And We're Back!
Leaves are falling and the crisp air is a gentle reminder that the semester is in full swing! Lessons at Smyth Flute Studio are ramping up and I am ready for new discoveries and musical milestones for each of my wonderful students.
Rehearsals at the Missouri Symphony Conservatory are also underway and the flute sections in both orchestras are quite sizable! I am so pleased with the talent and morale in each of the sections--the first concert is bound to be a treat. It's also very exciting to teach the young flutists the differences of playing in an orchestral setting versus band. Considering I was almost thirty years old before I played in an orchestra myself, I find it so important to show each of the students the ins and outs of sitting in the back of the ensemble. Most of them love the new found "freedom" they have to whisper to one another without the director noticing. :)
Thank you to all who attended the Pipes and Keys family concert last month--it was a blast! I must say my most favorite moment of the recital was playing a Bach invention with Elysia from Crecelius Flute Studio while Jazz Flute Extraordinaire Justin Cook beat-boxed in the background. A-Maz-ing. I'm sure we were quite the spectacle...but it was a performance I will never forget. Recordings will be coming soon, but to see some recently uploaded videos from our Summer Duo Recital, click HERE and scroll to the Chamber Music section. Enjoy!
Taking a much needed break from the rigors of pro orchestra auditions this year has been bittersweet. I find if I don't have something musically challenging on the horizon I get horribly bored and un-motivated in my flute playing. So--I'm dreaming up a solo recital...hopefully for Spring 2015. I'd like to combine a few older pieces in my rep that I've never performed with some new ones. Here are some considerations...I'd love to know what you think!
Sunday Morning by Ian Clarke
Piece by Jaques Ibert
Bortel--1900 and Cafe 1930 from the History of the Tango by Astor Piazzolla (replacing cello with flute, of course...however in moments like these, I really wish I would've learned classical guitar...)
Happy fluting, everyone!
The Ben E. King concert was an absolute hit!. By the end of the evening it was standing room only as the audience couldn't stay seated! As we played through Ben E.'s set list with his band, I became especially reminiscent when we got to Stand By Me. After learning to sing the thumping bass line as a child, I went around belting it out for days. Looking back, I'm sure it was more than a little annoying to my parents. :) Mr. King and his entourage (a kick butt band and two sizzling back up singers) were spectacular!
This weekend I am also sharing a performance and saying goodbye to the amazing ladies I've had the privilege of coaching in the Hot Summer Nights Music Academy. In one short week my students not only managed to conquer three orchestral pieces for the concert tomorrow (6/27 2:30pm @ Missouri Theatre) and two woodwind trios that they performed today, but they also spent time learning about theory, music history, and how to conduct. The program packs a big, albeit brief punch---and it's such a great experience for these school aged students. The level of professionalism in collaboration and personal responsibility in these young musicians was outstanding to me and way fun to witness.
Three of my lovely ladies are pictured above, and one, as you can see, decided to show her dramatic side for the photo op. Life as an oboist:)
The fun isn't over yet--stay tuned for an upcoming post about the Patriotic Pops concert 7/2/14 7:30 @ Missouri Theatre!
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