Applications are now being accepted to participate in the collegiate masterclass with Christina Jennings, occurring Saturday, September 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
In addition to completing the online application (link below), students are asked to submit a resumé. A letter of recommendation from the student’s collegiate flute professor is also required. Resumés and teacher recommendations should be emailed to Naomi Seidman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all application materials is Monday, August 22.
The registration cost to participate in the collegiate masterclass is $25 (includes one Flute Day registration). Please do not remit payment until contacted.
- one piece should be prepared for performance (8-minute time limit)
- pieces may be for solo flute, or flute with accompaniment. Compositions written with accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment
- multiple movements of a multi-movement work (i.e. sonata, concerto, suite) may be considered one piece if within the time limit
- Compositions should demonstrate the student's ability to play both technically and lyrically
Music and Copies
- performers (and accompanists) must have original music - no photocopies are allowed
- participants are responsible for obtaining their own accompanists
- click here for a list of local collaborative pianists
- performers should convey themselves in a professional manner and wear appropriate professional attire for the masterclass
- women should wear a dress, skirt, or dress slacks, and a blouse/sweater. Dresses and skirts should be knee-length or longer when standing
- men should wear a suit or dress slacks, dress shirt, sweater, or sport coat (tie optional)
- jeans, sweatpants, sneakers, noisy jewelry, heavy perfumes etc. should not be worn
Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.”
Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. She is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and the National Flute Association Young Artists. Active as a concerto soloist, she has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Utah and Houston symphonies. In 2009, she premiered concertos written for her by Carter Pann and Laura Elise Schwendinger. The Washington Post described her performance of Jonathan Leshnoff’s concerto with the Fairfax Symphony as a “spirited, quicksilver performance.”
As broad-gauged in her musical pursuits as she is in her repertoire choices, Jennings is principal flute with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston) where the Houston Culture Map described her as a “flutist (who) glistened with golden pixie dust.” She also performs as principal flute with the Arizona MusicFest! Orchestra and has performed frequently with Orchestra 2001, including recent performances at the Library of Congress and in Havana, Cuba.
Christina Jennings can be heard in works by Alec Wilder alongside jazz great Marian McPartland in a shared CD for Albany Records. Also on Albany Records is a disc featuring Jennings as soloist in Shulamit Ran’s flute concerto titled “Voices” with the Bowling Green Philharmonia. Of the Jennings-Johnson Duo CD, the American Record Guild declared: “Jennings is an extraordinary musician, with facile technique, a soaring tone, and a natural sense of phrasing that is often absent from flute playing.” In 2013, two discs were released featuring Jennings in the work of Laura Elise Schwendinger. Three Works (Albany) features the flute concerto ”Waking Dream” for which Fanfare Magazine said “Exquisitely played by Christina Jennings (the work’s dedicatee), this is the highlight of the disc.” Ms. Schwendinger’s High Wire Act (Centaur Records) also features Jennings.
In great demand as a teacher, Jennings is an associate professor at the University of Colorado- Boulder, and on the summer faculties of Greenwood Music Camp and ARIA. She has also taught at Texas and Sarasota Music Festivals. In 2008, she founded the Panoramic Flutist Seminar with Leone Buyse in Boulder. Trained in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics method, her teaching incorporates embodied movement.
In recent seasons, she has presented masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Rice University, the Peabody Institute, the Longy School of Music, and the flute associations of Seattle, Utah, and Texas. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees at Juilliard, and her principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Leone Buyse, George Pope, and Jeanne Baxtresser.
Christina Jennings lives in Boulder with her husband, violist Matthew Dane, and their twin sons. Discover more about her at her website.