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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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The First Panama Flute Festival

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Entrepreneurship, Essays, Featured, Issues, September 2017 | 0 comments

The First Panama Flute Festival

Dafne Guevara, Manuel Ruiz Acosta, and Valentin Martinez are the founders of APAFLUT (Asociación Panameña de Flautistas), the brand new and first flute association in Panama.   Fluterscooter was a Guest Artist of their first flute festival this summer in Panama City.  In this interview, she asks them about the festival, starting a flute association in Central America, and the flute and music scene in Panama. Explain a little about your background and how you founded APAFLUT:   Dafne: When I was studying in the USA, I saw a video of kids holding guns. The kids were barely 6 or 7 years old, and they were talking about killing people. These kids were reflecting all the hate that the older people had against society, and it was reflecting how hate can be passed down. I was thinking how sad it was for me, and that the government is not helping too much. They care about other things instead of education and culture. I used to live in one of these areas, so I know where these kids come from and what they see everyday. I said, we don’t need to wait for the government to do something; we have something beautiful. Let us use it, and take advantage of what we know, and all we know is to play the flute. We don’t have money. Manuel is also very enthusiastic, so we called and organized 40 kids and paid for pizza. One kid said he wanted to quit school, but saw what we were doing and your story, and now he will graduate and be someone. The kids said that we are their idols. After the first Panama flute “mini-festival,” we decided to create APA Flut. It’s been 113 years since anything happened with the flute here. We are the new generation. We need this! Without any money, I went back home and talked to Prof. Almarza, and he said he would support it. I went back to UNLV, and Dr. Grim was also on board. After that, I had a lot of opportunities to write projects for fellowships, and I won one fellowship through UNLV. I’d also write to friends of flute foundations and explain about the project, and I got a lot of support. Manuel: My sister is a lawyer, and she helped us with all the legal things we needed to create APA Flut in Panama. Was it difficult?   Manuel: It was VERY difficult, especially since we don’t have money, but luckily my sister helped. Valentin: We did 4 recitals to earn money to pay for the creation of the association. Dafne: We owe everything to the kids. Ever since we gave them the idea that we’re starting the flute association here, they knew we didn’t have money, but they said they still have flutes. From January until last week, the kids have been presenting recitals to get money. We sold tickets to the recitals, and advertised mostly on Facebook. Is this an ongoing flute association? What are your responsibilities until the next festival?   Dafne: Besides getting sponsors, it is to keep the kids motivated. We don’t want to give them something beautiful like this, but then have it go away. I want these kids to be someone and be inspired. So you’re really empowering these kids.   Dafne: Exactly....

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Galway Flute Festival: The Students

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Articles, August 2017, Blog, Featured, Interviews, Issues | 0 comments

Galway Flute Festival: The Students

  The students of the Galway Flute Festival were not only fantastic flutists, but also great personalities! We asked them about the festival, working with Sir James Galway, their goals, inspirations, and advice they would offer to younger students.      Katy Wherry 2017 Rising Star  Amy Gillen 2017 Rising Star  Audrey Emata The Flute View Young Artist Competition Winner Lucas Martins Pedro Brazil Valerie Henning Germany, Festival Translator Albert Pae Former Rising Star, Festival Team, and technical assistant Amy Pribuluck...

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Galway Flute Festival: Reflections (Viviana Guzman)

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Articles, August 2017, Blog, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

Galway Flute Festival: Reflections (Viviana Guzman)

From the moment I landed, I felt that there was something extraordinary about this festival.  The magic starts when you first set your eyes on Lake Lucerne.  Breathing the air, smelling the country fragrances, eating the marvelous salads at Stella Matutina,  are just the introduction, then it becomes even more enchanting.  After the opening concert by Sir James and Lady Jeanne, I was enthralled.  In fact, after every concert I felt myself fall deeper into the blissful spell.  Sir James and Lady Jeanne cast a magical brew that included the daily warm-up, masterclasses, workshops, interviews, more masterclasses, more interviews and nightly concerts;  combine all of this with delightful meals and short swims in the lake, and you have a perfect Fairy Tale setting for flutists. The Galway Flute Festival brings out the best of everyone, as Sir James and Lady Jeanne, the students and participants turn into a family of support and encouragement.  The evening concerts provide a delightful platform for inspiration.  The generous exhibitors donate the awards and prizes voted on by the class.  In the end, everyone feels included, supported and encouraged. This was a first-class festival from beginning to end.  Expertly run, with first-rate individuals in every post carefully selected and looked after by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway.  You come away feeling truly touched by the generous spirit of Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway.  The Galway Flute Festival is a place of myth and magic, where Sir James and Lady Jeanne stand at the helm, waiving their magic wands (their flutes!), enlightening and touching all who gather to listen and learn. --Viviana...

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July 2017 PDF Download

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blog, July 2017 | 0 comments

July 2017 PDF Download

Download the PDF of The Flute View July 2017. Interviews with Lady Jeanne Galway and Dallas Flute Teacher Extraordinaire, Monica Song. Kaori Fuji Cecil shares what is new with Music Beyond. Dr. Cate Hummel shares tips on Blowing the flute! Dr. Nicole Riner shares a Commissioning Guide. Fluterscooter shares her unique marketing idea. Rachel Hacker shares Tips of Smart Social Media Posting. Barbara Siesel shares Entrepreneurial Resources. Dyan Parker, Music is the Ointment That Heals. CD Reviews of the latest from Rozalind MacPhail and Bill McBirnie. Happy Reading!  -The Flute View Team...

