online Summer course

Just received word from my Calgary based colleague, Lauren Eselson about the Valhalla Summer music program she co-teaches. This would be a great way for flutists to stay in shape this summer, remain inspired and help prepare for the coming school year!

Dear flutists and teachers,
I hope this email finds you healthy and well during this strange time! Please see below for the link to the Valhalla Summer School of Music website and registration hub.
We are very happy that the VSSM program will still be running this summer, albeit fully online due to the current health regulations. We will be running from Aug. 9-15, on Zoom, and offering two flute core classes (enrolment permitting), taught by myself and Mary Sullivan. The classes will be in a condensed 2 hour format from 10:00 am-12:00 pm MDT. Fee for the week is $235. Private lessons, and collaborative piano (via recording) with Susanne Ruberg-Gordon will also be available extra cost.
Our classes will focus on breathing, tone, technique, and phrasing, using standard material from the flute repertoire. The Intermediate class is suitable for any flutists with 2 years plus of experience. The advanced class will welcome students of an approximate RCM Level 8 minimum-University and graduates, and will be challenging for all!  In the past, participants have found our program to be a helpful “jump start” for Fall studies. Both classes will be tailored to the individual needs of the participants. Students will have the opportunity to prepare daily studies for individual performance, and we will also put together an ensemble using the wonders of technology for the final concert!
Please check the website for further details, and please feel free to contact me or Mary with any questions!

Stay healthy, best wishes to all,Lauren Eselson

And On this day in 2016…

I just received this photo from our 2016-17 recording project “Chamber Music (Re)Discoveries.” My second recording has been fully funded and will be carried by Centaur records, but had to be postponed (COVID) to summer 2021. I look forward to being able to rehearse again, something I miss even more than giving concerts!

My friend and colleague Joanna Hood and I in Weinberg trio rehearsal with pianist Alexandria Le

Flute choir premiere

Finally posting our studio’s premiere performance (from second term of 2019-20) of Joseph Chiu’s fabulous new work for flute choir, “a touch, a murmur,” conducted by Dr. Steven Capaldo in our annual studio recital.
This work calls for fourteen c flutes, two altos and one bass flute. (Taya Haldane, Monica Mun and Ryan Qu joined the current studio to allow this complement).

Performed on 1 February 2020 in the UVIc Flute studio annual recital

2020 Faculty concert

Catching up with posting some recent highlights… This past year I especially enjoyed performing Simon Laks’s Divertimento, a formidable and profound quartet for flute, violin, cello and piano. His use of rhythm, within blinding fast tempi and delicate sparse textures, recalls Beethoven scherzi, while his dark sense of humour is reminiscent of Shostakovitch. We loved this piece!

Performing with Yoomi Kim, pianist; Ann Elliott violin; Pam Highbaugh-Aloni cello. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Kim.

Where are the Women composers?

We presented a very well-attended event on this subject at the end of this term, to a standing-room only crowd in fact! Over the course of a busy term, UVic flute students presented their independent creative research projects in weekly masterclass. Together we learned about a diverse group of women composers, including Mel Bonis, Katherine Hoover, Cecile Chaminade, Jennifer Higdon and Elizabeth Brown.

Photo credit: Jennifer Kwan

Flute choir World premiere

Last night, the UVIc flute studio (and three friends) premiered “A touch, a murmur” by Joseph Chiu, a work for 16 flutes (including bass flute, and two alto flutes). Dr. Steven Capaldo (UVIc’s newly appointed Wind Symphony conductor) directed, and many were in attendance along with most of the UVic composition class. I will post the recording of the choir piece soon!

Action shot from premiere performance!

Upcoming studio recital

Please join us at our annual studio recital at 7 PM on Saturday 1 February 2020 in PTY recital hall. Included will be a world premiere performance of Joseph Chiu’s work for flute choir “A touch, a murmur.” The work calls for 16 flutes, including two alto flutes and bass flute. We are pleased to be working with UVic’s new wind symphony director Dr. Steven Capaldo, who will be conducting. Hope to see you there!

Orion Guest FLutist Brook Ferguson

A fabulous “flute day” happening Monday 20 Jan 2020 at UVic School of Music! 930-1120 am guest masterclass, then 8 pm concert, both in PTY recital hall with guest Brook Ferguson, principal flutist from the Colorado Symphony. We are so fortunate to have her visiting us! Free Admission. Hope you can join us! If you are unable to attend in person, you may also drop-in via live streaming. See 

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