The Atlantic Flute Society
Amy Hamilton Masterclasses, Feb. 24-25, 2004
Summer Flute Camps, Aug. 23-27, 2004
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Laughter and lots of great flute music were heard once again at
the sixth annual flute camp under the expert eye of director Sandra Britten.
This popular event was arranged into junior and senior levels and exposed
students to great solo and ensemble repertoire, skill-building techniques,
flute maintenance tips, and other fascinating facets of the flute world.
Alto and bass flutes, kindly loaned by Yamaha, filled out the ensembles,
and a bit of Irish flute and piccolo were thrown in. Participants got
a chance to air out solo pieces in a friendly, supportive and constructive
atmosphere and to work together as a team in group playing. Most of
all, it was just plain fun!
Flute faculty members Sandra Britten, Jennifer Publicover, Jennifer
Moss, and Linda Schroeder kicked off the week with a faculty concert,
with friends Tara Morton, Susan Kulik, and Kevin Roach assisting. Entitled
"Flûtes en Vacances", this light-hearted event featured many different
personalities of the flute, from quartet and solo classical repertoire
to Celtic and Yiddish folk tunes.
The week was capped off by a concert presented by the students themselves,
featuring the great pieces they had worked on during the week. Everyone
was proud of their wonderful efforts and the progress that they had
made in finding their own voice in the flute world.
Special thanks are due to Tara Morton for her expert piano accompaniment
during the entire week, to Sue Kulik, a vital member of our flute quartet,
and to Kevin Roach, who can figure out just about any sort of accompaniment
on accoustic guitar.
See you next year!
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Feb. 24 - 25, 2004
We are extremely grateful for Amy Hamilton's graciousness and generosity
with her time and expertise! She was to be the Woodwind Adjudicator
at the 2004 Kiwanis Music Festival in Halifax, and as such, we at the
Atlantic Flute Society had arranged for her to give a short masterclass
after her judging duties were over before she was scheduled to fly back
to Ontario. Then we were hit with nearly a metre of snow -- the
storm nicknamed "White Juan" -- and all but the Open levels of the Kiwanis
Festival were cancelled, which was a big disappointment to so many students
who had prepared so diligently. Ms. Hamilton saved the day for the
flute participants, however, by greatly expanding the masterclass time
over two days and waiving the fee at the door. In this way, the young
flutists still had a chance to air their repertoire and received valuable
feedback from her. Not only is she a super flutist, but a super human
Special thanks also go to Sandra Britten for organising -- especially
for bringing everything together at the last minute -- and to the talented
Tara Morton, who accompanied on piano.
More about Amy Hamilton:
Amy Hamilton received a B.Mus. in music theory/flute performance from the Eastman School of Music, a M.Mus. from Indiana University, and a DMA in flute from Northwestern University. She has performed with various North American orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. She has held teaching positions at Auburn A University and the San Francisco Institute of Music and Art. Dr. Hamilton specializes in 19th-century orchestral performance practice. She is a member of the Meridian Ensemble which recently released its first CD of music for flute, oboe and piano. Dr. Hamilton is a faculty member of the Aria International Summer Music Institute, London, Ontario.
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Many thanks to everyone who showed up to help us raise funds
for the Atlantic Flute Society -- Bill French, Sandra Britten, Jennifer
Moss, Dan Trumpler, Ross Haquebard, Becky Ackerman, and Jennifer Publicover.
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