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The Flute View High School Competition Winners!

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog, Featured, May 2016 | 0 comments

The Flute View High School Competition Winners!

The Jury has adjourned, the results are in and we have The Winners! DRUM ROLL, please... Lady Jeanne Galway, Amy Porter and Alice K. Dade announce the following as the Winners of The Flute View 2016 High School Competition: The Gemeinhart 1st Prize Winner:  Hanbin Koo The Flute Center of New York 2nd Prize Winner:  Arin Sarkissian The Woodwind & Brasswind 3rd Prize Winner: Daniel Wang Honorable Mention:  Jaime Kim The Miyazawa Audience Favorite (the most "likes" on YouTube) Prize:  Arin Sarkissian THANK YOU to all our contestants, THANK YOU to our Judges and THANK YOU to our...

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High School Soloist Competition Entries

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

High School Soloist Competition Entries

We are happy to share the entries from our inaugural High School Soloist Competition! Below, you will find the submissions in the order they were received. The first prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Gemeinhardt, the second prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize sponsored by Flute Center of New York, and the third prize winner will receive a $250 gift certificate sponsored by Woodwind & Brasswind.   We are pleased to announce our judges for this year's competition: Lady Jeanne Galway, Amy Porter, and Alice K. Dade!   Here's where we need your help: the video with the Most Likes by the time of the final judging will receive a $150 cash prize sponsored by Miyazawa for being the audience favorite. Like and share your favorite video, and enjoy all of the entries from these talented young flutists! Hanbin Koo:        Claire Gunsbury:        Caroline Keefer:        Courtney Badura:        Clara Yang:       Arin Sarkissian:        John Brian Hipolito Feliciano:   Jiwoo Park:       Michael Huerta:       ' Jamie Kim:       Daniel Sun:   Sean Marron:       Daniel Wang:   Amanda Kjar:       Mina Yi:       Susie Lee:       Jackie Cho:    ...

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The May 2016 Issue is Now Live!

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

  The May 2016 issue of The Flute View is now live! This month's articles include:   Barbara Siesel's monthly entrepreneurial article: Can Entrepreneurship Effect Political Change?   Album reviews of Gina Luciani's self-titled debut album, Elisabet Franch's debut album, and Marianne Gedigian's American chamber music album with the Walden Chamber Players.   From the studio of Amy Porter at University of Michigan: interviews with Noniko Hsu, Ashley Stanley, Cassandra Mullinex, Nina Shekhar, Merryl Monard, Brice Smith, and Melissa Mashner.   From the studio of Terri Sánchez at the University of Texas at Arlington: interviews with Shannon Lotti, Caitlin Hall, Brittany King, Rashaad Calaham, Stephanie Kalina, Sonia Kinra, Carmen Chavez, Alba Cumba Berrocal, Sarah Chang, and Estela da Costa.   As we turn three years old this month, we want to say THANK YOU to all of our wonderful subscribers. Since our first issue, we have expanded our team to include two new members, reviewed nearly 70 albums, interviewed over 70 flutists, and published articles on entrepreneurship, education, lifestyle, health & wellness, fashion, and more! In an effort to continue bringing you flute news, articles, interviews, and reviews, our annual subscription rate is increasing to $12.95 per year. For new subscribers, we offer a free trial month! We hope that you, the flute community, will continue to send us your articles and ideas.   HAPPY READING!  --The Flute...

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High School Soloist Competition!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

High School Soloist Competition!

The Flute View Competition is open to High School students who are under the age of 18 (ages 13-18) by June 1, 2016.  Each applicant must be a current subscriber to The Flute View Magazine. Repertoire: 1) Otar Taktakishvili Sonata for flute and piano, Movement III. Allegro Scherzando 2) a contrasting piece of your choice Application Deadline is April 30th, 2016 at 11:59pm.  Please upload your videos and title them The Flute View High School Competition. Each piece must be played in its entirety without edits.  Works may be performed accompanied or unaccompanied. Please submit an email to tfvcompetition(at)gmail.com and include 1) your name, 2) age, 3) two to three sentence bio and 4) the links to your YouTube submissions.  A $50 USD application fee must be paid using the Paypal button below to be considered in the competition.  Each applicant must be a current subscriber to The Flute View Magazine.  Good Luck!   Download printable PDF here:  TheFluteViewHSComp PDF...

