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!
This February, Flutronix was featured artists for one of Chamber Music America’s, First Tuesday Sessions. These free seminars are live-streamed and feature professionals in the chamber music field, who share their experience, expertise and advice on various, career-related topics. Watch Flutronix’s session on “DIY Publishing: Your Work, Your Way” here.
It was a wonderful day, traveling up to my alma mater, Purchase College, and presenting a recital and entrepreneurial musicianship talk. To be able to come back to a place where I spent formative years and blossomed as a young artist, was very special to me. It’s funny how years can go by, your life can drastically change, the world goes through major shifts, and you can return to a place feeling like you’ve never left.
Coming directly from a morning photo-shoot, I immediately switched gears and started off my visit with a short recital of original pieces. On the program was Bit of Everything, Pray, Ambitiousand Stacked. While a student at Purchase, I never performed a composition of my own. In fact, I had hardly even composed anything while an undergraduate. So to be back in the recital hall, (where 10+ years ago I performed works by usual suspects like Prokofiev, Telemann, Bach, Piazolla…), and playing my own pieces was an exciting and other-worldly experience.
After performing, I sat down with the flute students of Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor and discussed various topics of entrepreneurial musicianship. I shared my own story and gave pointers on areas of marketing, networking, programming and more. The students were so receptive to the information and helped create an environment for open discussion, the sharing of ideas and even some role playing. It was such a rewarding feeling to have this opportunity with the same studio I came from. It truly felt full-circle and harmonious.
I want to give an extra special thanks to Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, for bringing me back and believing in me after all these years. Thank you to Purchase College students for having me, it was a joy to chat with and get to know you all.