The Flute View is a fresh new approach to everything relevant to flute today.
In this rapidly changing music world, our exclusive online magazine covers flutists who are carving their own career paths, marketing yourself as an artist, entrepreneurship, new music and technology, health and wellness, and anything that relates to playing the flute today. Conceived and created by Barbara Siesel, Fluterscooter, and Viviana Guzman, The Flute View has exclusive video content produced in a fun format in the form of Spreecasts, as well as guest writers and featured articles. We believe it is invaluable to have a forum in which today’s flutists--from students of all ages to professionals--can be inspired.
Why is it important?
We are living in a time of rapid change in technology and music, and we believe this magazine is important because flutists need a platform for reading, writing, and exchanging ideas. There are more and more flutists now who are doing things that the worldwide flute community should know about, and The Flute View highlights these artists' activities through live interviews and articles.
Many flutists today want to take non-traditional paths, explore the opportunities, or make their own. For example, when we were at NFA, we heard from a lot of college flutists who had no idea what to do after they graduated, and we know that there is a great need for guidance and inspiration for flutists at all stages of their career.
We welcome you, the flute community, to send us your thoughts and articles on an ongoing basis. For more information on submission procedures, head to our Submit an Article page.
Disclaimer: The contents of articles submitted to The Flute View for publication by guest contributors do not reflect the opinions the The Flute View magazine.
Meet the Team
Barbara Siesel: Co-founder, Managing Editor
Barbara Siesel has pioneered the promotion of new music, new technology and the music of women composers through her work as artistic director of the Andiamo Chamber Ensemble, Art, Culture & Technology and founder and artistic director of the Storm King Music Festival. Siesel has performed in the great halls of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan as a recitalist of American and contemporary music. She’s been on the faculty of Colby College in Maine and New World School of the Arts in Florida. In 2004 Barbara decided to turn her attention to promoting classical music for children and co-founded the Green Golly Project. She’s a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Fluterscooter: Co-founder, Managing Editor
Andrea Fisher aka Fluterscooter is a flutist, producer, and entrepreneur. A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Powell Flutes artist, Fluterscooter has given lectures on Musical Entrepreneurship at NYU, Penn State, Juilliard, University of Iowa, and various flute festivals and masterclasses. Her unique performances incorporate everything from playing flute and organ simultaneously, 3D light projections, and she was the first flutist to perform with hologram technology in Japan.
She has performed and recorded with the likes of John Legend, Ian Anderson, 50 Cent, Puff Daddy, and various pop artists. She also composes and produces, most recently producing her entire meditation album.
Fluterscooter is the owner and founder of the popular Fluterscooter bag company, now sold in over 100 shops around the world.
Viviana Guzman: Co-Founder, Managing Editor
Described by the New York Times as "an imaginative artist," Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzmán (www.viviana.org) performs over 50 concerts a year throughout the world. She has been featured on programs for PBS, NBC, and NPR, and has performed in 122 countries, & in all 7 continents including South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Bali, India, Peru, Japan, China, Argentina, Greece, often featuring flutes from her collection of over 100 gathered from concert tours. Her music video was aired on UNIVISION in 30 countries. She has performed as soloist with 65 including orchestras in Russia, Chile, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California, Texas, and Montana, in such halls as in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, and Glenn Close.
Viviana began her musical training at the age of 5 and won her first competition at 7. By the age of 15, she played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was featured on a John Denver nationally televised NBC special. Ms. Guzmán studied with Albert Tipton and in Masterclasses with James Galway, and graduated from the Juilliard School. A former member of the Houston Grand Opera and the New World Symphony, Viviana has released eight CD’s entitled, "Telemann Flute Fantasies" (classical), “Planet Flute” (world), and “Danza de Amor” (latin), “Mostly Tango” (tango) and "Serenity" (National Geographic) "Meditations" (new age), "Argentine Music" (world) and “Traveling Sonata” (classical). Viviana Guzman is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Flute Society & Festival, Flutes by the Sea Masterclasses, and is proud to be an Altus Flutes Artist. Upcoming season includes appearances in New Orleans, Honolulu, American Samoa and as a soloist with the Philippines Symphony Orchestra in Manila.
Amanda Cook: Deputy Editor
Flutist, educator, writer, and editor Amanda Cook maintains a unique, versatile, and active career as a professional musician. She is the author of Between the Ledger Lines: a blog for the modern flutist; Associate Editor for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, a blog about new classical music, art, and technology; and Deputy Editor of The Flute View. Since 2011, she has served as Instructor of Flute and Music Theory at The Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary where she performs with the festival orchestra and teaches flute, music theory, and chamber music. Amanda is ABD at West Virginia University and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the School of Music. Prior to serving as a teaching assistant, she completed two years as a graduate fellow through the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship and the University Provost Fellowship for Continuing Studies. At WVU, she regularly performs with the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Winds ensemble.
Amanda completed her MM at Kent State University where she served as the Graduate Flute Assistant, Division of Bands Librarian, and member of the KSU Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble. She graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a BM in Flute Performance.
Rachel Hacker: Features Editor
Rachel Hacker is a flutist and new music specialist, currently residing in the Cincinnati area. She is a recent graduate of New York University, as a student of Robert Dick. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in music performance from Baldwin Wallace University, as a student of George Pope. Rachel has previously been employed as an adjunct instructor of flute at NYU.
Her professional career as an emerging artist has lead her down many unique paths. Rachel has played in rock bands, electroacoustic ensembles, and has participated in the premieres of numerous works. She enjoys playing on a Levit-Kingma System Flute and Glissando Headjoint. Rachel aspires to continue her research on the Kingma System flute, and become a college professor.
Having written for The Flute View since 2013, Rachel is extremely excited to become a permanent staff member.
Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce: CD Review Contributor
Flutist Tammy Evans Yonce, an Atlanta native, is Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University where she teaches applied flute, woodwind pedagogy, and courses in musicology. An avid collaborative musician and recitalist, Dr. Yonce is an enthusiastic supporter of new music.
Dr. Yonce holds degrees from Kennesaw State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). She won the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2004 and has been published in Flute Talk and Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society. She has recently presented and performed at the National Flute Association, Flute Festival Mid-South, College Music Society, British Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Society of Kentucky, and South Carolina Flute Festival conventions. She recently served as one of the judges for the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association as well as of competitions of the British Flute Society and Flute Society of Kentucky. Dr. Yonce currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Flute Club. Learn more about her work at www.tammyevansyonce.com or on Twitter @TammyEvansYonce.