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9/8/19: Practical Matters: mind, body, and spirit with Flute4

A Chamber Music seminar at Duke University, East Campus
Sunday, September 8, 2019 11:00-6:30

Co-sponsored by RAFA and Duke University Music Department, the afternoon features a recital by Flute4 and participatory workshops on a variety of Practical Matters including ensemble skills, musicians’ health, mind-games, & teamwork.

The event is free for RAFA members and Duke University students/staff.

Map of Duke East/Biddle Music Building.

Driving Directions (to Biddle Music Building):

From Durham Freeway (147), take Swift Ave. exit. Turn NORTH onto Swift Ave. and cross railroad tracks. Continue straight at traffic light (road becomes Broad St. at this point). Continue straight two more blocks, and turn right onto Markham. For parking, turn right onto Brodie Gym Dr or turn left onto Sedgefield (see below for parking info). Biddle Music Building is the long white-ish building at intersection of Markham & Berkeley.

Parking (two options):

· Brodie Gym Drive lot (directly on your right as you turn onto Brodie Gym Drive from Markham Avenue)

· Asbury Methodist Church parking lot, corner of Markham & Sedgefield

Session and Event descriptions:


Panel Discussion: Performance Prep, Mind Games and Speechless Communication with Flute4
(12:00-1:00 Biddle, Rm. 104)

Open to all musicians. Explore the varied approaches to a fulfilling life in music with the members of Flute4. A lively discussion on finding your musical opportunities and the myriad of challenges of music preparation, including finding your groove as a team.

How to Buy a Flute
(1:00-1:30 Biddle Fountain/Exhibit area)

Becca Jordan serves as Senior Flute Sales Specialist at Flute World and JL Smith & Co. Her presentation clarifies the many aspects of finding just the right instrument for you! Becca will be available throughout the afternoon in the exhibit area.

Taming the Beast

(1:30-2:30 Biddle, Rm. 019)

Piccolo pointers for all levels with Erinn Frechette. As the wonderful Cincinnati Symphony piccolo player and teacher Jack Wellbaum always said, ‘it’s just a little flute!”

Alexander Technique Participatory Workshop and Masterclass with Eric Pritchard
(2:00-3:30 Nelson Room, East Duke Building)

The Alexander Technique provides a structured method of self-inquiry which has helped performing artists improve their skills for over 100 years and it is now an established part of the curriculum at all major conservatories of music, dance and theater. By uncovering and transforming previously unconscious movement patterns and mental habits, performers can significantly improve their skills by increasing freedom and ease of movement. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome to participate or observe – bring your instrument and a short excerpt if you’d like!

  • Eric Pritchard, Professor of Music and First Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet at Duke University, is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International.

Flute Ensemble Reading Sessions
(3:00-4:40 Biddle, Rm. 019)

Join us in reading flute ensemble repertoire representing a range of levels, including new compositions and publications by Ali Ryerson and Nicole Chamberlain. Instrumentation includes piccolo, C flutes, Alto, Bass, and Contrabass flutes. Assisted by the Durham Flute Choir with Maureen Kelly, and Amy Holt, former Flute Choir coordinator for the Raleigh Area Flute Association.

  • This session will be conducted by Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant who serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Music Department. She also conducts the Durham Medical Orchestra. Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon. Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Executive Director of the annual international World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP), and in 2017 the first World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAWOP) as part of the Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at.) Other professional engagements have included a position as Wind Ensemble conductor at the UNC School of the Arts, three years as the conductor of the Hofkirchen community band, and conducting the youth band of Eberschwang.
  • Advance registration is not required. Some practice parts are available in advance. Email c.copelandburns@duke.edu with any questions.
  • Click here for details on what we will be reading, and additional information for participants.

Flute4 Recital in Baldwin Auditorium, 5:00-6:30

This colorful program includes the North Carolina premiere of Thomas McColley’s Behind the Eye, NC Native Charles DeLaney’s Night Thoughts, and Flocks by Marilyn Bliss.

Flute4 Members:
  • Carla Copeland-Burns is a member of the NC Opera Orchestra, Blue Mountain/Forecast, and the Greensboro Symphony and is a frequent performer with the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, and for nationally touring Broadway productions. Carla teaches at Duke University and Meredith College, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. She joined the Clazz Music Festival (Italy) faculty in 2018 and is looking forward to many summers of great music and yummy food. Carla holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM), and Florida State University (BM). www.carlacopelandburns.com
  • Erinn Frechette serves as Piccolo/Third Flute of the Charlotte Symphony and Professor of Flute at Wingate University. Erinn has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including first place in both the National Flute Association’s Young Artist and Piccolo Artist Competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. www.frechetteflute.com.
  • Originally from Blackpool, England, Dr. Caroline J. Ulrich is currently Principal Flute with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty at South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. She has frequently been featured soloist with the GSO and other ensembles, performing works of Bach, Mozart, Ibert, Chaminade, Gluck, Godard, and Lukas Foss. Caroline is active in chamber music both in solo recitals and as part of the GSO Spotlight Series. Caroline is also an active flutist in musical theater and has performed for numerous national Broadway touring productions. She has held positions with the Springfield (IL) Symphony, Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Augusta Opera. Both the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were earned from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University.
  • Pennsylvania native, Amy Orsinger Whitehead has played flute in the Charlotte Symphony since 1997 and also performs in the Rhodora Winds, the Laurel Trio, and the Out of Bounds New Music Ensemble. Amy coaches the woodwind section of the Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra. Her degrees in flute performance are from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Institute of Chamber Music. She has taught flute at Spelman College, Wingate University, Queens University, and is currently on faculty at Davidson College.

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