By Amy Porter
PorterFlute PodSep 22, 2021
S6 Ep 9 What's Up Amy?
Lots of things are up - so I'll update you! Go Blue Flutes, where I'm playing next and some new recordings being released in 2024.
S6 Ep 8 Performance Therapy: Auditioning for Music School and What Professors Want
I’m happy to be coming to you with some prescriptions for naturally healing your fear of being in the hot seat during those pre-screening and live auditions for music school. Let me tell you, I don’t like being judged any more than you do so let me tell you how to best be yourself, how to think, who to listen to when it comes to your playing (hint: it’s not you) and what is expected of student’s in an audition for schools, both undergrad and grad.
With me in the pod, several of my unnamed alumni, in order to show you that they all are looking for a lot of the same things. Stay tuned to find out what those concepts and hard truths are.
S6 Ep 7 Storytime: "Survival of the Flutist" by Marianne Gedigian
Written by flutist and teacher Marianne Gedigian, Survival of the Flutist details the journey of a flutist on their path to professional and personal fulfillment. This stunning 80+ page hard cover picture book was masterfully hand lettered and illustrated by artist, flutist and teacher Patti Adams. Produced by Adam Workman, founder and president of Flutistry Boston, Survival of the Flutist is exclusively available at www.flutistry.com
S6 EP 6 Storytime: "Demi's Flute: Entering the Realm of Sound" by Delandria Mills
What Harry Potter is to young wizards, Demi is to young flutists. Today I get to speak with someone who is MY JK Rowling. Delandria Mills, author of "Demi's Flute, Entering the Realm of Sound."
She's the author of a book about a preteen discovering the world of sound and music around her. Demi's Flute fills the hearts of young music students and others alike, who are learning to express themselves while finding value and substance in the world around them. For readers between the ages of nine and thirteen, but a fun read for all ages.
S6 Ep 5 Performance Therapy: Pre-internet learning
I learned the flute before the computer was portable and I’m often asked how I did it. After asking “did what?” and “what are you asking about?” How I made a career before the ease of information and accessibility. I realize you all want to know how we got by without the internet or computer for gaining wisdom about classical music and how to play it. Sit down and listen. There's a lesson here.
S6. Ep 4 A Conversation on Gaubert with Penny Fischer (Nocturne & Allegro Scherzando, Madrigal, Sonata in A)
NFA Lifetime Service Award winner Penelope Fischer turns 80! Listen to our conversation in 2020 about and feature 3 of the works on the Phillipe Gaubert Study Guide we created together in 2017. Amy Porter, flute; Tim Carey, piano. Penny Fischer and AP discuss Nocturne & Allegro Scherzando, Madrigal and Sonata in A,
S6 EP 3 Warm Yourself UP! Meet Amanda Blaikie and Laura Lentz
We review new ways to warm yourself up with two wonderful flutists! Discover Modal Flute Warmups from Laura Lentz in Rochester, NY and Daily exercises and Rubank duets online with Detroit Symphony's Amanda Blaikie. PLUS exciting news about a new method on the horizon from a very respected pedagogue. Listen in!
S6 Ep. 2 The Anatomy of MY Sound: Dr. David Dowling quantifies my flute sound
Listen in as distinguished professor Dr. Dowling teaches about how he quantified my sound for the audience at my 2019 Anatomy of Sound workshop. Apparently people wanted to know why I sounded and how I sounded like I sound! Dr. Dowling specializes in underwater acoustics, hydrodynamics, hydro-acoustics, structural acoustics and has worked for the Navy so - I trusted him in this study but it took some convincing on his part as to why I needed to see the Anatomy of Sound! Featuring Gaubert Sonata in A from Amy Porter's recording "Ballade".
S6 Ep1 Friendcast: Trudy Kane, Retired, Met Opera and Frost School of Music
My coach from 1988-1990 was Trudy Kane. Ms Kane was Principal Flute with the Metropolitan Opera 1976-2008 and is Professor Emeritus at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. She received both her BM and MM from the Juilliard School. She is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many film scores including The Untouchables and Beauty and the Beast (original). She can be heard and seen on many Met videos including Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes and three different La Bohemes. Her solo CD In the French Style includes Sonatas by Franck, Fauré and the Gieseking Sonatine.
S 5 BONUS What's Up Amy?
What's up Amy? Featuring surprise guest Gareth Davies, Principal Flute, London Symphony. Plus updates on Trio Virado, Brevard Music Center and AP's summer reading list.
