The Flute’s Mainstream Moment. By Mara Miller and Justine Stephens...

May 1, 2017 by

As one of the oldest wind instruments, the flute is a staple in Eastern music, classical music, and jazz due in no small part to its versatility in tone and character. Even the presence of flute in modern popular music has become prevalent and widespread across genres. Typically hidden...

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Optimal Musical Communication. by Catherine Ramirez...

May 1, 2017 by

  This article first appeared in the winter 2014 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, the member magazine of the National Flute Association, and is reprinted with permission. nfaonline.org. THE VALUE OF OPTIMAL COMMUNICATION A master musician can captivate an audience before ever playing a note. A subtle change of tone can entice...

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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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How I Played Flute and Organ at the Same Time. By Fluterscooter...

Apr 1, 2017 by

At this year’s Iowa Flute Festival, I took on a challenge given to me by flute professor and festival chair Nicole Esposito, to play flute and organ simultaneously! This is something I had tried many years ago at Flutes by the Sea, but I never had the chance to...

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What’s Next? 5 Tips for Life After Graduation. By Katherine Isbill Emeneth...

Apr 1, 2017 by

  “Going into the classical music profession is difficult. There aren’t enough jobs. Audiences are dwindling. It’s hard to make money. It’s not like it used to be.” Sound familiar? As classical musicians, we encounter these statements frequently and yet we continue to study, love, appreciate, and live our...

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The College Audition Process: Conquering Fear with Confidence. by Nancy Stagnitta...

Apr 1, 2017 by

For a young flutist preparing to audition for college and conservatory admission (not to mention what lies beyond!), the enormity of the process can seem to loom larger than life.  From choosing the schools and teachers with the strongest potential to be the best fit, to choosing repertoire and...

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Thinking About Moyse: Inflection. By Cate Hummel...

Apr 1, 2017 by

Inflection is one of the most important tools we have in our expressive toolbox. It is also frequently largely discounted and overlooked. We spend the bulk of our practice time working on tone and technique, blowing and articulation, extended techniques, etudes, mastering the standard repertoire and orchestral excerpts. And...

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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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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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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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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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