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Thank you for making the 2017 summer season. If you were unable to join us, we hope to see you in 2018. Information for next summer's programs will be posted early in the spring semester. In the meantime, here is our information from last summer so you can learn more about our program.



June 16 - 23, 2017 NEW DATES

The dates of the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy have changed to include an additional performance with William Bennett and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra at the Music Festival in Historic Franklin, Tennessee! You don't want to miss this very special addition to the class.


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:

Lisa Read WolynecDaily 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 Bennett.
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.

Kumiko ShimizuCollaborative 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.

Rhonda CassanoBody 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 with Rhonda.

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 solo performances. We look forward to being the first to utilize the new hall.

GCO at APSUThe Gateway Chamber Orchestra is quickly emerging as one of America's leading ensembles. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO specializes in the programming of masterworks of the past and present. The ensemble gave its debut in the fall of 2008 and is comprised of the talented performance faculty of Austin Peay State University and fellow professional musicians from Nashville and beyond. Their recordings have been lauded by the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, and SA-CD.net among others. Performing regularly in APSU’s acoustically splendid Mabry Concert Hall and other venues, the GCO has presented works ranging from contemporary American composers William Bolcom and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to traditional repertoire by Schubert, Mozart, and Haydn.

Historic Franklin
Called “America’s favorite Main Street”, downtown Franklin is among America's best examples of outstanding historic preservation. Travel along brick sidewalks and among an idyllic collection of Victorian architecture in this 16-block National Register district--with more than 70 unique shops and restaurants. Shop among antique and art galleries, gift, book stores, and boutiques, or celebrate Franklin's acclaimed artists with festivals held on the first Friday of each month. Get a taste of some of the best local, national and international brews and some fine Irish whiskey during Franklin's annual Main Street Brew Fest each March. Tap along to some great bluegrass fiddling in late July at "Bluegrass on the Harpeth," and join in at The Factory at Franklin for our unforgettable Franklin Jazz Festival. You'll feel aglow in Franklin's Historic Downtown Square during our Dickens of a Christmas celebration. Come enjoy year-round events and Franklin's authentic, inclusive and eclectic sense of community. For more information, visit http://downtownfranklintn.com