August 2011 Convention
Charlotte, NC

Youth Flute Day: Inspiring the Next Generation

One facet of this year’s Youth Flute Day at the NFA convention was a concert by two talented young flutists, Emma Resmini and Zachary Kellogg. Though these two young people are only 11 and 14, respectively, they have performed all over the country and regularly play repertoire that most of their peers would not be ready to tackle.

Resmini opened the program with Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 428 and Kent Kennan’s “Night Soliloquy.” At her young age and after just eight years of flute study, Resmini is clearly a thoughtful musician with plenty of technique to support her musical goals. In the Vivaldi, she played with beautiful sound and articulation, and expertly and fluidly ornamented the phrases. Her performance of Kennan’s “Night Soliloquy” was colorful, with a great dynamic range, and executed flawlessly. Emma mostly performs from memory and this performance was no exception.

Kellogg, who has already has significantly developed both classical and jazz playing, played a few jazz standards with pianist Mike Wofford. A dynamic performer. Kellogg has great stage presence and communicates well with his audience. He improvised solos that flowed naturally from the tune, played completely from memory, and seemed at ease throughout the performance.

—Rebecca Johnson