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Highlights from Masterclass and Recital with Nina Assimakopoulos

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The Boston Flute Academy (BFA) has kicked off its spring term in modern style. The first guest artist of the term was acclaimed interpreter of contemporary flute repertoire and Professor of Flute at West Virginia University, Nina Assimakopoulos.

Assimakopoulos’ residence at BFA included a recital and masterclass on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. Her recital of music for flute alone was masterfully performed and educational. The program included popular works from the modern flute repertoire including Syrinx, by Debussy’s and Zoom Tube, by Ian Clarke. Assimakopoulos also performed Reflections by Maggie Payne and a piece written for her, Spirit Man by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, which began with a short, yet powerful, reading of the poetry  that inspired the composition.

Immediately following Assimakopoulos’ recital, BFA students and ensembles took the stage beginning with members from the Conservatory Ensemble and Young Artist program: Hyo Jin Jamie Park (BFA Conservatory Ensemble) performed Concerto for flute and orchestra, by Ibert; Amy Lipman (BFA Conservatory Ensemble) performed Concerto for flute and orchestra, by Gordeli; Elizabeth Sperry (BFA Young Artist) performed Sicilienne et Burlesque, by Casella. Following the soloists, the Maliotis Chamber Players – the BFA’s newest ensemble of adult performers – gave a beautiful performance of Mayflower Suite, by Catherine McMichael, a composition commissioned expressly by and for BFA. The Advanced Repertory Ensemble concluded the program with Monochrome V, an entrancing and exhilarating piece by Peter Schikele (aka P.D.Q. Bach).

Following the recital, BFA students performed for Assimakopoulos in a masterclass, where she proved to be an adept teacher as she is as a performing artist. The following students performed for Assimakopoulos in Saturday’s masterclass:

  • You Hyun Cho (11th grade) – Mozart Concerto in G Major: Mvt. I, Exposition
  • Hyo Jin Jamie Park (12th grade) – Ibert Concerto: Mvt. I
  • Isaac Alter (college) – J.S. Bach Sonata in e minor: Mvt. III
  • Oliver Villanueva (college) – Nielsen Concerto: Mvt. I
  • Amy Lipman (10th grade) – Gordeli Concerto

For more information about the Boston Flute Academy, please visit our website at bostonfluteacademy.com.

Written by Christopher A. Petre

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BFA Young Artist Selected for the 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

IMG_1956Elizabeth Sperry, an 11th grader from Chelmsford, BFA Young Artist, and member of the BFA Conservatory Ensemble is off to a wonderful new year of exceptional music making. She has been selected as a member of the 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYOUSA)!

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA is an auditioned orchestra comprised of 120 of the finest young American musicians, ages 16-19. These students will be conducted by legendary conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, and will be joined in performance by violin soloist, Joshua Bell. Additionally, the orchestral sections will be coached by “some of the finest players and section leaders from America’s greatest orchestras and music schools”.

Together with Gergiev and Bell, the NYOUSA will have the opportunity to perform domestic concerts in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall and in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, before setting off on an international tour, which includes performances in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London.

More information about the NYOUSA can be found by clicking here.

Please join the Boston Flute Academy in congratulating Elizabeth on earning this momentous honor!

Written by Christopher A. Petre

 

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Elizabeth Rowe Masterclass 2012

THANK YOU to BSO Principal Flute Elizabeth Rowe for a fantastic Master Class at BFA on Saturday, December 8th, 2012. Open to the public. What a great turnout we had for this event!

Student masterclass performers included:

  • Alexandra Conza, 11th grade – Excerpts from Dvorak, Symphony No. 8 and J.S. Bach, Aus Liebe from St. Matthew Passion
  • Issac Alter, freshman at Harvard University – Excerpt from Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe and Exposition of Mozart’s Concerto in G major, 2nd movement
  • Hyo Jin Jamie Park, 12th grade – Ibert Concerto, 1st movement 
  • Sally You Hyun Cho, 12th grade – Debussy, Syrinx 
  • Amy Lipman, 10th grade – Excerpts from Stravinsky, Petrouchka and Ravel, Bolero
  • Oliver Villanueva, BFA Intensive Immersion Student – Excerpt from Debussy, Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun
  • Elizabeth Sperry, 11th grade – Excerpts from Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 and Gluck, Minuet & Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus

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BFA Student Competes at 2012 NFA Convention!


BFA is proud to announce that BFA student, Elizabeth Sperry, is among 8 finalists selected nationwide for the 2012 National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition!  She will compete on August 9, 2012 at the annual NFA convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Congratulations and good luck Elizabeth!

 

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BFA Presents April Recital in Full Bloom!

The second of BFA’s 2012 spring recitals was held on April 7th at Maliotis Cultural Center.  Members of the Adult Ensemble & Seminar class, the Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar class and the Preparatory Ensemble &

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Seminar class performed.  Students studying privately at BFA, accompanied by Pianist/Faculty member Debbie Emery, also performed.  BFA class of 2011 Young Artist Alumna, Catherine Jones (presently studying flute performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London), made a guest appearance!

