for faculty while serving as a chief architect behind the restructuring of the School’s faculty affairs operation. Ms. Nash-Wnuk’s evidence-based insights were integral to the Meadows School successfully securing numerous tenure-track lines, while her efforts to operationalize University-wide goals to utilize a consistent dataset within faculty position requests, implement a universal faculty load reporting tool, and update the faculty search process became a template for SMU at large.
Equally at home in the executive suite and on the concert stage, Ms. Nash-Wnuk is a versatile and award-winning flutist, having performed on three continents with members of the Saint Louis and Detroit Symphonies, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and as principal flutist under Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, and Carl St. Clair, among others. First prizes in the Frank Bowen Young Artist Competition and the Golden Key National Honors Society Performing Arts Showcase, and second prizes in the Kingsville International and Mid-Atlantic Young Artist competitions, with additional awards from the Mid-South Young Artist Competition and the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts-YoungARTS led to her numerous solo engagements. Corinna's performance of the C.P.E. Bach Concerto in G with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra drew a sold-out audience, and she has been involved in the premieres of solo and chamber works that cross the boundaries of genre.
Prior to her arrival at the Meadows School, Ms. Nash-Wnuk spent seven years directing music admissions at the DePauw University School of Music, with marked impact on student enrollment, artistic quality, and diversity. Corinna holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she also studied baroque performance practice, earned the prestigious Performer's Certificate, and served as Associate Instructor of Flute. Previously, Ms. Nash-Wnuk was a tenured member with the Evansville and Columbus Philharmonic Orchestras, and she is a founding member of the Northwood Winds—a woodwind ensemble dedicated to the performance of lesser-known chamber music works. Corinna also frequently performs with her husband, bassoonist Paweł Wnuk, and together they have launched several interdisciplinary collaborations with modern dance.