Andrea (Flagler) Runfola is a 1990 Newfane High School Graduate and received Bachelor’s Degrees in both clarinet performance and music education with an additional major on the oboe and bassoon from the State University College at Fredonia 1994. In 1999, Ms. Runfola received a Master’s degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.
Ms. Runfola is active as an educator and performer. She has been a teacher in the Clarence School District for 25 years. Eight of those years were spent teaching elementary instrumental music and band. Sixteen of those years were spent teaching 6th,7th and 8th grade woodwinds and band. She is excited to start the next chapter of her career at the Clarence High School. Her bands have consistently received Gold and Gold with Distinction ratings at NYSSMA Major's Festivals. She is involved with the Erie County Music Educator’s Association as a concert coordinator, All-State judge, All-State group selection committee, clinician, chairman, mentor, guest conductor and served on the ECMEA Board of Directors for 8 years. In 2017, she was awarded the BPO/ECMEA Excellence in Music Education Award. In addition, she maintains a private studio, is a member of several music organizations including NYSSMA, NYSBDA, the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Musicians Union, and Sigma Alpha Iota. In March 2013, Ms. Runfola lead the pit orchestra for Clarence High School's production of "Chicago". In April 2013, "Chicago" won the Kenny Award for "Best Musical" and the Ms. Runfola's pit orchestra won for "Best Orchestra". She also conducted the pit orchestra for "Spamalot" in 2014, "The Pirates of Penzance" in 2015, "Young Frankenstein" in 2016, "The Phantom of the Opera" in 2017, "Cabaret" in 2018 and "Evita" in 2019. Ms. Runfola also directs the high school jazz ensemble.
Ms. Runfola has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, at Artpark, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, for Opera Sacra, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, "Bach and Beyond" under the direction of Grant Cooper, the Clarence Summer Orchestra as principal clarinetist and soloist, and several community ensembles. She has been a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic twice, the Clarence Summer Orchestra where she is currently principal clarinet, and the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with Peter Cetera; former frontman in the group Chicago, the Three Irish Tenors, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, and Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship. She performed on alto saxophone and clarinet for "Guys and Dolls" and "The Music Man"at Fredonia College, and performed in the orchestra pit at Artpark for "Cinderella", "The Sound of Music" (and at Shea's),"Peter Pan", and "Mary Poppins'. She recently performed at Rockwell Hall for "Madame Butterfly" and "The Magic Flute". Ms. Runfola has studied with Mr. Dan Johnston, Kenneth Grant, James East, John Hunter, Peter Hadcock, and Stanley Hasty. In April 2018, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for "Phantom of the Opera"at Shea's Performing Arts Center (and focus on one part versus 25) :) In May 2019, she played in the orchestra for "The Who" at KeyBank Center and performed for Weird Al Yankovic in July, 2019.
Ms. Runfola is a proud mother.