The GPFS Fall Guest Artist brings a national or international flute performer/teacher to Portland to perform a recital and give a workshop or masterclass. This is a great event for student and adult players alike to perform for internationally renowned visiting artists.
Past guests have included Paul Edmund-Davies (2011 & 2020), PROJECT TRIO (2012), Jean Ferrandis (2014), Sarah Jackson (2017), José Valentino (2018), and, Jackie Cordova-Arrington (2019).
The Fall Guest Artist for 2021 is Mihoko Watanabe!
Free for GPFS members and $15 for non-members.
October 23, 2021 - 12:00 to 2:30 - Fully Online
Click here to register for the fall guest artist event:
Please scroll down to see Dr. Watanabe's bio and details on the sessions, including access to an article on Mei for solo flute written by the author as a result of her study with the composer himself!
Dr. Watanabe will present a 45 minute workshop on “mindfulness” for musicians. This will be an interactive and engaging workshop for all musicians, music teachers, students, parents, and music performers. You only need to bring one thing to the session, yourself with an open mind. In this workshop, Dr. Watanabe will ask questions and discuss different ways of practicing that improve our playing music, mental and physical health (including stress, pain, disease, etc.), mind, focus, memory, and sleep.
Please join me to find out how I approach my practice with mindfulness, teach my students with mindfulness, and communicate with everyone mindfully.
Have you ever become frustrated during your practice and lose your focus? Do you sometimes play a bundle of notes with fly away fingers? Maybe you sometimes feel generally discouraged about your practice or playing.
Until now, the most common advice for frustration and losing focus we have heard is to stop, cool down and come back to our playing later. For the bundle of notes with fly away fingers we have had the advice to practice many times, over and over, until we have it memorized. Or, we would slow down and gradually get faster. This is all useful, but sometimes we do everything that teachers suggest, and still, we cannot get it. You feel discouraged. From this problem comes a wise solution. There is ONE thing that is missing. It is MINDFULNESS.
Concert Program - 1:00, Pre-Recorded, Online
Interactive Session on Learning Mei, for Solo Flute - 1:45, Online
Bio for Dr. Mihoko Watanabe
Flutist Mihoko Watanabe, a native of Japan, is Professor of Flute at Ball State University and chair of the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Music program.
PERFORMANCE ARTIST: Dr. Watanabe has won competitions sponsored by the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA) and has appeared in Japan, Israel, Canada, England, and the USA as a celebrated and versatile international performer, recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist.
TEACHER & CLINICIAN: Dr. Watanabe is an enthusiastic teacher and travels widely as a clinician, presenting master classes throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.
ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST: In addition to being a gifted flutist and teacher, Dr. Watanabe is also devoted to the field of ethnomusicology, which she studied extensively at the University of Michigan.
ADVOCATE: Dr. Watanabe is an advocate of studies in entrepreneurial music.
EDUCATION & TRAINING: Dr. Watanabe received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor’s degree from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan.