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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Flute Institute..tune your flute playing!

Flute Institute: Tune Your Flute Playing!
for Intermediate and Advanced Flutists
Monday August 23 - Friday August 27, 2010
please forward to anyone you think may be interested

Upper Canada Academy of Performing Arts
260 Brock Street
Kingston, ON
Clinician: Dr. William Egnatoff
Participant Fee (five days): $175, payable by cheque to Upper Canada Academy of Performing Arts, due by registration deadline
Mail or deliver payment to: Upper Canada Academy of Music, c/o William J. Egnatoff, 82 Braemar Road, Kingston, ON K7M 4B6
Registration Deadline: August 16
Register by email to:
Registration information: Name, email, phone, flute teachers, musical experience, personal objectives during institute
Auditor Fee (daily, no registration required): $15/day payable on attendance
Preparation: Each participant should select a short passage, up to one minute in length, to play on the first day. The passage should illustrate the participant's best playing. Participants will receive a suggested list of what to bring.
Further information: Bill Egnatoff, 613 634-3341
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. (kitchen available)
Friday Concert: 7:30 p.m.
The Institute
Spend a week tuning up your flute playing, making it free and effortless, using the whole body. Gain technical knowledge on body mapping, balance, breathing, embouchure, tone production, intonation, articulation, technical facility, fingerings, harmonics, and contemporary techniques. Get tips on setting up an effective practice routine. Deepen your understanding of "the language of music" through melodies, etudes, and common flute repertoire.
The teaching draws heavily on "The Physical Flute" approach of Robert Aitken, the teaching of Marcel Moyse, and notions about interpretation from both.
The class will address individual interests and concerns and will use video feedback and supportive peer critique, in addition to direct guidance from the clinician.
Daily format: warmup (stretching and breathing; exercises to develop fullness and directness of tone, low register, articulation); group improvisation (exploration of the capabilities of the flute); melodies (M. Moyse 24 Melodies, Tone Development Through Interpretation); studies, repertoire—participant choice, masterclass format; clinic ("Ask the Doctor"); flute choir.
About the clinician
Dr. William Egnatoff began playing flute in 1955 at age 7 1/2 in Melfort, Saskatchewan, and began teaching flute in 1960. His teachers included Dietrich Wiegel (a German-trained bandmaster), James Bolton (a photo-chemist), Ed Abramson (who studied one-year with Kincaid at Curtis); Nicholas Fiore (University of Toronto, Toronto Symphony), John Wummer (New York Philharmonic), and Britten Johnson (Peabody Institute, Baltimore Symphony) during four summers 1963-1966 with the National Youth Orchestra; Marcel Moyse (flute and woodwind masterclasses 1970-1979), and Robert Aitken (Music at Shawnigan, 1981, 1982). Egnatoff's teaching is based on that of his most influential teachers--Abramson, Moyse, and Aitken. It is also influenced by many years of choral singing and training and by recent study (one year) of voice with Marie Anderson and related study of Alexander technique and body-mapping literature. From 1974-80, he taught flute at the Department of Music, University of Saskatchewan. He played in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra 1961-68 and 1974-80 (Principal) and the Saskatoon Woodwind Quintet. He directed the SSO Summer Orchestra Workshop 1975-78. While doing graduate study in physics at the University of Toronto 1968-71, he played baroque music with Te Deum Concerts in Dundas, Ontario, and played in the Hamilton Philharmonic (Second flute, 1969-70) during Boris Brott's inaugural year. He studied composition 1965-67 with Murray Adaskin and has written several instrumental and choral works. His degrees are in physics and he has interests in musical acoustics. In Kingston, he plays in three chamber music groups, The Kingston Classics Trio, Classic Delights Trio, and The Telemann Trio. He sings in the Cantabile Men's Chorus. He is Associate Professor, Computers in Education, Faculty of Education, Queen's University, a chair he has held since 1984. He is currently developing a Web site on his flute teaching and is preparing a biography of Robert Aitken.

William J. Egnatoff
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
613 634-3341

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