Once again, congratulations to all of the wonderful performers, and many thanks to all of our friends, families and audience members for your continued support!  Program details:

Piece for solo flute, by Jacques Ibert

Catherine Jones, BFA Young Artist Alumna

Cantabile et Presto, by George Enesco

Amy Lipman, BFA Repertory Program

Andante for Sonata in e minor, by J.S. Bach

Jamie Park, BFA Conservatory Program

Odeon, by Ernesto Nazareth, arr. Alberto Arantes; and Tico-Tico no Fuba, by Zequinha Abreu, arr. Alberto Arantes

BFA Adult Ensemble & Seminar – Suzie Dasilva, Grace Huang, Peter Kussell with BFA Teaching Assistants – Ceylon Mitchell and Geradline Barazarte.

Night Soliloquy, by Kent Kennan

Alexandra Conza, BFA Conservatory Program

Fantaisie, by Gabriel Faure

Brendan Dooley, BFA Young Artist

Allegro from Sonata in G major, by J.J. Quantz; Chaconne, by Henry Purcel; and Canon from “Musical Offering”, by J.S. Bach

BFA  Preparatory Ensemble & Seminar – Jessica Cheng, Jocelyn Cheng, Elizabeth McCormack, Michael Stankovic with Elizabeth Sperry, Class Mentor; Ceylon Mitchell and Geraldine Barazarte, Teaching Assistants/Conductors; Judy Grant, Coach.

Nocturne, by Lili Boulanger, arr. James Galway

Natalya Tausanovitch, BFA Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar

Intermede (Hommage a Bartok) and Caprice from Quatre Pieces for solo flute, by Jindrich Feld

Jinji Zhang, BFA Conservatory Program

Andante and Allegro from Sonata for flute and piano, by Robert Muczynski

Elizabeth Sperry, BFA Young Artist

Monochrome I, by Peter Schickele and Moderato from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, by J.S Bach, arr. John E. Davis

BFA Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar – Alexandra Conza, Brendan Dooley (alto flute and piccolo), Amy Lipman (flute and piccolo), Jamie Park, Elizabeth Sperry (flute and piccolo), Natalya Tausanovitch, Jinji Zhang (alto flute), Geraldine Barazarte (Teaching Assistant), Ceylon Mitchell (bass flute – Teaching Assistant); David Houston, Coach/Conductor.

 

 

 

 

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Recap of March Recital at BFA

The BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar

The BFA’s series of spring recitals for 2012 began on Sunday, March 25th, with the March Recital.  The concert featured members of the Adult Ensemble, the Repertory Ensemble & Seminar class, and solo performances by students who take private lessons at the BFA.  Faculty member Debbie Emery accompanied the soloists on piano.

See below for program details.  Congratulations to all of the performers, and thank you to all of the friends and families in the audience for your support!

Andante, by William Eisenhauer; and Gavotte, by J. S. Bach

Elizabeth McCormack, BFA Preparatory Program

Gavotte, by Gabriel Faure

Ina Suresh, BFA Repertory Program

Allegro, from Sonata in g minor, by J. S. Bach

Alexandra Conza, BFA Conservatory Program

Fantaisie, by Gabriel Faure

Emma Huelskamp, BFA Young Artist

Cantabile et Presto, by Georges Enesco

Mary Kathryn Abel, BFA College Division

Bryn-e-Celyn, from Children of the Wind, by Catherine McMichael

BFA Adult Ensemble & Seminar Performers: Geraldine Morillo Barazarte, Danielle Castelli, & Ceylon Mitchell, flutes; Louise Schneider, alto flute; Peter Kussell, bass flute.

Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl (arr. by BFA flutist Chrysostom Arthur); Strange Birds, from Spirit of Ink, by Alan Hovhaness; and Scherzo Brillante, by Arthur Severn

BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar: Sam Chestna, Yumi Lee, Ned Martenis, Ina Suresh, & Sophia Zeng, flutes; Kimani Taylor, bass flute; Nicholas Fitton and Ceylon Mitchell, Teaching Assistants; Judy Grant, Conductor.

Irlandaise, from Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano, by Claude Bolling

Yumi Lee, BFA Repertory Program

Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando, by Philippe Gaubert

Jamie Park, BFA Conservatory Program

Sonata for Flute & Piano, Mvts. 2 and 1, by Francis Poulenc

Geraldine Morillo Barazarte, BFA Teacher Training Program

Sonata for Flute & Piano, Mvts. 3 and 4, by Robert Muczynski

Nicholas Fitton, BFA Young Artist (Collegiate Division)

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Highlights from Leone Buyse Masterclass

Leone Buyse (right) and six of the BFA student performers

On Friday, March 23rd, the BFA hosted flute performer and educator Leone Buyse for a special masterclass.  It was also a reunion for old friends and colleagues from the Boston flute community — Ms. Buyse had been BFA director Judy Grant’s teacher, and had played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra alongside BFA faculty members Fenwick Smith and Geralyn Coticone!  Currently, Ms. Buyse is on the music faculty at Rice University.

