Penn State Flute Choir Commissioned Piece!

This January the Penn State Flute Choir premiered a newly commissioned piece by composer Joseph Hallman. This piece was commissioned by Wind Works for the Penn State Flute Choir. The flute choir members got to work with composer Joseph Hallman before the world premiere of the new piece titled "Horizon." The premiere was held on January 22nd 2017 at the Esber Recital Hall. 

2016 NFA Convention!

Dr. Seidman will be at the 2016 NFA convention in San Diego this summer. You can catch her performances at the following times:

Thursday, August 11th:

9:00–10:00 a.m. Royal Palm 4-5-6 SL. 

Celebrating African American, Latin American, and Latino Composers
The Cultural Outreach Committee presents a recital of music written by African Amer- ican, Latin American, and Latino compos- ers. Sarah Frisof, Mariana Gariazzo, Jennifer Grim, Eileen Grycky, Paula Gudmundson, Naomi Seidman, and Adeline Tomasone perform the music of Amancio Alcorta, Esteban Benzecry, Ulysses Kay, Yusef Abdul Lateef, Jeffrey Mumford, Bongani Ndon- dana-Breen, and David Sanford. 

Friday, August 12th: 

12:30–2:00 p.m. Atlas Ballroom LC

Chamber Music No. 1

Enjoy chamber music offerings from the Areté Woodwind Doubling Quartet, Bradley Garner and Floutes, Elizabeth Janzen, and the Pennsylvania Quintet. 

Dr. Seidman will present at NFA this summer...

Dr. Seidman will present a lecture recital entitled, "Engaging New Audiences through Musical Commissions and Grant Writing", at this year's National Flute Association Convention held in Washington D.C. In the lecture recital attendees will learn about writing grants and tailoring commissions to their community's needs. This lecture recital will feature a performance of her NEA funded chamber work written for South Texas elementary school students. She will be joined in the presentation by Melinda Brou (soprano), Jonathan Dexter (cello), Jason Kihle and Dan C. Armstrong (percussion), John Cord (trumpet) and Dan Welcher (composer and conductor).

The Penn State Flute Choir is headed to NFA this Summer!

In Fall 2014, the Penn State Flute Choir submitted a recording to perform at the National Flute
Association (NFA) Convention. With a record breaking 49 proposed choirs this year, only 22
were accepted to perform. The Penn State Flute choir has been invited to perform on a special
featured concert at the 43rd annual NFA Convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C.
August 13-16th, 2015.

Inspired by the flutists in groups such as Project Trio and The Fourth Wallthe Penn State Flute
Choir has designed an engaging and interdisciplinary program, entitled "Sound in Motion”. This
thirty-minute program celebrates the diverse span of music heard throughout the world and is
paired with choreographed dancers and flutists. In collaboration with the Penn State School of
Dance this program features elements of dance and motion, allowing the performers to break
down the “behind the stand” barrier and engage more directly with their audience. Performed
entirely by memory, the program will open with a performance of "Japanese Folk Suite" in which
the flutists evoke the sounds of the Japanese Shakuhaci flutes. This piece is followed by
"Malaguena", a thrilling rendition of Ernesto Lecuona's famous tune. The flute choir will then
perform a collection of tunes from Ireland and play the beautiful and moving rendition of "A
Gaelic Offering". Switching gears into modern times they will follow the Irish tunes with the first
movement of the beat-boxing quartet "Loops." The concert will conclude with "Bumble Boogie, a
jazzy version of the famous flute melody from "Flight of the Bumble Bee."

The PSU Flute Choir has 15 members: thirteen undergraduates and two graduate students.
The theme for this year’s NFA convention is “Out of Many, One”. E Pluribus Unum! The
conference will focus on flutists that come from many countries and backgrounds for a common
purpose: to share music with each other. Special pre-convention activities will kick-start the
Annual Convention, which this year offers a special focus on how today’s flutists advocate for the
arts, enrich lives through music, and engage new audiences. On August 13–16, 2015, thousands
of flutists will gather to celebrate the beauty, inspiration, diversity, lifelong learning, and
collaboration that they share.

 

Flute Studio News:

Irissa Hubka, second year Master's student, was selected as a winner of the National Flute Association master class competition. As a winner she will perform the first movement of Aaron Copland's Sonata for world renowned flutist Marianne Gedigian on August 14th at the 43rd National Flute Association Convention held in Washington D.C.

Jeremy Katz, freshman BM major, was selected to perform in the Curtis Summerfest where he will play in master classes for principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahner.

Rachel Fleischer, freshman BM Major, was selected to be a part of the Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy.

Incoming Master's Degree candidate, Amelia Amaya, has been selected as a Bunton-Waller fellow. A native of Laredo Texas she will be joining the Penn State Flute Studio in Fall 2015.