August 29th was the first day of my class at SUNY Purchase, “Trends in Music and Society.” I’m so excited to be a part of Purchase’s newest initiative to incorporate professional development courses into the curriculum. There is so much potential to create an outstanding, critical and supportive course of study in music leadership, and I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be a part of it. Onward, Purchase!
I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I will be joining the adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music! I will teach the course “Trends in Music and Society” and be actively involved in their entrepreneurial coursework. This is such an exciting, new journey in my career and I am humbled to return to my alma mater in this capacity. I look forward to working with the students as we dive into this LOADED and ever-evolving topic.
This past week, I had the pleasure of coaching the flute ensemble at Montclair State University on my piece “Stacked” for 6 flutes. They’ve performed it multiple times and brought a great sense of joy and excitement to our coaching session. We also had a blast reading through Flutronix’s piece “Flock” for 4 flutes and alto flute. All-in-all, it was fun afternoon with lots of fluting and laughs. Thanks to Dr. Silverman for having me and the students for their hard work!
This past spring, Flutronix spent a day at the British International School of Washington D.C. as part of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program. Launched in 2015, The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program is a multifaceted collaboration to create an innovative arts education curriculum for students in grades K-12. The program brings Juilliard’s philosophies of teaching dance, drama, and music to Nord Anglia classrooms around the world. Flutronix had the privilege of working with elementary and middle school students, presenting their original workshops and a live performance for the entire school community. // More info.
You know that dreaded feeling when you leave the Caribbean? You wake up in the morning and it’s 80 degrees, but by the evening, when you’re back in New York City, it’s a brisk 37… You feel a combination of denial, regret and nostalgia. You begin to question your judgement and lifestyle decisions up until that point. You ask yourself, ‘Why do I live here? Why don’t I live there?‘ Well, 7 days later, I am just now re-cooperating from such feelings after returning from my week-long residency in the Dominican Republic.
Besides enjoying the wonderful climate and island-life, I had the pleasure of serving as a guest artist for this year’s Clarinetísimo, a week-long festival celebrating the clarinet at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música.
My dear friend, Darleny González (clarinetist of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, professor of clarinet at the conservatory), served as the coordinator and thought it would be exciting to have representation of another woodwind instrument, so she invited me!
The other guest artists were two stellar clarinetists from Spain, José Cerveró and Carlos Gustavo Duarte. In addition to performing a recital of solo works and pieces for flute and clarinet, I had the opportunity to talk with conservatory students about my experience as a professional musician and share insight on career development.
Students participated in masterclasses, ensembles, yoga, and lectures. Darleny and I demonstrated techniques on blending the timbres of flute and clarinet and introduced eclectic pieces in woodwind chamber music repertoire.
The conservatory community was extremely welcoming and warm to both myself and my family. I want to give a special thank you to my wonderful friend Darleny and Prof. Roberto Medina for having me. This trip was truly unforgettable and I look forward to making more music in the Dominican Republic for years to come!