Dana plans flute festival

Staff report


The 21st annual Dana Flute Festival will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Bliss Hall at Youngstown State University.

Registration is near the Bliss Recital Hall on the first floor. The event is designed for flute players of all levels and will include workshops, vendor exhibits, guest-artist performances, master classes and a guest-artist recital.

“The flute festival is a long-standing Dana event that offers new and experienced flute musicians the opportunity to participate in meaningful workshops as well as to interact with important guest artists,” festival coordinator Kathryn Thomas Umble, assistant professor of flute, said.

“First-hand involvement with other musicians and the interaction with presenters, plus attending the performances, is critical in a performer’s development.”

Participants should bring their own instruments. The cost to attend the festival is $16 per student if registered before the event; and $20 at the door. Registration forms are at http://web.ysu.edu/fpa/music under the special events tab or by calling Umble at 330-941-1831.

Parents are welcome to attend free. Parking will be available in the M1 Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

Umble noted that participants are welcome at any level of experience.

Guest artist John Thorne is an associate professor of flute at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He joined the Bienen School faculty after having been the associate principal flute of the Houston Symphony from 1992 until 2012.

Previously, he was principal flutist with the San Antonio Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony. He started his career as a member of the inaugural season of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Thorne received his bachelor of music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Julius Baker, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic, and John Krell, former piccolo player of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Thorne has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony on numerous occasions, performing concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi. As part of a concert featuring the associate principal winds of the Houston Symphony, he performed Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. Most recently, he appeared with the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Halil.

Thorne has given master classes for the ARIA International Summer Academy, Austin Flute Club, Boston Flute Academy, Boston University, Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, Houston Flute Club, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. He has also served on juries for The National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition.

During the summers, Thorne is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, performing both orchestral and chamber music concerts. In Houston, he has been a member of the Texas Music Festival faculty and has performed in its concert series at the University of Houston and at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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