Jeffrey Hsu, Flutist & Stringless Artist


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.

Author: Stringless Artist

By choice, I started studying music when I was in the 5th grade. Not by choice, I was assigned to play sax. Through high school, I exercised self-agency and learned to play clarinet, flute, and cello in pursuit of orchestra. After playing flute for only a year-and-a-half, I was accepted into the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where I studied under one of the world's leading professors of flute performance. After CCM, I pursued architecture at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I won two international design competitions: Leading Edge and Walt Disney Imagineering. Before getting my bachelor's in music, I also won the UNLV concerto competition on flute. Post graduation, I went on to work for a global architecture firm (Archurban) in mainland China, and back in the states, I wrote my first electronic music album (P A X M A X). Missing music performance, I decided to revisit cello. I received further training at the Nevada School of the Arts and the Multnomah Arts Center, and I played cello in the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. During that time, I invented a stringless platform for learning the violin (the bracket violin). This event--without pause--was the most significant pivot in my life! While in pursuit of patents, I developed conceptual, technological designs for stringless electronic training aids and musical instruments (beyond structural models), or more specifically, stringless controllers/synthesizers for advancing pedagogy, furthering artistic capabilities, and real-time electronic music making. Looking to make a professional fingerprint with my inventions, I took courses in "Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture" and "Teaching the Violin and Viola" respectively at Vanderbilt and Northwestern Universities (via Coursera). I also have had multiple "Stringless Technology" exhibits at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire and Violin Society of America, taught violin at the Boys and Girls Club, and developed therapy applications through volunteer hospice and palliative care. I can give paid private music instruction on flute, violin, and cello, or offer continuing education enhancement classes to professional musicians and teachers. I have performed/appeared on the stringless violin at Make Music Day Denver, Apogaea, Sloan's Lake Rehab, Denver Gay Pride, and Suncrest Hospice. I was a finalist for TEDx MileHigh, was recently interviewed for my ProBoPat Success Story (UPDATE: I received my first patent for "Stringless Bowed Musical Instrument" on Sept. 19, 2017), and am currently working on a targeted prototyping/beta testing/business plan (with SCORE Colorado and Mi Casa Resource Center). I have also swiftly returned to flute--after a lengthy retirement--and am already engaged in multiple performance opportunities!

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