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First Tuesdays Online with GPFS - A Look at Past Sessions

Creating a Relaxed & Rich Tone

May 7, 2024, Dr. Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington - Creating a Relaxed and Rich Tone. Jacqueline, flutist and faculty at the University of Oregon, presented a workshop on how to create a relaxed and rich tone -  freeing the flutist to better manage dynamics and tone colors. Bring your flute to the session!

The Red Flame for Flute and Marimba

April 2nd, 2024 - Meet Oregon-Born Composer Dr. Andrea Reinkemeyer who will introduce her composition Red Flame for flute and marimba (2021). She will briefly introduced us to the piece and her compositional process. Following, flutist Alexis Evers and percussionist Florian Conzetti shared the features and challenges of the piece for the flutist and percussionist as well as their experience recording it.

Guest Artist

March 5, 2024 - The Native American Flute in Oregon: Alby Thoumsin and Sara Marvin with Flutestock present - The origin and mission of Flutestock along with some highlights of past performances, and some insights on the Native American flute community in Oregon. They will also show and play some of their flutes. Plus resources will be shared for learning more about the Native American flute and upcoming events.

Guest Artist Frank Poloney

February 6, 2024 - Frank Poloney with the Jazz Flute Project presents - Taking a Moment to Look Back/Historic Jazz Flutists Inspiring the Next Chapters/Generation. Frank shared a selection of historical jazz flutists who laid the foundation for where we are today, some foundational jazz history, and some recommended listening for jazz flute. He has made this presentation available through his website. Background on Artist: Frank Poloney's Website

Guest Artist Adrian Dee 

December 5, 2023  7:00 - 8:00 pm PST - Guest Artist Adrian Dee, "2020: The Year We Could Not Breathe"

Spend an hour with flutist and composer Adrian Dee as he discusses the concept and writing of this provocative piece, and shares the video of the piece's premier performance at this year's NFA convention in August, by flutist Anthony Trionfo.

Background on Guest Artist - Adrian Dee - Flutist, Composer, The world has enough angst and suffering. What we need is more JOY and COMPASSION. A.D.

Flutist, Teacher, Composer

Phyllis is the author of several flute method books authored with Patricia George - Flute 101, Flute 102, Flute 103 and Flute 101.5. Learn more about these at: Theodore Presser

Guest Artist Phyllis Avidan Louke - Flutist, Teacher, Composer - Two teaching focused sessions for band directors, music education students, and flute teachers!

  • October 10, 2023: Teaching Effective Flute Sectionals, 7:00 - 8:00 pm PST - A special Zoom session (the second Tuesday in Oct.), for flute teachers and band directors, with teacher, flutist and composer Phyllis Avidan Louke who will offer activities and suggestions on teaching flute sectionals that help students improve tonguing, tone, technique, and rhythmic accuracy. 
  • November 7, 2023, 7:00 - 8:00 pm PST: Starting Beginners  - Phyllis Avidan Louke presents "Getting Beginning Students Off to a Good Start," for teachers and band directors.

Premiere of the 2023-24 Season of First Tuesdays Online with GPFS – a casual, monthly, online salon-like series presented by GPFS members.

Guest Artist Dr. Sophia Tegart

October 3, 2023, 7 - 8 pm: Season premiere of First Tuesdays Online with GPFS with guest artist Sophia Tegart , Brielle Frost, and Jobson who shared performances and insights from their newest CD Crossroads - a collection of gorgeous and interesting flute quartets by contemporary composers performed by Sophia, Jonathan Borja, Brielle Frost and Krista Jobson. Pieces by Bassingthwaighte, Beeftink, Ewazen, Mower and Angulo. Please enjoy this GPFS profile of Dr. Sophia Tegart - Musician Profile Sophia Tegart Fall 2023.pdfSophia Tegart is a Yamaha Flutes Performing Artist.

The Flute and Brazil

On June 6, 2023 – Flutist Camila Oliveira presented on Brazilian music for flute, including some insights on Brazil’s NE region’s folk music, and a brief introduction to the Pífano, a wood flute!

