The Aware Flutist: Roundtable Discussion with Lisa Garner Santa, Amy Porter, Jolene Harju, and Susan Fain...

Jun 1, 2016 by

By Claire Howard When performing or practicing, our minds are active: scanning the music, remembering phrasings and dynamics, counting rhythmic pulses, and analyzing the sound we’re producing. Oftentimes, the mechanism through which these beautiful sound is happening--our body--is forgotten. Body awareness and conditioning are quickly growing fields in the...

read more

Lisa Garner Santa: Artist Interview...

Jan 2, 2016 by

Lisa Garner Santa currently serves as Artist-Performer and Associate Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University where she enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Mike Mower’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble and a Carnegie Hall debut...

read more

Injury Prevention and Strength Training for Flutists Through Yoga. By Christina Guenther and Sherri Fleshner...

Jun 1, 2015 by

Many musicians are becoming more involved with various body awareness principles, and the desire to take care of our bodies as we put them through the rigors of practicing and performing is great. In order to facilitate this awareness, and in hopes to help strengthen our bodies and prevent...

read more

Whole Musician: Pioneering, Innovative, and Refreshing...

Apr 6, 2015 by

The story so far Whole Musician, a non-profit musical educational organization, came about as a meeting of the minds during the First Canadian Flute Convention in 2013. We discovered that our group of friends had interesting ideas, stories to share, and discussion about trends we observed in recent music...

read more

Yoga and Flute Playing. By Cynthia Ellis...

Mar 1, 2015 by

Namaste: A Hindi word used as a greeting and a goodbye: It means I honor the light in you, I honor the light in myself. It is spoken with palms pressed together. It is part of the centuries old tradition of a yoga practice. Playing any instrument is a...

read more

Performing Yoga Throughout Your Recital. By Jonathan Huffman...

Nov 4, 2014 by

"Don't shun your performance anxiety ---harness it and become its best friend. After years of struggling with anxiety myself, yoga has helped me understand that sometimes you need to be uncomfortable as an artist."– Amanda Taylor, yoga instructor “Yoga is an effective strategy for managing performance nerves, especially when...

read more

Long Tones: Can we achieve enlightenment through sound?...

Dec 15, 2013 by

How do we practice long tones? Why do we practice long tones? I've always had a very academic and perfectionist approach to long tones, as I learned early from Jeffrey Khaner. 1. Long tones must be played with a metronome. 2. Hold your breath as long as possible so...

read more

Yoga for Flutists: by Fluterscooter...

Sep 3, 2013 by

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and work with New York City based flutist turned yogi, Nicole Newman, founder of Yoga for the Arts (http://yogaforthearts.com/).   Injury prevention and health & wellness have been something I have been interested in lately due to my own personal injury issues...

read more

The Road to Healing: One Flutist’s Journey. by Brandy Hudelson...

May 1, 2013 by

When I was asked to write an article about injury management for flutists it was hard for me to know where to begin because the road for me has been long, hard and deeply personal. Now I am injury free, and people ask me all of the time, “How...

read more