June 19 - 21, 2017

Brownsville

Texas

At A Glance

Floot Fire Brownsville 2017
June 19 - 21, 2017
  • Mon-Tues 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Wed 9:30 am-7:30 pm

Hommer Hanna High School
2615 E Price Rd.
Brownsville TX 78521
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$60
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - June 18, 2017 ($50 late fee)

At A Glance

Floot Fire Brownsville 2017
June 19 - 21, 2017
  • Mon-Tues 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Wed 9:30 am-7:30 pm

Hommer Hanna High School
2615 E Price Rd.
Brownsville TX 78521
map
$60
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - June 18, 2017 ($50 late fee)

Floot Fire

Class Levels

Students of all levels of proficiency are eligible to participate. Students should have played flute at least one year.

There are 3 flexible levels of classes:

  • Allegro: for flutists in 6th or 7th grade during the most recent school year
  • Vivace: for flutists in 8th or 9th grade during the most recent school year
  • Presto: for flutists in grades 10-12 during the most recent school year

Scholarships

Floot Fire offers financial assistance to students who could not otherwise attend our workshops. All scholarships are need based.

  • Floot Fire awards partial scholarships only.
  • Late fees and additional purchased items, such as photos and books, are not eligible for scholarship.
  • Deadline for full consideration is May 1, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered on an “as available basis.”
  • Submission of the scholarship application is not a guarantee of an award.
  • If you have qualified for scholarship in the past you are encouraged to reapply however, previous awards do not guarantee future awards.
  • A scholarship application does not replace the workshop registration form. All scholarship applicants must register for a workshop online.
  • All information submitted to Floot Fire Inc. will be held in strict confidence and permanently destroyed after the application is processed.

Floot Fire

Schedule

Our flexible daily schedule includes: masterclass, electives, chamber music, flute choir, and recitals. Our flootful days cover flootastic topics such as  breathing, tone, articulation, intonation, vibrato, technique, stage presence, practice habits, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, performance tips, working with an accompanist, and much more!

Electives

Two elective periods allow students to choose courses of study that interest them most. Elective classes are open to all age levels unless otherwise indicated. Specialty instruments will be provided, some at an additional cost. Please indicate if you can provide your own specialty instrument.

Elective Session 1 (choose one class)
Beginner Piccolo (Allegro/Vivace) (Limit 5)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Building a Better Tone (Allegro)
Learn to create a beautiful, free, ringing tone! Students will examine how sound is created on the flute, the characteristics of a beautiful flute tone, and ways to practice tone development.
Low Flutes (Presto) (Limit 7)
Meet the low end of the flute family. Participants will be introduced to alto flutes, bass flutes, and the mighty contrabass flute. We will learn how to handle these gentle giants and have an opportunity to perform on them. Instrument provided.
Terrific Technique! (Presto)
Build fast, clean, even technique with this class. Learn ways to develop speed and fluidity through diligent practice.
Terrific Technique! (Vivace)
Build fast, clean, even technique with this class. Learn ways to develop speed and fluidity through diligent practice.
Elective Session 2 (choose one class)
Beginner Piccolo (Presto) (Limit 5)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Building a Better Tone (Presto)
Learn to create a beautiful, free, ringing tone! Students will examine how sound is created on the flute, the characteristics of a beautiful flute tone, and ways to practice tone development.
Building a Better Tone (Vivace)
Learn to create a beautiful, free, ringing tone! Students will examine how sound is created on the flute, the characteristics of a beautiful flute tone, and ways to practice tone development.
Low Flutes (Allegro/Vivace) (Limit 7)
Meet the low end of the flute family. Participants will be introduced to alto flutes, bass flutes, and the mighty contrabass flute. We will learn how to handle these gentle giants and have an opportunity to perform on them. Instrument provided.
Terrific Technique! (Allegro)
Build fast, clean, even technique with this class. Learn ways to develop speed and fluidity through diligent practice.

Floot Fire

Master Class

In master class students will work on musical interpretation, tone, stage presence, relaxation techniques, and much more! Students should be prepared to play at least once in master class. Students must provide their own original piano parts. Flootastic pianists will accompany each performer however unaccompanied works are acceptable. Students may audit the class if they prefer not to perform.