Handout: Teaching and Learning Flute and Brazil Recommendations from C Oliveira June 2023.pdf

On May 9, 2023 – Flutist Gabriela Gimenes presented on the topic of finding music and literature about Choro genre in Brazil. This genre has thousands of compositions and one of the main instruments is the Flute. Let's dive in the www to find content as well as video and audio references for understanding, learning and playing this exciting music. Gabriela is Sopro Novo Yamaha Artist, born in Brazil and based in the Portland area.

Handout: Gabriela Gimenes - Flute in Brazil Handout 2.pdf

On April 4, 2023 - Meet the  Composer: Columbia Riverkeeper composer-in-residence, Deena T. Grossman presented five pieces for flute:

Waterways for two flutes, viola and cello
Snowy Egret, January Messenger for flute solo
Island of the Spirit for flute solo
Apart together; Together apart for flute quartet
The Circular Bridge for piccolo, two alto flutes, two C flutes and bass flute,
or any grouping of six flutes

Special guest flutists, Camila Oliveira and Zach Galatis spoke about Grossman’s flute solos. 
All participants will received the pdf score for Grossman’s new composition: The Circular Bridge. Here's a preview of Deena's beautiful music: WaterwaysWaterways features flutists Martha Long and Zach Galatis with violist Charles Noble and cellist Pansy Chang. It is from the album Waterways and Wildfires on the Moonbridge label. Available through Columbia Riverkeeper and on Bandcamp.

Flutist, Sydney Carlson is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the School of Music and Theater at Portland State University. She has worked with students from the United States, Brazil, Korea, and China. Former students have gone on to careers as performers, educators, and in arts management. 

Dr. Carlson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, East Carolina University, and the University of Houston. Sydney is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and frequently performs with the Portland Ballet Orchestra and Oregon Symphony and is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Sydney has performed and taught in Europe, Canada, South America, Mexico, and China. 

The collaborating pianist for this program Chuck Dillard. Chuck is a multi-faceted and sought after performer, educator, conductor, lecturer, producer, and arranger - a musician at his best while working with others. Brought to PSU in 2016 to create a masters program in Collaborative Piano, his graduates have gone on to doctoral study and professional work in the field. An advocate for diversifying the musical canon, Dr. Dillard’s recent creative works include the album and anthology “Joys Abiding” (Navona 2022) featuring duets by female composers, performances and recordings of Fanny Hensel lieder (Acis anticipated 2023), and “Girl Talk” - a recital for flute and piano featuring poetry written by or about women. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Portland State. He holds degrees in collaborative piano from The University of Colorado (DMA 2009) and The University of Maryland (MM 2001).

On March 7th, 2023 Dr. Sydney Carlson presented Music for Flute and Piano Inspired by Women's Poetry. Music by Jake Heggie, Joseph Schwantner, David Del Trdeici, and Valerie Coleman. Performed by Sydney Carlson and Chuck Dillard. Poetry by Mary Oliver, Agueda Pizzaro, Lewis Caroll, and Maya Angelou.  Although Lewis Carroll is not a woman, his poem is about Alice, from Alice In Wonderland.

  • Fury of Light by Jake Heggie (b. 1961-) Part One: FastPart Two: ElegyPart Three: MeditationPart Four: Very Fast. Inspired by "Sunrise" by Mary Oliver (1935-2019). Read by Amy Lichtenstein
  • Black Anemones by Joseph Schwantner (b. 1943-). Inspired by "Black Anemones" by Agueda Pizzaro (b. 1941-). Read by Emily Sprunger. 
  • Acrostic Song by David Del Tredici (b. 1937-). Inspired by "A boat beneath a sunny sky" by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Read by Emily Sprunger
  • Fanmi Imèn by Valerie Coleman (b. 1970-). Inspired by "Human Family" by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) . Read by Sam Boulgarides

Teaser - “Chatter is a flute duet which uses percussive extended technique such as beatboxing, flutter tonguing, pizzicato, and jet whistle to mimic incessant talk that is often shared between two people who have some exciting news to share…..” (Publisher Notes)

Attend the session to learn more from Alexis and Robert!