S5 Ep 12 Storytime: The WIlliam Bennett Legacy with Lorna McGhee & Guests
Happy (would have been) 87th Birthday WIBB on February 7th! The legendary WIlliam Bennett died in May 2022 and he left a hole in all of the hearts of the musicians that knew him. I was never his student, only a fan, so today my guest is Lorna McGhee, and we discuss this incomparable flautist. I'm including some of his recordings, special memories and dedications from his students and friends Denis Bouriakov, Wissam Boustany, Emily Beynon, Joel Tse, and Jeffery Zook.
S5 Ep. 11 Etude Edition: Drouet's Drama
Drama! Stolen Flutes! Stolen Music! It's a backstory from 200 years ago. Plus - In the preface of the Drouet Etudes it mentions that they should be practiced after the Berbiguier etudes. I was so happy to read that because I needed something to bridge the gap from Berbiguier to Altes and Rose.
S5 Ep 10 Business 101: I want to play on Broadway (pop music, Movies)
New York Flute legend Elizabeth Mann and Blue Flute Alum Karmen Gould bring the one piece advice that everyone needs when they say to themselves and others, "I want to play in the movies, the pit or in rock band!" If I had a nickel for every time I hear that. You have to love it, live it and be "the musician's musician."
S5 EP 9 Stay Well, Play Well: Personal Wellness
Fear. Blame. Regret. All feelings that can emerge on the yoga mat, in a lesson and in a personal relationship. Today I want to discuss the concept that these feelings of fear, blame and regret represent the space between where you are RIGHT NOW (who you think you are) and where you want to be (who you are going to become).
No one is producing this podcast except me, myself and I so get out your journal, sit on the couch and let’s discuss one mental health issue – feelings.
S5 Ep. 8 Performance Therapy: Piccolo Power!
Get out your piccolo notebook in this therapy session everyone because In the pod with us is legendary Detroit musician Jefferey Zook and I ask him the questions you’ve asked me.
S5. Ep 7 Go Blue Flutes! Grad School Edition
Meet Masters of Music flute students Minseo Kim from Korea and Lexi Eubanks from Georgia, along with DMA candidate Brandon LePage from Michigan. They're all checking in and letting us her their voices as they tell us in their words, how their experiences have been in 2022.
S5 Ep. 6 Storytime! Viviana Guzman, From Tragic to Magic!
Meet Viviana Guzman.
S5 Ep 5 Etudes by Isang Yun
This episode takes a deep dive into the "Etudes for solo flute" by Korean composer Isang Yun. Here I excerpt the dissertation and feature the playing of Dr. Brian Dunbar, faculty at Anatomy of Sound and Professor of Flute at Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
S5 Ep.4 Business 101: What (not) to Say and (not) Do
Let's think about the awareness of our behavior in our business, or job, our workspace. We’ll speak about some of the things people are learning as young adults and are like, “HEY! I wish I knew that earlier!” Today I’m discussing what to say and how to behave in several different arts and artistic settings and hopefully it will elevate your purpose. Suggestions from Vicky Oliver, Janet Horvath, Alan J. Tomasetti, and the Cincinncati Metroplitan Orchestra.
S.5 Ep. 3 Friendcast: Dr. Alice Dade, Humor as a Hobby
Meet "Funny Girl" Alice K. Dade. She loves making people laugh in stand up comedy. AND she's a great musician and teacher. From the University of Missouri, welcome my friend Alice.
S5. Ep.2 Go Blue Flutes! Meet The Freshmen
They are astoundingly wonderful people beginning their journey within the folds of the University of Michigan Flute Studio. Meet the new Blue Flutes!
S. 5 Ep.1 Performance Therapy: "Have a Good Lesson!"
Today I want to get into that very popular phrase - that "blessing" we bestow on others in the hallways of homes and music schools everywhere. "Have a Good Lesson!" What does that mean exactly? And to whom? I pose some ways we might look at this wonderful and ever-changing one-on-one meeting with our mentors. I give both perspectives here, having been in both situations. Of course, I haven't been in your situation. Only you can change your perspective in order to have a good lesson.
S5 BONUS What's Up Amy?
S4 Ep. 8 Let's Talk Sound! Anatomy of Sound LLC and AOS-Wellness
Would you like to hear about it? We're featuring snippets from my movie Anatomy of Sound made in 2012. Ten years later, my guest is movement coach Laura Dwyer, my partner in Anatomy of Sound LLC and AOS-Wellness.com We're going to introduce you to a place you can come to for answers beyond the clinic and you'll meet your new Breathing Buddy. Interested in telling your story about the pandemic and your musical growth from it on the next episode? How are you pulling yourself forward or pulling back? Talk to us here by leaving an audio message. https://anchor.fm/amy-porter9/message
S4 Ep. 7 Blue Flute Alumni Composer Nina Shekhar: Exploring the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter
Blue Flute Alumni and award winning composer Nina Shekhar is my guest and we really give the attention and light to female and nonbinary composers. We want to live in the solution. From her bio "Nina Shekhar is a composer who explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works." Enjoy the podcast as we feature some of her works!