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Tips for Smarter Social Media Commenting. By Rachel Hacker

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Essays, Featured, Issues, July 2017 | 1 comment

Tips for Smarter Social Media Commenting.  By Rachel Hacker

The Flute View has written about social media use on many occasions. Each of us who write for the magazine have benefited from interacting with a daily network of flutists and musicians from all over the world.  Blunders with people from the digital world are likely, if not inevitable. After a recent negative experience with a stranger on social media, I’ve decided to write a guide for commenting on the posts of others. It’s one thing to post an inappropriate status or photo to your own page, but it’s a different situation to say something inappropriate to another person, in a setting that is equally virtual and public. There is at least one occasion a day where I figuratively roll my eyes at an Instagram photo, a Facebook video, or a Twitter thread from someone else. We all know a person who wears their heart on the sleeve, posts a slew of selfies (that all look the same), or complains about every situation they encounter. It is convenient to judge their post, fire off a hurtful comment. The past few months, I’ve cut down on social media use, and it has made me happier. I have learned that there are too many people on social media who hide behind their computers, and say things without thinking.   The Situation  A few weeks ago, there was a Facebook page that shared one of my old Flute View articles. I was at a baby shower at the time it was posted, so I didn’t pay attention to the post for a while. I viewed the post later that day, and saw a couple of unexpected, negative, comments under it. One of the comments got resolved, but the other one really ground my gears.  A woman that I did not know called my makeup “horrid.”  The remark did not actually offend me, but I found it completely inappropriate, given that it was on a page about flute playing. I called the woman out, without being lewd, violent, or inappropriate. Multiple other people began to take up for me, and persecute the woman. She meekly apologized, but the administrator still blocked the woman from the page. This interaction could have been entirely avoided, if only she had used better social judgement.   What you can do:   Recognize your audience:  People seem to conveniently forget that social networks are, in fact, a network. Anything said on social media can be seen by anyone else. Before getting hired at my full time job, my bosses found a way to go through my Facebook, and they aren’t even friends with me. With that said, a rude or negative comment is likely to be seen by anyone else that is also friends with, or follows, the posts of that person. If the original poster has very lax security settings, or the comment was on a forum, that comment is pretty much public content. In this instance, several thousand musicians were able to access that comment. It left a terrible first impression for many people who might have otherwise considered networking with her.     Read the comment again in your head:  Sometimes, we say something without thinking, and it is later perceived by others to be crass, rude, or pretentious.  We later look at the comment again, and...

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In Memoriam: Tribute to Phil Dikeman

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Issues, June 2017 | 0 comments

In Memoriam: Tribute to Phil Dikeman

Philip Dikeman, Associate Professor of Flute, was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years. During his tenure with the DSO, he held the position of Assistant Principal Flute, as well as Acting Principal Flute for his final two seasons. He also appeared as concerto soloist with the DSO on numerous occasions and took part in various tours to Europe, Asia, Florida, The Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. This current concert season of 2016-17, he was invited to assume the position of Acting Principal Flute with the Nashville Symphony. Dikeman attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Willoughby and received his Bachelor of Music. He received his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, studying with Thomas Nyfenger. He was named the George Wellington Memorial Scholar for his outstanding musical and academic excellence upon completion of his degree at Yale University. Immediately after graduation, Dikeman began his professional career when he was appointed Principal Flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for five seasons. Prior to joining the Detroit Symphony in the fall of 1992, he played Principal Flute for a short time with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also played Guest Principal Flute with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony, and Guest Associate Principal Flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In competition, Dikeman holds the distinction of having won first prize in both the National Flute Association’s (NFA) Young Artist and Orchestral Audition Competitions. In chamber music, Dikeman was a member of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings for 18 seasons. His performances with DCWS included regular appearances on their subscription series, as well as various tours including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lucerne, Switzerland. He was also a featured performer for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival while still a member of the DSO. He has made recital and masterclass appearances throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and Interlochen. Dikeman is on the faculty of the Summer Arts Camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has taught there for the last five seasons as a Valade Fellow, Instructor of Flute. In 2014, he was honored to accept the role of Program Chair for the National Flute Association's 2014 Convention held in Chicago, aptly titled "Perform, Inspire, Educate!" Also, in the spring of 2015 he traveled to Berlin with the Blair Woodwind Quintet to play a concert at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Philip Dikeman was a close friend to many at Powell Flutes Boston.  His talent, impeccable musicianship and infectious laugh are deeply missed. In every artist's career, there are mentors who raise up their students and drive their growth.  For Philip, it was Mr. Robert Willoughby at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Mr. Tom Nyfenger at Yale University.  These two great men provided the foundation for Philip's career and pedagogic philosophy.  Through their teaching, Philip gained a mastery of nuanced performance which he in turn passed on to his students. In 1998 Philip was the first place winner of the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, seventeen years later, his student, Ramakrishnan Kumaran won first place. To honor Philip's legacy and artistry, Powell Flutes is proud to sponsor the...

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