Faculty Recitals

Faculty recitals take place daily at 1:15 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Grand Finale Concert

A Grand Finale Concert will top off the week. Students will perform a class flute choir piece, a chamber ensemble, elective class music and a mass flute choir piece with all students performing in-the-round style. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Faculty

Dr. Francesca Arnone

Dr. Francesca Arnone is an active flute and piccolo soloist, recitalist, and clinician who joined the faculty of Baylor University’s School of Music in August 2011. Her recent chamber and solo recitals include London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields (2008, 2010) and St. Paul’s Church Covent Garden in London, Music in the Museums of Rio Series in Rio de Janeiro, the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, Split Academy of Music in Croatia, the Royal Northern College of Music in England, and Colorado Music festival. She has been featured at events by the Texas Flute Society, Florida Flute Association, Albuquerque Flute Association, Flute Society of Kentucky, Pittsburgh Flute Club, and Flute Society of Washington (DC). She also has many years of orchestral experience, holding the chairs of Principal, Second Flute, and Piccolo in numerous regional orchestras in the US, Mexico, and Spain. Prior to coming to Baylor, Dr. Arnone taught at West Virginia University, where she was recognized by the Division of Music for outstanding research in 2009 and 2010, and also founded and directed a highly successful high school flute camp and flute masterclass series. During the summers she has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and now teaches at the Baylor Music Camps for middle and high school students and also coordinates the Baylor Flute Seminars. In 2011 will join the faculty of the Grumo Festival in Bari, Italy, and the Interharmony International Music Festival in Tuscany. She earned flute performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA).

Dr. Cristina Ballatori

Cristina Ballatori has performed across the United States, Europe, England, and Latin America as a recitalist, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recent performance highlights include concerts in such venues as the 2016 World Flutes Festival in Mendoza, Argentina, Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France, “Live from Hochstein” Series public radio WXXI in Rochester, New York, and artist residencies in Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico. As a chamber musician, Ballatori is a member of the Semplice Duo with pianist Kevin Chance, Duo Sacromonte with guitarist Jonathan Dotson, and the Whitewater Chamber Players. Ballatori regularly appears as a guest artist and has been a featured performer, clinician, and adjudicator at many festivals, universities, and conferences including those of the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Florida Flute Association among others.

Ballatori joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater music faculty as Assistant Professor of Flute in Fall 2016. The recipient of the University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, she previously served as Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  Her students have been named winners and finalists in local, state, regional, and national competitions, including those sponsored by the National Flute Association and Texas Association of Music Schools, and have been accepted into top summer festivals and graduate programs. Under Ballatori’s direction, the UTRGV Flute Choir and Flautarra Ensemble enjoyed the university’s first invitations to appear as featured performers at the National Flute Association Convention (2015, 2014, 2013), Texas Music Educators Association Convention (2016, 2014), and Texas Flute Festival (2012).

A winner of the National Flute Association’s Graduate Research Competition, Ballatori’s doctoral thesis, “Suite Paysanne Hongroise for Flute and Piano by Béla Bartók/Arr. Paul Arma: A Performer’s Guide,” was recognized for its outstanding contribution to flute research. Her articles have been published in American Music Teacher, Flute Talk, and Flutist Quarterly. She joined the Board of the National Flute Association in November 2016, and previously served the organization as coordinator of the NFA High School Soloist Competition from 2009-2014.