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Who is Afraid of the Kingma System Flute?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in April 2016, Articles, Blog, Featured, Interviews | 3 comments

Who is Afraid of the Kingma System Flute?

Our newly appointed 4th Member of  The Flute View Team, Deputy Features Editor, Rachel Hacker, recently did a series of video interviews series entitled, "Who is Afraid of the Kingma System Flute?" where she interviewed Robert Dick, Carla Rees and Eva Kingma.  Check them out!             Interview with Robert Dick       Interview with Carla Rees       Interview with Eva...

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Flutes by the Sea Bali & Cali Overview

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in April 2016, Articles, Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Flutes by the Sea Bali & Cali Overview

Flutes by the Sea 2016 California & Bali The ocean provides a wonderfully inspiring and relaxing backdrop for any creative spirit; we arose from the sea and it resonates within us still. I have always been attracted to the sea, and feel I am a sea creature who cannot be separated from my home for too long; it calls to me. This is why I created Flutes by the Sea Masterclasses in my home town of Half Moon Bay, CA. I wanted to attract fellow flute lovers and show them the power the energizing waves can exert over their creativity. Through the years, Flutes by the Sea Masterclass star teachers have included Carol Wincenc (Juilliard School), Jill Felber (UC Santa Barbara), Andrea “Fluterscooter" Fisher, Alice K. Dade (University of Missouri) and Barbara Siesel. Balinese Beauty This year was expanded to include a seminar in Bali, Indonesia with Jane Rutter, Fluterscooter and myself rendezvousing with our students at that tranquil island in the west of the Pacific. Flutes by the Sea Bali started off with a session of swimming with the dolphins and coral reef snorkeling before the first note was played in flute class. Every day there was a different activity, from bathing at the breathtaking Munduk Waterfall; visiting the Batur, Bratan and Agung Volcanos; feeding the monkeys at the top of the mountain; to feeding the tropical fish at the bottom of the ocean; petting snakes, iguanas, and rabbits; and visiting the tropical deer who live on Menjangan “Deer” Island. We also visiting Buddhist and Hindu Temples and saw numerous timeless and serene rice paddies. In the afternoon flute classes we covered topics from vibrato, tuning, building technique to phrasing, tapering and memorization. After our week long stay in our oceanfront hotel in Lovina, we moved to the artistic and now famous (due to the movie Eat, Pray, Love) town of Ubud. Here, Australian flute sensation Jane Rutter joined us and offered daily afternoon masterclasses focusing on the special phrasing and warm-up techniques that she learned from her French Conservatoire masters, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion. The class finished with a special performance that we all took part in at the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Denpasar. The children are appreciative of music and quite lively, with the inner beauty that seems to be imbued in the Balinese and which is the real reason Bali is such a paradise on earth. Half Moon Bay Harmony--Flutes By The Sea July, 2016 Last year, our FBTS whale watching expedition in Half Moon Bay / Monterey Bay was so successful that we have decided to make a repeat the journey this year for those who would like to get up close and personal with our cetacean friends, or who would simply like to hone their fluting skills in a spiritually rich setting. We are very excited to have the following joining us this year: Masterclass Faculty Julien Beaudiment, Former Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Principal Flute of the Lyon Opera, Flute Professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon. Alice K. Dade, Former Principal Flute of the Swedish Radio Syjmphony Orchestra, Guest Principal of Seoul Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Assistant Flute Professor at the University of Missouri School of Music. Viviana Guzman, International Soloist, 2014 GRAMMY Nominated album, TEDxBerkeley Speaker, performed in 125 countries, Co-Founder The...

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Can Failure Help Success? by Barbara Siesel

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Featured, Health & Wellness, Issues, Lifestyle, March 2016, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can Failure Help Success? by Barbara Siesel

