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Gemeinhardt: Flute Maker Spotlight

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Issues, May 2018 | 0 comments

Gemeinhardt: Flute Maker Spotlight

Can you give a little history about the company, from where it began to where it is now, and the future? Founded by Kurt Gemeinhardt, a 4th generation flute-maker from Markneukirchen, Germany, the Gemeinhardt company was established in 1948 in Elkhart, IN, 20 years after Gemeinhardt’s immigration to the United States. Initially crafting only very fine hand made flutes for professionals, the company expanded in 1952 to produce all levels of silver flutes. Beginner student flutes were developed at this time as well. It was these flutes that eventually became the bread and butter of the corporation as Gemeinhardt’s reputation for fine beginner flutes became a hallmark of the industry. Kurt's father had studied under Emil Rittershausen, who had been trained by Theobald Boehm, and so the instruments they produce can trace their lineage back to the creator of the Boehm system.[5] From 1993 to 2011, Gemeinhardt was owned by investment firms with the last changing the corporate name to Gemstone Musical Instruments. In June 2011 The assets of Gemeinhardt was acquired by Angel Industries Co. Ltd of Taiwan, a manufacturer of instruments and business partner of Gemeinhardt for several years. David Pirtle, president and CEO of Gemeinhardt, says that the acquisition by Angel Industries will allow Gemeinhardt more freedom to make decisions and run production in order to best serve the market.[3] While many musical instrument brands are made overseas, the partnership between Gemeinhardt and Angel Industries is unique. Gemeinhardt manufactures and supplies many of the flute components (headjoint, body, footjoint, keys) from Elkhart, Indiana USA then sends them to Angel Industries to assemble them. They are then returned to Elkhart, Indiana for testing and adjusting in the Gemeinhardt workshop. David Pirtle, president and CEO of Gemeinhardt, asserts that this is because the parts can be made better in the Gemeinhardt workshop in America. This differs from most brands, which have their flute components manufactured overseas.[3] In 2014 the Gemeinhardt Company introduced a new line of flutes named "The Kurt Gemeinhardt Generation Series" at the National Flute Association's annual convention in Chicago.[8] Consisting of entirely American-made conservatory and professional flutes. These flutes utilize the RS2012 Scale invented by Trevor Wye, William Bennett, and Eldred Spell. In 1997, Gemeinhardt acquired the Roy Seaman Piccolo Company. In order to be sure the quality and process developed by Roy remained intact employees from Elkhart spent many months in Arizona working with Roy and all of Roy’s original equipment was acquired by Gemeinhardt. In addition to flutes and piccolos, Gemeinhardt also has a line of saxophones and clarinets. Products Flutes The Gemeinhardt company sells their flutes in different categories: Student, Conservatory, Professional, Kurt Gemeinhardt Generation Series (American made conservatory and professional flutes) Alto flutes, Bass Flutes, and they also sell headjoints separately. Gemeinhardt models [12] Student Flutes: Model 1SP Flute / Model 2SP Flute / Model 2BLK Flute Conservatory Flutes: Model 2SH Flute / Model 3B Flute / Model 3SHB Flute / Model 3SB Flute Professional Flutes: Model 33SHB Flute / Model 33SB Flute / Model 33SSB Flute / Ali Ryerson Autograph Series Flute Kurt Gemeinhardt Generation Series Flutes: The "Blue" Model Flute / The "White" Model Flute / The "Red" Model Flute / The "Revolution" Model Flute Alto Flutes: Model 11A-BLK Alto Flute / Model 11A Alto Flute / Model 11ASH Alto Flute / Ali Ryerson Artists' Series BLK Alto...

