Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop


This workshop is for all musicians, teachers, adults, amateurs, pros, students and anyone needing more from within.

A supportive, holistic approach to the flute with Jerald Schwiebert and Laura Dwyer

SPECIAL GUEST:Viviana GuzmánGrammy Nominated flutist, composer, dancer and poet

This year we are building the individual’s power of entrepreneurship through individualized film projects, writing and learning new skills.

The Anatomy of Journaling – Dwyer

Entrepreneurship:Tell Your Story Project – creating a promo video- Guzmán

The Anatomy of Sound Class: Orchestral Excerpts- Porter

Entrepreneurship: Tell Your Story Project continues…  Flute and Poetry- Guzmán

Spotlight on JOY! & Performance Theory-  Schwiebert/Dwyer

Music for Flute and Electronics- Porter

Lecture: Improvisation for Classical Musicians – Guzmán

The Anatomy of Sound Class: Works for Solo Flute – Porter

Intro to Beatboxing and other Extended Techniques- Guzmán

Entrepreneurship:Tell Your Story –Finishing your projects – Guzman, Dwyer

Also featuring Viviana Guzmán in recital and Amy Porter’s recital – Tell Your Story Project presentations and performances

 For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Summer Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs:


Phone: (734) 936-2660

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Phone: (734) 936-2660

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. “