If you’ve never failed you’ve never tried anything new! Last month we spoke about the power of quitting, this month we'll speak about the power of failure to inform our progress as artists and entrepreneurs. While doing research for this article I’ve been reading about famous people who’ve failed numerous times, their failures are as great as their successes! Large failures and large successes. Let’s look at some quotes from some people who’ve achieved great success and along the way great failure as well. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about failure: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates “Success is failure in progress.” Albert Einstein “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with you failure.” Abraham Lincoln “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan “…we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”. Henry Ford Each of these people experienced great failures before their successes. For example, Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 years old and didn’t read until he was 7. His grades were so poor in school that a teacher told him “you will never amount to anything”. Abraham Lincoln had almost 30 years of failure before he was elected president in 1860, including being defeated for the US Senate(twice), defeated for the nomination for Vice-President, a failed business and much more. Michael Jordan was cut from his sophomore year HS Varsity basketball team!! What do all these people and quotes have in common- what do they tell us about failure? I love the idea of failure as being an opportunity to begin again, to not be content with your failure, that success is failure in progress, that failing a lot is why we succeed! Most of us have a fear of failure, but maybe, just maybe, failure is one of the ways that we accomplish success. What we learn, what we risk, and the deep understanding of the world that can come from experiencing failure are what makes us more open, more compassionate and more able to withstand the difficulties inherent in our artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors. So on the day that you reach rock bottom, the day that you lose that audition, your new business fails, your entrepreneurial idea is laughed out of the investor meeting, your 100 grant proposals of your new flutrepreneur endeavor are turned down, think--- this failure is the beginning of my success! Think, “I welcome this failure because now I know I’m going to succeed! Many of us have experienced these things, and we at The Flute View would love to hear and share your empowering...

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Spotlight on Juilliard Students

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Interviews, Issues, January 2016 | 0 comments

Spotlight on Juilliard Students

Late December through early January is a valued time of family, friends, rest, and relaxation for many, but especially college students! As many music students are no-doubt enjoying their winter breaks, we wanted to take the opportunity to feature four current Juilliard students from all over the world: Katherine Lee Althen (PA, USA), Giorgio Consolati (Italy), Ji Weon Ryu (South Korea), and Olivia Staton (VA, USA). We asked them about their goals, inspirations, challenges, mentors, personal quirks, and advice for high school flutists.           Katherine (Katie) Lee Althen: Reading, PA   What are your goals personally? Professionally? Each day I strive to do better than the previous day, both as a human being and in my work with my flute. I think that if I can continue to work diligently and show kindness to those around me, I can find happiness in my life. Professionally, I am really interested in a career that is not simply a job in a professional orchestra. I am incredibly passionate about chamber music, solo work, as well as teaching and out-reach. I would love to find a way to combine all of these things in my life!   What inspires you the most in life? I try to find inspiration in everything, not just music. I find inspiration in all art forms or in anyone that puts their entire being into the work that they are doing.   What has been your greatest challenge? My greatest challenge has been to remain true to myself and my musical ideas in an environment that can sometimes feel a bit stifling.   Who are your music mentors? What have you learned from them? My greatest music mentor is Paula Robison. Paula is the most incredible human being and musician I have ever met and I feel beyond fortunate to have been able to study with her for four years. I could write an entire book about our time together and all that she has taught me! She has taught me what it means to make music and not just play the notes on the page. She has taught me the careful balance of artistry and technique; one cannot exist without the other. She has taught me that it is our duty as artists to bring light into the world and although this path is not be easy, it is our path and we must devote our body, mind, and soul to this endeavor.   Can you give us 5 quirky, secret, fun (don't think too much about this) hobbies or passions? Taking ballet class! - I had classical ballet training from a young age up until I started college so it will always be an important part of my life. Taking care of my 19 year old frog, Pickles - I have had him since kindergarten. Learning Spanish and speaking it with my Argentinian boyfriend, Jeremías Going to museums - the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my favorite places on earth. DOGS. I love dogs. It is my dream to have one of my own someday!   What 3 things would you offer as advice for a high school flutist? Experience life beyond the practice room and flute. Get out and live! Learn as much as you can about other art...

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Talking Business with Sarah Hollandsworth of Flute World & JL Smith

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Blog, December 2015, Featured, Interviews | 1 comment