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Gonjiam Flute Festival Report

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in April 2018, Blog, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

Gonjiam Flute Festival Report

This past February, The Flute View was invited to participate in the Gonjiam Festival. Below we’re sharing our own personal experiences of the festival. Barbara: I was so pleased when Philipp Jundt (whom we met at the Galway Flute Festival) invited us to both perform, teach and lecture at the festival!  My first time in Korea (and East Asia) was in 1988 when I went to Seoul with the NYC Symphony as part of the Olympic Arts Festival which was tied to the ’88 Olympics, so you can imagine my surprise and sense of irony when it seemed that I would be back in Korea again during their hosting of the Olympics. My father talked about the Olympics often while I was growing up as he was a teenager during the 1936 Olympics in Germany and ran the Olympic torch through his hometown (he was an athlete and Jewish), so some more irony and joy too. Back to the festival itself, I couldn’t wait to get there as I love Korea, the people, the food, the energy and this time didn’t disappoint. The trio was asked to perform on the opening concert at the Seoul Arts Center and decided that having a world premiere trio for flutes and orchestra would be a wonderful opportunity. We turned to composer Nicole Chamberlain (who was a winner of our composer’s competition) and asked her to write a new 5 minute trio for us to premiere in Korea!  It’s a wonderful piece, rhythmic, exciting, well orchestrated and fun to play, and includes, beat boxing, foot stomps and more.  The piece was conducted by charismatic Philipp Bernold, who conducted with preciseness, sensitivity and energy!!  We arrived several days early in Seoul to recover from jet lag staying in the lovely Shilla Hotel and immediately began rehearsing together since we live in separate cities and only had a few days. First rehearsal with the excellent orchestra (one of the best in Korea) was the next day and we met some of our esteemed colleagues including legendary Peter Lukas Graf, Henrik Wiese and Philipp Bernold. When not rehearsing or practicing, I did a lot of sleeping and eating these first few days!! The concert itself was thrilling, well attended, in the beautiful 2500 seat hall, and most importantly I heard and met the rest of the stellar cast of flutists attending the festival!! Hearing Anne-Catherine Heinzmann, Juliette Hurel, Sophie Cherrier, Henrik Wiese, Demarre McGill, Robert Dick, Peter Lukas Graf, Philipp Bernold, Philipp Jundt, Soohyun Paik, Sunghyun Cho, Seungho Lee, Rando Kim, Yerin Lee, Yunhwa Song, Ulkyoung Park was inspiring and exciting, so many beautiful players with their own unique styles.  In sharing all their names I want you to experience how many talented, musical artists where performing on the concert.  The Flute View trio was part of it and closed the concert!! The audience was very enthusiastic and we followed the Seoul tradition of appearing in the lobby right after the concert for congratulations and photos with the audience members, it was fun and fulfilled my dreams of being a rock star!! The next morning after a celebratory evening we blearily boarded buses to take us to Gonjiam Valley where the heart of the festival is held. The festival is located in a beautiful conference center...

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Master Classes and Lessons at the Gonjiam Festival. by Barbara Siesel

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in April 2018, Articles, Blog, Essays, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