The masterclass featured performances by students in the BFA’s accelerated Conservatory and Young Artist Programs, who meet weekly as members of the BFA Studio Class.  See below for the program listings.  The BFA congratulates all of the performers on their excellent work.

Following the masterclass, Ms. Buyse led a Q&A session, sharing her years of experience and insights on the field of flute performance and education.  Thank you to Ms. Buyse for such a wonderful visit and an energetic, inspiring masterclass!

Program Listings:

Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, by Muczynski

Elizabeth Sperry, BFA Young Artist

Sonata in g minor, Mvt. 3, by Bach

Alexandra Conza, BFA Conservatory Program

Orchestral excerpts by Brahms and Debussy

Nicholas Fitton, BFA Young Artist (Collegiate Division)

Quatre Pieces for Solo Flute, Mvt. 2, by Feld

Jinji Zhang, BFA Conservatory Program

Concerto in D Major, Mvts. 1 and 2, by Mozart

Brendan Dooley, BFA Young Artist

Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando, by Gaubert

Jamie Park, BFA Conservatory Program

Fantaisie, by Faure

Emma Huelskamp, BFA Young Artist

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Highlights from Masterclass with Marina Piccinini

Marina Piccinini (center) with BFA student performers

On Sunday, March 11th, 2012, the BFA was thrilled to host international star Marina Piccinini for a special masterclass.  Ms. Piccinini has not only been acclaimed worldwide for her virtuosity as a performer, but is also an incredible educator and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, so this masterclass was a special treat for the BFA community!

The class featured performances by six BFA students who take private lessons in the accelerated studies program.  See below for program details.  The BFA thanks Ms. Piccinini for sharing her insights and experience with the performers and audience, and for leading a superb masterclass!

Concerto for Flute, Mvt. 1, by Ibert

Brendan Dooley, BFA Young Artist

Fantaisie, by Faure

Alexandra Conza, BFA Conservatory Program

Sonata in D Major, Mvt. 4, by Prokofiev

Elizabeth Sperry, BFA Young Artist

Night Soliloquy, by Kennan

Michelle Peters, BFA Private Studies

Concerto for Flute, Mvt. 1, by Nielsen

Jinji Zhang, BFA Conservatory Program

Sonata in e minor, Mvts. 2 and 3, by Bach

Nicholas Fitton, BFA Young Artist (Collegiate Division)

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BFA Student Angela Koh to Perform with Cynthia Meyers, 2/26

Congratulations to BFA flutist Angela Koh, who will be performing a duo flute concerto with BSO member Cynthia Meyers this Sunday, February 26th, at 6:30pm at St. Marks School in Southborough, MA.  Angela and Ms. Meyers will perform the Telemann Duo Concerto in e minor for 2 flutes and strings.  They will also perform Aubade by Gordon Jacob for 2 flutes and clarinet.

Angela is in 11th grade at St. Mark’s School and studies with Judy Grant at BFA.  The concert is free and open to the public!

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BFA Student Successes in 2012 Districts and All-States

The BFA has been well-represented this school year in the 2012 district and all-state music festivals in Massachusetts and beyond!  Congratulations to the nine students (listed below) on their successes this year:

Amy Lipman is principal flute in the Massachusetts All-State Band, and played in the Senior District festival for Eastern Massachusetts.  She is a freshman at Needham High School, studies privately with Judy Grant at the BFA, and is a student in the BFA Repertory Program, playing in the Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

 

Connie Jiang is principal piccolo in the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra, and also played flute in the Senior District festival for Central Massachusetts.  She attends Nashoba Regional High School, and studies privately with Judy Grant at the BFA.

 

 

Elizabeth Sperry is principal flute in the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra, with the highest flute score in the state.  Previously, she played in the Senior District Orchestra for Northeastern Massachusetts.  She is a sophomore at Chelmsford High School, studies privately with Judy Grant at the BFA, and is a Young Artist at the BFA, participating in the Studio Class and Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

Ina Suresh played in the Junior District festival for Eastern Massachusetts.  She is a 7th-grader at the Shady Hill School, studies privately with Judy Grant at the BFA, and is a member of the BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

 

Michelle Chung played in the Senior District festival for Eastern Massachusetts.  She attends the Middlesex School and studies privately with Amanda Hughes at the BFA.

 

Natalya Tausanovitch was selected for both the New Hampshire All-State Chamber Music Festival and the New Hampshire All-State Orchestra.  She is a senior at Windham High School in NH, studies privately with Aubrie Dionne outside of the BFA, and is a member of the BFA Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

 

Ned Martenis was accepted into the Massachusetts All-State Band, and was principal flute in the Senior District Orchestra for Eastern Massachusetts.  He is a sophomore at Newton North High School, studies privately outside of the BFA with Mana Washio, and plays in the BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

 

Sophia Zeng played in the Junior District festival for Northeastern Massachusetts.  She is a freshman at Lexington High School, studies privately with Amanda Hughes, and is a member of the BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar.

 

 

 

Yumi Lee played in the Senior District festival for Eastern Massachusetts.  She attends Newton South High School, studies privately with Judy Grant at the BFA, and is a student in the BFA Repertory Program, playing in the Repertory Ensemble & Seminar.