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Flute Fair Workshops, 2024

Saturday, 9:00-12:30: GPFS Member Workshops, 2 Simultaneous Workshop Tracks - McLoughlin Building, both upstairs. 

Track 1, McLoughlin Hall, Room - 229

9:00 - 9:45: Your Health First! for Good Performance Health & Injury Prevention, presented by Dr. Michael Weinstein and flutist Marilyn First. Recognizing the factors that cause overuse and injury for Musicians, this workshop will focus on basics of good performance health: sleep, nutrition, exercise, self-care, and bio-mechanics. Participants will learn how to avoid injuries and other potential problems by establishing thoughtful warm-up and practice routines, using solid technique, taking breaks, and gaining greater awareness of posture, muscular tension and relaxation in their practice, performance, and daily activities.

10:00 - 10:45: Your Health First! for Good Recovery from Practice and Performance Injuries, presented by Dr. Michael Weinstein and flutist Marilyn First. This workshop will cover causes of common injuries and problems that flutists may encounter, like overuse injuries. Participants will learn when to administer self-care and when to seek medical attention. Treatment options will be covered. Special attention will be given to injury recovery and the importance of establishing and maintaining safe, effective practice routines while healing.

11:00 - 11:45: Fresh Perspectives: New works for Flute, Alto Flute, Media, and Fixed Electronics, presented by flutist Elaine Martir and composer Kevin Kopsco. This is a presentation of Kevin's two new works that showcase the perspectives of a personal healing journey through a neurodivergent lens. Elaine and Kevin will provide a performance guide on the pieces and the compositional/collaborative process, followed by audience questions and comments.

  • Extrication; Integration for Flute and Fixed Electronics
  • A Lot for Flute and Visual Media
a. Echoes
b. New Growth
c. Through Her Spirit
d. Moon Set
e. Take Flight, Sami-Sun
f. The Mountain Family
g. ...and We Transition

Track 2, McLoughlin Hall, Room - 253

9:00 - 9:45:  Alexander Technique for Flutists, presented by flutist Cassie Maloney. Join Cassie for an exploration of the Alexander Technique, a unique educational method. Find out how this work can help you reduce stress and increase impulse control while making music and living your daily life. This workshop will include a brief demonstration of an Alexander Technique lesson and a few lighthearted activities to kick off your morning!

10:00 - 10:45:  Performance and Electronics - Electroacoustic Music of the 20th Century, presented by flutist Savannah Gentry. In this workshop, extended techniques will be demonstrated through performance and explained how they are executed. Extended techniques on the flute can aid understanding of traditional elements such as tone and technique and this workshop aims to bridge the gap.

11:00 - 11:45: Understanding Extended Techniques through Resonance, presented by flutist Savanah Gentry. A performance of live electronic works will demonstrate live audio processing. A brief intro to MAX MSP software will be given and can show many different ways live processing can be used in music performance.

12:00 - 12:30: Practice Steps for Piccolo Performance in Group Master Class style, presented by Regina Yost. Dr. Yost will start with her performance of “Hall of Ghosts” for solo piccolo by Amanda Harberg. This is a five-minute piece. A group master class will then follow with focus on the Piccolo excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number Four, a solo section found within the third movement. Regina will explain all the different steps she takes to practice the piece for performance. Please do bring your flute or piccolo if you can, for as Regina takes participants through this process, those who have their instrument can give each step a try.

Saturday, 1:00-2:00: Guest Artist Workshop - Marianne Gedigian, Gregory Forum Stage. “Cultivating Satisfaction: A workshop on practice and celebrating progress no matter how small!” Sponsored by Wm. Haynes Flutes.

Marianne Gedigian, the 40th Annual GPFS Flute Fair Guest Artist, is professor of flute at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She previously served as professor of flute at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music where she holds a Butler Endowed Professorship in Flute and is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. Ms. Gedigian performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as acting principal flute under Seiji Ozawa. As principal flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and acting principal flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has performed on dozens of recordings with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, Evening at Pops public television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She is a Haynes Flutes Artist.

Cassie Maloney graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in music education in 2014. She finished her training as an Alexander Technique Teacher at the Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique in 2022. She now runs Working Well Studio, teaching yoga, meditation, and Alexander Technique to help musicians and others live, play, and work well. Find her and helpful resources at Cassie Maloney  .