A Performance of 20th and 21st Century Pieces for Two Flutes

February 7th, 2023. Portland-based flutists and GPFS members Alexis Evers and Robert Wakeley will shared a performance of 20th and 21st century music for two flutes. 

They also shared their thoughts about these three compositions for two flutes - the nature of the compositions and the challenges and joys of learning and playing them. This session provided insights into these atypically played pieces as well as an opportunity to meet and chat with Alexis and Robert!

  • Efrain Amaya: Pathways (2009), 7:40 (one movement), LaFi Publishers Ltd.
  • Phillip Glass: Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967), 15:00, Dunvagen Music Publishers.
  • Nicole Chamberlain: Chatter (2014), 3:30. Published by Spotted Rocket.

Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.

Moshe Feldenkrais, 1904 – 1984

Background on Guest Artist

flutist, retired physical therapist and Feldenkrais certified practitioner.

The "Honing Our First Instrument, Ourselves!" Series

December 6, 2022 – Donna Maebori - Donna is a retired physical therapist, flutist and Feldenkrais certified practitioner. First Tuesdays for December and January were the remaining two sessions of an introductory triad of Feldenkrais experiences. This past June was a lesson on breathing more specifically and fully, learning to choose where to direct one's breath. In December, "Jaw Relaxation" will be the theme where we will gain more in-depth sense of tongue and jaw movement.  

January 3, 2023 - Donna Maebori, returned! Per above, we continued our Feldenkrais sessions. January was a classic "Pelvic Clock" lesson that ended with finding one's most easily-tall sitting posture. Donna Maebori, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and fellow flutist. Additional details: First Tuesday January Additional Information.pdf

Background on Guest Artist

Adrian Dee - Flutist, Composer

The world has enough angst and suffering. What we need is more JOY and COMPASSION.

November 1, 2022 – Flutist and composer Adrian Dee presented his second concerto for flute, performing it with a recording of the orchestra parts. 

Adrian has been the second flutist with the Newport Symphony (Newport, OR) for about 26 years and has loved it, describing his colleagues as his "second family." He also plays with the Allegro con Flauto flute quartet and the Rose City Flute Choir in Portland. He is active with flute clubs on the local and national level, including serving in many roles for GPFS. He started arranging pieces for flute choir some years ago, and in recent years  started composing original works. He had the great pleasure of premiering his own first concerto (“Fantasy”) with is "home team," the Newport Symphony, in December 2021.

For his second flute concerto, which he describes as  more academic than the first. "I wanted to challenge myself to be more formal with the structure so I wrote a real sonata-form first movement, an A-B-A second movement, and a set of variations for the third movement. The entire piece runs about 22 minutes. It is scored for solo flute, 5-part strings, and harp. The style is basically tonal, metered (with some irregular meters), and melodic. I borrowed ideas from Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachmaninov. Nothing “cutting edge” here, just fun joyful music."

Background on Guest Artists

Rose Bishop - Flutist, teacher, soloist, principal flutist. Past GPFS Flute Fair guest presenter.

Lisa Neher - Portland area composer, mezzo-soprano, actress, soloist.

October, 2022 - Flutist Rose Bishop Introduces Compositions by Lisa Neher, as featured on Rose's new CD - Diversions.

This session featured an introduction to Portland area composer Lisa Neher by flutist Rose Bishop. We learned more about Lisa's works for flute, including three compositions recently recorded by Rose on her debut album Diversions which features works for solo flute by all women composers. This album features compositions by all female composers - works by Amber Beams, Nicole Chamberlain, Linda Robbins Coleman, and Lisa Neher.  Learn more about Diversions here.

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June, 2022 - Honing Our First Instrument, Ourselves! 

This session featured member Donna Maebori  facilitating this interactive workshop to learn more about sensing, moving, posturing and breathing. Donna is a flutist who is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and a retired physical therapist.

May 2022 First Tuesday - A Performance by the Rose City Flute Choir

Have questions about the alto, bass and contrabass flutes? Now is a time to get those answers! This performance will be followed with a meet and chat with some members of this established and excellent group of flutists. 

