SUMMER FLUTE ACADEMY ONLINE
Part of Mason Summer Music Intensive Week!
The Flute Academy is going virtual this summer with a mega-star line-up of guest artists including Paula Robison, Mimi Stillman, Lea Person, Ethan Lin, Nina Assimakopoulos, and Grace Wang.
Flutists will experience an inspirational, motivational, and encouraging week creating friendships across the country. Students will receive individualized coaching, as well as group instruction covering topics such as technique, tips and tricks, solo playing, preparing for an audition, performance anxiety, flute care, and more!
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: June 15 – 19, 2020
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
(Private lessons may extend past camp day to accommodate all students)
Exciting programming for our Summer Music Intensive Week includes daily special topic sessions, held each afternoon at 1:00 pm for all students, that are relevant and applicable for musicians during the current climate in our schools, communities, and world today.
Presented by Dr. William Lake, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music of SUNY-Potsdam
Dr. Lake is the recipient of two master’s degrees, the first from Boston University in Music Education (2011), and the second from the University of Maryland, College Park in Wind Conducting (2014) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Votta, Jr. In May 2006, Dr. Lake received the Bachelor of Music Liberal Arts -Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala.
Dr. Lake maintains an active performance and clinic schedule. He was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and the Band Conducting Division of the American Prize. In March 2018, Dr. Lake was invited to present a position paper, “The Oak is Inside the Acorn: Fostering Potential through Mentorship” for the Eastern Division of the College Band Director Association at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is a member of the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Band Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association (state of New York Vice-Chairperson), Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.
Presented by Mr. Kevin Murray, Director of School of Theater
Presented by Ms. Anne Sharp, Writer, Editor, and Educator
A writer, editor, and educator, Ms. Sharp has taught English and journalism in the Virginia Beach and Fairfax County Public School Systems. She currently teaches writing and literature courses at Compass Homeschool in Oakton and at Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science in Reston, VA.
Journalistic writing has always been a passion for Ms. Sharp, and she and Barry worked with The Charles Center at William and Mary to establish a nonfiction seminar that partners students with working journalists. The Sharp Seminar, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, provides writing-centric undergraduate research opportunities that culminate in published articles about local, national, and global issues.
Ms. Sharp has served on the boards of the William and Mary Foundation, George Mason University’s Friends of Music, Mason Community Arts Academy, and Fairfax City AAUW. She is a member of the Society of 1918, Alpha Delta Kappa, and P.E.O. International.
Presented by Ms. Catina Sweedy, Educator, Lecturer, and Founder of The Clarinet Project
She is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Florida Sunshine Pops, and the Prince William Symphony in Virginia. In addition, she has performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Key West Symphony, the American Festival Pops Orchestra (VA) and the Alexandria (VA) Symphony. Through her attendance at the Casals, Spoleto, Pacific, and other music festivals, Ms. Sweedy has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. She is a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions. Ms. Sweedy holds her M.M in Clarinet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and her B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the Harid (now Lynn) Conservatory of Music, and is a D’Addario Performing Artist. Ms. Sweedy will always be grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, and David Krakauer for their exemplary training and guidance.
Presented by Mr. Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of the Seattle Symphony
Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator, Mr. McGill has performed, coached and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec and throughout the United States. With his brother Anthony, he was a speaker and performer at the 2018 League of American Orchestras Conference. He has also served on the faculties of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) at the University of Maryland, the Orford Music Festival, and participated in Summerfests at the Curtis Institute of Music. In August of 2019, he was named Associate Professor of Flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
A founding member of The Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Mr. McGill has participated in the Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few. He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, “Portraits,” released in August 2017, has received rave reviews, as has “Winged Creatures,”his recording with Anthony McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2019-20 the McGill/McHale Trio performs at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, as well as in Washington D.C. and on chamber music series throughout the Midwest.
Media credits include appearances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, A & E Network’s The Gifted Ones, NBC’s Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, with his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age 7 and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. Demarre received his Bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School.
and Mr. Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic
McGill’s 2019-20 season includes the premiere of a new work by Tyshawn Sorey at the 92Y, and a special collaboration with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall. He will be a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center performing the Copland concerto at the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras with the Jacksonville Symphony, and will also perform concertos by Copland, Mozart, and Danielpour with the Richmond, Delaware, Alabama, Reno, and San Antonio Symphonies. Additional collaborations include programs with Gloria Chien, Demarre McGill, Michael McHale, Anna Polonsky, Arnaud Sussman, and the Pacifica Quartet.
McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. As a chamber musician, McGill is a favorite collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takacs, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. He has led tours with Musicians from Marlboro and regularly performs for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and the Santa Fe, Seattle, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals.
In January 2015, McGill recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto together with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, which was released on DaCapo Records. He also recorded an album together with his brother Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, and pianist Michael McHale; and one featuring the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Pacifica Quartet that were both released by Cedille Records.
A dedicated champion of new music, in 2014, McGill premiered a new piece written for him by Richard Danielpour entitled “From the Mountaintop” that was commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. McGill served as the 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence for WQXR and has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In 2013, McGill appeared on the NBC Nightly News and on MSNBC, in stories highlighting the McGill brothers’ inspirational story.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McGill previously served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In-demand as a teacher, he serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Bard College’s Conservatory of Music. He also serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, on the Board of Directors for both the League of American Orchestra and the Harmony Program, and the advisory council for the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.
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Director/ Instructor: Julianna Nickel
Mason School of Music Professor
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Formerly, Ms. Nickel was the Principal Flutist with the Evansville Philharmonic and Piccoloist with the Durango Music Festival. In Texas, She was also Principal Flutist of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras. She has performed as a substitute player with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. Julianna has adjudicated many competitions along the east coast and has presented master classes at National Flute Association, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the West Virginia Flute Symposium, and the Richmond Flute Fest. Additionally, Julianna has performed at four National Flute Association conventions.
Julianna maintains a large flute studio at Mason producing successful performers, teachers, art administrators, and technology specialists that are employed across the world. In addition to teaching at Mason, she maintains a dynamic studio of adult flutists. Ms. Nickel’s first teaching position was Flute Professor at the University of Evansville, Indiana. She also taught for the summer programs at the Kinhaven Music Schools in Weston, Vermont, and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.
Ms. Nickel’s GMU and adult students are highly successful in local and national competitions. Four Mason students have won master class spots at various National Flute Association Conventions. Members of her studio have been selected as winners in the Collegiate Competition, the Master Class Performers Competition, and the Adult Amateur Competition at Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. For most of Ms. Nickel’s seven years at Mason, her students have won spots in the University’s Concerto Competitions for the orchestra and wind ensemble. At the end of every school year, many Nickel studio members have performed in the Mason Honors Recital.
Julianna attended the New England Conservatory Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music. Her teachers were Paula Robison, Fenwick Smith and Leone Buyse. While at NEC, she was Principal Flute and Personnel Manager of the Gardner Museum Orchestra, a frequent Principal Flutist with the Vermont Symphony, and second flutist with the Boston Philharmonic. Ms. Nickel was a Tanglewood Fellow. She also won spots in the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestra Institute. She spends two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she soloed with their Chamber Orchestra.
Internationally Acclaimed Flutist and Altus Performing Artist
Flute professor at West Virginia University
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A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Assimakopoulos is credited with more than 83 international world-premiere performances and commissions and has recorded 5 solo CDs, the most recent of which, Vayu, Multi-cultural Flute Solos from the 21st Century, was elected into the first round of the Grammy nominations for Best Classical Solo Instrumental 2015. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes and has performed with the Munich City Opera, Bavarian Radio Symphony Academy Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
She is flute professor at West Virginia University, where she enjoys working with an inspiring and active community of talented undergraduate, masters, and doctoral flute students.
Ms. Assimakopoulos studied with Peter Lloyd at the Indiana University School of Music and Paul Meisen at the Munich Academy of Music. She is grateful to them for their ongoing influence in her life as a performing artist and teacher.
Prize Winner of the Donald Peck
International Flute Competition 2019
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Body Mapping Specialist
Read about Dr. Pearson
Guiding performers from as far away as Japan and China, Dr. Pearson has taught at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The US Air Force Band, and at more than 60 colleges, conservatories, military bases, conferences, camps, and festivals worldwide.
Her work as a Fulbright Scholar prepared her to teach musicians the missing piece – exactly how to play freely and efficiently to create the music of their hearts.
With a career as an active performer, college teacher, and a Kennedy Center-trained Teaching Artist, Dr. Pearson applies her vast experience, practical knowledge and pedagogical expertise to uncover the causes of playing-related tension and pain, and create reliable lifelong practicing strategies.
A personal 30-year journey of playing in pain uniquely positions her to understand the physical limitations you face. With compassionate coaching skills and comprehensive Body Mapping techniques, she helps you recover your natural ability to play with ease, effortless artistry, and most importantly, JOY!
