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Blue Mountain performs music from diverse style periods written for flute, bassoon, and piano, but also seeks existing repertoire that adapts well to the ensemble. Blue Mountain actively works to explore and develop new works that include the core members plus other instruments or voices – particularly percussion.

Our members have performed as artist-teachers throughout the United States and Europe, and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Our name is taken from exceptionally beautiful and diverse natural areas in Florida, Australia, and North Carolina that hold special significance for the members, with each of these places carrying the name
Blue Mountain. Programming mirrors the contrasting environments of these areas including serene, young, old, laid-back, joyful, and rugged.


Percussionist John R. Beck is an artist-faculty member of the Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he is also a member of the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies. Active internationally as a clinician and performer, Beck is currently President of the Percussive Arts Society. 

Michael Burns is a Yamaha Artist and Professor of Bassoon at UNC-Greensboro. He is an active performer nationally and internationally in orchestral, chamber, and contemporary ensembles as well as a published composer. His students hold teaching and orchestral positions throughout the US.
Carla Copeland-Burns is Lecturer of Flute at UNC-Greensboro and performs with the Greensboro, Salisbury, and NC Symphonies as well as the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, Blue Mountain, and the performer/composer collective Forecast Music.
James Douglass is Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano and director of the accompanying degrees program at the UNCG School of Music, Theater, and Dance. He is active as a performer, teacher, recording artist, and clinician in chamber music, vocal arts, opera, jazz, and cabaret.