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The Healthy Flute by Sandra Cox, D.M.A.

The Healthy Flute   by Sandra Cox, D.M.A.   Performance-related injuries. These three words can strike terror in any musician. What exactly is a performance-related injury? It is, simply, any injury that prohibits a musician from performing on an instrument. There is no limit on how much it interferes with playing, whether in performance or practice. It does not have to be so severe that it is incapacitating. This means that many times, we can continue to perform. Unfortunately, not having the...

Back to School: Back to Work by Blake Bard

Back to School: Back to Work It’s that time again; time to stock up on school supplies, time to dust off the instrument, time to buy more sheet music, time to start lessons again, and most of all, time to get back to work.  Summer stock is over, and the regular performing season is beginning to take full swing. Now that schooling is over for me, it’s time to find work.  This fall season, I can be seen on the Detroit...

New Caliendo Flute Ensemble Piece by Julie Stone

New Caliendo Flute Ensemble Piece Premiering at the 2014 NFA Convention   by Julie Stone, Professor of Flute, Eastern Michigan University   “How about a new premiere?! Let's really celebrate!” These were the words in an email from Christopher Caliendo responding to my inquiry about a piece for the Eastern Michigan University Emerald Flutes to perform at the NFA Convention in Chicago. Needless to say Dr. Penny Fischer and I (co-directors of the ensemble) were speechless!! We are fans of his compositions for flute...

Building a Program for the NFA Convention by Alice Dade

Building a Program for the NFA Convention by Alice Dade - Assistant Program Chair 2014 NFA Convention   Phil Dikeman and I became friends when I started subbing with Detroit Symphony in 2009, where Phil was Assistant Principal as well as Acting Principal. We were known to shop together, dine at the glamorous Sonic, and bond over our enjoyment of cooking. We also figured out that Phil was a judge when I competed in the NFA High School Soloists Competition in 1998!   In...

How to Get Started in the Music Business by Althea Rene

How to Get Started In the Music Business: I was born in Detroit, Michigan and came from a musical family.  My Father (Dezie McCullers) was a part of the Funk Brother’s horn section with Motown and my two brothers are musicians as well.  I am excited to be the first flute player to Hit # 1 on both the Billboard and Smooth Jazz charts with my most recent CD “In the Flow”.  I spent much of my early career successfully...

Purchasing a Piccolo by Nan Raphael

April 2014    Purchasing a Piccolo by Nan Raphael [email protected]   While the repertoire for piccolo has increased exponentially in the last few decades so have options for those who are ready to purchase a new instrument. There are many more choices in all price ranges for buyers than there were even 15 years ago. In addition, many improvements have been made in the scale, headjoint cut and design, padding etc. The intent of this article is not to recommend specific brands but to broaden...

Artist Profile- In Sterio

March 2014      Having been said to “blow listeners’ minds” and “bring the house down”, Erica Peel and Shivhan Dohse are the two flutists behind In Sterio.  Cited as having performances nothing short of “awe inspiring” and “spellbinding”, the girls have been described as “two Rhonda Larsons meet Greg Patillo”… and they have just released their much anticipated sophomore effort, a CD/DVD combo titled “Awake”.           The album, composed mostly by In Sterio member Erica Peel, features completely original material inspired by the...

Flute Choir Fun by Paula Buermele

January 2014   Flute Choir Fun by Paula Buermele We are all familiar with musical ensembles ranging in size from the duet to the symphony orchestra. We listen to many combinations of instruments and vocalists creating beautiful sounds that please our ears, lift our spirits, and stir our emotions. The flute choir is an often hidden treasure in the musical ensemble world. When I mention that I play in a flute choir, people are often surprised and intrigued that flutes come in more than...

Robert Dick Presents the Glissando Headjoint

Robert Dick Presents the Glissando Headjoint   NFA 2013 was a blast!  This year's National Flute Association Convention was   held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Great concerts. Fantastic master classes. Exquisite food.  Celebrity flutists. A fun time was had by all!  Check out our pictures on facebook.   A highlight of the convention was our product showcase.  Robert Dick presented his Glissando Headjoint along with Flute Specialists President Robert Johnson.  On Saturday August 10, a packed room heard all about the sound opportunities created...

A Flutist’s Guide to the Fall Season by John McMurtery, D.M.A.

A Flutist’s Guide to the Fall Season John McMurtery, D.M.A.   Autumn is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and football games contribute to its unique appeal. If you are in school, you might be preparing for marching band shows and competitions, but it’s not too early to start thinking about concert season if you haven’t already. Here are some ideas to help you prepare.   First, make sure your instrument is in good working condition. Playing your flute or...

An Interview with Amanda Sparfeld

I met up with flutist Amanda Sparfeld at a local trendy restaurant.  While eating deliciously messy burgers, we discussed her beginnings in music, her evolution as a flute player, her career at the Michigan Opera Theatre and as a private teacher, and future projects and goals.  Below are some highlights from this inspirational afternoon.   FS: Tell us how you got started down this path. AS: I grew up in a somewhat musical family.  My grandfather had been a trained opera singer...

Performance and Audition Tips by Sharon Sparrow

February 2014 It’s that exciting time of year again filled with auditions, solo and ensemble presentations and competitions! There are many things I’ve learned in my many years of teaching, coaching, and judging events and chose these following tips to help you succeed and do your best in this exciting month! PREPARATION is the key! I could tell you every trick in the book for the day of your performance, but nothing is as important as the many hours of preparation you...

A History of Muramatsu Flutes

Muramatsu Inc. Japan The Muramatsu flute company has been making professional flutes for nearly a century, and is still family owned. The founder of the Muramatsu company was an artist, who became enamored when he heard a Boehm system flute for the first time. This sound was new to Japan, and inspired the young Koichi Muramatsu.  He had recently acquired engineering skills while repairing instruments for the army music school, and he resolved himself to creating such flutes himself. This young...