GPFS Flute Fair 2015


Cheryl Alex conducts a jazz improvisation workshop at the 2003 Flute Fair


Workshops & Classes

Jasmine Choi , our Flute Fair guest artist, will present a workshop at 11:30AM and a masterclass at 2:00PM. Workshops also will be presented by Phyllis Louke, Sophia Teagart, and Shelly Granger.

Workshops are 50 minutes long

Bring your flute to all these workshops.

Workshop Presenter
9:30 AM

Band Room

Exploring the Low Flutes.  An Introduction to the Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Contrabass Flute

These big flutes are becoming increasingly popular, especially with the growth of flute choirs and the need for a strong sound on the bottom of the chords. The demand for low-voiced flutes as solo instruments is growing with more major works being written for them. In the workshop, the low flutes’ special differences in playing techniques and tuning issues will be addressed.  Phyllis will demonstrate these instruments and participants will have a chance to try them out.

Phyllis Avidan Louke, an Altus Artist, serves as Music Director of Rose City Flute Choir, is principal flute with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Symphonic Band, and maintains a large teaching studio in Beaverton.  Phyllis has performed nationally and internationally on bass and contrabass flutes in groups such as the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir, The International Flute Orchestra and has recorded ten CDs with the National Flute Choir.  A sought-after clinician, Phyllis is also a published composer with over 40 pieces published, including solo works for the flute family. 

Phyllis Louke
10:30 AM

Band Room

The Art of Phrasing Your Technique 

An exploration of how technique and phrasing are interrelated. Technique is more than fingers, breath, and lips, which are just tools in the service of the music. Bring your flutes to try out some new ideas for playing more expressively. If you have particular technical issues, this will be a chance to have them addressed.

Sophia Tegart is the flute instructor at George Fox University, Pacific University and Concordia University. She completed a BA and BM at Washington State University, an MA in Music History and an MM in Flute Performance from the University of Oregon, and a DMA degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has performed with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Civic Opera, The Des Moines Metro Opera, the Atlantic Music Festival, and currently is principal flute of the Portland Festival Orchestra. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Sophia Tegart
11:30 AM

Band Room

Five Essential Warming-up Tips

Our guest artist Jasmine Choi  would like to share her own routine of exercises she uses "before" she even plays the first note of the day as well as in finding and centering your tone as you start to play. She will demonstrate what to do before you play and to get ready to do your best through relaxation, stretching, mental focus, and getting your tone and fingers working for you.

Jasmine Choi is one of the most celebrated flutists of our generation. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and for her charismatic stage presence since an early age. After having served as principal flute of the Vienna Symphony and associate principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony, Choi has now moved on to a career as a full-time soloist. She has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Juilliard Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum, Czech Philharmonic Chamber, Seoul Philharmonic, among many others. Choi was invited as soloist for the National Flute Association (NFA)’s 40th anniversary in Las Vegas, and was highly celebrated with her solo performances including the opening gala concert and the closing ceremony.

Jasmine Choi
12:30 PM

Band Room

See Your Sound! Real-Time Pitch Visualization for Teaching and Practicing”

Ever wish that you could see your pitch and vibrato in real-time? Now you can. Join flutist Shelly Granger and computer scientist Doug Gallatin for a discussion about the field of music visualization and demonstrations of current apps. They will show how music visualization apps can be used in teaching and practicing and will include an in-depth discussion of the Quantz Tuner app that was created by Shelly and Doug in 2014 as well as other useful programs, such as Tartini, and Flutini.  It is the realization of Shelly's long-time dream to use real-time music visualization to create powerful teaching tools. Attendees will learn how to analyze and "see" their vibrato, visually record and observe pitch tendencies, use the color wheel to visualize harmonic changes, and more. There are applications for beginners as well, including colorful circles that respond to sound, a sensitive tuning circle that moves to the tiniest pitch changes, and a tool that allows for visualization of rhythm.  Using visualization to reinforce what players hear helps them in many ways, including developing a better ear and increased flexibility of vibrato and pitch. This workshop will show you how to put these new and powerful tools to work in the practice room and the studio!

Shelly Granger recently moved to Ashland, OR.  She previously was the flute instructor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, as well as a flutist in the SLO Symphony. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Richard Trombley; and she did graduate work at the University of Colorado, where she studied with Alexa Still.

Shelly Granger
2:00 PM

Choir Room

Sara Lasky Memorial Fund Master Class at Flute Fair, presented by Jasmine Choi (30 min each)

2:00 Hannah Sanders, 11th grade, McKay High School, Fantaisie by Georges Hue

2:30 Winnie Lin, 25, Portland State University, Sequenza by Luciano Berio

3:00 Savannah Gentry, 20, University of Oregon, Mei by Fukishima

3:30 Sarah Benton, 21, University of Oregon, orchestral excerpts: Saint-Saens - Voliere, Strauss - 'Til Eulenspiegel, and Strauss - Salome. 

Master class performer fees will be paid by the Sara Lasky Master Class Fund.  Many thanks to Gary and Gale Lasky for providing this generous support for our members in the name of educational opportunity and their daughter, flutist and teacher, Sara Lasky.

Jasmine Choi