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

photo by Brooks de Wetter-Smith

If you are interested in investigating the flute studio at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music 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.

I’m very pleased to announce that Albany Records has recently released a recording project that has been very near to my heart: works for flute, clarinet, and piano by  Martin Amlin (Troy 1567). A professor and chair of theory and composition at Boston University, Martin was the first pianist of the Webster Trio and has been a dear friend for almost three decades. We recorded his first flute sonata for my inaugural CD, The Sky’s the Limit, and this new CD includes our performances of his second sonata and Morceau de Concours for flute and piano, as well as his Trio Sonatina  for flute, clarinet, and piano–all works that are published by Presser.

New menu items on my site this year are links to faculty recital videos and a page dedicated to the Caselli Ensemble, a woodwind quintet of San Francisco Symphony members that existed only from 1981-83. Chamber music collaborations have always served a pivotal function in my musical life, and the concerts I played as flutist of that quintet were some of the finest in my chamber music career. If you’re interested, you can listen to works recorded live during the two concert series that we performed at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The second half  of the 2014-15 academic year brought new positions and honors to several former and current students. In March Abigail McKee (MM ’06) was appointed executive director of the Bach Collegium San Diego; a month later Caen Thomason-Redus (MM ’99) was named Community Catalyst/Director of Community Programs by the Detroit Symphony and Deborah Sinacore Parker (MM ’88, Boston University) won the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Outstanding Music Educator Award in the instrumental category. In addition, Jennifer Zhou (MM ’16) won the Byron Hester Flute Competition; Mark Teplitsky (MM ’16) won the Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Harp Competition at the Shepherd School; and James Blanchard (’16) traveled to Pasadena, CA as a member of the Prismatics, a Rice woodwind quintet that performed as finalists in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and two weeks later won a bronze medal at the Fischoff Competition. Congratulations to all!!

Warm congratulations are also due to  two former students who recently won orchestral positions: Henrik Heide (’09) became  Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony and Amulet Strange (MM ’14)  became the new principal flutist of the Mississippi Symphony and flutist of the Mississippi Woodwind Quintet, both based in Jackson. Rice flutists were fellows at such festivals as Tanglewood, Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Spoleto, Masterworks, and NRO, and three won awards in their respective concerto competitions: Christen Sparago won Audience Choice at the Texas Music Festival; Doug DeVries won with his Ibert Concerto at Masterworks and Mark Teplitsky with Reinecke at the Music Academy. Mark has also won a fellowship to the New York Philharmonic’s newly founded Orchestral Academy and will perform with the orchestra in New York in January.

My own summer activities included teaching and performing in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium, Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, and the Tasmanian Conservatory in Hobart; in the United States at Clarinetopia (Michigan State), Anatomy of Sound (University of Michigan), the Baylor Flute Seminar, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival (University of Houston); and in Canada at the YOA Orchestra of the Americas coaching residency in Moncton, New Brunswick during the first half of July.  Two performances at the upcoming National Flute Association’s convention in Washington, D.C. will officially mark the end of my summer break and also offer an opportunity to hear several former students in action: Hilary Abigana (MM ’08) with The Fourth Wall, Michelle Cheramy (DMA ’06), Martha Councell-Vargas (MM ’01), Marianne Gedigian (NEC), Judy Grant (MM ’89 BU), Lisa Jelle (DMA ’02), and Deborah Parker.

Performances this coming fall will include a performance of Appalachian Spring in September with Da Camera of Houston and recitals/master classes at Florida State, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Wichita State, Emporia State (also in Kansas), and the UMKC Conservatory.

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 updated as more events are scheduled. Concerts and Classes includes my upcoming performances, and the Shepherd School website maintains a continually updated listing of the almost 400 faculty and student concerts that take place throughout the school year.

Thank you for visiting…Enjoy the site!