Thursday, December 13, 2007

The DSU Flute Ensemble - at the Spring recital

In the spring of 2007, we shared a recital with the clarinet and sax ensembles. From L to R, front row: Sarah Hutcherson, Sarah Eads, Ann Bahr, Dr. Collins; back row, Martha King, Desta Hallmark, Jennifer Lutz, Rick Torgerson, and Latoya Bradley.

Uh, what can I say?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In Atlanta with Ian Anderson!

Last week I had an opportunity to meet ten fantastic high school students from all over the Southeast US in Atlanta. We were there to meet the renowned flutist Ian Anderson, who is the lead singer and flutist for the rock band Jethro Tull. Mr. Anderson is the Flutewise artist of the year, and he graciously agreed to invite students to his sound check and to let them play on stage with him before his concert.

As promised, here are some great pictures of the event. Congratulations to the lucky students who drove up to eight hours for the event, and thanks to Liz Goodwin and Sandra Saathoff of Flutewise for their part in making this opportunity possible!

Here are the group shots. Click on any picture to enlarge.

Dr. Collins with Ian Anderson!

Ian plays the...Sharpie?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

University of MS Masterclass at DSU

In October, the faculty woodwind quintet from the University of Mississippi gave a recital and masterclass for the woodwind studios at DSU. Three members of the flute studio performed and received comments from Dr. Linda Pereksta, including J.J. Hatfield, Kristie Price, and Christi Sweeting. Congratulations to three brave first-year students--you did a great job!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Seattle Reunion

In the summer of 2007 I flew back to Seattle to attend part of the Northwest Flute and Piccolo Forum (masterclasses by Zart Dombourian-Eby, Walfrid Kujala, and Jill Felber), and to visit one of my dear flute friends, Sandra Saathoff. Sandy is the President of Flutewise USA. We had a great time serving on the Seattle Flute Society board of directors for several years together.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Delta Chamber Players

In 2006 Dr. Cheeseman and I formed a duo, the Delta Chamber Players, to perform works for flute and clarinet. Since that time, we've performed recitals in Mississippi, Tennessee, Michigan, and Montana. Here's one of our goofier moments following a recital in Kalispell, Montana (my home town).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kim Pineda masterclass at DSU

In February, Baroque flute virtuoso (and good friend) Kim Pineda, the artistic director of Baroque Northwest, came to the DSU studio to teach a masterclass. He also gave a fabulous presentation on historical flutes for my MUS 302 (music history) students, who had no idea a recorder could "sound like that!"

Note that Mr. Pineda has already donned a nifty Fightin' Okra T-shirt.

Front row, from L to R: Latoya Bradley, Sarah Eads, Ann Bahr; Back row, Dr. Collins, Desta Hallmark, Kim Pineda, and Jennifer Lutz.