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.
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.
The 2013-14 academic year promises to be one of the most exciting ever for the Shepherd School. 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 then 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.
Meanwhile, the Rice Flute Studio has enjoyed some major excitement in the past several months. In the spring Kayla Burggraf won the Woodwind division of the Shepherd School Concerto Competition as a junior and will perform the Nielsen concerto with the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra on December 5th. Way to go, Kayla! Congratulations also to Masha Popova (MM ’12) for winning principal flute in the Des Moines Symphony and being invited to Tanglewood as a fellow; to Matthew Roitstein (MM ’09, New World Symphony member 2010-13) for being invited back to Tanglewood as a fellow for the second consecutive year; to New World Symphony member Henrik Heide (’10) for being invited back to Tanglewood, this time as a Contemporary Music Fellow; to New World Symphony member Melanie Lançon (MM ’07) for winning principal flute in the Central City Opera Orchestra (Colorado) and to Catherine (“CC”) Broyles, who in June won a principal flute position in the Coast Guard Band.
Warm congratulations go also to Jessica Anastasio Petrasek (MM ’13), who was awarded Third Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition at the New Orleans convention on August 11th. It was an additional delight to see and hear other former students featured during the convention, including UT-Austin professor Marianne Gedigian, Louisiana Philharmonic principal flutist Heather Zinninger, St. Olaf College professor Catherine Ramirez, Hilary Abigana (with her fabulous hybrid arts ensemble, The FourthWall), Nina Perlove, and Jessica Raposo.
Aside from attending and performing/teaching at the New Orleans convention, other highlights of my summer included outreach to young flutists in rural Panama during the coaching residency of YOA Orchestra of the Americas and teaching at two new programs in Europe: the Zodiac Festival in the French Alps, where I led a guest artist master class, and at Flauti al Castello, an eight-day residential seminar in Tuscany that I co-presented with Italian-American flutist Sergio Pallottelli and pianist William Braun. Please check out my Photo Gallery; new photos should be posted very soon.
The 19 flutists who attended Flauti came from as far away as Australia, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, and the States; those participants who traveled the shortest distance were two Spaniards and a Japanese flutist who lives in Spain. During our days together in an historic 12th century castle we were surrounded by beautiful countryside (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 July 2014 will soon be decided. Please check back and also investigate http://sergiopallottelli.wordpress.com/flauti-al-castello.
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 and will also list the festivals where I’ll be teaching and performing during the summer months, once exact 2014 dates are confirmed.
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