Reflections on Flutes by the Sea: Fluterscooter...

Jul 2, 2014 by

This year's Flutes by the Sea was a crazy carnival ride of fun from beginning to end!  I wasn't really sure if this year's festival could top last year's, but it did!  I love getting out of the city, especially to be in the picturesque ocean side town of...

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Overcoming Focal Dystonia: by Mark Dannenbring...

Jul 2, 2014 by

It is been practically three years since Mary O’Brien asked me to write an article on living with focal dystonia.  I had written a short one back at the end of the nineties discussing a possible cure for focal dystonia.   (Hands On, Issue #4)  I had made much progress...

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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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Leonard Lopatin: Artist Interview...

Jul 2, 2014 by

Can you give us 5 career highlights? This question is a little different, I imagine, than for those who pursue performance exclusively.  I look back over the arc of my performance career, and it sort of looks backwards!  But the desire to accomplish my design goals always had to...

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Reflections on Flutes by the Sea: Barbara Siesel...

Jul 2, 2014 by

It’s summertime!  Time to attend, perform, and teach at flute festivals and master classes in beautiful settings with enthusiastic flutists, students, and music lovers of all ages. I was invited to perform and teach at Flutes by the Sea a few weeks ago in Half Moon Bay, CA, and...

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Marina Piccinini and Aldo Baerten: CD Reviews...

Jul 2, 2014 by

Two wonderful CD’s this month by two stellar flutists-Marina Piccinini’s recording of all 24 Paganini Caprices and Aldo Baerten’s recording of Devienne’s Six Concertant Duo’s for Flute and Viola (with Diederik Suys, Viola). As flutists, many of us have studied Paganini’s Violin Caprices in a version that was transcribed...

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Martha Councell-Vargas: CD Review...

Jul 2, 2014 by

Martha Councell-Vargas, Assistant Professor of Flute at Western Michigan University, has assembled an album of charming Latin American music for flute. Most of these works combine European forms with Latin-inspired sounds. She was motivated by her first trip to Central America in 1996 and the charanga tradition made popular...

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Viviana Guzman: CD Review

Jul 2, 2014 by

This recently-released CD by inspirational artist Viviana Guzman helps performers focus their internal dialogue in a positive, healthy way. This recording is helpful for musicians who are in the beginning stages of their development, professional performers, and everyone in between. It would be useful for those who have stage...

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