‘Flutissimo’ brings global flute performers, professors, students to UGA

Printer-friendly version
Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at The Juilliard School, instructs a student during Flutissimo 2014 in Ramsey Concert Hall.

Talented young musicians from far and wide will converge on the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music from June 20-24 when the school hosts Flutissimo, an advanced, intensive workshop for flutists.

Now in its third year of operation, Flutissimo is hosted and organized by Angela Jones-Reus, professor of flute at the School of Music, and Katherine Isbill Emeneth, an alumna of the School of Music (B.Mus. ’07, M.M. ’10).

“Flutissimo is an advanced, intensive workshop designed to educate and inspire flutists through an exhilarating and cultivating curriculum that examines aspects of flute performance,” said Jones-Reus.  

The workshop does this by allowing students access to some of the world’s most accomplished flutists in a variety of settings: from master classes taught on rotation by four faculty members to public performances to daily private lessons.

This year, the workshop features guest artists Bonita Boyd, professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music, Julie Hobbs, professor of flute at the University of Kentucky, and British collaborative pianist Tim Carrey.

Despite its youth, the workshop has already hosted internationally recognized artists from The Juilliard School, the University of Texas, the Berlin Philharmonic and more.

The workshop is also hosting members of Flutistry Boston, a comprehensive organization offering sales, repair and artistic services centered around the flute.

“Flutistry Boston is in residence during the entire workshop, giving seminars and showcasing flutes and flute equipment for students to try and become familiar with,” said Jones-Reus.

Faculty and students of Flutissimo get to publically display, at the School of Music, what they’re teaching and learning. Each of the performances is free to attend and open to the public.

Tuesday and Wednesday night, June 21 and 22, performances are held in Edge Recital Hall at 7:15 p.m. On Thursday, June 23, Flutissimo students perform in Ramsey Concert Hall at 7:15 p.m. The final performance of the workshop, a chamber music recital, happens in Ramsey Hall on Friday, June 24, at 11:15 a.m.

This unique combination creates an experience sought out by flutists from around the country and, sometimes, the globe.

“We generally get around 20 participants and expect that number this year as well,” said Jones-Reus. “Students come mainly from across the United States, and this year that includes Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, and more. In past years, we have hosted international students from Italy and Taiwan as well.”

For more information on Flutissimo, visit flutissimo.uga.edu.