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June 7 - 14, 2015

 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 Formal photo of Wibbperforming 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 addional activities including:

Daily Warm Ups with Lisa Read Wolyneclisa_vanarsdel.jpg
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.

Body Mapping with Rhonda Cassano  Rhonda.jpeg
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 two 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.

Flute Choir with Josephine Bossenberger Josephine Bossenberger
Director of the Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble and a board member for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Josephine received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan State University where she with Dr. Julie Stone.  She then studied with Dr. Shelly Binder at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned her Masters in Music Education.  Currently, Josephine teaches middle school and high school band in Stewart County where she also maintains an active studio.  During the week, Josephine will have daily rehearsals with those registering for the supplemental flute choir sessions.  The week will culminate with a flute choir performance.  Please see the registration & fees to see how to participate in the Flute Choir.  

CONCERT HALL   Concert hall from stage with piano
Masterclasses and concerts at the William Bennett Summer Flute Academy take place in the acoustically superior concert hall which has been ranked as one of the nation’s top ten music venues by The Robb Report.  The concert hall also features a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano as well as a brand new Steinway piano and a fully customizable performance stage.