Flutist and the Donna Hieken Flute Chair at New England Conservatory
Read about Ms. Robison
“American Treasure” Paula Robison was born in Tennessee to a family of actors, writers, dancers, and musicians. She spent her childhood in Southern California, learned to play the flute in her school orchestra, and studied dance with Bella Lewitsky and theater with Jeff Corey. When she was 20 years old, music claimed her heart and she knew she wanted to be a flutist.
At the age of 17 Ms. Robison played for Julius Baker, who remarked to her parents: “Now I know how Jascha Heifetz’s teacher must have felt…she is flawless.” He insisted that she move to New York to study with him at the Juilliard School. This began her many years of life in New York City and her many international adventures as a groundbreaking flute soloist and chamber music artist.
When Ms. Robison was 20 years old, Leonard Bernstein invited her to solo with the New York Philharmonic. Her historic recording of “Volière” by Saint-Saens is still available on CD and was featured in the film “Moonrise Kingdom”. She gave her Carnegie recital debut under the auspices of Young Concert Artists and the New York Times wrote: “Music bursts from her as naturally as leaves from trees”. Study with the great Marcel Moyse followed, and in 1966 Ms. Robison won First Prize at the Geneva International Competition,
the first American to receive this honor.
Ms. Robison has commissioned works for flute and orchestra by Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen, Robert Beaser, and Kenneth Frazelle, premiered music by Lowell Liebermann, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Thea Musgrave, Alberto Ginastera, Elliott Carter, William Schuman, Keith Jarrett, and Carla Bley, performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Hålil” in Vienna and Carl Nielsen’s Concerto in Copenhagen, and presented a rich spectrum of music from Mozart Concerti to Brazilian Samba in her many appearances at New
York’s Carnegie Hall. Her “Paula and…” series at Alice Tully Hall was a sold-out New York tradition, and for over twenty years she celebrated the music of Vivaldi, Handel, and Mozart in her annual series with Chamber Orchestra in the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Robison was a founding Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. During this time, she was co-director with Scott Nickrenz of the famed Noontime Concerts at the Spoleto Festivals, presenting many great artists
early in their careers. For her contributions to American and Italian cultural life, she was awarded the Adelaide Ristori Prize, the Premio Pegaso, and honorary citizenship for life from the City of Charleston, South Carolina.
Ms. Robison and pianist/celestist Bruce Brubaker performed Morton Feldman’s epic 3.5 hour work “For Christian Wolff” on four successive Monday afternoons in Calderwood Hall, Boston. Listeners were free to come and go quietly, but most stayed to experience the entire life-changing masterpiece. Brazilian music has been central to Ms. Robison’s playing life, and she has had the delight of performing, touring, and recording with guitarist Romero Lubambo and percussionist Cyro Baptista as the RLB Trio. She also had the honor of making music with the legendary Altamiro Carrilho and his ensemble in Rio de Janeiro.
Ms. Robison’s historic recordings for Vanguard Classics were recently reissued, including “The Art of Paula Robison,” a collection of Vanguard favorites. She has also recorded for Sony, Mode (the complete Berio Sequenzas, awarded the Premio del Disco Amadeus 2008, and Lei Liang’s “In Praise of Shadows”), New World Records, King Records, MHS, and Bridge Recordings (her Marlboro Festival performance of Schubert’s Introduction and Variations with Rudolf Serkin).
In 2006 Ms. Robison founded Pergola Recordings. Critically acclaimed releases have included collaborations with pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Timothy Hester, and Samuel Sanders, harpsichordist John Gibbons, violinists Krista Bennion Feeney and Calvin Wiersma, bassist John Feeney, percussionists Cyro Baptista and Ayano Kataoka, and guitarists Romero Lubambo and Sergio Brandao.
Ms. Robison has taught at the Juilliard School and given classes all over the world. She is DMA honoris causa from the San Francisco Conservatory, and now occupies the Donna Hieken Flute Chair at New England Conservatory. She is grateful for her husband Scott Nickrenz, Abrams Curator of Music Emeritus of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; for their daughter Elizabeth Fein, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Duquesne University; for daughter Erika Nickrenz, pianist of the stellar Eroica Trio; for her loving extended family; for her supporters and listeners who said early on to a female flute soloist “Yes, you can;” for her inspiring fellow players and teachers; and for her students through all these many years and now continuing to the future, all of whom have found and are now finding ways to make our world a better and more beautiful place with their music.
