June 27 - 29, 2018

Brownsville

Texas

At A Glance

Floot Fire Brownsville 2018
June 27 - 29, 2018
  • Wed-Thurs 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Fri 9:30 am-7:30 pm

James Pace High School
314 W Los Ebanos Blvd.
Brownsville TX 78520
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$60
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2018
  • Late registration May 2 - 31, 2018 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration June 1 - 20, 2018 ($50 late fee)

At A Glance

Floot Fire Brownsville 2018
June 27 - 29, 2018
  • Wed-Thurs 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Fri 9:30 am-7:30 pm

James Pace High School
314 W Los Ebanos Blvd.
Brownsville TX 78520
map
$60
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2018
  • Late registration May 2 - 31, 2018 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration June 1 - 20, 2018 ($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 2 flexible levels of classes:

  • Allegro: for flutists in grades 6-8 during the most recent school year
  • Presto: for flutists in grades 9-12 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. 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) (Limit 6)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Low Flutes (Presto) (Limit 6)
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.
Music Theory (Allegro)
Ever wondered how music is written? In this class students will learn how music is organized by looking at the construction of scales and key signatures, the formation of chords, and types of musical forms.
Terrific Technique! (Presto)
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 6)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Low Flutes (Allegro) (Limit 6)
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.
Music Theory (Presto)
Ever wondered how music is written? In this class students will learn how music is organized by looking at the construction of scales and key signatures, the formation of chords, and types of musical forms.
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

Genesis Blanco

Dr. Brielle Frost

An active musician and teacher, Brielle Frost has performed throughout the United States, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, and Canada.  She has performed at festivals and conventions such as the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, the Summer in the City Flute Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Festival de Música Contemporânea Brasileira in Campinas, Brazil, the Puccini Festival, MahlerFest, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Aquila Summer Concert Series, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Musicological Society. As an orchestral musician, she is a substitute flutist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Dance Theatre Company.  During the summer, Brielle has held the position of flute instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, where she has performed as a member of the Blue Lake faculty orchestra and wind ensemble. In addition to teaching and orchestral performing, she is an active chamber musician and is a founding member of the Ambrosia Flute Trio, which presented musical works at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012 and in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. Brielle received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music degree and Artist Certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her principal teachers include Angeleita Floyd, Torleif Ander, Mary Posses, and James Hall. Brielle holds a lecturer position at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley where she teaches applied flute, methods courses, chamber music, and flute choir.

https://www.briellefrost.com/

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. Dr. Jobson is Co-Principal Flute of the Valley Symphony Orchestra (McAllen, TX). She is also Principal Flute of The Trade Winds Recording Ensemble for Carl Fischer Music, which meets annually to record all new Carl Fischer and Wingert-Jones releases for band each year. Previously, she performed for four years as a member of the concert band and woodwind quintet of the Band of the Air Force Reserve, an active-duty band stationed in Warner Robins, Georgia. From 2009-2011, Dr. Jobson served as Principal Flute of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS). She has also given performances with Spoleto USA, Spartanburg Repertory Theater Orchestra (Spartanburg, SC), Spartanburg Children’s Theater Orchestra (Spartanburg, SC), Brevard Symphony Orchestra (Melbourne, FL), Blue Lake Festival Orchestra (Twin Lake, MI), and the International Fellowship of Conductors Composers and Collaborators (IFC3), in Eugene, OR.

As a collaborative musician, Dr. Jobson serves as flutist with several active professional chamber music groups, including Duo Aldebaran (flute & guitar), NoviTrio (flute, viola, guitar) Crosswinds Quintet (woodwind quintet), and Cherry Street Duo (flute & flute), who will release their first CD recording in 2017. 

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/

Julia Lawson

Julia Lawson is in her sixth year at Parkhill Junior High School and her 10th year of teaching. Before coming to Parkhill, Mrs. Lawson served as Director of Bands at Forest
Meadow Junior High and as Associate Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in Lewisville ISD. From 2006-2008, Mrs. Lawson founded and conducted a flute choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church in The Colony. From January 2008- January 20012, Mrs. Lawson added to her musical repertoire by accepting the position as Music Director for Grace Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Texas.

Mrs. Lawson is a 1993 graduate of Griffin Middle School and a 1997 honor graduate of The Colony High School where she participated in both the “Middle School
CC State Honor Band” and “5A State Honor Band” consecutively. Mrs. Lawson attended Southwest Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Music
Education degree in May 2002. She studied flute under Adah Toland Jones and student taught under Melodianne Mallow at North Richland Middle School and Bill Watson at Richland High School in Birdville ISD.

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.

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).

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