Flute Talk

Articles October 2017

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Interview:
Staying Open to Every Opportunity An Interview with Kelly Zimba
Zimba is the newly appointed Principal Flute of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. On auditions she comments, “For me the best thing was to completely detach myself from the outcome and stop worrying about factors I could not control. All I could do was prepare well, show up, and demonstrate my love of the music to the committee. Everything else was out of my hands.”
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College Preparation:
The College Process for Music Students
“During an audition, I may ask students to take a breath in different places just to see if they can do it and make the changes quickly.”
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Feature:
Learning From Michel Debost
“Debost would state, ‘If it works, do it,’ whether it was an alternate fingering, method of playing, or interpretation. He was cautious not to be pedantic about prescribing his musical ideas. Merely, he wanted students to have the tools to allow them the freedom of self-expression.”
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Ask the Pro:
The Role of Section Leader
Send questions to Ask the Pro to [email protected]
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The Teacher's Studio:
Performing the Volière A Tale of Two Tempos
Before embarking on the study of the Volière, flutists should have conquered the skill of double-tonguing.
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Practicing:
25-Minute Practice Routine
“The one question that everyone eventually asks me is ‘Most days, I have only a little practice time, what do I practice so that I get better?’ Actually, this question plagues all musicians – how do you get excellent results with little practice time?”
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Flute Talk Classic:
Interpretation is Imagination and Grammar
A favorite from February 1991
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Obituary:
In Memoriam: Fenwick Smith

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