Beautiful Marimba 

I always have so much fun at band rehearsals! The marimba is one of my favourite percussion instruments to play.

Its size presents a challenge - sometimes I find myself using two stands and double copies of the music when switching between registers, and sometimes I just pick up the stand and move it back and forth during performance to reach the top and bottom notes and still be able to read the music! Then there's the hurdle of playing with four mallets at a time - tricky, but fun!

I adore how warm and…

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Bach Fantasia Premiere 

This video was shot about a month ago (by my wonderful mother) during the McDaniel Summer Flute Choir Annual Concert.

Under the leadership of Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick we premiered a piece I wrote in 2018 based on a delightful little Bach keyboard piece I've absolutely fallen in love with. I was blessed to have such a wonderful group of people to play with, including world renowned flute choir composer Jonathan Cohen, and also to have the impeccable guidance of Garth Baxter-Composer when I was working on…

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How To: Care & Cleaning of Your Alto Flute 

Today's blog post
is all about
how to clean
and put away
the alto flute.

In both the video
posted above and
the article below,
I walk you through
taking the instrument
apart and cleaning it.

 

The alto flute is a large instrument, with a beautiful, mellow sound, and care must be taken when handling it to ensure that no damage occurs to this member of the flute family. (The method for cleaning bass flutes and other flutes with curved headjoints is much the same.)

First we want to gently pick…

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14th Annual FOTB Flute Choir Festival 

This past weekend I had the
pleasure of returning to the
14th Annual Flutes on the Brink
Flute Choir Festival with the
McDaniel College Flute Choir.

Each choir took turns performing,
and we all joined together to form
one sizeable flute choir for the
grande finale, playing selections from
Gareth McLearnon, Jonathan Cohen
- the latter of whom is a member of the
Flutes on the Brink flute choir -
and various other composers
and arrangers.

 

Every time that I've attended the festival…

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Christmas Joy 

Just in time for the holidays, I've recorded two lovely Christmas carols, the first, "In the Bleak Midwinter," a 19th century carol penned by English poet Christina Rossetti and set to music multiple times. The second is "Carol of the Blues," a jazzy improvisation on "Carol of The Bells." Both pieces are performed on piano.

 

Cara Sanneman's Senior Recital 


A lovely time was had by all on August 21st, at the senior recital of
Cara Sanneman, held at McDaniel College. All the weeks of practicing and rehearsing culminated in a polished and confident performance, and in the end, I think fun and excitement completely outstripped the nerves from the very first note to the last.

(Cara, Mrs. Rachel Andrews and I performed the Trio Sonata in C Minor by J. J. Quantz, all four movements.)

The event was made even more special because of the solar eclipse that occurred just…

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Spring Flute Choir Selections 

What better way to enjoy summer than to listen to some lovely music while reading a good book? This past spring I again had the pleasure of playing with the McDaniel Flute Choir as well as the McDaniel Concert Band, and really got the chance to challenge myself on a variety of interesting and rewarding pieces.

 

Below follow a couple of selections presented by the flute choir; the first piece (on which I play C flute) was written by Jonathan Cohen, who graciously agreed to perform with us on the concert.

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Flutes on the Brink Flute Choir Festival 

 

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of

performing with the McDaniel Flute Choir at the 11th Annual Flutes on the Brink Festival.


The food was tasty, the people were wonderful, and the musical selections were delightful. Some pieces featured low flutes, others, the piccolo, although every work wove a gorgeous tapestry of sound around the individual choirs.

 



Each choir took turns performing, and for the grande finale, we all joined together to form one quite sizeable flute choir, playing…

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ETJ Music Videos

Percussion Suite for Flute Choir


 

Carol of the Blues

Flute Ensembles Spring 2019

Previous events

Aug17

Sounds of Open Spaces

McDaniel Summer Flute Choir, McDaniel College - Levine Room 100, Westminster, MD

Come out and listen to a wonderful selection of music performed by the McDaniel Summer Flute Choir, featuring original compositions and arrangements by flutists local to the Maryland/Pennsylvania area. World Renowned flute choir composer Jonathan Cohen will be performing, and up and coming composer Esther T. Jones will be premiering one of her works for flute choir, so don't miss it!

Free + Open to the Public

Flutes on the Brink Flute Choir Festival 2019

Mill Creek United Methodist Church, 7101 Horizon Terrace, Derwood, Maryland

Come out for a great time with flute music from classical to modern performed on flutes of all shapes and sizes! Presented by Flutes on the Brink with The McDaniel Flute Choir & Flute Cocktail.

Light refreshments to follow.

Free + Open to the Public

McDaniel Woodwind Ensembles Fall Concert

McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

From Classical to Jazz, come out and hear the McDaniel Flute Choir perform a delightful assortment of engaging pieces!

Free + Open to the Public

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