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Erik Swanson
Born into a family of musicians, music has always been an integral part of Erik's life.  He attended the University of Redlands, CA, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music in 1991.  Shortly thereafter, he began repairing instruments at Sliger's Music in Redlands.  Through the encouragement of his father, Phil Swanson, who was a founding member of the National Flute Association, Erik began his training in 1993.  In 1995, he moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and opened his own shop repairing all woodwind instruments but specializing in flute and piccolo.  During this time, Erik received additional training with David Straubinger in Indianapolis and obtained his Straubinger Certification.  In the spring of 2000, he secured his current position with Miyazawa/Flute Authority, where he performs the final set-up on new flutes and piccolos, repairs customers’ instruments, and works closely with the Miyazawa factory in Japan to create one of the world's finest instruments.


Tonya Wegner
Music has always been an important part of Tonya's life.  While growing up, she played both flute and piano and pursued majoring in music in college.  She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a B.A. in Music Education in May of 2000.  After graduation, Tonya’s interest in repair led her to attend Minnesota State College in Red Wing, MN, for their world renowned band instrument repair program.  She has been working with the Flute Authority team since 2001 and became Straubinger Certified.  Tonya has had the opportunity to travel to many flute shows all around the country, as well as to the Miyazawa factory in Asaka, Japan for extended training.  She has played flute in the Iowa National Guard Band in Fairfield, IA, for 14 years and is the Section Leader.  She also frequently performs with many local ensembles, including the Iowa City Community Band and as a pit musician for musicals.


Kim Saito
Kim has been involved in music from a young age, starting with piano and adding clarinet, saxophone, and cello to her list of instruments all before graduating high school. Her love of music drove her to major in music in college.  She received a B. A. in Music from Iowa State University in 2005.  While in college she spent two summers working for a piano repair shop and developed a passion for repairing instruments.  She then decided to pursue an instrument repair degree from Minnesota State College in Red Wing, Minnesota. After a rigorous interview and testing process, Kim was invited to join the Flute Authority team in 2006, became Straubinger Certified, and has been working on all makes of handmade professional flutes ever since.  Kim is currently based out of our Moline, IL, location where she services all band instruments in addition to her emphasis on handmade flutes and piccolos.


Lauren Carr
Lauren developed her love of music at an early age while attending her mother's Messiah rehearsals. Her passion for music led her to her to learn the flute in middle school through high school and then she continued into college. She received a B.A. in Music Education from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY in 2010. Continuing to pursue other passions in music, she went to the world-renowned instrument repair school Minnesota State College in Red Wing, MN. After graduation in 2011, Lauren joined the Flute Authority team in June and has been Straubinger certified. She works on all makes of professional flutes and piccolos and travels to many flute shows across the country. Lauren is also a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) where she attends repair conferences to improve her repair knowledge and skill. She stills frequently play flute and piccolo with many local ensembles including the Iowa City Community Band and as a pit musician for the City Circle Acting Company.