Presenters and Workshops
Julia Amadee is currently piccolo and third flutist of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and the Great Falls Symphony. Originally from Pittsburgh, she received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Susquehanna University, and a Master of Music from Boise State University. When not performing, Julia enjoys working as a Youth Home Counselor in Great Falls
Flute Adjudications is an opportunity to perform a solo piece of your choice for Ms. Amadee. Designed for students who want an opportunity to play before the annual solo/ensemble festival, this is a great opportunity to get some feedback from a professional flutist!
A performing flutist for most of her professional life, Joan Sparks opened The Flute Pro Shop in 2009 to realize her passion for helping fellow musicians find their own musical voice. She holds music degrees from the University of Delaware and Temple University, where she studied with the legendary Murray Panitz. She has been a frequent substitute performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a member of the Delaware Symphony, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra and other freelance orchestras in the mid-Atlantic area. Along with harpist Anne Sullivan, Joan founded the flute and harp duo SPARX in 1986, and the duo has enjoyed both national and international acclaim. Through all this activity, Joan has maintained a thriving private studio, earning the Music Teacher's National Association's highest designation of Master Teacher. "Launching The Flute Pro Shop has enabled me to truly incorporate my musical experiences toward serving each and every client, successfully guiding them in selection, maintenance and growth."
"Careers In Music"
Careers in Music begins with the idea that a music degree is a valuable asset to anyone beginning a career in a wide variety of areas. Tracing her own career progression, Joan Sparks illustrates the possibilities for a fulfilling and lucrative life in music.
Megan Makeever, a Bozeman native, holds a Bachelor's of flute performance from St. Olaf College and is currently working on her Master's degree from the University of Montana as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in flute and music theory. She has been a member of the Bozeman Symphony, Billings Symphony, and Intermountain Opera Orchestra. She is extremely excited about teaching and performing in many different genres and instruments, and genuinely desires to connect with others on a deeper level through the language of music. In her little free time, Megan can be found playing gigs as an award winning singer/songwriter with her keyboard and guitar.
"Morning Warm-up and Flute Yoga"
Join Megan in relaxing breathing exercises, physical stretches, and yoga poses that will get you mentally focused and physically prepared for the fun day of flute playing!
"Festival Flute Choir Reading and Performance"
Megan will lead the 2015 Festival Flute Choir in a reading and rehearsal session on Friday, April 3 which will be followed by a performance at the closing Festival Concert on Saturday, April 4. This is open to ALL flutists of any age and ability, so don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity and get ready to make beautiful music with other flutists!
Kristen Michelle is a life-long musician and flutist. Her talent was recognized early and she progressed rapidly in her studies with Joan Sparks until an injury curtailed her development as a flutist. Kristen earned a degree in graphic arts and photography, working in that field for many years. Her love of fashion led her to pursue a career as a make-up artist, and she quickly rose to the highest ranks in that field, travelling to New York, Miami, Milan, and Paris for those cities’ respective Fashion Weeks. But Kristen never lost her love of music and the flute, and a chance meeting with Joan led to her current position as Assistant Director of Marketing and Sales for Flute Pro Shop. “One of the reasons l loved make-up was the transformation that occurred and the joy people felt when they saw the final result. It is the same feeling with assisting clients in finding the perfect flute-they find a new voice. It is deeply meaningful and an honor to be part of the process.” The stunning graphics and photos found on fluteproshop.com are all due to Kristen.
First Impressions is an introduction and discussion of the value of a good impression in a concert situation. Since the first impression is often visual, and is very hard to shake, simple tips are presented to ensure you begin your performance on the right foot.
David Kee began his education at West Chester University, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. His interest in the mechanical workings of woodwind instruments led him to further training at the Instrument Repair Class in Redwing, Minnesota as a woodwind specialist. He is Straubinger-certified, as well as a Wm. S Haynes certified technician. In January 2012, Dave traveled to California to study advanced repair techniques for Muramatsu with the legendary Paul Rabinov and has continued his specialized training with Muramatsu by traveling to Japan in April 2013 to work in the factory and repair shop and has been invited to be a technician for Muramatsu at NFA for the past few years. Now a Certified Muramatsu Technician, his work has become very much in demand in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. "Flute repair has become a true passion of mine. It is a process by which I can make a real difference in the musical lives of my clients. It's very rewarding to develop relationships with clients that last many years and to follow my clients' music journeys."
"Emergency Flute Repairs for All Flutists"
Emergency Repairs for all Flutists is an introduction to simple on the go repairs all flutists can carry out in that awful moment when you realize your flute is not going to cooperate. Master Technician David Kee will demonstrate these simple but effective techniques. Emergency repair kits will be available for sale.