Flute Day Spring 2019
Kicking off the Spring 2019 festivities is a collegiate masterclass with renowned flutist Mimi Stillman. Ms. Stillman will also present a solo recital with pianist Charles Abromovic in the new recital hall at 3pm. Other flute guests include Professor Emeritus Eleanor Armstrong, Baroque flutist Sarah Lynn and breathing expert Agatha Wang. The evening will conclude with a tribute concert for Professor Eleanor Armstrong, which will include performances by the Penn State Flute Choir, PSU Alumns and community flutists. For the tribute concert program CLICK HERE (coming soon)
Sponsored by Windworks Studio, the Young Artist Competition offers three levels of solo competition: junior novice (up to age 11), junior advanced (ages 12-14), and senior (ages 15-18, high school only). Cash awards will be offered at each level - $50 for junior novice, $50 for junior advanced, and $100 for the winner of the competition’s senior level. Winners will be announced directly following Ms. Stillman’s recital at 4pm.
The registration cost to participate in any of the Young Artist Competitions is $25 (includes one Flute Day registration). The registration deadline is Monday, January 2, 2019.Please direct questions about the competitions to Naomi Seidman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flutist Mimi Stillman, acclaimed by The New York Times as “not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar whose programs tend to activate ear, heart, and brain”, is renowned for her virtuosity, insightful interpretation, and adventurous programming. As soloist, she has appeared with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Orchestra 2001, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Sawdust, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Symphony Space, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, The Kimmel Center, The Verbier Festival, and Kol HaMusica. Ms. Stillman is the founding Artistic Director of the popular Dolce Suono Ensemble, “one of the most dynamic groups in the US” (The Huffington Post), performing Baroque to new music with 53 world premieres in 13 seasons in Philadelphia and on tour. 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, arrangements, and compositions. She can be heard on several 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.
Mimi 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 received a MA and PhD (abd) in History at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history.
Mimi 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. A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, strongly committed to excellence in education, she has taught masterclasses at institutions including the National Flute Association, Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, Southern Methodist University, Indiana University, the universities of Texas, California, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona, and at conservatories worldwide. 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. www.mimistillman.com
Eleanor Duncan Armstrong was the flute professor at Penn State from 1983-2012. She also coached flute chamber music ensembles, and performed with The Pennsylvania Quintet and the Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo.
As an orchestral flutist, she has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Breckenridge Colorado Institute, and the Oklahoma Symphony. She currently performs as flutist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. With the Pennsylvania Quintet, she toured extensively in the United States and Europe, including performances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. The quintet's compact disc recordings include American Wind Music, 20th Century Wind Chamber Music, and Recent American Works for Winds (Centaur CD label). The quintet has also been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today and is a past winner of the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition in Washington, D.C.
With the Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo, she presented masterclasses and recitals throughout the country. The duo is especially active in commissioning new works for the ensemble and has recorded Exotic Chamber Music (Centaur CD label) and Creative Mix(Gasparo). The National Flute Association has featured the Armstrong Duo in invited performances at four national conventions: New York City, Phoenix, Columbus, and Nashville. Eleanor holds graduate performance degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree in flute performance at Oklahoma City University.
Hailed by the Cleveland Classical as an upcoming artist with “musical prowess,” Sarah Lynn is a baroque flutist who devotes her time to the historical performance practice of Baroque and Renaissance music.
A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Lynn has performed with groups in the region, such as Mountainside Baroque, Peabody Consort, Baltimore Baroque Band, and Peabody Renaissance Ensemble.
Before moving to Baltimore, Lynn lived in Oberlin, Ohio, where she performed as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire; The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, The Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra, The Maple City Chamber Orchestra, and The Trinity Cathedral Orchestra. Her robust musical instruction began in high school, when she became the recipient of the Young Artist Scholarship at Oberlin.
Every June, Lynn teaches at the Mountainside Baroque Academy, which provides middle and high school students with the background that will enable them to understand how and why Baroque music was originally performed, and its relevance in the 21st century.
Lynn can be heard on two recordings: the St. Matthew Passion on the Oberlin Conservatory Record Label, and in a chamber voice recording for the Alan Museum of Art in Oberlin, Ohio for an installation called “Private Prayer, Public Performance: Liturgical Chants from Religious Books”.
As well as playing the baroque flute, Lynn also professionally plays baroque and renaissance recorders, the renaissance flute, the crumhorn, and sings predominantly renaissance repertoire.
Lynn completed her undergraduate degree from Peabody Institute as a student of Gwyn Roberts, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma also from Peabody.
Lynn also enjoys occasionally competing in Scottish fiddling competitions. Her violin solo, Many Thanks to a Dear Friend, was published by world champion Scottish fiddler Dr. John Turner in 2010. Lynn is also a choral scholar with Mount Calvary Choir in Baltimore.
Jui-Chih Agatha Wang has been a resident artist in State College, PA since the fall of 2001 where she teaches flute and piano, performs regularly as a soloist and in chamber music concerts, and accompanies students and faculty of the Penn State School of Music. A native of Taiwan, her formal training includes the Republic of China's special musical education program for gifted students (grades 3-12), a bachelor's degree from Fu-Jen Catholic University, and a master's degree in flute performance from New York University, where she studied with Keith Underwood.
She has performed with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, the Nan-Yeen Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra. She taught flute extensively in Taiwan, and now teaches general music at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA and has a private flute studio in State College. Ms. Wang's recent appearances include performance's at the Florida Electric Acoustic Music Festival and the International Flute Conference.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Penn State Flute Club." Please include the registrant's name in the memo line of the check. Send checks (or bring the day of Flute Day) to:
Interested flutists may also register the day of the event. (Note: parents accompanying their children are not required to register.) Onsite registration will take place from 10:30am-noon, on January 13th outside of the new recital hall.