August 2011 Convention
Charlotte, NC

South Carolina Flute Society Stars in Concert

The South Carolina Flute Society Stars shone brightly in a morning concert featuring an eclectic potpourri of music. The SCFS is a fairly new flute society formed less than five years ago. The group has already featured several prominent soloists and pedagogues in recitals and masterclasses, offered flute festivals with competitions for all age groups and exhibitors, and special seminars such as Nicholas Duchamp’s Gaubert Vivant. The Charlotte convention was the perfect venue to showcase flute talent from the Carolinas.

Former SCFS president Angela Massey began the recital with the first movement of Eldin Burton’s Sonatina. Angela will start the performance diploma program at Duquesne University this fall. Current SCFS president Chris Vaneman performed with his wife, Kelly, in an unaccompanied Sonata for Flute and Oboe by Converse College Professor of Musicology and Composition Scott Robbins (Vaneman is professor of flute at Converse). They played the first two movements, titled Fanfare and Spooky Does the Bunny Hop. Vaneman explained the comical title of the second movement: he and Kelly own a cat named Spooky who likes to entertain his humans by hopping on his hind legs. The music was so light and whimsical one could close one’s eyes and imagine the cat bouncing about the stage.

I performed the first three movements of Thea Musgrave’s Piccolo Play in Homage to Couperin. (I am Charlotte Symphony Orchestra piccoloist.) Piccolo Play was an NFA commission, and has quickly become standard repertoire for any piccolo player. Following was University of South Carolina professor of flute (and NFA Orchestral Competition and Masterclass coordinator) Jennifer Parker-Harley with Joseph Schwantner’s Black Anemones. Parker-Harley’s playing was so lovely and touching several audience members dabbed away tears as the final notes of the piece died away.

Jessica Hull-Dambaugh, principal flute of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, pulled a last-minute switch from the program and announced from the stage that she would perform Reflections for Solo Flute, movement II, by Peter Lamb. She spoke of the piece’s inspiration coming from the five-note piccolo solo in Debussy’s La Mer. The writing was exquisite, as was Jessica’s tone and technique. Next was the Low Country Flute and Percussion Project—John Samuel Roper and Michael Haldeman, Marimba. The two performed the first movement (Bali) of Gareth Farr’s Kembang Suite. The blend of the flute with the five octave marimba was flawless. Roper and Haldeman’s strong chemistry can be clearly heard and seen.

left to right: Erinn Frechette, John Samuel Roper, Wendy Cohen, Jennifer Parker-Harley, Angela Massey, Jessica Hull-Dambaugh, Chris Vaneman, Teri Forscher-Milter

Teri Forscher-Milter, SCFS secretarym performed Romance in D Flat Major by Camille Saint-Saëns. Forscher-Milter’s joy and sweetness flowed as much from her as from her flute, and the piece seemed to be meant for her. The last performer was Wendy Cohen, former NFA Young Artist winner, who splits her time among the South Carolina Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, and Augusta Symphony (Georgia). Cohen played Georges Hüe’s Fantaisie. Her playing contained everything one would expect from a Young Artist winner—technical precision, thoughtful interpretation, and poise.

The South Carolina Flute Society acknowledged the wonderful pianists who collaborated with their performers: Keith Shafer (Angela Massey), Emily Urbanek (Erinn Frechette), and Winkie Goodwin (Jennifer Parker-Harley, Teri Forscher-Milter, and Wendy Cohen). We couldn’t have done it without them!

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—Erinn Frechette