What a busy month! On the 15th, Serine Alp, Umi Caldwell, Alyssa Corso, Megan Gleason and Dana Sullivan participated in Junior Festival and all earned Superior ratings! This year Alyssa qualifies for the studio’s first trophy.
Also in November, Umi Caldwell, Alyssa Corso and Serine Alp performed in the Opening Concert for the Nevada State Music Teachers Conference. They joined 25 student flutists and 7 student harpists in a selection of Suzuki literature and ensemble music. It was very impressive and inspiring to see so many young musicians, from beginners aged 6 up to seniors in high school playing together. At this concert I had my conducting debut, leading Moon Over Ruined Castle.
High school students Megan Gleason, MacKenzie Puckett, Rae Berkley and Alyssa Corso also spent November preparing for the Clark County School District Honor Band Auditions. The music for these auditions is very challenging and each student rose to the occasion. I am impressed with the level of maturity each student demonstrated in their practicing.
Finally, two special acknowledgments. If you watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning you saw MacKenzie Puckett and the Foothill High School Marching Band. They traveled to New York and braved snow and ice to perform. And last, but not least, congratulations to Megan Gleason for getting the principal position in the Silverado High School Concert Band as a freshman.
On Sunday, December 21st at 1pm, all studio flutists will perform in the Winter Recital. This year we will be at the Jewel Box Theater at the Clark County Library. This will be a unique concert with solo, duet and flute choir performances, harpsichord and a specials guest, cellist Dior DeSormeau. A cookie and hot cocoa reception will follow.
The performance is open to the public, please invite family and friends.
Suzuki Festival Concert
In January there will be a special performance opportunity, a Suzuki Festival Concert at Oasis Baptist Church. This will be a mass performing event with students of different levels playing together, featuring pianos, flutes and, I believe, violins, each presenting selections from the Suzuki repertoire. The finale will be a performance of Twinkle by combined instruments. This type of event is so fun and provide both younger and older students with a boost of motivation and enthusiasm. I will be coordination and conducting, and I encourage everyone to participate. Plus, for the $25 fee you get a t-shirt as a souvenir.
In 2011 as a board member of the Las Vegas Flute Club I helped found a scholarship that provides 4 promising flute students from Title 1 schools with six 30 minutes lessons with a local flute teacher. As a board, we wanted to reach flutists from schools that we rarely see as finalists in district wide competitions and that are under-represented in selective ensembles like Honor Band and the youth orchestras. I am currently the chair of the Scholarship Committee and I am raising funds for this program.
As a studio I was hoping that we could sponsor one of these students. We would only need to raise $150 to fully sponsor a scholarship, which is about $10 per studio member. Alternatively, if anyone would like to sponsor a student or if your coworkers or business would be interested, I have a fundraising letter and other information that I can provide. The Flute Club is a non-profit organization and sponsorship is tax deductible.
This is a special way that we can share our good fortune with others and foster our local music community.