August 2018 Convention
Orlando, FL

Adult Open Masterclass

Gary Schocker with Diane Telgen

This year’s open masterclass was with composer Gary Schocker, and 10 adult flutists volunteered to play for him. From piccolo to alto flute, Schocker worked with each flutist on hand positions, how to balance a stance, and how to think about the individual body with breathing. For example: think of the face as a mask, keeping it relaxed, using lighter air for the upper notes.

The flutists ranged in ability from someone starting back on the flute playing scales to advanced players performing Bach, Bozza, or one of Schocker’s own compositions. This annual event allows flutists over 30 a chance to perform in a masterclass.

—Barbra Fairman