AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
THE WILLIAM BENNETT SUMMER FLUTE ACADEMY
June 15 - 22, 2018
THE WILLIAM BENNETT SUMMER FLUTE ACADEMY at Austin Peay State University is a week-long, intensive flute course which emphasizes
“singing” the music through the flute by utilizing principals such as a beautiful
tone, nuances in colors and expression, and understanding of line and phrasing to
create a musically satisfying performance. During daily masterclasses, Wibb's inspirational
teaching and enthusiasm for the flute will help students realize their musical artistry.
The course is open to professional flutists, teachers, students, and amateurs. Those
wishing to performer should submit an audition CD or link to a performance (such as
YouTube or Vimeo). See below for additional information. Auditors are invited to
participate in warm-ups and technique classes as well as recitals.
British flutist William Bennett is one of the foremost musical artists performing
today. He has raised the profile of the flute to that of an instrument capable of
a wide range of tonal colors, dynamics, and expression, giving it the depth, dignity,
and grandeur of the voice or a string instrument. He studied in London with Geoffrey
Gilbert and in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse. The master classes
of Marcel Moyse in Switzerland provided the inspiration for Wibb to develop a career
as an international soloist, recording artist, and teacher. He has been principal
flute in many orchestras including the London Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in
the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra and been Professor of Flute in Freiburg
Hochschule of Music in Germany and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Additionally, he teaches masterclasses all over the world. In January 1995 H.M.
The Queen presented William Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
(O.B.E) for his distinguished Services to Music.
In addition to daily masterclasses with William Bennett, those who attend may also
participate in a variety of additional activities including:
Daily Warm-Ups with Lisa Read Wolynec
Lisa received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance
from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance
from Louisiana State University. She has had additional flute study in Manchester,
England at the Royal College of Music with Trevor Wye and in masterclasses with William
As an orchestral musician, she is principal of the critically acclaimed Gateway Chamber
Orchestra, with whom she premiered Lee Hoiby’s Flute Concerto, and is principal of
the Paducah Symphony. She has also performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Knoxville
Symphony, Owensboro Symphony and the Nashville Opera and been guest soloist with the
Dallas Chamber Orchestra and the Paducah Symphony. She has been a winner in various
competitions including the Texas Flute Society Concerto Competition, the National
Flute Association Orchestral Competition, the NFA Convention Performers Competition
and was a semi-finalist in the NFA Young Artist Competition.
As Professor of Flute at Austin Peay State University, she has built and maintained
a vibrant studio with students going on to prominent graduate programs and excellent
teaching positions. She has hosted residencies by flutists such as William Bennett,
Lorna McGhee, and Rhonda Larson. As a member of the Mid-South Flute Society, she has
served on the Board of Director, as Competition Coordinator, Program Chair, and President.
Collaborative Pianist – Kumiko Shimizu
Kumiko is Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University. She completed her
Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon, where she had been a piano
student of Victor Steinhardt and studied collaborative piano and opera coaching with
Gregory Mason. As a collaborative pianist, she has played for several competitions
(including National Opera Association, District Metropolitan, National Association
of Teachers of Singing, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers
National Association) and opera companies (Eugene Opera, Lake George Opera, Rimrock
Opera, among others) and has been invited to perform at conferences/conventions for
the College Music Society including its international conferences in Korea and Finland
and national conference in Oregon, the American Choral Directors Association, the
National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region, the National Flute Association,
the Mid-South Flute Society, the International Clarinet Association Southeastern Festival,
and the Song Collaborators Consortia Art Song Festival.
Her current performing interests are to perform art songs that are rarely heard in
the USA and to present world premieres. She has performed Japanese, Swedish, and Korean
art songs at various venues such as the CMS National Conference, the NATS Southern
Region Conference, and DSU Guest Artist Recital (with the Public Project Grant from
the American-Scandinavian Foundation: Thord-Gray Memorial Fund). The most recent world
premieres include Sy Brandon’s Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs (for piano) and
Bruce Trinkley’s The Sylvan Cycle (for voice and piano).
Her recording of Sy Brandon’s piano music, Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs, has
been released on the Emeritus Recordings label and available at CDBaby. She is the
co-editor of Japanese Art Song Anthology Volume 1 published by Classical Vocal Reprints.
Body Mapping with Rhonda Cassano
Rhonda is a licensed Andover Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed
to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated and effective movement.
During the week, Rhonda will present four classes on Body Mapping as well as offer
private Body Mapping sessions. As a flutist, she is a member of the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of North Florida.
She is the founder of Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players, the
St Mark's Bach Ensemble and Sound Effects: Music at MOCA. She holds a Master of
Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney.
In subsequent years, she studied with Goeffrey Gilbert and William Bennett. She
is a two-time winner of the National Flute Association's new published music performer's
competition and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions.
Please see the registration & fees page to register for individual body mapping sessions
Masterclasses and concerts at the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy take place
80 seat Concert Hall in the newly opened Art and Design building. The Concert Hall
was designed specifically to create an intimate feeling for chamber ensembles and