I realize I may need to create another website for my personal career as a classical musician, i.e., flutist (primary) and stringed/stringless violin and cello (secondary). When I’m paid and established, I’ll do that…. For now, I’ll blog here, thank you very much. First order of business, for my musical career (apart from Stringless Technology entrepreneurship), is to define my values and answer the following question:
Why do I want be a flutist and stringless artist?
Ironically, it’s easier for me to answer the second part of that question. I will be deliberating on this over the next few weeks and will be back to state my values and answer to this very difficult question. In the meantime, I have started my return with a Burkart Elite flute, have performed in Brook Ferguson’s Bel Canto class, will be attending CSU-Pueblo Flute Day, and am playing piccolo with Freedom Winds at Melodies of Pride (June 13th).
Special Thanks and Attached History:
Lisa M. Hsu (1997) – bought me my first “step-up” model flute:
Miyazawa (Equivalent to 402)
Stringless Technology (2013 – 2018) – improved my technique and comprehension after fully retiring from flute in 2009 (sold my Miyazawa after graduating from music school in 2006).
Paul P. Langley (2018)- bought me my current “high-quality” flute:
Burkart Elite Flute (#1124)
Flute Center of New York – provided a reasonable platform to navigate the great labyrinth of flutes.
BBVA Compass – financed the flute.
Steve Hotzler – encouraged me to play flute again and invited me to play with Freedom Winds.
Mile High Freedom Band: Freedom Winds – welcomed a seat in band for the first time since 2006.
Barbara Camp – encouraged me to play flute at the professional level instead of strings.
Brook Ferguson – helped me with the Burkart purchase and is a “top-notch” role model.
Ellen Ramsey – helped me with the Burkart purchase and may sell me a piccolo in the future.
Mary-Ellen Dooley – provides positive feedback and guidance.
Marilee Snyder – provides positive feedback and guidance.
Olivia Lynn Kieffer – is supportive of my return to flute.
Dr. Richard Soule (UNLV) – was my second flute professor. He emphasized natural lines and contours and helped me to relax. UNLV gave me my long-awaited orchestral experience and a stage to advance piccolo.
Dr. Bradley Garner (CCM – UC) – was my first flute professor. He highlighted an open, low (on the lip), and centered embouchure, and CCM exposed me to excellence (in particular, Erinn Frechette and Jessica Huang).
Sherrie Parker – was my first flute teacher (in high school) and gave me valuable tips, extra time, and attention.
Thomas Leslie and Terri Milligan – my college band directors who gave me leadership roles and good direction.
Tommy Yu – composer who dedicated music to me in college.
Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and Ms. K and Karen McCauley- my HS music directors, all of whom, got me started in music and who allowed me to explore different instruments.
Darryl Nakatani – for lending me a bass flute to smartly relax my embouchure and to enjoy the full spectrum of the flute family.