Jen Cluff ~ College Flute Entry Information
Canadian Flutist and Teacher
Decided to enter college as a flute major?
Flute Career Links:
Here is a terrific set of articles (use the links below) on preparing to enter college or University as a flute performance major. Check them out.
Read these before taking another step in your dream--- they will set you up perfectly for success:
Some great advice about music careers and college entry can be found in articles at the website of The Elision Institute. The site is currently down. I have temporarily pasted the cached articles here until the site returns.
Other articles worth reading:
What it takes to become a music major - Menc article (very good)
(old link was: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~leonardg/practice1.html)
Two good articles on preparing for orchestral career:
Fabulous book on how flutists went on to perform despite early set-backs:
For young flutists who want to become professionals
COLLEGE AND HIGHSCHOOL FLUTISTS LOOKING FOR HELP IN RESEARCHING A FUTURE CAREER AS SOLOIST OR ORCHESTRAL FLUTIST:
Question: Hello, I'm a freshman in high school and I know that I want to be aprofessional flutist. The only trouble is, I'm not sure what I'll be doing as a professional. My ultimate goal is to be a solo performer who performs up on stage for audiences, and makes cds. Are only the truly exceptional flutists able to do that?
Those adult flutists who are not "best in the world" but who are very well trained and *continue" to train and hone their skills in music study can usually find jobs as educators and occasional flute performers.
Ask your flute teacher their opinion after two years of hard work or
Interviews with famous flutists: http://donbailey.net/
Conversations about orchestral career http://www.jeannebaxtresser.com/conv.html
See articles section on preparation for a career http://www.trevor-wye.com/
Click on: Enter the Flute Pages, and then see
See home pages of famous flute performers http://www.bfs.org.uk/links.htm
A good article on practicing at the University level: Leonard Garrison's new website 2014.
Old link to above article was: http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~leonard-garrison/
List of top orchestral flutists in various orchestras around the world: http://hometown.aol.com/johnwion/orchestra.html
Link to John Wion's biography: http://hometown.aol.com/johnwion/teaching.html
This is a new book and is absolutely wonderful for inspiring you to follow your dreams no matter who or where you are.
"The Flute" by James Galway / "The Flute" by Ardal Powell
Becoming an Orchestral Musician, A Guide for Aspiring Professionals by Richard Davis (Principal Flutist BBC Orchestra for 20 years.)
Other flute books for reading
"Pan" magazine from UK
What is the best advice for becoming a professional soloist or symphonic flutist?
A college first-year student wrote:
See: Becoming an Orchestral Musician, A Guide for Aspiring Professionals by Richard Davis (Principal Flutist BBC Orchestra for 20 years.) This is a PHENOMENAL book!! Read it cover to cover!!! :>)
Now: What do you already know, and where are your areas where you'd like tomake further inquiries? Can you narrow it down for us to save us
- The quickest way to gigs as a major soloist is to be the student of a major soloist who might introduce you (as their BEST student) to the various avenues and influential people and programs that will allow you to appear as part of various solo concert series.
- The most straightforward way of improving your performance level to world-class levels (so that you win auditions and contests) is to study with the top teachers in the world. You may have to raise the money for travelling and living abroad at times, but Summer Schools
- The best way to prepare yourself for a symphony job is "on the job training" in the top student orchestras (National Youth Orchestras/Summer Orchestras with high-quality reputations). The more on-the-job-training you have in student orchestras, the more developed your repertoire and technique for orchestral playing.
- The best way to prepare yourself for a career as a soloist is to give several recitals a year, video record them, analyse your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve in all aspects of "giving a show".
If you'd like to do some reading on these topics, ask your private teacher, your mentor(s) in the music world, or ask the big-teachers on-line for a list of good, up-to-date books on these topics. You might also travel to interview important flute players who already have the careers you wish to have, to find out what their best advice is. (you could write up the article and then offer it to one of the flute magazines as a way of getting involved in directly getting answers to your questions and then sharing them with others.)
But for quickest advancement, you need to be focusing on your performance goals, and then saving money in order to continue to work with the best teachers on flute, and to audition for the best ensembles you can find.
Best audition and performance book: "The Performer Prepares" by Robert Caldwell. (should be in the library).
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