GPFS Flute Fair 2017


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


Workshops & Classes

Peter Sheridan, our Flute Fair guest artist, will present workshops at 10:00AM and 11:00AM and a masterclass at 2:00PM. Workshops also will be presented by Abigail Sperling at 9:00AM and Martha Long at 12:00PM

Workshops are 50 minutes long

Bring your flute to all these workshops.

Workshop Presenter

Band Room

Mozart Versus Modernity: Rethinking ‘Authenticity’ in the G Major Flute Concerto

Performances of Mozart's G Major Concerto vary widely. Flutists may contemplate issues of articulation, ornamentation, tempo, and ‘authenticity’ as well as the modern flute itself. How can we effectively consider conflicting evidence and aesthetic values from Mozart's time and from today? This presentation will examine how the modern flute with its different sonority and expressive quality can be balanced with a historical interpretation of the practical issues, resulting in a performance that is elegant, harmonically rich, musically tasteful, and historically considered.

Corvallis native Abigail Sperling, recently returned to Oregon after several years in New Zealand, where she finished the DMA degree at University of Auckland. She is currently flute instructor at Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, OR.

Abigail Sperling

Band Room

New Music for the Low Flutes

This exciting and interactive workshop will feature new compositions that have been written over the last ten last years for the family of low flutes. Complete with resourceful handouts and opportunities for chamber music-making, this fun and informative session will inspire everyone to play their alto, bass or contrabass flute and create rich sonorous low tones.

A native of New York City, Sheridan studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts) the Juilliard Preparatory Division, and the Mannes College of Music. Further graduate studies were undertaken at the London Goldsmith's College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Peter Sheridan

Band Room

Sound Creations: Exploring your inner voice of creativity

An informal, relaxed yet interactive session that will open your ears, mind and heart to the joy of creating 'improvised sounds on your flute. Handouts, inspirational quotes, and demonstrations, will guide you to find 'your Flute voice' through creative thinking, engaging exploration, and basic understanding of musical form. A MUST class for beginners to advanced players, there are no previous improvisation skills required, just an open mind and an eagerness to explore sound. Bring any or all your flutes! A closing flute jamboree will leave you with a smile.

Peter Sheridan

Band Room

The Basics of Practicing and Practicing the Basics

Join Oregon Symphony principal flute Martha Long as she discusses what she practices and her approach to each subject, including vibrato, legato, intonation, scales, dynamics, and difficult passages. Bring your flutes along to try some of the exercises as a group.

Martha earned her BM degree at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the MM at New England Conservatory. She came to Portland last fall after several seasons as principal flute in the San Antonio Symphony and the Ft. Collins, Colorado Symphony.

Martha Long

Choir Room

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

Julie Chen, Andante et Scherzo, by Louis Ganne
9th grade, South Salem High School
Debra Huddleston, piano

Julie Chen currently plays for the South Salem High School wind ensemble and has been accepted into the All-State honor band as well. However, she loves flute solo in particular and has studied solo repertoire with her teacher, Sandy Norman, since the age of 9. In addition to that, she played in the MTNA Regional Northwest competition. When she's not playing the flute, Julie enjoys riding, cross country running, and playing the piano.

Meije Smith, Concerto in D, mov. 1, by Carl Reinecke
11th grade, West Salem High School
Debra Huddleston, piano

 Meije Smith is a junior at West Salem High School and has been playing the flute since 5th grade, studying with Sandy Duffy Norman for the past five years.  She has loved every aspect of music and its ‘positivities’ ever since she picked it up for the first time. She has grown to appreciate all of what playing the flute and music has given her, especially through academia and culture. Meije has been in the Salem/Keizer dual language program since kindergarten and has connected with Latino American culture more profoundly because of it.  She enjoys visual arts and appreciates the connection it has with the art of observation and listening.  Meije loves the outdoors, and the profound beauty and inspiration it brings her as she experiences the arts.      

Lauren Anderson, Sonatine, mov. 1, by Eldin Burton
Pacific University, age 21
Cessaries Galusha, piano

Lauren began playing at the age of 12, and quickly discovered her passion and talent for music. Now a senior studying music education and flute performance, she has held the position of principal flute and piccolo in the Pacific University Symphonic Band for four years, and has been involved in various honors and community ensembles in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Lauren is an active volunteer for the Forest Grove schools music programs, and plans to continue her education, pursuing a masters in flute performance after her graduation.

Linda Jenkins, Parable XII for solo piccolo, by Persichetti
University of Oregon, age 24

Linda Jenkins is a second-year master’s student at the University of Oregon where she studies with Molly Barth. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Music Performance under Dr. Conor Nelson and hails from Edmond, OK. Recently, Linda has been a finalist in the COFA Solo Competition, the BGSU Concerto Competition, as well as the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. At the University of Oregon, she frequently collaborates with the composition studio and performs contemporary chamber music.

Master class performer fees are 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.

For additional information please contact Sandy Duffy Norman
Peter Sheridan