#FluteFridays: Orchestral excerpts 9 – Symphony No. 1 “Classical,” mvt. IV, Sergei Prokofiev

Happy Friday, fluties! This week we'll be going over the opening of the fourth movement of Prokofiev's First Symphony, often called the Classical Symphony. In the composer's own words from his brief autobiography, "I imagined how Haydn might have composed, had he lived to our day; he would have preserved his style and also would…

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#FluteFridays: Grad school 3 – When You Just Want to Give Up

Happy Friday, fluties! I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that we're all pretty tired. I know I am after this week. Around this time of year, the stressors continue to pile up. Imposter syndrome can kick in like we've talked about before; I had a couple of serious bouts over the last…

#FluteFridays: Orchestral excerpts 8 – Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Felix Mendelssohn

Happy Friday, fluties! We're back in the Baxtresser book this week for the Mendelssohn Scherzo. Lots of flutists know this as one of the hardest audition excerpts we have (aside from Firebird, of course), which makes it an important piece to know. Mendelssohn was also a brilliant composer, and as difficult as this excerpt can…

#FluteFridays: Audition prep

Happy Friday, fluties! This week we're going to chat a little bit about the process of getting ready for a professional orchestra audition - which is something I'm working on right now! I'll be taking my first professional audition in November, and I'm so excited to be working towards this goal. So let's dive in!…