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Massachusetts Flute Festival

clockwise from top left: Hagen, Jones, Grim, Hoeppner
Clockwise from top left: Hagen, Jones, Grim, Hoeppner

Sat. & Sun. March 6 - 7, 2021   Online via Zoom, Free & open to all
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Massachusetts Flute Festival: Collective Wisdom

Cobus du Toit (UMass flute professor), host & presenter

Guest artists:
Gareth Davies, Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Grim, Assoc. Professor of Flute, University of Miami
Timothy Hagen, Freelance flutist and composer
Susan Hoeppner, Faculty, Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School
Alice Jones, Faculty, Juilliard Music Advancement Program
Joy Roberts & David Schipani, Head of Quality Control & Head of Stringing and Body Workshop at Haynes Flute Co.
Ransom Wilson, Professor of Flute, Yale University

Sponsor: Wm. S. Haynes Co. Flutes   (sponsor logo below)
 

Cobus du Toit, host
Cobus du Toit, UMass host

SCHEDULE (Free, online via Zoom, see descriptions below):

Saturday, 6 March
11am: Susan Hoeppner - Finding Your Voice
12:15pm: Ransom Wilson - La Belle Flûte: exploring the French school of flute playing
1:30pm: Jennifer Grim - Baroque Performance Practice on the Modern Flute
2:45pm: Joy Roberts & David Schipani - Materials and Mechanics

Sunday, 7 March
11am: Gareth Davies - The Orchestral Fl(a)utist with Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra
12:15pm: Timothy Hagen - How to Master
1:30pm: Alice Jones - Co-creating the future: Community engagement workshop
2:45pm: Cobus du Toit - Locked and Loaded: Practice Gadgets

Free and open to all!     Short Registration form =>

Session Descriptions:

Sat. 3/6, 11am, Susan Hoeppner - Finding Your Voice
What is it that sets you apart as a musician playing the flute?”  People will always play faster than you, they might sound better than you and play louder than you.  But you can make a difference in every performance you give by learning and applying details to each and E-V-E-R-Y note.  Join Susan Hoeppner to explore how you can have your flute voice be noticed and make an impression.

Sat. 3/6, 12:15pm, Ransom Wilson - La Belle Flûte: exploring the French school of flute playing
Ransom Wilson has been immersed in the French School of Flute playing since his teenage years - having worked with, recorded alongside and received guidance and inspiration from Jean-Pierre Rampal, his love affair with French playing has made him one of the world’s leading advocates for this most elegant way of music-making. Gain insights, inspiration and illumination in this one hour session exploring the fundamental principles of the French School and what we can learn from it.

Sat. 3/6, 1:30pm, Jennifer Grim - Baroque Performance Practice on the Modern Flute
Join Jennifer Grim to learn about the different styles of the baroque period and how to play in a historically informed manner on the modern flute. We will explore ideas about phrasing, vibrato, dynamics, and ornamentation for some of our favorite works and learn about composers who wrote some of the most beautiful music written for the flute!

Sat. 3/6, 2:45pm, Joy Roberts & David Schipani - Materials and Mechanics
Learn about the various options available to you when choosing your instrument. 
Come hear how the precious metals affect sound and how different mechanical options affect feel. 
Everything matters when it comes to building a flute and with Haynes, there are endless possibilities and combinations! 

Sun. 3/7, 11am, Gareth Davies - The Orchestral Fl(a)utist with Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra
Join Gareth Davies as he explores the most important aspects of life and working in the world of orchestral musicianship. As a principal fl(a)utist with the LSO for over 20 years, including a spell as Chairman - he brings insights, anecdotes, practical instruction and a wealth of experience to this one-hour class.

Sun. 3/7, 12:15pm, Timothy Hagen - How to Master
Feeling stuck in your practicing? Are you looking to get better, faster? Do your students need some practice inspiration? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this is the class for you! The How-to-Master Class, an interactive seminar led by flutist and composer Timothy Hagen, capitalizes on a decade of researching and applying key concepts in the psychology and neuroscience of learning, as detailed in his book, The Scientific Method of Practicing. Dr. Hagen has led this class at universities, conservatories, and festivals throughout the United States, and his book has become part of the curriculum in top-tier music programs, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The University of Texas at Austin, and DePaul University. Don't miss this opportunity to focus on the ultimate skill: how to teach yourself. And bring your instrument!

Sun. 3/7, 1:30pm, Alice Jones - Co-creating the future: Community engagement workshop
When we create things with other people—music, organizations, partnerships, or projects—what we’re really doing is creating the future we all need. In this one-hour workshop with Alice Jones, you’ll learn techniques and resources around community building best practices, how to invite collaboration and establish shared buy-in, and how to start creating the framework for the world you want to live in, all through creative practices. No experience with community engagement necessary, but a commitment to openness, curiosity, and growth is required.

Sun. 3/7, 2:45pm, Cobus du Toit - Locked and Loaded: Practice Gadgets
In a year where very few lessons have happened in person, this session helps students become aware of their bodies and where they might be holding tension in ways that can potentially be harmful! Without kinesthetic freedom, our bodies hurt, but we also do not create the tone we desire. From thumb-braces to pool noodles - come and learn how to be your own best teacher!

 

Sponsor:

Wm. S. Haynes Flute Co.