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In Memoriam
Paul Horn (1930-2014)
     Paul Horn, flutist and saxophonist, died on June 29 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the late 1960s Horn was studying transcendental meditation in India. Curious to hear what his flute would sound like in the Taj Mahal, he recorded unaccompanied improvisations. The subsequent recording was released as Inside and then reissued as Inside the Taj Mahal by Epic Records. This project led to the solo recordings Inside the Great Pyramid (1976) and Inside the Cathedral (1983). The success of these ventures led to Horn being hailed as the founding father of New Age music.
     Horn was born in New York City on March 17, 1930. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His first significant job was with the adventurous big band led by Eddie Sauter and Bill Finegan. He is survived by his wife, Ann Mortifee, a singer, his sons from an earlier marriage, Robin and Marlen, a stepson, Devon Mortifee, and four grandchildren. (9/14)

Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)
     Frans Brüggen, early music conductor, flutist, and recorder player, died on August 13 at the age of 79. In 1981 he founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with which he made many recordings. Brüggen studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam and was appointed professor at Royal Conservatoire at The Hague when he was twenty-one. He also taught on the faculties of Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.  He is survived by his wife, art historian Machtelt Israëls. 

What's New in the Music Industry

Jupiter Launches Banded Campaign
Jupiter Band Instruments has launched a new integrated marketing campaign that highlights the common ground shared by musicians, music educators, parents, retailers, and Jupiter. The story shows Jupiter’s brand values and how their role is aligned with music education, the lives of musicians, and the love of music. The Banded campaign tells the story of how people became active as a supporter or participant in music. The campaign will occur on a variety of platforms including print ad, videos, social media, and retailer merchandising, and events. Director of Marketing Mike Robinson notes that music “teaches discipline, teamwork, determination, empathy, social awareness, and a number of other great qualities worth embracing. Jupiter is happy to tell that story. (www.jupitermusic.com)(7/14)

New Products, Publications and other Resources

Jupiter Flute for Beginners
Jupiter Musical Instruments recently collaborated with several educators including Professor Barbara Gisler-Haase from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to develop a new flute series to help beginning flutists. The Jupiter 509S and 510ES flutes solve ergonomic concerns with its Wave-Line design and shortened length, which keeps the headjoint in line with the body and promotes proper playing posture. The 509S model is designed for players from ages 5 to 8  and features assisted fingering key cups and a specially designed low D body without trill keys that reduce the flute’s weight. The 510ES model has trill keys, split E mechanism, and specialy engraved alignment indicators on the headjoint and body to ensure correct assembly and position. www.jupitermusic.com  (5/14)

Honors and Appointments

Joshua Smith Featured Soloist
Joshua Smith, The Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flute, will be the featured soloist on their European tour starting Sept. 7 with a performance at the Proms, followed by performances in Lucerne, Berlin, Linz, Vienna and Amsterdam. Smith will perform Jörg Widmann’s Flute en suite, a concerto commissioned by the Orchestra for him. Smith premiered the work in 2011 when Widmann was composer-in-residence with The Cleveland Orchestra. www.soloflute.com (9/14)

2014 Guggenheim Award
Jamie Baum, jazz flutist, has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Guggenheim Memorial Found-ation awarded 177 Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Baum was chosen in the category of Creative Arts in the Field of Study of music composition from a group of almost 3000 applicants. (7/14)

San Francisco Conservatory Grants Honorary Doctorate
Composer, venture capitalist and philanthropist Gordon Getty was granted an honorary Doctor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in commencement ceremonies on May 23. Getty has pursued a career in classical composition while leading business ventures and giving millions of dollars in support of the arts and sciences through the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. His song cycles, operas, chamber music and works for chorus and orchestra have been performed in major venues around the world by ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and many others. Getty, himself a former Conservatory student, delivered the commencement address to the class of 2014.

Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Flutist Annie Wu, a senior at Foothills High School in Pleasanton, California, has been named one of the 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by a White House Commission. Wu, a student of Isabelle Chapuis, will attend Harvard University and the New England Conservatory, in a five-year dual degree program. Created in 1964, the program has honored more than 6,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/141-students-across-country-named-2014-us-presidential-scholars (7/14)

Composition Competitions
Madison Flute Club
The Madison (Wisconsin) Flute Club is sponsoring a contrabass flute composition competition. The deadline for entry is January 15, 2015. Composers should complete the form at www.madisonfluteclub.org. The entry fee is $30.  The winning work will be performed at the Wisconsin Flute Festival in Madison on April 18, 2015. The minimum prize will be $250 and the piece will be published by a major publishing house.

New York Flute Club
New York Flute Club’s Composition competition deadline is September 15, 2014. There are cash prizes totaling $3000 plus a performance at the 2015 New York Flute Fair. For rules go to: http://nyfluteclub.org/concerts-events-and-more/competitions/composition

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