SAN DIEGO'S PREMIER FLUTE ORGANIZATION
Please join us on Saturday, October 24 at 4:00pm online for a Spooky Flute Social. Enjoy the connection of our community as we share stories, current projects, and other happenings in our flute lives. If you can't make it, that's ok! We will have a social every 4th Saturday at 4:00pm. Join us next time!
We are hosting this live virtual party on our Discord.
This is the invitation link to join our Discord (it's our virtual home with different rooms) https://discord.gg/FerfA23
Once you are on our Discord, you should see lots of "channels" on the left, or as we like to call them - "rooms" - because that's what they are, online virtual rooms where you can connect, talk, play music, etc. ( and the audio is better than zoom!)
The Spooky Flute Social will be under Virtual Series.
"4th Saturday @4:00pm"
Don't miss out and join us on Discord for all of our live events.
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Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 1:00 PM
This class will delve into the function and purpose of harmonics for the flute player and explore best practices of playing harmonics regularly as a part of building tone and strengthening the embouchure. Ms. McElroy will lead you through how to train the ear to recognize intervals, listen critically during practice and performance, and systematically approach improvement using exercises that target these skills.
All SDFG Live Events are on Discord.
Invitation Link to Join SDFG Discord
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Valerie McElroy is a flutist, educator, music arranger, and multi-instrumentalist who has traversed the world of music in her teaching and performance. She is the founder and director of VM Studio, a private music studio, as well as the San Diego-based chamber group Connessa Trio. Valerie enjoyed studying at DePaul University with Mary Stolper, Hideko Amano, and Jennifer Clippert and has since worked with hundreds of music students in her educational career. Her pedagogy is centered around the development of the whole musician.
"Practice your scales! Your Taffanel & Gaubert needs more attention. Did you work on your arpeggios? Keep those 16th notes even! Pay attention to this passage and these notes and ... everything"
And then, suddenly, it's performance time and you're stressed, needing to play every note perfectly, focusing too hard to enjoy your success, worried about making even one mistake.
Does this sound familiar? Did it make you cringe a little?
On Saturday, December 5th at 1pm, learn how to make every part of playing the flute fun - including your technique exercises! Sorcha Barr-Deneen, SDFG Recording Secretary, will share her favorite tips and tricks for practicing and performing, and overcoming perfectionism to truly enjoy music.
After a devastating injury and 3 corrective surgeries, Sorcha thought her performance career was over. All those years of practicing, dreaming, and making plans had gone to waste, ruined by 1 bad fall... or so she thought. And so, Sorcha put her flute away.
Months later on a lazy afternoon, a little voice in her head spoke up. 'Maybe you could try playing again, just for fun... see how it goes...' As time passed, that voice spoke up more and more often until Sorcha was once again playing every day, just for fun. That fun spread from holiday songs to favorite classics to etudes until the day she pulled out her technique books and had a blast seeing what she could do, what was better than yesterday, what new adventure she could go on with the exercises. Before Sorcha knew it, she finished one degree and moved to the next, performing across the US and in Europe, premiering works and reaching new heights. Since then she has always kept one idea central to her music-making: This is all just for fun.
Sorcha studied with Dr Jonathan Keeble at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Christina Jennings at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Hideko Amano in Illinois. She has premiered and recorded works across the US and enjoys performing electroacoustic music in addition to solo and orchestra works. She is an active teacher, performer, and adjudicator. Learn more about Sorcha at sorchabarr.net.
More info coming soon
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