Go OrGAnic for Back-to-School Success by Lindsey Goodman...

Sep 1, 2016 by

Go OrGAnic for Back-to-School Success:  Get Organized, Set Goals, and Stay Accountable   Lindsey Goodman, known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette), is principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, adjunct lecturer at West...

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The Lifting Flutist, By Sarah Howard...

Mar 1, 2016 by

Who is the lifting flutist? That’s a tough question to answer, considering the birth of this concept happened naturally by me just goofing off in the gym. Here’s the short of it. I’m Sarah Howard, and I’m a flutist in the U.S. Air Force. I happen to have quite the passion...

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Can Failure Help Success? by Barbara Siesel...

Mar 1, 2016 by

If you’ve never failed you’ve never tried anything new! Last month we spoke about the power of quitting, this month we'll speak about the power of failure to inform our progress as artists and entrepreneurs. While doing research for this article I’ve been reading about famous people who’ve failed...

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The Vegan Flutists

Oct 1, 2015 by

Lindsey Goodman   When did you become vegan?   September 2013   What was the inspiration? To improve my health   What is your favorite vegan restaurant? Mission Savvy in Charleston, West Virginia - I credit them with changing my life!   Can you share with us one of...

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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...

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A Flutist’s Nightmare. By Dana Joras...

Jun 1, 2015 by

Winters in Chicago can be very dangerous. By mid-February, however, my mind was focused on the warm Spring months ahead, not the unexpected layer of black ice beneath my feet. I fell on Friday the 13th while walking my dog and managed to break two bones in my left...

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From Body Casts to the Stages of the World by Viviana Guzman...

Mar 2, 2015 by

I was born with dislocated hips, with dysplasia, con-genital hip dislocation. I was never supposed to walk. I was the worst case in Chile, so my parents brought me to the States, to Stanford Hospital so that I could undergo better medical treatments. The coolest thing was that if...

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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...

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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...

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Piccolo Strong: Fitness for Piccoloists. by Nan Raphael and Angela McCuiston...

Oct 4, 2014 by

One would think that playing such a tiny instrument would be a piece of cake. After all, it barely weighs a pound and is only 12 inches long. Over the course of my career I have encountered piccoloists who have struggled with injuries severe enough to cause them to...

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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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A Flutist’s Journey Through Healing. By Sherry Finzer...

Apr 1, 2014 by

My journey as a flutist has taken me to places I never imagined. When I first started playing in elementary school, I wanted to play the flute because it was shiny, and small compared to the other instruments, which meant it would be easy to carry. I never realized...

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My Success Story with Focal Dystonia. By Andrea Brachfeld...

Mar 1, 2014 by

It’s always hard to tell this story from the beginning because no one ever imagines that you will actually get Focal Dystonia so we ignore the beginning of the condition as minor and insignificant.  Then we might wake up one day and find that there is a small uncomfortable...

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When Less is More. By Jennifer Borkowski...

Dec 2, 2013 by

When I first began studying music with extended techniques, what struck me was their sheer physicality. It seemed even more senseless than usual to use the same amount of repetition that I was using when practicing traditional repertoire. It simply wasn’t possible, yet I was able to learn the...

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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...

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Happy, Healthy Hands: by Beverly Hawkins...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Technology, laptops and handheld devices have changed the demands on everyone’s hands.  Add being a flutist and you can quickly experience some discomfort.  Relax! There is a lot you can do to navigate non-flute related tasks by having your arms, hands, shoulders and neck, work smarter, not harder! Simply...

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BETA BLOCKERS: stage fright cure or unfair advantage?...

Jul 11, 2013 by

A hot topic in the sports world is the use of performance enhancing drugs.  From Lance Armstrong most recently, to any number of Olympic athletes and professional baseball players, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this issue.  Why?  Quite simply, steroids give athletes an unfair advantage. Athletes have...

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The Full-Figured Flutist: by Cassie Vandersloot...

Jun 3, 2013 by

I am a well-rounded woman.  While I do enjoy many facets of life, this is not the ‘well-rounded’ I was referring to.  I am a curvaceous, full-figured, big beautiful woman.  Whatever term you choose to use, it means the same thing.  I am bigger than what is considered average...

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From the Trainer’s Studio to the Flute Studio: by Charlene Romano...

Jun 3, 2013 by

About two years ago, I was in a frustrating Catch-22.  I needed to exercise to get my body in healthier shape, but I was limited in what I could do, due to an injury.  A friend recommended her personal trainer, and I now see my trainer once a week,...

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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...

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