Master Classes and Lessons at the Gonjiam Festival.  by Barbara Siesel

At the Gonjiam Music Festival, master teachers from around the world give open lessons to over 60 students attending the festival. I tried to attend as many of these classes as possible since I’d never heard any of these wonderful flutists and pedagogues teach before and I love learning from my colleagues. It was an enlightening experience as they all had so much to offer. Here are my summaries and favorite takeaways from the classes. Philipp Bernold, flutist and conductor: Philipp is the professor of chamber music and flute at the National Paris Conservatoire and a flute soloist and conductor extraordinaire! He beautifully conducted us in Nicole Chamberlain’s trio, Olympus for trio and orchestra, and played the Chaminade Concertino with verve and style between conducting each piece on the program- wow!!! Having had experience of his talent and artistry I wanted to attend the only class that he gave. He’s a marvelous teacher and worked on all aspects of flute with the students. The main points— Make sure you can play expressively without vibrato, thinking about your phrasing like speech, as some notes, like some words have special value. In a short time showing a shy student all manner of ways to play using the woods behind the window to create clear and colorful metaphors to improve her breathing strength, vibrato and phrasing. Bernold has a book-- La Technique d’Embouchure, 4th Edition, published by Billaudot, (available at Flute World) which are 218 exercises for mastery over our embouchure and creating a beautiful tone. He talked about the book in a discussion about using both your embouchure and your air, as he’s created exercises that allow one to develop both a good embouchure and a good, free blowing line with good support. I particularly loved his talk about free blowing the line, that a beginner blows free and loud and that, that impulse is the correct one, as the only energy we have is the air. We work with the diaphragm and the lips and the lips (a muscle) must be trained as well as the diaphragm muscle. My personal take away for my own playing and teaching: To sometimes blow loud and free, practice your scales loud and then spend time playing softer and working on your embouchure. I sometimes play too softly in order to stimulate my support and free my lips, but I found that the free blowing was quite helpful in opening up my sound. It’s another tool in my practice box!! Henrik Wiese Mozart Class: Henrik Wiese is the solo flutist in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons chief conductor. A wonderful, exciting player! He also is involved with Mozart, Bach and Reinecke editions of both flute music and symphonic music and has written and made a study of Mozart Cadenza’s (among many other scholarly endeavors). In this class he spoke about Mozart flute music in general and also about Mozart Cadenza’s. The first part of the class was in English and it was illuminating! In answer to a question about Mozart articulation, Henrik doesn’t use traditional double tonguing (tktk) but suggests uses didle didle, so that the lines are more connected, like a singing. He also suggests using limited vibrato in Mozart, and to think about phrasing more, clearly in Mozart. My personal take-away:...

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The Flute View In Concert (Seoul Arts Center)

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in April 2018, Blog, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

The Flute View In Concert (Seoul Arts Center)

The Flute View Trio premiered Nicole Chamberlain's OLYMPUS for Flute Trio and Orchestra, written exclusively for the Gonjiam Festival 2018.  Fluter Scooter, Viviana Guzman and Barbara Siesel, Soloists, Philippe Bernold, Conductor with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra in the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Korea.                ...

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Gonjiam Flute Festival: Video Interviews

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in April 2018, Blog, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

Gonjiam Flute Festival: Video Interviews

Viviana Guzman interviewed several of the Guest Artists of the Gonjiam Festival. Browse below to see interviews with Peter-Lukas Graf, Philippe Bernold, Yunhwa Song, Demarre McGill, Anne-Catherine Heinzmann, Christina Fassbender, and Festival Directors Philip Jundt and Soohyun Paik.              ...

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Practice Like a Pro. By Dr. Terri Sánchez

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, Featured, February 2018, Issues | 0 comments