Founding Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble
Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician
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Ms. Stillman is the founding Artistic Director of the popular Dolce Suono Ensemble, “an adventurous ensemble” (The New York Times), “one of the most dynamic groups in the US” (The Huffington Post), performing Baroque to new music with 54 world premieres in 15 seasons in Philadelphia and on tour. She has given world premieres by distinguished composers including Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, Steven Mackey, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, and Zhou Tian. At the invitation of Plácido Domingo, Ms. Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble enjoy a partnership with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
A wide-ranging and innovative artist, Ms. Stillman celebrates the canon while deeply exploring new music and Latin genres. She is highly regarded for expanding the repertoire through her commissions and arrangements. She can be heard on several critically acclaimed recordings including Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano and Freedom, both with her longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic, and American Canvas performed by her Dolce Suono Trio (Innova). Her Syrinx Journey project, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150thanniversary, garnered an international following.
Ms. Stillman made the leap from child prodigy to inimitable artist. At age 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner and earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She holds an MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history including her award-winning Nuits d’Etoiles: 8 Early Songs of Claude Debussy, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, and Journal of the Mozart Society of America.
Ms. Stillman has won numerous competitions and awards including Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Bärenreiter Prize for Best Historical Performance for Winds, Astral Artists Auditions, and the Philadelphia Women in the Arts Award. Her Dolce Suono Ensemble has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, William Penn Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and other prestigious organizations.
A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, strongly committed to excellence in education, she has taught masterclasses, done chamber coachings and residencies at institutions including the universities of Texas, California, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastman School of Music, the National Flute Association, Cornell University, Southern Methodist University, Indiana University, Penn State University, Michigan State University, Haverford College, and Bryn Mawr College.
A Spanish-speaker, Ms. Stillman won the Knight Foundation grant for her Música en tus Manos (Music in Your Hands) project to introduce chamber music to the Latino community of Philadelphia. She is on faculty at Temple University, Curtis Summerfest, and Music for All National Festival.
Flutist, Chamber Musician, and Music Educator
Founder and Flutist of Daraja Ensemble
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She is a winner of the South Carolina Flute Society Competition, Rochester Flute Association Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, and American Protégé International Flute Competition, and has been a finalist for the Byron Hester Flute Competition and a semi-finalist for Astral Artist National Auditions and Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competitions. As a chamber musician, she has been invited as a guest artist at the Riverdale Mansion Series, Washington Arts Club, Amadeus Concert Series, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and has performed worldwide as a member of the Lunar Ensemble and TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival) Ensemble.
A passionate educator, Ms. Wang serves on the faculty of Opus Community Music School and European Academy of Arts. In 2016, she toured with Daraja Ensemble in Tanzania and started a music education program for the schools in the sugar plantation area. She maintains a national profile of presenting masterclasses and lectures at conferences and universities throughout the United States. Recent engagements include Peabody Conservatory, Penn State University, New Jersey Flute Fair, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and she has also been invited to the 2020 National Flute Association Convention.
Ms. Wang recently earned her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland and also holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and Seoul National University. Her primary teachers are Hyeri Yoon, Sarah Frisof, Aaron Goldman, and Marina Piccinini.
Flute Artist and Teacher
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teacher. She strives to share her love for the beauty and power of music with everyone she interacts with. Ms.
Warfield received a BA from Millersville University, where she majored in music performance with
flute as her primary instrument, and her MM from George Mason University. Ms. Warfield previously
studied with Julianna Nickel, Dr. William Montgomery, Mr. Joel Behrens, Mrs. Lana Behrens, and Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick.
As a soloist, Ms. Warfield was a Finalist in the 2012 Louis Vyner Competition, was selected as a performer for the 2012 Julius Baker Master Class, was featured in the 12th, 13th and 14th Annual New England Conservatory Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra, was the competition winner and soloist with the Mason Wind Symphony, was selected for the 2017 NFA Performers Masterclass competition and placed second in the Masters Players Soloist Competition in 2018. Ms. Warfield is currently Second flute in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Second Flute in the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and Third Flute in the Symphony of Northern Virginia. In addition to performing, Ms. Warfield enjoys teaching in her private studio in Northern Virginia.
“I love that the camp provided multiple opportunities to perform and the amazing faculty and staff. Also, people came in every day and taught us new things about the flute that we never knew before. It was very interesting!” – Summer Flute Academy 2019 Participant
“I loved meeting [the Guest Artist] and playing in flute choir.” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant
“The chance to try and play other flutes in the flute family that aren’t easily accessible for everyone was fun!” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant
“I appreciated the time dedicated to improving basics and technique which will translate into repertoire.” – Summer Flute Academy 2018 Participant
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