Talking Business with Sarah Hollandsworth of Flute World & JL Smith

1.  How did you get into the flute industry, and how many years have you worked for J.L. Smith & Co.? I first started in the flute business in 2007. Having finished a Bachelors degree in Flute Performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts a few years earlier, I was freelancing, teaching lessons, and working part time at Barnes & Noble. (A familiar story to many musicians!) You can imagine my excitement when an email from J.L. Smith & Co. popped into my inbox announcing an opening for a Flute Specialist to assist in their Flute Department. I was fortunate enough to be chosen for that spot and right away I fell in love with the combination of flutes and business. What better gig? – Surrounded by new flutes all day, helping flutists of all ages and levels choose the perfect instrument. As much as I enjoyed my job at J.L. Smith, I had an itch to go back to school for a Masters degree. So, in 2009 I left the business to attend graduate school at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Completing that degree was a goal that I needed to achieve and my time in Miami was priceless. I had the enormous honor of studying with professor Trudy Kane. While pursuing that degree, I found myself missing the flute business, and did some part time work for Altus Handmade Flutes assisting at trade shows and events. After completing my Masters and spending some time on the audition circuit, I decided that my ideal career was in the flute industry, and that I would find ways to also incorporate teaching and performing into my life. I contacted Jeff Smith and asked him to let me know of any positions available in the industry. Coincidentally he was looking for someone to lead the Flute Division of J.L. Smith! I was hired (or re-hired I should say) shortly there after and rejoined the J.L. Smith team as Director of Flute Sales in 2012. In June of 2015, J.L. Smith & Co. purchased Flute World, and I now have the privilege of leading two teams of wonderful people all working to enhance the lives of flutists around the world. 2.  Describe a typical day at J.L. Smith & Co. Many musicians don’t realize that J.L. Smith is a multi-faceted company. Not only are we a dealer of fine flutes, piccolos, and headjoints, we have an industry leading repair shop with technicians specifically trained in expert flute repair. Our technicians spend hours setting up our inventory to the highest standards. Once you find your dream flute, they keep it performing at its greatest potential for years to come. The other side of our business is in manufacturing. Jeff Smith designs tools and parts that are used in the manufacturing and repairing of musical instruments – mostly woodwinds. Those tools and parts are made in house in our machine shop. We also own Valentino and make Valentino pads and accessories in our facility. Let’s not forget that we are also the new distributor for Flutescooter bags! So, a typical day at J.L. Smith depends on your role! In the Flute Division we typically start the day by reviewing the list of instruments that are out on trial, as...

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San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Concert Review featuring Alice Teyssier

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Articles, Blog, Featured | 0 comments

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Concert Review featuring Alice Teyssier

Not knowing what to expect when San Francisco based flutist, Tod Brody extended tickets to hear the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on October 20, 2016, made for a most delicious surprise for all who were in attendance. The 45th season opening program began with David Lang’s “death speaks” (2012).  Immediately we were transported to another realm.  This hypnotic, liquid and ethereal work is set to poetry by the composer.  The performers, Kate Campbell, piano, Travis Andrews, guitar, Roy Malan, violin and Alice Teyssier, soprano did an excellent job of maintaining the entrancingly serene atmosphere.  The soprano soloist, Alice Teyssier, (who is also a flutist!) was particularly riveting and haunting, ushering even non-tangible elements to the stage with her fluid and mellifluous voice. Next on the program was Lee Hyla’s “We Speak Etruscan” (1992) performed by Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet and David Wegehaupt, baritone sax.  This exquisite work showcased two instruments that we rarely hear together.  Anderle and Wegehaupt performed the full spectrum of their respective instruments, with impeccable high registers, impressive low registers and even beatbox flavored percussion which came resonating through their perspicacious horns. The “Improvisation” by Kyle Bruckmann, oboe, and Ken Ueno, throat singer, left the audience speechless.  Tapping into the extremes of both instruments, using micro-tones, multiphonics, key slaps, circular breathing and hand gestures, the duo successfully theatrically depicted what one might relate to the horrors of war.  Particularly Ueno who used his voice through a megaphone while gasping, flailing, whimpering..... on purpose, as if tortured.  The interlude made for a powerfully traumatic episode, bringing the audience to what it might feel like to come face to face with the wretchedness of purgatory. Following the intermission came Gerard Grisey’s Quatre “Chants Pour Franchir le Seuil” (Four Songs to Cross the Threshold) under the direction of Steven Schick.  This is a dramatic and chilling work, for soprano and chamber orchestra (and extensive percussion) had the following compelling movement titles:  1.  The death of an angel, 2.  The death of civilization, 3.  The death of the voice, 4.  The death of humanity.  Alice Teyssier ascended the stage in a bewitching white dress, which beautifully set the tone for the mesmerizing work.  Her voice soared above the ensemble, captivating her audience, bringing them through palpable depths and rising beyond cognition.  Her voice was both ethereal and riveting, lavishing her audience with burning vocal screams towards the end of the intoxicating work, and finishing as if “finally freed from a nightmare” as the program notes depicted. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presented the audience a tour de force sonic palette, from the ethereal, to death, torture, nightmare and lullaby via it’s exquisite top notch performers which made for an inspiringly engaging evening. Viviana Guzman, The Flute View Magazine  ...

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