Lisa Steinkamp & bass flute (small)

Rose City Flute Choir Program

Hosted by Phyllis Louke, Music Director

  • Tico Tico by Zequinha de Abreu - promo video for Flute Fair 2010 (produced by Nancie Thompson)
  • Lion Sleeps Tonight, arr. Adrian Dee; video by Adrian Dee
  • The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Phyllis Avidan Louke; video by Adrian Dee (1. Mars, 2. Venus, 3. Mercury)
  • Canyon Dreams by Phyllis Avidan Louke
  • Over the Edge by Benjamin Boone
  • Mission Impossible by Lalo Schifrin
  • Secret Language of Snow by Kirk Vogel, Mvmt 3: Swirling Snow Above Ridge-tops

April 2022 First Tuesday - Learning and Performing the Bach Partita in A Minor for Solo Flute: This session featured a performance of the first movement Allemande by Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, assistant principal flute of the Oregon Symphony. The performance, originally recorded for the Oregon Symphony’s online presence, was followed with Alicia sharing some of her insights about learning and performing the Allemande. All-in-all this 45 minute session was a perfect balance of outstanding flute playing of a beautiful piece, informative, and a relaxed "meet the performer" Q&A. 

Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Alicia DiDonato Paulsen is the assistant principal flute of the Oregon Symphony. Prior to moving to Portland, Alicia had a long and varied freelance career in Boston, where she was a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston orchestras. In and around Boston, Alicia was also the principal flute for Boston Musica Viva, Radius Ensemble, the Firebird Ensemble, and frequently appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops.

From 1998 to 2001, following her studies at the Hartt School with John Wion, Alicia was a member of the New World Symphony. She was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow during the 1999 and 2000 summer seasons, and appeared as a New Fromm Player at Tanglewood in 2005. In 2003, she obtained her M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Fenwick Smith. She has participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and has performed internationally in Costa Rica, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Alicia’s chamber music collaborations include appearances with the Emerson String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet. Additionally, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She won first prize at the 2005 Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the 2003 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, and the 1999 Frank Bowen Competition. In 2006, Alicia won third prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

When she’s not performing with the symphony, Alicia can be found gardening, eating chocolate, reading science fiction, yelling karaoke, and running after her two kids, Sylvie Lill and Harold Danger. She and her husband Dwane love the Oregon craft brewing scene, and make their home in NE Portland.

Premiere First Tuesday, March 1, 2022

featuring  a performance by Amelia Lukas of new works for

solo flute, alto flute and piccolo by members of Cascadia Composers

Lukas is a Powell Flutes Artist.

New Music from Oregon for Solo Flute: Join us for the premiere First Tuesday!

Featuring a performance by member Amelia Lukas , new music of healing and renewal for solo flute, alto flute and piccolo, by members of Cascadia Composers. This performance was recorded live at the Leach Botanical Garden, September 26, 2021. Composers Lisa Marsh, David Bernstein and others will join the Q&A following the performance.

Program LinkThe Albatross by Lisa Ann Marsh; Rebirth by Jan Mittelstaedt; Three Movements from Four Blossoms on a Single Stem by David Bernstein (four movements, including a movement with piccolo); The Air I Breathe by Jay Derderian; and, There Are Flowers in the Window by Mark Vigil.

Known for her pure tone, flexible technique, and passionate interpretations, flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry,” (The New York Times) and “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound.” (Boston Globe) A Powell Flutes artist and Portland resident, Lukas’ recent engagements include solo appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, Cascadia Composers, and for All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcasts, with additional chamber and orchestral performances for the Eugene Symphony, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Portland Piano International, Friends of Chamber Music, 45th Parallel, Oregon Music Festival, and Bridgetown Orchestra. While in New York, Lukas’ career included membership in the American Modern Ensemble and afforded her performances at Carnegie Hall (Main Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall), Lincoln Center, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and New Music New York Festival. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music, Ms. Lukas is a member of Fear No Music and “excels at bringing drama and fire to hyper-modernist works with challenging extended techniques.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she received three prizes for musical excellence. Her greatest mentors include John Heiss, Trevor Wye, and Tara Helen O’Connor. Amelia is a Board Member for Chamber Music Northwest and is the Principal and Founder of Aligned Artistry.

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