BIOGRAPHY2014-04-02 16.12.28
Angela McCuiston is a NASM-CPT, CES, SFS, M.M (Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, Master of Music in Performance) and owner of Music Strong, a business that specializes in personal fitness training for musicians. Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Master class, Angela received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Tennessee Technological University. An avid performer, Angela is Assistant Principal/Piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin, section leader and soloist of the 129th Army Band in Nashville, TN, and performs with the Nashville Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony and Nashville Flute Choir. She has performed with such celebrities as Kristen Chenowith, Pink Martini, Katherine Jolley, Nancy Griffith,  and Caroline Goulding.
Angela is constantly on the search for new research and her studies include Aexander Technique, Barbara Conable’s What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” Body Mapping Class and Eva Amsle’s classes in Dynamic Integration in addition to live workshops with NASM, most recently competing the 2-day advanced workshop in Denver in August 2014.
As a trainer, Angela actively trains in Nashville, TN and also travels to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC. Among her recent workshops, she has traveled to present at Florida State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Tennessee Technological University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Nicholls University. Angela is currently the trainer in residence at Florida State University and is sought out for publications and advice on physical training for musicians.
“Three things I love to do: perform, teach and train. All involve sharing myself. It is my strongest desire that my clients walk away healthy and pain free, stronger and more functional than they thought possible, that my students are inspired to be their best and find their passion and my audience leave feeling uplifted and joyful.
As a trainer, my goal is that each client become the healthiest, strongest, and most balanced person they can become. I seek to empower each client with knowledge about how their bodies function and move and understand the warning signs of overuse and more importantly, what to do about it. I want all my clients to have the longest, pain-free careers possible”
Most recent projects:
Angela has just joined the staff at several different Nashville locations! She trains at Next Level Fitness in downtown Nashville and is also on staff as the resident Corrective Exercise Specialist at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, where she also teaches boot camp classes and will implementing a foam rolling class and monthly Music Strong workshops to serve the musicians in the Nashville area  Angela is currently sought out as a presenter for her workshops and is currently in talks with the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps (The Old Guard) to give a workshop to their entire corps. She has recently partnered with Nan Raphael, former piccoloist of the Army Field Band to write an article about being “Piccolo Strong” to be published in several publications in the fall of 2014. She will also be giving a presentation on preventing injury in piccolo players with Cynthia Rugolo, former flutist of The President’s Own at the 2015 NFA convention.
In addition to fitness, Angela maintains a private teaching studio in Nashville both in person and nation-wide via Skype.
In her personal life Angela has just bought her first house! She is super excited to have room for guests, her own yard where she can finally plant berry bushes and have her students over for flute parties!


2007   M.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University (GPA 3.83 on 4.0 scale)
2005  Appalachian State University – beginning Master of Music work 2004
2003  B.M. Music Performance, Tennessee Technological University, May 2003 (GPA 3.81 on 4.0 scale)
2016  Senior Fitness Specialization, National Academy of Sports Medicine, May 2016
2012  Corrective Exercise Specialization,  (CES),National Academy of Sports Medicine, November 2012
2010  Certified Personal Trainer Certification,  (CPT)National Academy of Sports Medicine, January 2010
Continuing Education (Fitness Related)
2014 NASM Advanced 2-Day Workshop, Denver, CO
2012 Corrective Exercise Specialization Live Workshop, St. Louis, MO
2011 Certified Personal Trainer Live Workshop, Atlanta, GA


Columbus Symphony Orchestra        Utility flute/piccolo: 2007-present
Sinfonia Gulf Coast                               Assistant Principal /piccolo: 2007-present
Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra    Utility piccolo 2013-present
Stephen F. Austin University              Guest Artist Recital 2013
Panama City Pops Orchestra              Principal/piccolo: 2007 – 2012
Panama City Pops Orchestra              Solo Performances: May 2012, March 2010
Tennessee Technological University   Guest Artist Recital with Organist Dr. John Wells, April 2012
Nicholls University                               Guest Artist Recital: March 2010
Tennessee Technological University  Alumni recital: January 2008
129th Army National Guard Band      Soloist and piccolo soloist: 2003-present
Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra     Assistant Principal Flute/piccolo: 2003-2004
Cumberland County Playhouse          Pit Orchestra member:  2003-2004

Winner/Alternate  National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass, 2007
Winner – Florida Flute Association Masterclass, 2007
Finalist – Appalachian State University Concerto Competition, 2005
National Flute Association
Florida Flute Association
Mu Phi Epsilon (former treasurer, Beta Theta chapter)
Phi Kappa Phi
Florida State University
Principal flute of University Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute and Piccolo Opera Orchestra, Graduate Chamber Winds, Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Baroque flute and recorder, Irish Music Ensemble.
Tennessee Technological University
Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo: Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, University Orchestra
Walfrid Kujala, Stephen Preston, Alberto Almarza, Elizabeth Buck, Leone Buyse, Ali Ryerson, Sarah Beth Hanson, Deborah Harris, NFA Career and Artistic Development Mentorship (Charlotte, 2011)
Middle Tennessee Flute Day, organizer, presenter, November 2012
Gulf Coast State College, Adjunct Faculty, 2010 – 2012
National Flute Association Convention, Presenter, Las Vegas, NV, 2012; Charlotte, NC, 2011
Florida Flute Association Convention, Presenter, 2010, 2011, 2012
Florida State University Teaching Assistantship, 2005-2007
Appalachian State University  Teaching Assistant, flute choir conductor, 2004-2005

Florida State University, University of Michigan, Stetson University, Stephen F. Austin University, Nagadoches, TX, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee University, Nicholls University, Florida Flute Association and National Flute Association conventions.
Innovative Ideas in Performance and Pedagogy(.wordpress.com) – Guest Blog Author
Flute Focus (.com)  Regular Author
Florida Flute Association Newsletter  Regular Author
National Flute Association – Performance Heath Care Committee Contributor and Consultant

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