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June 15-22, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the academy for 2020 has been cancelled


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 WolynecLisa 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.


Kelly Via 2020KELLY VIA received the Bachelor of Music from Drake University and the Master of Music fromEastCarolina University.  He is the piccoloist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.  A flute choir enthusiast and arranger, Kelly was selected to perform with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir each year from 2000 to 2016.  He was appointed to the position of Flute Choirs Coordinator for the NFA from 2007 to 2012 and Coordinator for the NFA High School Flute Choir Competition from 2012 to 2014.  He conducted the NFA High School Flute Choir in 2008, the Windy City Flute Orchestra to open the 2014 NFA Convention and the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir in 2017. 

His arrangements and compositions for flute choir are available through Nourse Wind Publications.  Two of his arrangements were named winners in the National Flute Association’s 2002 and 2013 Newly Published Music Competition and another was named a finalist in 2004.  He has appeared as guest conductor with flute choirs in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Canada.

Kelly teaches flute at Mercer University and the Atlanta Music Academy.  He also directs the Mercer University Flute Choir. 

KumikoKumiko 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.