What I Wish I Knew: The progression of flutes I’ve played up to college

With back-to-school season in full swing a lot of companies offer these savings and deals to entice families to buy new instruments. The factors that go into making that large purchase are vast – budget, stock, knowledge, trialing, repairs, etc. For each flute I mention, (whether or not it’s still in production) I’ll provide theContinue reading “What I Wish I Knew: The progression of flutes I’ve played up to college”

Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven

Approach The first time I see an excerpt I have never played before the first thing I do is look into the composer and work. I look for specific details that will help inform how the excerpt should be performed, here is a very basic outline of what I research: WHEN the composer was aliveContinue reading “Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven”

Preparing for collegiate ensemble auditions

My first collegiate ensemble was in no conceivable way the best showing of my talents… That summer I had been studying with an alumni of the flute studio I was joining. Unbeknownst to the both of us, the audition requirements had changed since her time out of school (which had only been 3 years atContinue reading “Preparing for collegiate ensemble auditions”

Resources for people who want to take flute up as a secondary instrument or a hobby

Not once as a flute student did I have an ensemble director that was a flutist (primarily or otherwise). Granted I started playing flute at age 14, but in my hometown’s district even if I had started in beginning band no one was trained in flute… everyone was either a brass specialist or focused onContinue reading “Resources for people who want to take flute up as a secondary instrument or a hobby”