Savannah Gentry is an award-winning flutist who is committed to creating collective meaningful experiences. She is a National Flute Association Young Artist 2023 quarter finalist in Phoenix, AZ. Gentry won second place at the Kentucky Flute Fair Quartet competition and was a finalist in the University of Oregon’s Concerto Competition. As a new music collaborator, Gentry has performed with Noise Catalogue, The BeComEnsemble, SPLICE ensemble, the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium, and with Caballito Negro as a guest artist. She is a graduate of the Contemporary Music Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and now an active freelancer based in New York City As a soloist, Gentry created Human Nature, a thoughtful performance of flute and electronic works about humans and our relationship with nature. Under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello, she achieved her Master of Music at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon with Molly Barth where she was given the Outstanding Undergraduate Award upon graduation. Learn more at Savannah Gentry  .

Michael S. Weinstein, MD, is a Board-Certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Weinstein has evaluated and treated Performing Artists for more than 30 years and has been a member of the NFA's Performance Health Advisory Board for several years. He is the founding medical director of Center for Performing Artists at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and was an early board member of the Performing Arts Medical Association, PAMA – Over the course of his career, Weinstein has worked intensively with patients with neurological problems and developed medical rehabilitation programs for patients with Stroke, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Now residing in Palm Springs, California, he travels to work in hospitals in California & Oregon. He has served on many boards, was Vice-President of the Washington State Medical Association, and has received the Physician of the Year award by the local American Heart Association for his development of stroke services in the affiliate’s 10 state region. Weinstein has been recognized in “Seattle’s Best Doctors,” “Best Doctors” in America, and “Top Doctors, Palm Springs.”

Marilyn First has had multiple hand injuries and challenges including tendonitis, extreme pain, and two surgeries for “trigger fingers.” These were caused by general overuse not by playing or over practicing the flute, yet they’ve had significant impact on her playing. Many times, she feared her flute playing days were over. However, a former patient of Michael Weinstein’s, First has used many of the techniques described in the workshop, “Your Health First.” She’s learned to manage pain and unnecessary muscular tension, practice proactively to prevent further injuries, and play at her best ever, studying with Zart Dombourian-Eby. First served on the NFA’s Performance Health Committee for several years, presenting with Weinstein and other performance health specialists at national conventions. She’s raised funds and produced concerts in the Washington State Capitol Rotunda for as many as fifty flutists, as well as producing performances and masterclasses with John Barcellona, Robert Dick, composer/violinist Maria Newman, Hal Ott, Rae Terpening, Paul Taub, and the Westwood Wind Quintet. She’s performed with the Olympia Symphony and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. @marillynrflutist - Instagram & Marilyn First - Facebook

Elaine Melanie Martir (she,her) is a first-generation Peruvian/Puerto Rican American teaching artist, advocate and cat-mom. Currently, Elaine is a DMA student in Flute Performance and is the Graduate Employee for the University of Oregon Flute studio, studying with Dr. Jacqueline Cordova. Elaine joyfully holds the title of conductor for the Eugene community-based flute choir "West Winds" and is the 2023-2024 flute fellow for Orchestra Next. Elaine is serving as the student representative for the PNW chapter of the College Music Society, and as the graduate student representative on the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance Committee for Equity and Inclusion. She holds degrees from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, the Boston Conservatory and Washington State University. 

Kevin Kopsco (he/they) resides with their 2 cats and partner in the Pacific Northwest. Their alma maters include Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Kevin is a neurodivergent activist who is autistic with ADHD, and uses their music to promote equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Their music is a means of showing audiences raw, whimsical, poignant, and beautiful perspectives that make up existing within a neurodivergent operating system. Kevin is a vocalist, pianist, and avid poet who teaches composition, music theory, libretto/lyric/poetry writing, and music production to all ages and levels. To learn more about Kevin or their music, please visit Kevin Kopsco

Dr. Regina Helcher Yost is internationally renowned as both an orchestral and chamber music musician, as well as an acclaimed teacher of the flute and piccolo pedagogy. Currently, Regina is the Second Flute/Piccolo of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Second Flute/Piccolo of the Savannah Philharmonic, Adjunct Professor of Flute at Charleston Southern University, and core flutist for Chamber Music Charleston. Dr. Yost has also held positions in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival. She has been an invited Guest Artist to the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony. She is an avid commissioner of piccolo music (including the Mike Mower and Amanda Harberg Sonatas for Piccolo).

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