Irish American flutist Damienne Fenlon Dunham received a Bachelors Degree in Flute Performance and a minor degree in French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993, where she studied with Julius Baker and Alberto Almarza. She was a member of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon Flute Ensemble; and also performed as first flutist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon, she collaborated with Maarika Järvi playing the Cimarosa Concerto for Two Flutes with the CMU Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall. She also performed in chamber music concerts in Shadyside with Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Almarza and other PSO musicians.
She continued her studies in France at the Conservatoire de Bourg la Reine, where she studied under Jean Loup Grégoire, who had previously worked as the Assistant to Alain Marion. She was also accepted to study at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris. She has participated in several music festivals in the United States, France and Canada including Tanglewood (Mass.), the Brevard Music Center (N.C.), the Grand Teton Orchestral Institute in Jackson Hole (WY), the Johannessen International School of the Arts in British Columbia and the Académie Internationale de Musique de Nice.
Growing up in State College, Pennsylvania as the daughter of a French Mauritian mother and an Irish father born and raised in Dublin, she began the flute at the age of nine further to two years of recorder lessons and studied with Diane Gold Toulson at the Music Academy for eight years. She performed regularly with her three sisters, who are all accomplished musicians and respectively sing, play the violin and piano. Other principal teachers include Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Doriot Dwyer, Eric Hoover, Mindy Kaufman, Jeffrey Khaner, Philippe Pierlot and Mark Stocker. In 1988, she participated in a masterclass at Tanglewood with Sir James Galway.
She has performed in numerous concerts and recitals in the United States, Canada, France, Spain and Switzerland. A prizewinner in several competitions, she was a participant in the United States National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans in 1989 and also performed Mozart's Flute Concerto in G as soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony of Pennsylvania at the age of sixteen after winning the orchestra's annual concerto competition. She was awarded the first runner up prize in Centre County Pennsylvania's 1988 academic, fitness and talent Junior Miss Program. She also won the program's talent competition with her flute performance of "The Swiss Shepherd". In 1991, she performed J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor as soloist with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra in Christ Cathedral, British Columbia.
In 2000, she performed with Jenny Gallelli at the Irish College of Paris in honor of the visit of former Irish President Mary McAleese.
Passionate about dance, Damienne also studied contemporary dance, ballet and jazz in her formative years at Pennsylvania's Creative Centre for Dance and Performing Arts.
She received a diploma with honors in early childhood from the London Montessori Centre and works at the Marymount School of Paris, where she combines her love of music and children.
She also continues to perform and recently played at the Irish Embassy of Paris (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012), the American Embassy of Paris, le musée Guimet de Paris, the American Cathedral of Paris, the Vietnamese Mission of Paris, the Ecole Sainte Marie de Neuilly, the Ecole Saint Pierre Saint Jean de Neuilly, Our Lady of Victory Church (PA) and the Marymount School of Paris. She regularly plays at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church of Paris.
Damienne Fenlon Dunham lives with her husband and children in Paris. She performs on a Powell flute.