Practice Like a Pro.  By Dr. Terri Sánchez

Terri Sánchez is currently the Senior Lecturer in Flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Miyazawa Performing Artist. Legendary flutist Paula Robison writes, “Sánchez has a beautiful presence as a player, and her sparkling clear sound spins out and fills the air with poetry.” After Sánchez premiered his new work for flute and piano, Archetypes, composer George Chave wrote, “her ability to pull the audience in and take them along for the ride is a true joy. Terri is a musician’s musician.” She performs often as a duo with her husband, pianist Gabriel Sánchez, and also as a member of the Tessitura Trio and FlutAria! Sánchez’s new book, The Aspiring Flutist’s Practice Companion, is scheduled for release in early 2017, published by Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co.   Sánchez is the founder, faculty advisor, and artistic director of the Maverick Flute Choir, a unique flute ensemble, comprised of UTA flutists, that seeks to engage and inspire audiences with an unconventional fusion of classic, contemporary, original, and collaborative musical works, often fused with a wide variety of other artistic mediums. With her guidance, the Maverick Flute Choir has written and performed two original collaborative works for flute ensemble, Take a Chance and As the Fog Descends Upon Us. In 2016, they premiered their original production, The Princess & The Dragon: A Musical Play for Flute Choir, with music and plot composed by Maverick Flute Choir members and script written by Terri Sánchez. Do You Practice Like a Pro?   Quiz from theself-inspiredflutist.com Answer the following questions and find out! Keep track of your answers so you can read your results at the end of the quiz. Before you take the quiz, would you take a couple of minutes to donate to the Maverick Flute Choir GoFundMe Campaign? Thanks!   1. How often you look forward to practicing? a. Always b. Most of the time c. Sometimes d. Not often 2. How often do you practice? a. Every day b. Almost every day c. A few times a week d. Every once in a while 3. How often do you procrastinate practicing? a. Never b. Every once in a while c. Pretty often d. When do I not procrastinate practicing? 4. How high is practicing on your priority list? a. Very high b. Important c. Pretty important d. I practice after all my other to-dos are done 5. How productive does your practice feel? a. Extremely productive b. Often productive c. Occasionally productive d. I really struggle with productive practice 6. Which of the following most resembles your mood during a typical practice session? a. Calm, clear, focused, and often inspired b. Serious c. Casual d. Frustrated 7. How often do you take breaks while practicing? a. I take little breaks often and bigger breaks as needed b. I stay very focused and seldom take breaks c. I feel like I don't have time to take breaks d. If I need a break, I just decide to practice later 8. What is the pace of your practicing generally like? a. Easy, but flowing b. Pushing forward c. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow d. Often hurried or frantic 9.  How confident do you feel in your ability to solve practice challenges? a. Very confident b. Pretty confident c. Somewhat confident d. Insecure 10. How often do you experience anxiety during a...

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MeToo in the Flute Community. By Mara Miller and The Flute View

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Blog, December 2017 | 0 comments

MeToo in the Flute Community.  By Mara Miller and The Flute View

Call to Action   Many have recently become familiar with the social media movement called, “Me too.” Initially, its’ origins stem from activist, Tarana Burke, who created the movement in the late 90’s to support women of color that have experienced sexual abuse or assault. In October of 2017, actress Alyssa Milano called attention to the movement once more, spurring the viral Twitter hashtag #MeToo.   Women began using the hashtag on social media to openly share their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. Despite the heart-breakingly wide breadth of sensitive stories shared, many people found the movement empowering and transformative. Though originally created for exclusively women, men took part in expanding the movement during this reprise as well, sharing their sexual assault and harassment experiences.   Making Things Known   The sheer number of personal stories that were told was overwhelming and powerful. So powerful, that the ladies of The Flute View and myself felt compelled to analyze how “Me too” manifests in our own communities, specifically the flute community, and what could be done to help change that.   We asked a group of flutists to share, if they felt comfortable, any experiences they may have come across within the music community regarding sexual harassment or assault. Below are their stories. Names will remain anonymous.   Take the Train Home   “I rarely, if ever, did something strategic for my career, like taking a lesson with someone who I thought could help me. Somehow I always wanted to do it myself, perhaps looking back, it's a foolish approach. Anyway, I noticed that someone's students always seemed to win a certain big competition and thought, "I'll take a lesson with him and let him know that I'm interested in the competition.” I had been invited to the competition based on someone hearing me at a master class and this person was one of the judges. I went to the lesson - taking the train to another city, had the lesson, and then it was time for dinner. The teacher got very drunk, so drunk that he needed to be brought back to his hotel room, which I did, with the teacher needing to be held up by me (LOL).  Next, the teacher needed help getting into bed, and then he needed me to stay the night to "help" him.  At that point I said - "you know, I think I'll take the train home". It was quite late and I think he was counting on me not being willing to travel alone that late, but it didn't bother me as it was time to leave.  Needless to say I didn't win the competition!  The teacher called a few days later and offered to write me a recommendation.   I write about this because I wonder how many of us were silenced into not competing and not thinking that our work was deserving of a place in the winners circle, how many creative voices are left out of the discussion, who gets the major career?  I do think that many female flutists have achieved prominence but given the percentages of women to men in our world, things look a bit skewed to me.”   A Lesson in Professionalism   “Once while sitting in a partner lesson, instead of teaching,...

