Erica Peel: Artist Interview

Oct 1, 2017 by

A versatile flutist and piccoloist, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer and teacher.  Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, she is praised for her “effortless” & “authentic” performances.  Erica has held positions with the Honolulu Symphony, Omaha Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and has been...

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Jean-Louis Beaumadier: Album Review...

Oct 1, 2017 by

If you wake up in a sad mood, I suggest you put on Jean-Louis Beaumadier’s new CD, Sweet Dream,a joyous album which as Jean Louis says, “demonstrates the lighter side of the piccolo’s character.” The album is part of Beaumadier’s ongoing piccolo repertoire project, and Sweet Dreams is World...

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On Playing Mother Goose. By Allison Fletcher...

May 1, 2017 by

An Historical and Stylistic Analysis of the Piccolo Solos in Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye (1911), III. “Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes Adapted from Fletcher, Allison Marie Flores. “Ten Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo: An Historical and Stylistic Analysis.” DMA Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008.   Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)...

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PICCOLO POWER! Interviews with Professional Piccoloists...

Nov 1, 2016 by

For our PICCOLO POWER November 2016 issue, we interview professional piccoloists from all over the world to learn why they chose the piccolo, what they like best about the instrument and the repertoire, and more about their personal and professional lives.  Keep reading to learn more about Jennifer Gunn,...

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Tweetable Tips for Budding Piccoloists by Nan Raphael...

Nov 1, 2016 by

A versatile performer with a clear and sumptuous tone, Nan Raphael's playing has been called "an elegant and exceptional treat." She has been a frequent soloist at concerts and festivals across the United States since 1979. As a result of a wealth of new and exciting repertoire written over...

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Starting the Piccolo by Jennifer Cluff...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Dear Flute-lovers,   I have been thinking over "How to best start the piccolo" as I have a student who has just been given a school piccolo in order to play in a Broadway-type high school show.   So here is a starter pack of ideas for the flutist who...

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Jean-Louis Beaumadier: CD Review...

Nov 2, 2015 by

Postcards, Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Piccolo World Piccolo Vol. 2 Congratulations to Jean-Louis Beaumadier for his second volume of piccolo recordings from around the world. I love opening up a new CD and in this album we are greeted by a beautiful cover photo that evokes distant lands and gets us...

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Advice for Commissioning New Piccolo Music. By Regina Helcher Yost...

Mar 1, 2015 by

Many new works have been commissioned for the piccolo over the last 30 years by several enthusiastic piccolo players. Walfrid Kujala (former piccolo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Jan Gippo (former piccolo, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Zart Dombourian-Eby (piccolo, Seattle Symphony), Regina Helcher Yost (flute/piccolo, Charleston Symphony Orchestra) and Lois Herbine...

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First Piccolo Recital in China: Interview with Zart Dombourian-Eby...

Jan 1, 2015 by

We interviewed Zart Domburian Eby about her recent visit to China. We had a great discussion about her recent piccolo recital in Beijing, her experiences at the Beijing International Flute Festival, and her thoughts on China after her many visits to the country. This summer, Zart had the honor...

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Piccolo Strong: Fitness for Piccoloists. by Nan Raphael and Angela McCuiston...

Oct 4, 2014 by

One would think that playing such a tiny instrument would be a piece of cake. After all, it barely weighs a pound and is only 12 inches long. Over the course of my career I have encountered piccoloists who have struggled with injuries severe enough to cause them to...

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Artist Interview: Christine Erlander Beard...

Jul 2, 2014 by

Can you give us 5 career highlights? It would be amiss to not include winning my position at the University of Nebraska at Omaha right out of grad school as one of my career highlights. I thoroughly enjoy teaching, but moreover, my position at UNO has allowed me the...

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Jean-Louis Beaumadier CD Review...

Feb 1, 2014 by

The album begins with Erwin Schulhoff’s I. Rondino:  Allegro giao and II. Furiant for piccolo, bass and viola which is a delightful work for this most unusual and charming trio.  It is beautifully executed by Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, viola, and Gjorgji Cinicievski, double-bass. Next on the playlist is...

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