Thoughts from Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair by Fluterscooter...

Mar 1, 2017 by

I'm back on the East Coast again, and I had a rare weekend off.  What to do with my free time?  Go to a flute fair, of course!  I hopped on the Megabus to D.C. to see if the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair lived up to the hype.  And it...

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Art for Social Change by Barbara Siesel...

Mar 1, 2017 by

“In the face of Trump, many artists report feelings of paralysis. Should they carry on as before, nobly defying the ruination of public discourse? Or seize on a new mission, abandoning the illusion of aesthetic autonomy?” Alex Ross Above is a quote by Alex Ross in his article in...

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In Defense of the Practice Room Selfie. By Laken Emerson...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Yes, the practice room mirror selfie is shameless. Here’s why you should do it. The consumer-performer relationship has endured — and survived — many struggles over the last several decades; with modern technology, we are more than a hop and a skip away from formal concert settings of yore....

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Articulation. By Dr. Cate Hummel...

Feb 1, 2017 by

If you say about someone that they are articulate, you mean that they are good at making their ideas clear. From this we can infer that “articulation” in music also means that it is a tool that makes musical ideas clear. Another concept we hear a lot about when...

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How I Ended Up Working in the Music Industry. By Paula Savastano...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 year. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management and...

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Musicians for Arts Advocacy. By Barbara Siesel...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Last Saturday I participated in the Woman’s March, joining a sister march in NYC. It’s estimated that 400,000 women attended the NYC march and scientists estimate that between 3-4 million people marched worldwide.  It shows that people really care about what is happening around women’s issues and human rights.  The experience was inspiring...

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6 Travel Tips for the Touring Musician by Viviana Guzman...

Jan 2, 2017 by

Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzmán performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world. Her latest album “Traveling Sonata” received a Grammy Nomination. She has been featured on programs for PBS, NBC, and NPR, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en Español and has played...

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Is There a Glass Ceiling for Woman Musicians? By Barbara Siesel...

Jan 2, 2017 by

It’s January and a new president is about to be inaugurated and the glass ceiling didn’t crack – we won’t have a female president yet. I thought this might be a good time to consider the glass ceiling for woman in the field of music.   Is there a...

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A History of the Flute by Trevor Wye...

Jan 2, 2017 by

Trevor Wye studied the flute privately both with Geoffrey Gilbert and the celebrated Marcel Moyse. He was a freelance orchestral and chamber music player on the London scene for many years and has made several solo recordings, notably on his specialist instrument, the flute d'amour, which he reintroduced in...

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Is Arts Administration the Right Path for Me? By Justine Stephens...

Dec 1, 2016 by

You know the age-old question: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”   “Practice, practice, practice,” right? Or apply on their website to work behind the scenes!   It’s refreshing to know that aside from the coveted-yet-rare performing jobs, there are many ways to work for arts organizations such...

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Historic Feature: J.C. Lobe’s First Performance in 1859...

Dec 1, 2016 by

My first appearance as a virtuoso (From the life of a musician (1859), chapter 1) I was eleven years old, when the most important in my life until that point appeared.  One morning my teacher received me with a very solemn air; and after he had cleared his throat...

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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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Piccolo Orchestral Excerpts: La Gazza Ladra by Allison Fletcher...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Allison Fletcher (DMA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MM, Southern Methodist University; BM, James Madison University) is a performer and teacher of flute and piccolo in Bowie, Maryland. She has served in the flute section of the United States Navy Band since 2014.    The following article provides...

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What If I Fail: Defining the Pivot By Barbara Siesel...

Nov 1, 2016 by

The Merriam- Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines the word pivot this way: 1) a pin or shaft on which a mechanical part turns 2) the action of turning around a point : the action of pivoting 3) a person or thing that is central or important to someone or something...

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The Story of my “Twitter Album” by Rachel Hacker...

Nov 1, 2016 by

Upon graduation from my Master’s, I realized that I had not commissioned nearly as many pieces as I would have liked. Most of my time in school was spent pursuing existing repertoire, and I did not have the time to explore the process of producing commissioned works. Composition students...

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Unforgettable moments: 20 years of Quintessenz...

Oct 3, 2016 by

The following article is a translation and reprint of an article that originally appeared in a German flute magazine. The article was translated from German to English by Catherine Myerscough.  Author Ann Katrin Zimmermann is a musicologist working for the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipizig.  Come and experience unforgettable moments together. This explains the...

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Entrepreneurship: You Have What it Takes by Barbara Siesel...

Oct 3, 2016 by

It’s ‘back to school’ time or for others the beginning of the 2016-17 season, a time of new beginnings for many of us. I always think during this time about what might be coming next for me, and I’m in the midst of a new launch which got me thinking...

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The Gurus of Grolloo by Rachel Hacker...

Oct 3, 2016 by

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning, is check my phone. Yes, I know it is a terrible habit. My already-prevalent anxiety issues have intensified with age, and through the access of technology. Did that cute guy text me back? Did that colleague respond...

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Cyber-Bullying in the Flute World by Fluterscooter...

Oct 3, 2016 by

I never thought it would happen to me. I was the victim of a flute cyber-bullying attack (Yes, flute cyber-bullying is a real thing). Social media can be a great thing sometimes, but it also has the ability to turn ordinarily shy people into insensitive, unrelenting bullies. The idea is that since...

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