Anatomy of Sound June 3-6, 2017

We’re celebrating our 15th Anniversary!  And this year we feature the individual’s power of entrepreneurship.

Through this class we have been able to help many people to find their distinctive voice on the flute. This class attracts amateurs, students and professional musicians, all in different levels of life and music.

After leaving the workshop they all seem to find a deeper meaning in their art because they’ve let go and heard their own voice in new ways. Students find that they are producing tone by using the body’s wisdom, further assisting them in finding their own way in music and in life. I can see now that this pathway is touching hearts.

I ask Professor Emeritus of Acting Jerry Schwiebert and Yoga coach Laura Dwyer to team teach with me, unscripted and unplugged.  First, we urge everyone to explore their own path for their inspiration. there is no script, syllabus or method –

Laura Dwyer will help you answer honest questions through yoga and journaling.  We’ll feature “Spotlight on JOY! With Laura & Performance Theory” with Jerry Schwiebert as well as and “How the Body Moves” and indiviualized body work.

My Anatomy of Sound Class will include Orchestral Excerpts and I will give a Masterclass on Music for Flute and Electronics.

Our featured guest brings their own talents to the workshop. In the past we’ve had luminaries like Jeanne Baxtresser, Ian Clarke, Jim Walker, and Paula Robison.

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, our guest Viviana Guzman is going to help us Tell your Story and document your personal journey through poetry, creating a promo video… right down to finishing your video projects. Her lecture: Improvisation for Classical Musicians and class “Intro to Beatboxing and other Extended Techniques” are going to be a lot of fun.

So, there is a realistic approach at the Anatomy of Sound. Real teachers, real diversity, real inclusion. For more information about joining us June 3-6 for our 15th anniversary visit our website at the University of Michigan.


It all started in 2003 year one with Professor Alexa Still, now at Oberlin and Swedish performing sensation Goran Marcusson.

The second year, my teacher Jeanne Baxtresser graced us with her poised teaching of orchestral playing.

The 2005 workshop welcomed Jim Walker from USC and he taught us how to improvise.

2006 brought Andras Adjoran from Munich, Germany and he lectured on the Doppler Brothers.

In 2007 we invited Dr. Brad Garner from Cincinnati Conservatory and he discussed the French Conservatoire repertoire.

In 2008 we had my Juilliard classmate Tom Robertello, Professor at Indiana University and composer Martin Kennedy. Tom made the students improvise to art on the projector from the artists he features at his Chicago art gallery.

In 2009 we welcomed Marianne Gedigian from UT Austin and she lectured on the great violinists.

NYU Professor Keith Underwood came in 2010. We offered him the biggest screen of his life in Stamps Auditorium to show his YouTube video lecture on famous flutists. Never has Jean Pierre Rampal with the Muppets looked so good to him.

Then we had composer Ian Clarke in 2011.  Fifteen Anatomy of Sound performers, all offering fifteen different Ian Clarke pieces. I was so proud.

On our tenth anniversary year, we featured iconic legend Paula Robison from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Magical moments for me were hearing her recital, her lecture on Marcel Moyse and sharing the stage with her in a duet.

Year 11 brought chamber musician Carol Wincenc,  who gave us a wonderful view into her world of commissioning and teaching.

Our 12th season featured former Metropolitan Opera Principal flutist Trudy Kane and she lectured about what it took to be an operatic flutist.

Reknowned pedagogue from Rice University and former Boston Symphony flutist, Leone Buyse was my guest at Anatomy of Sound for my lucky thirteenth year.

In 2016 we welcomed my former classmate at the Tanglewood Music Center, Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony and faculty at the Aspen Music Center, Mark Sparks. He discussed “Who are you and what are you doing here?”

Here are 3 quotes from throughout the years from participants. Please remember this is an adult workshop so the ages range from 21-75.

QUOTE #1 “What I appreciated most of all about the workshop was the fact that these two outstanding teachers, with their accumulated years of expertise, were completely focused on helping each participant improve. To me, that’s the essence of teaching, and to see that happening with every participant in every session was very rewarding, not just on a musical level but on a human level as well.”

#2 “The tone was set immediately at the orientation. Even an old dog like me felt at home! As a teacher, I appreciated all of the attention paid to professionalism throughout the class and I thought that all of the instructors worked hard to make this class ‘non-competitive’. Absolutely the right message to send to the young players in attendance and it really worked.”

#3 “Yoga every morning was a new experience for me that I intend to continue. It truly improved my playing! I also loved the combination of the anatomy and sound. Jerry worked wonders and helped me fix a back problem that has been plaguing me for a very long time. “

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