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12 Holiday Flute Gift Ideas

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Blog, December 2017, Featured, Flute Fashion, Issues, Lifestyle | 0 comments

12 Holiday Flute Gift Ideas

The Flute View's Holiday Gift Ideas Do you need help with a creative gift for your favorite flutist?  Following are a sample list of our personal favorite flute items.  Feel free to include  YOUR suggestions, too.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! -The Flute View Team     Viviana's List 1. Does your favorite flutist have flute insurance? Check out Anderson’s Musical Instrument Insurance for the best rates. Highly recommended! http://www.fluteinsurance.com 2. The Tornado Flute Booster will give your flute an AMAZING upgrade. I recommend trying it out. The price is right, too, for only $36.95, you, too, can start giving your flute sound an extra boost! http://www.musiquedemarc.com/En/default.asp?pg=tor 3. Get a new flute! Flute World offers great deals on flutes by Altus, Burkhart, Powell, Jupiter…. you name it! http://www.FluteWorld.com 4.  Stocking Stuffers? Purchase 2017 Flute Releases! Here are a few items: Sweet Dream by Jean-Louis Beaumadier Kingdom of Mountains by Suzanne Teng A Little Tango in Her Blood, edited compilation of tango sheet music by Alison Young Song of the Whale by Viviana Guzman Aya Tunes Vol. 2 by Fluterscooter Barbara's List 1. Powell Flutes: Black 90th Birthday Hoodie in my fav color – Black! This is a fun and fashionable hoodie which will keep you warm and let the world know about the Powell Flute Company and their 90th anniversary! $47.61 2. A Flute View Subscription for your favorite flutist $12.95 for a year! An affordable and informative gift for flute lovers everywhere. 3. New CD’s that I like: Emi Ferguson's "Amour Cruel" and Barbara Kortmann's "Inner Lights". These inspiring and beautiful CD’s are a great addition to your favorite flutist’s collection. 4. I love these Jumbo Music Paperclips from Flute World. They make all your presentations look good!! $5.95 for 5. Fluterscooter's List 1. Even if you're not a Bjork fan, her new album "Utopia" has some amazing flute choir arrangements on most of the songs.  Excellent flute writing from Bjork herself.  Add this to your non-classical playlist! 2. Beaumont Music Cleaning Cloths.  Super cute cleaning cloths and swabs for your flute.  They work on computer screens and glasses, too! 3. Flute jewelry is always a great stocking stuffer, and Tracy Harris' FluteFinery line is affordable, too! 4. LeFreque Sound Bridge.  There are many options of LeFreque's for your budget, but a good one to start with is the Solid Silver.  Try one and hear the difference it makes, especially in ensemble playing! Happy Holidays from The Flute...

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Dr. G’s November Flute Horoscopes. By Rachel Taylor Geier

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Blog, Dr. G's Flute Horoscopes, Featured, Issues, November 2017 | 0 comments

