The Flute Academy in Salem is an annual event that brings together local students and teachers for a day of performing, workshops, and a masterclass with flutists from our own Oregon Symphony, and other special guests! This is our newest event and aims to engage performers outside of our normal service area. The event takes place in the first or second week of February at Chemeketa Community College.
The Flute Academy is aimed specifically at high school students preparing for the spring competition season. The one-day event gives them a chance to perform for a local professional flutist, learn a new skill in our workshops, network with their peers, enjoy lunch together, even play in a flute ensemble!
Local and regional teachers also find the Academy as a great way to learn new teaching methods from Oregon Symphony musicians as well as gather ideas for their home flute ensembles and studios.
Our inaugural guest artist in 2017 was Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony Martha Long, and she continues to offer her time and expertise at this annual (now virtual!) event in 2021. Martha's warm and welcoming teaching style is perfect for students or all ages, as well as adult amateurs and professional players.
Martha joined the Oregon Symphony at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. During her first season, she performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments with her colleagues under the baton of Maestro Hans Graf. Outside of the orchestra, she is a member of the 45th Parallel Universe and the Arcturus Quintet.
In the summer Martha teaches at several different camps for middle- and high-school students, and she serves as principal flute of the Oregon Bach Festival. She maintains a small private teaching studio, coaches local youth orchestras, and coordinates the NFA’s Orchestral Audition Competition.
Check out some of Martha's recordings on her website. The GPFS is thrilled to be partnered with such a fabulous musician and teacher for our Flute Academy.
Flute Academy 2021 also welcomes Body Mapping Specialist Dr. Lisa Marsh. Dr. Marsh directs the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University. Her classes focus on mind body connections for increased artistry. Dr. Marsh has a somatic education that includes 19 years as a Registered Nurse in the fields of Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine, 8 years of piano technique study at the Taubman Institute of Piano and 10 years of study of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable.
Ms. Marsh is pianist with the Marsh-Titterington Piano Duo and former Principal Keyboard with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Her original compositions are inspired by the natural and supernatural worlds and by the artists she collaborates with.