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ASHEVILLE FLUTE VACATION May 30-June 5, 2016. For the avid adult amateur flutist. Vacation and play in the beautiful mountains of western N.C. Info at www.ashevilleflute.com
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Presser Acquires Falls House Press
Theodore Presser Company acquired Falls House Press on January 1, 2016. Falls House Press began publishing out-of-print flute works in 1992 and has a catalog more than 500 arrangements, transcriptions and new works by flutist composers/arrangers Ann Cameron Pearce, Paige Dashner Long, Jonathan Cohen, Christine Potter, and Gary Schocker. This acquisition represents Theodore Presser Company’s ongoing commitment to serving the flute community. www.presser.com (2/16)
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Honors and Appointments
Two recent graduates of the Eastman School of Music have won orchestral positions. Luke Fitzpatrick was appointed principal flute of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Jeffrey Barker was appointed Associate Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Fitzpatrick graduated from Eastman in 2010 and earned a Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. His principal teachers were Bonita Boyd, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, and Jim Walker. Barker, who graduated from Eastman in 2006 and earned a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, has previously performed with Pittsburgh, Oregon, Singapore and New World symphonies. (2/16)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Second Flute Retires
Louise Dixon, second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has retired from her position after 42 years. Dixon was appointed to second flute in 1973 by then music director Sir Georg Solti. Previously she was principal flute of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a member of the Grant Park Orchestra. Dixon, a native of Pigeon, Michigan is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University (B.M., Performer’s Certificate, James Peller-ite), and Northwestern University (M.M., Walfrid Kujala). During her retirement, she hopes to continue biking, playing golf and bridge, and taking a French class and yoga. (12/15)
The Flute Society of Washington Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
The Flute Society of Washington will sponsor the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention on February 20-21, 2016 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Virginia. To celebrate the Flute Society’s 50th year, the organization commissioned Daniel Dorff to write a work for flute orchestra. The piece, Fireworks, will be premiered on Saturday, February 20 by the Festival Flute Choir conducted by George Pope. http://fsw.net (2/16)
First New Jersey Flute Fair Day
The first New Jersey Flute Fair Day was held on October 11, 2015 at Montclair State University with over 200 flutists in attendance. Guest artist Alexa Still performed a recital and taught a masterclass on the art of breathing. Montclair State University faculty (Wendy Stern, Susan Palma, Robert Cart, Melissa Silverman, Sophia Anastasia, and Natasha Loomis) performed a concert presenting works by Daniel Dorff, Mike Mower, Joan Tower, Gary Schocker, Elizabeth Brown, Yuko Uébayashi, Doppler, and Telemann. The Flute Fair also featured performances of new works by Steven Giammarino, Claire Polin, Robert Cummings, Valerie Coleman, and Adrienne Albert and featured a flute choir showcase and flute choir reading sessions. NJFluteSociety.org (1/16)
Walter Mayhall (1924-2015)
Flutist, conductor, and scholar Walter Mayhall died on December 15, 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio. He began his career playing in the Cleveland Orchestra and the Kansas City Sym-phony before joining the Youngstown Symphony as principal flute and also serving as personnel manager for several years. He taught on the faculties of the Cleveland Music School Settlement and Youngstown State University. Mayhall was a specialist in the works of J.S. Bach. His interest in books led him, together with his wife, Marcellene, to create a major library of some 17,000 items relating to Johann Sebastian Bach, his family and students, performance practice and musical history of the 18th century, including many rare books and scores from the period. The Mayhall library has recently been purchased by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.
While at Youngstown State University, in addition to teaching flute, he taught Woodwind Chamber Literature and established a Collegium Musicum for early music. As a faculty member, he was the flutist in the Dana Woodwind Quintet. He was also an active member of the YSU community, increasing the size and influence of the YSU Music Library. Mayhall was also chairman of the university library committee and was the only faculty member in the state to serve on the committee that established OhioLink, the online collective library catalog for Ohio universities and colleges. (2/16)
Frank Scelba (1928-2015)
Frank S. Scelba, former principal flutist with the New Jersey Symphony and North Jersey Philharmonic, died at the age of 87 on November 20, 2015. Scelba was also an outstanding teacher and taught in the Belleville Public School system for 42 years and was an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University.
During the Korean War he served as a master sergeant in the West Point Band. Nan Raphael, piccolo soloist, remembers Scelba as being both a demanding and supportive teacher who helped her advance from being an alternate in the high school concert band her sophomore year to making Region and All State bands her senior year.
Scelba was a graduate of the New York College Music (BS in Music Education) and Montclair State Teacher’s College (MM) with additional study at William Paterson State Teachers College and Fairleigh Dickenson University. He was also an active member of the New York Flute Club and contributed articles about flute playing to the Flute Forum, Shop Talk, and the NJEA Review.
He recommended that all professional musicians obtain teaching degrees so they have a way to supplement their income in later years especially after retiring from performing jobs. One of his favorite sayings was, “You are only as good as your last performance.” (2/16)
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