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3 Things That Will Take Your Flute Compositions To The Next Level

by Eric Lacy No Substitute for Hard Work An aspiring composer was working on some music he was writing for a small orchestra. After several months of composing, he reached a point of frustration with the outcome. When his teacher looked at the score, he assessed the music as being above average. However, he insisted that if his student wanted to improve the weakest parts, he would have to work on it. Well, the student took those words to heart and he...

Flutelight Emerges with “Duets & Dahlias!”

by Barbara Ogar Flutelight was created with the goal of creating community through music by presenting free and budget friendly Music Education opportunities, performances/masterclasses from stellar artists, and coupling everything with Community Service.  Flutelight was very active and then Covid prohibited live music/in-person group opportunities of listening, learning, and playing together. On September 19, how happy we were to emerge with "Duets & Dahlias!" The program was held at the Starkweather Arts Center, in Romeo, Michigan and featured Hannah Hammel, Principal flutist...

A Flutist’s Guide to the Voxman Etudes

By Rose Bishop & Lizzy Darling Though the pandemic-induced lockdown utterly changed our performance schedules, we chose to look at these unprecedented events as an opportunity to pursue scholarly and educationally minded projects our usual schedule left little time for. This decision was especially exciting, as we had received a mechanical license for the Voxman etudes from Hal Leonard only days before the lockdown. In hindsight, this was particularly fortuitous, as our reduced teaching and performance schedules allowed for thoughtful, meticulous,...

How the DSO flute section was able to #keepthemusicplaying (and more!) during the pandemic

This past year has been like no other and flexibility, creativity, and patience have been more important than ever. Through all the challenges and many concert cancellations that the COVID-19 pandemic forced upon all of us, various musical projects have helped us stay inspired. Many of these projects were through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and we are so grateful to the DSO for the opportunities they’ve created for the musicians. Additionally, we are in awe of the inventiveness of DSO...

Salty Composers and How to Avoid Them by Nicole Chamberlain

https://youtu.be/1cxTTkaduk4 Working with a living composer may not be something everyone got to experience in school, and if so - it may have been with a student composer who was still learning and stumbling along the way just like everyone else going through the learning process. So let’s start fresh shall we? I’ve been fortunate that I have professionally experienced creating music both as a composer and a flutist. I’ve witnessed the process through both lenses, and I would like to share...

Spring is on the Horizon

After days and weeks where it felt like the snow would never end, not able to remember the last time the temperature was above 0-degrees Fahrenheit, the sun finally poked out from behind the clouds. The snow and ice began to melt and for the first time in months I took a walk outside while feeling the sunshine beaming on my face. The ice and snow hadn’t completely melted leaving particularly icy patches in the shadows and the temperature was...

Sound Possibilities by Aiven O’Leary

When I was studying flute, both in high school and in college, I had an uneasy relationship with sound. It isn’t that I had a “bad” sound, it was actually the opposite. Everyone told me I had a good sound. Right through college, sound was good. I got to check that off the list. Sure, I had to work like everyone else on shading and color, but as far as good base tone, I had it! Here’s the thing though, I...

Flute Specialists’ Favorite Things

Roi Master Flute Cleaner - I have so many swabs, this one is definitely my favorite. It gets ALL the moisture out of my flute - even up towards the crown!33mm LefreQue - This lefreQue (paired with my Hammig piccolo) has absolutely enhanced my tone, especially in the low register.Fluterscooter Black Patent Leather Bag - This is the most gorgeous flute bag! It's also spacious, so it can hold all the extra accessories you usually keep in your standard flute case cover.Lowell...

Finding Purpose in Covid Times

by Erica Peel As musicians, many of us have found ourselves seriously questioning our life’s work, our employment, our purpose, and our place in the world during this extraordinary time in history. The last 8 months have been significant and life-changing, with far reaching consequences. At the start of it all, I found myself scrambling to create projects and set goals, thinking ambition was the antidote to idleness and resignation. During that time, I accomplished some really wonderful things, but I...