http://www.cristinaballatori.com/

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Dr. Krista Jobson

Dr. Krista Jobson serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley where she instructs flute and is Director of the much-acclaimed UTRGV Flautistas Flute Ensemble. In demand as an artist-clinician, Dr. Jobson has performed and given masterclasses in Australia, Germany, Japan, France, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, as well as all over the United States. She enjoys a multi-faceted career that has included a Principal Flute position in an Air Force band and woodwind quintet, Principal Flute positions in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, multiple concerto soloist appearances, and university teaching positions. Dr. Jobson currently serves as Co-Principal Flute of the Valley Symphony Orchestra (McAllen, TX), Co-Principal Flute of the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and Faculty Wind Quintet (Twin Lake, MI), Principal Flute of The Trade Winds Recording Ensemble for Carl Fischer Music (Tampa, FL), and as flutist with several active professional chamber music groups. Upcoming events include a CD recording with “Cherry Street” flute duo, a recital at the National Flute Association Convention, in Minneapolis, MN, with “Duo Aldebaran” flute/guitar duo, and a performance at the National Flute Association Convention, in Minneapolis, MN with the UTRGV Flautistas Flute Ensemble. Dr. Jobson’s current and former students of the UTRGV Flute Studio have enjoyed successes in regional and national competitions, prestigious masterclasses and fellowships, as well as highly competitive summer programs. Many former students have attained jobs in public and private music education around the country, as well as internships and employment at arts centers and symphony orchestras internationally.

http://www.kristajobsonflute.com/

Kim Knudsen

Kim Knudsen attended Indiana University and the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Teacher’s Certification. She then returned to Houston and taught elementary music for nine years in the Alief ISD and junior high band for four years in Katy. At this time, she is teaching private lessons in the Spring Branch area and is a frequent clinician in the Alief, Katy and CyFair school districts. In the summer of 2005, Kim joined the faculty of Floot Fire at the University of Houston. In addition to teaching, she performs regularly in the Houston area and is enjoying her 13th season with Opera in the Heights. Seven years ago, Kim began playing Irish flute as a member of the bands Furagh Larq and Constant Billy. Although she doesn’t play Irish flute regularly at this time, she enjoys the occasional performances with Celtic musicians in the Houston area.

Dr. Maria Payan

Dr. Maria Payan is in her second year as an assistant band director at Hanna High School where she teaches flute, saxophone, and the concert band. Prior to her position with BISD, Dr. Payan served as the flute specialist for Roma ISD.

She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Music Performance degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and holds a Master of Music and Doctorate degree in Flute Performance from Texas Tech University where she was a teaching assistant. Dr. Payan has played in masterclasses for numerous guest artists such as Jean Ferrandis, Trevor Wye, Paul Edmund-Davies, and Helen Blackburn to name a few.  Her primary teachers include Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, Dr. Jessica Dunnavant, and Dr. Sarah Schettler.

Dr. Payan has been a guest clinician as well as a private instructor for numerous schools throughout Texas including the South Texas Flute and Clarinet Festival, the Texas Tech University Flute Festival, and the 2015 Floot Fire-Brownsville.

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Dulce Rodriguez

Dulce N. Rodriguez serves as Assistant Band Director at San Benito ISD in San Benito, Texas where she directs the flute studio and serves as Head Director of the Veteran’s Memorial Academy 9th Grade Wind Ensemble.  Rodriguez maintains an active schedule as a guest clinician; her recent appearances include the Texas A&M-Kingsville Flute Day, South Texas Flute and Clarinet Festival, and the Texas Tech Flute Festival. During the summer, Ms. Rodriguez serves on the faculty of Floot Fire-Brownsville.   An avid flutist, Rodriguez performs with the Brownsville Wind Symphony. She has participated in soundSCAPE summer festival in Pavia, Italy, and performed with the UTB Flautarra Ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since her arrival at San Benito ISD in 2010, Rodriguez has created activities and events for district flute students in grades 6-12 such as the Beginner Lesson Mentoring  Program, pairing high school students with middle school students for lessons, Etude Bootcamp, and Flute Fiesta. Her flute students have consistently earned top chairs in region and state honor bands through the Texas Music Educators Association competitions, as well as, superior ratings at the Texas State UIL Solo & Ensemble.  Under Rodriguez’s direction, the Veterans Memorial Academy 9th Grade Wind Ensemble received a Sweepstakes award at the 2017 Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest.

Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Music Education from University of Texas at Brownsville, and holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Texas Tech University.    Her primary teachers include Dr. Lisa Garner, Dr. Cristina Ballatori, and Ms. Celeste Canant.   She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the Texas Band Masters Association (TBA).