Flutist Carole Bean, a native of Columbus, Ohio, attended Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, where she studied with Judith Bentley and Walfrid Kujala, respectively. She was principal flute in several orchestras in Mexico, including the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Xalapa, Veracruz. Ms. Bean also was a flutist with the Honolulu Symphony and Chamber Music Hawaii. On the East Coast, she served as principal flute with the Harrisburg Symphony, and played with the Baltimore Opera and was an extra with the Baltimore Symphony before coming to the National Symphony in 1990. In the Washington area, she also appears with the Contemporary Music Forum, the Fessenden Ensemble, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She is also a participant in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.