Dr. G’s November Flute Horoscopes.  By Rachel Taylor Geier

Welcome to November 2017! It is officially Scorpio Season. For most of this month the Sun, Jupiter, and Venus are all highlighting the sign of Scorpio. The New Moon falling on November 18th in the sign of Scorpio is also extending the spotlight on this trifecta well into December. This means that there will be a major focus on an area of your life (and flute playing) that is expanding and becoming increasingly more creative. Of course, each sign will experience something different. Wherever Scorpio falls in your sign, it will demand your attention for the next several weeks. Be careful! When Jupiter and Venus align there is also a tendency to overindulge. Try to remain grounded this month! Scorpio (October 23-November 21) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are officially the star of the zodiac this month. You usually are a bit more popular at this time of year as the Sun beams down on your sign for the first 3 weeks of the month, however 2017 ushers in 2 other mega fans to your entourage: Jupiter and Venus. This trifecta (Sun, Jupiter, Venus) is in your 1st house of who you are and your visibility in the world. This is the perfect time to host a solo recital. You are the diva and everybody is looking at you and loving your creative spirit. The spotlight is not just on you for the first 3 week but also extends into next month. 8 weeks of being the most popular flutist in town! This is your Beyoncé moment. Enjoy it! Be careful not to go overboard or you may alienate others. Be humble and gracious like a true Scorpio. Mercury will be moving into Sagittarius on November 5th turning your attention to the 2nd house of income and what you value in the world. You are thinking about how to turn your newfound popularity into a source of income. Try marketing your solo recital to middle schools, high schools, or other groups of potential new flute students. Finally, Mars will remain in Libra in your 12th house of behind the scenes activities. You are burning the midnight oil working on a top-secret project. A new CD? A publication? Another performance? An audition? Perhaps this is a project that will eventually increase your income through passive earnings. Mars does not really like being in the 12th house, so try to enjoy the quiet work time without feeling stuck or confined. You are working on something very special. Full Moon – November 3rd in Taurus in your 7th house of relationships. You might hear from an old friend or colleague on this day or have new, visionary, creative ideas. Collaborate and play some duets together! New Moon – November 18th in Scorpio in your 1st house of visibility and who you are. This is the best day of the month to host a solo recital. Perform your heart out on this day! You will receive a standing ovation. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You will be focused on giving back to others during the month of November. For the first 3 weeks of the month, the Sun, Jupiter, and Venus will all be in your 12th house of behind the scenes activities, spiritual studies, and charity. It seems like an oxymoron for the Sun to...

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NEW COLUMN: Dr. G’s Flute Horoscopes. by Rachel Taylor Geier

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blog, Dr. G's Flute Horoscopes, Featured, Issues, October 2017 | 0 comments

NEW COLUMN:  Dr. G’s Flute Horoscopes. by Rachel Taylor Geier

The big news for everybody this month is that Jupiter, planet of expansion, growth, abundance, and learning, is entering the sign of Scorpio on October 10th. This will mean different things for each sign depending on which astrological house Jupiter lands in. With the Sun also moving into Scorpio on October 22nd, there will be an added spotlight on your Jupiter placement. Something in your flute playing is about to blow up (in a good way!). The Jupiter transit will last a little over a year. You may not see abundance right away, however October marks the beginning of major growth and change in your flute life. The seeds are literally being sown in October for something new and amazing to happen in the future months. Get ready! Libra (September 23-October 22). Happy Birthday Libra!!! For the first 3 weeks of the month, the Sun will be in your sign in the 1st house of visibility and who you are in the world. You are most likely playing up a storm, hopping from performance to performance, juggling impressive solos in your band or orchestra ensembles with stunning solo and chamber recital performances that put you smack dab in the middle of the spotlight. You are the queen bee for the first 3 weeks of October! Your Jupiter is landing in the 2nd house of income on October 10th (and we are all jealous). This is a great time for you to expand your income by taking on new money-making endeavors. Jupiter may be encouraging you to learn new skills that will increase your cashflow over the next year (maybe you are learning a new instrument to increase your student base). As Venus and Mars are aligned in your 12th house of shadows and secrets for the first two weeks of the month, you may be feeling quite passionate about a project that you are working on behind the scenes. When Venus and Mars move into your 1st house on October 22nd, at the same time that the sun is shining a light on the Jupiter hanging out in your 2nd house of income, you are ready to share the money-making project you have been working on in secret with the world. Have you been working on a new CD recording that is set to launch on or around the end of October? Or maybe you are writing a book that is set to release at the end of the month. Whatever it is, you are very excited and ready to share your flute playing ideas with the world. Full Moon - October 5th in Aries in your 7th house of relationships. A creative relationship might be ending behind the scenes. Perhaps your accompanist is moving or you no longer have time to perform with a particular group. New Moon - October 19th in Libra in your 1st house, opposing Uranus. You want to break out of a rut and promote something new! You are reinventing your own definition of what it means to be a “flute player.” Scorpio (October 23-November 21).   Are you spending countless hours in the practice room these days? You may also be typing away at your computer working on an article or a book until the wee hours of the morning. This is because...

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