Galway Flute Festival: Concert Reviews...

Aug 1, 2017 by

Opening Gala Concert with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway   The gala concert featuring Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway was the perfect opener to a week long of concerts, and it featured the "classics" such as Chaminade's Concertino, Widor's Suite, Faure's Fantasie, and Doppler's Andante and Rondo.  It is...

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Galway Flute Festival: The Guest Artists...

Aug 1, 2017 by

  The Guest Artists of the Galway Flute Festival gave incredible masterclasses and concerts and came from all over the world. We asked them about their experiences at the festival, their flute stories, and advice they would offer to young students.      Kersten McCall Artist in Residence Philipp...

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Galway Flute Festival: The Students...

Aug 1, 2017 by

  The students of the Galway Flute Festival were not only fantastic flutists, but also great personalities! We asked them about the festival, working with Sir James Galway, their goals, inspirations, and advice they would offer to younger students.      Katy Wherry 2017 Rising Star  Amy Gillen 2017 Rising...

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Galway Flute Festival: Reflections (Viviana Guzman)...

Aug 1, 2017 by

From the moment I landed, I felt that there was something extraordinary about this festival.  The magic starts when you first set your eyes on Lake Lucerne.  Breathing the air, smelling the country fragrances, eating the marvelous salads at Stella Matutina,  are just the introduction, then it becomes even...

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The Nuns of Stella Matutina

Aug 1, 2017 by

As equally as inspiring as the flutists of the festival, were the nuns of Stella Matutina. Nuns have always fascinated me, so I was kind of excited to get to know some of them, too. I have “nun blood” in my Catholic background, and I have often considered becoming...

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Galway Flute Festival: Reflections (Fluterscooter)...

Aug 1, 2017 by

I did not know what to expect when Lady Jeanne Galway invited The Flute View to be a part of the festival in Weggis, but I knew what I was craving: and that was COMMUNITY. If there was one thing that I could take away from my experience, it would be...

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Galway Flute Festival: The Workshops...

Aug 1, 2017 by

At the Galway Flute Festival, there are workshops every day by the guest artists. These are a great way to learn about how the artist teaches and thinks. Here are a few take aways from the workshops I attended:   Juliette Hurel   French flutist Juliette Hurel has a...

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Galway Flute Festival: The Masterclasses...

Aug 1, 2017 by

The heart of the Galway Flute Festival are the classes by Sir James and Lady Jeanne. Every day in the mornings and afternoons they both work with their students in great depth, with intensity and enthusiasm. Each day starts with morning warm-ups with Sir James, the students, the guest...

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Galway Flute Festival: Reflections (Barbara Siesel)...

Aug 1, 2017 by

What a week! When I arrived in Weggis, Switzerland for the Galway Flute Festival I didn’t know what to expect, certainly not the inspiring, loving, musical and exciting week that I experienced!! Here are some of the highlights for me: It’s incredibly beautiful here – the mountains, trees and...

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Introduction to Feldenkrais with Niall O’Rourdin...

Aug 1, 2017 by

Niall O'Rourdin, a 2014 Galway Rising Star, attended the festival for the seventh time this year. He grew up listening to Sir James Galway, from his earliest years in Ireland when his father would look for Sir James' records every Friday from a second hand shop.  Like most of us, he listened to Galway's recordings every...

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Lady Jeanne Galway: Artist Interview...

Jul 1, 2017 by

A graduate of New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Jeanne Galway has risen to become one of the world’s leading female flautists. She is an accomplished and much celebrated artist who regularly tours internationally in diverse and virtuosic programmes, and is also deeply committed to music education...

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Bill McBirnie: Album Review

Jul 1, 2017 by

Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones, Grains of Sand Bill McBirnie’s new collaboration album with Bruce Jones is a wonderful melding of creativity! Jones, the composer on these tracks plays guitar, percussion and synths as well as the vocals and McBirnie is on flute, alto flute and piccolo as well...

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Keeping Up With Kaori: What’s Next for Music Beyond...

Jul 1, 2017 by

We wrote about Music Beyond a few years back.  How has Music Beyond grown since then?   In August, Music Beyond will mark 3 years since the inception. Our student base has grown about 6x and we have manage to provide over 400 hours of training (by the time I...

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Dr. Cate’s Corner: Blowing is the Foundation of Playing by Dr. Cate Hummel...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Blowing and….. We know we need to blow to play the flute. This seems patently obvious, but do we really know how to blow in a way that informs our tone, technique, articulation and phrasing? I would say maybe not always, based on my own experience as a student,...

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Flute Music and Ice Cream Trucks…Again?...

Jul 1, 2017 by

You may wonder why you've been seeing me on many flutists' photos back in my ice cream truck...in New York City.  I needed to stay in New York for a few months for some concerts and events, and since I found myself with some "free time" (and I use that...

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Commissioning New Music: A Guide to Getting Started by Nicole Riner...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Praised for her "luscious, full sound" (American Record Guide) and "effortless precision" (Flutist Quarterly), Nicole Riner maintains an active national presence as a recitalist and pedagogue. She has presented master classes at universities and conservatories across the country and has performed with orchestras and at summer festivals, chamber music...

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Rozalind MacPhail: Album Review...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Rozalind MacPhail grew up in Canada on a small group of islands nestled in the harbour of Toronto, Ontario called Toronto Island. She has lived in many parts of Canada but it was the artistically vibrant city of St. John’s, Newfoundland that stole her heart. Following years of classical...

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Monica Song: Artist Interview

Jul 1, 2017 by

Monica Song is one of those teachers who have a gift for drawing out the best in their students. A native of Korea who grew up with a love of music, Song has been teaching flute in Dallas for 25 years. Her students place first in many competitions and...

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Tips for Smarter Social Media Commenting. By Rachel Hacker...

Jul 1, 2017 by

The Flute View has written about social media use on many occasions. Each of us who write for the magazine have benefited from interacting with a daily network of flutists and musicians from all over the world.  Blunders with people from the digital world are likely, if not inevitable....

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Entrepreneurial Resources, Part 1. By Barbara Siesel...

Jul 1, 2017 by

  There are many ways to define what an Entrepreneurial resource is. Business Dictionary defines them like this:   Assets, both tangible and intangible, that are mobilized by entrepreneurs in the process of building a business, organization, or other initiative. Entrepreneurial resources include sources of financing such as lines...

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