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Welcome to my website. The information included here reflects my professional life as a performer and teacher. Highlighted also are the activities of my flute studio and accomplishments of former students.

photo by Brooks de Wetter-Smith

If you are interested in the Shepherd School you will want to click on Flute Studio and also on Advice/Inspiration, which discusses topics of special interest, including what I look for in a prospective student. To hear samples from my releases Dedicated to Barrère and Dedicated to Barrère, Vol. 2, featuring music written for the great Franco-American flutist Georges Barrère, click on Listen.

2014 has begun with some thrilling news for the Rice Flute Studio: the appointment of Matthew Roitstein (MM ’09) as Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony. His appointment is the first to be made under the HSO’s new music director, Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Matthew received his undergraduate degree in architecture and music from MIT, and after earning his Master of Music degree at Rice was accepted into the New World Symphony’s three-year Fellowship Program. This year he has been playing with the Florida Opera in Miami and during the next two months will serve as Principal Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra before moving back to Houston. Many congratulations to Matthew, and also to runner-up Gina Choi Hughes (MM ’11), who has been serving as substitute second flutist of the Houston Symphony since 2012.

Two other former Rice Flute Studio members are currently members of the New World Symphony and have been experiencing an unusually exciting year. Melanie Lançon (MM ’07) is dividing her time this season between Miami and Seattle, where she is playing several months as substitute principal flutist of theSeattle Symphony. Henrik Heide, who graduated from Rice in 2010 and subsequently earned his MM from Juilliard, has just won the New World Symphony’s concerto competition and will perform the Nielsen concerto with the NWS in April.  His other upcoming concerto engagement is Mozart KV 313 with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin in late March.

In February the Shepherd School Symphony will tour for the first time, performing two programs on the East Coast.  A concert in Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall on February 15th  will feature piano faculty member Jon Kimura Parker as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini. After heading north  the orchestra will play in Carnegie Hall on February 18th with violin faculty member Cho-Liang Lin as soloist in Christopher Rouse’s violin concerto. Both programs will include Berlioz’s Le corsaire overture and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and will be conducted by our remarkable director of orchestras, Larry Rachleff.

This semester I’ll be performing and teaching in Seattle as a guest of the Seattle Flute Society, at Ithaca College, and at UT-Austin and Texas State in San Marcos. Summer appearances will include Clarinetopia (Michigan State), the Sarasota Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival (University of Houston), a coaching residency with YOA Orchestra of the Americas in the Dominican Republic, and two programs in Europe: the Zodiac Festival in the beautiful French Alps and Flauti al Castello in equally beautiful Tuscany.

Flauti  al Castello is an eight-day residential seminar  in Anghiari (near Arezzo, as in Guido d’Arezzo, for those of you who have learned about the Guidonian hand in music history!).  Co-taught by Italian-American flutist Sergio Pallottelli, myself, and New Haven-based pianist William Braun, the program espouses a holistic approach to flute-playing and is unique because of the historic setting in which we work and the extraordinary art  that we are able to visit nearby. The 19 flutists who attended our first Flauti came from as far away as Australia, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, and the States; those flutists who traveled the shortest distance were two Spaniards and a Japanese flutist who lives in Spain. During our days together in the historic 12th century Sorci Castle (Castello di Sorci) we were surrounded by fields of sunflowers and rolling hills with views of distant walled medieval towns, and nourished by astonishingly delicious Tuscan cuisine. Making music in this setting, where Sergio had spent his childhood, proved inspiring and transformative for students and faculty alike.

We will be offering this course annually, and dates for 2014 are July 17-26. For more information please investigate http://sergiopallottelli.wordpress.com/flauti-al-castello. Photos from last summer’s adventures appear in my Photo Gallery and also on Sergio’s site.

For information about various recitals, ensemble concerts, and guest master classes at Rice throughout the year you should consult our Studio Events calendar, which will be further updated as more events are scheduled. Concerts and Classes includes my upcoming performances.

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