Historical Performance
Primary Contact:
David Breitman

Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Shairba

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8198
Fax: (440) 775-8942

Michael Lynn

Michael Lynn

Professor of Recorder & Baroque Flute
Curator of Musical Instruments Emeritus

Contact Information


Robertson 137
(440) 775-8225

Michael Lynn

Michael Lynn

Educational Background

  • BS, Oakland University, 1976

Michael Lynn performed for the inaugural luncheon for President Obama’s first term and has given concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Japan with Apollo’s Fire, Mercury Baroque, ARTEK, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, American Baroque Ensemble, Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and many other ensembles.

He teaches each year at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has taught other workshops throughout the country. Lynn previously taught at the University of Michigan, Oakland University, Case Western Reserve University, and at the Recorder Institute of Indiana University.

Lynn produced a monthly column for Flute Talk magazine and has written feature articles for Traverso, Flute Talk, Flute View, and Oberlin Conservatory Magazine. He was the founder of Early Music Facsimiles and a founding member of the board of Apollo’s Fire. His recordings can be heard on Wildboar, Gasparo, Eclectra, Koch International, Avie, and other labels.

Known for his knowledge of historical flutes, Lynn maintains a website—www.originalflutes.com—based on his flute collection and presents lectures and demonstrations about the history of the flute. His recent presentations include the 19th-century French Flute Extravaganza at Oberlin Conservatory, the International Congress of the National Association for Music Instruments in Tavira, Portugal, and the Early Music Department of the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal.

Lynn is founder and executive director of the Medici Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to producing concert performances to benefit medical organizations. He previously served Oberlin as associate dean for facilities and technology for 15 years.