Baroque Style for the Modern Flutist

This lecture focuses on some of the essential principles of Baroque performance practice as they apply to the modern flute. Concepts of articulation, phrasing, ornaments and vibrato, along with their implementation, are discussed.

Alternative Fingerings for the Flute

The goal of this lecture-workshop is to introduce students to alternative fingerings as a way to expand control of tuning, tone production and ease of technique. Students are presented with solutions to common problems from Baroque and orchestral to standard and contemporary literature.

Extended Techniques

Understanding and mastering extended techniques is essential for today’s flutist. This lecture-workshop addresses some of the most relevant skills needed in contemporary repertoire. Multi-phonics, circular breathing, whistle tones, and alternative fingerings among others will be discussed in depth. A brief discussion of contemporary music notation will also be included.

Native Flutes and the Origin of Extended Techniques

Most of what we refer to as “extended techniques” in Western flute music have been part of traditional music from around the world for thousands of years. This lecture makes the connection between techniques commonly used in non-Western music with the musical language of today. This correlation is illustrated by short demonstrations on native instruments from Mr. Almarza’s vast collection.