Since its founding, Duo Fujin has been promoting traditional and contemporary concert music by performing throughout the United States. The duo, consisting of flutist Misty Theisen and saxophonist Marc Ballard, performs classical flute/saxophone repertoire in addition to newly commissioned pieces specifically written for this unique instrumentation. Also dedicated to education, Duo Fujin gives masterclasses for music students of all ages.
Recently appointed as the flute instructor at Mars Hill University, Misty Theisen received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in music education (B.ME.) and flute performance (M.M.) where she studied with Sharon Lebsack. While teaching across the southeastern United States and at Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England, she studied with internationally recognized soloists Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, and Wissam Boustany. Theisen has performed regularly with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As a soloist with a large ensemble, she has performed Cimarosa’s Concerto in G, Doppler’s Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise, and Chaminade’s Concertino. Theisen won the state level of the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Woodwind Competition in 2004 and proceeded to take honorable mention at the regional MTNA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
Marc Ballard is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Lawrence Gwozdz. His performances include appearances with Bernadette Peters, Bob Dorough, The Sinfonia Gulf Coast, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Young at Heart Big Band, and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. He performs and records regularly with several bands in the New Orleans area, including Eudora Evans and Deep Soul, and Refried Confuzion.