S4 Ep. 6 Composer Talk: Meet Daniel Dorff, VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company.
Meet Daniel Dorff. Flutists adore playing his music and I adore his humor. Featuring excerpts with Katie Leung, pianist in my live performance of Dorff's Sonata (Three Lakes).
S4 Ep. 5 Villa Lobos Specialist, Musicologist, Ethnomusicologist Thomas G. Garcia
I met Tom Garcia at Juilliard as a tuba major. Then we formed the Porter/Garcia Flute and Guitar Duo and the rest is history. Born in Brazil, he's an expert in all things Villa Lobos and even makes his own period Latin American guitars. He is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
S4 Ep.4 Symphony Stories with Christina Smith, Principal Flute, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
We were appointed in the same week. My flute sister for 8 years, Christina Smith, is here to talk about how we played then, and how we play now. And, of course, we serve up some Tea.
S4 EP.3 Performing Early Music with Kathie Stewart
We go there, firing questions about "Early" music with Kathie Stewart, my partner for my recent project on YouTube, Quantz Quickies. We discuss J.J. Quantz's treatise, "On Playing The Flute". A founding member of the GRAMMY-award winning baroque music ensemble Appolo's Fire, currently Kathie is Curator of Historical Keyboards at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute, and Academic Specialist in Historical Performance.
S4 Ep. 2 Animals and Music
Let’s talk about music, animals and life. They all go together emotionally and scientifically. Listen to stories, studies and facts behind music on our human planet and our animal planet. With stories by Laura Dwyer, and Co-producers Justine Sedky and Alan J Tomasetti. Featuring Amy Porter playing "Zoo Song" by Nina Shekhar.
S.4 EP 1: Let's Talk Shop! Meet Founder of Flutistry, Adam Workman
Welcome to Season 4! Need to know about repair warning signs, talk shop about gold and silver, and understand a ton more that you did before? Meet Adam Workman. He's likable, trustworthy and always current. First Flutistry Boston, then Flutistry Austin, now Flutistry Florida. Your Flutistry is always evolving.
S3 Ep. 15 Storytime: Stories From Our Time
The Juilliard 1980s reunion continues as we tell stories from our time at Juilliard in the 1980s and living in New York City's Ansonia Hotel. We invited two of my closest buddies, a girlfriend who’s just a great girlfriend and a neighbor who was just a great neighbor. Violist and educator Rebecca Young and pianist, composer and educator Robert Apostle. I went to the vault and found a Sonata that’s a favorite among flute players- Christopher Caliendo’s Sonata No 8 Movement 3 the Ride of the Headless Horseman. It tells an amazing story and I appreciate that I received the dedication and the premiere. Pianist David Gilliland.
S3 Ep. 14 Stay Well, Play Well: Your Guide on The Side
I’ll give you just a few thoughts from my experience over 20 years at Michigan on the relationships with a teacher of your instrument and highlight work that students can do personally to have everything click. Featuring Gieseking Sonata with Tim Carey on piano.
S3 Ep. 13 Friendcast: A Juilliard Flute Reunion
S3, Ep. 12 Go Blue Flutes: Alumni Updates and the Audition Process
In honor of December application deadlines we have some advice on auditioning for the UMICH SMTD Flute studio. And there are four Blue Flute alumni updates!
S3, Ep. 11 Business 101: 501.C3 Non-Profit Organizations AFC and SEMFA
Let's dive deeper into the the stories behind the Atlanta Flute Club (Founded in 1997) with Kathy Farmer and Southeast Michigan Flute Association (Founded in 2002) with Debbie Ash and Holly Clemans. We also discuss flute choirs and their development. Featuring Desert Echoes Flute Project Flute Choir with member and co-producer of PorterFLute Pod, Alan Tomasetti. Performing "Flourishes" by Kathy Farmer.
S3, Ep. 10 - Etude Edition: A Winter's Rose: 32 Etudes by Cyril Rose
We come bearing a Rose - etude that is. It’s our Etude edition and Cyril Rose etudes for clarinet are discussed today since I’ve recently recorded them all from my edition published by Carl Fisher. and we’ll be looking into them more creatively with my two colleagues from UMICH SMTD, Professors Chad Burrow and Dan Gilbert.
S3, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: Inside the Interview Audition for Academia
We’re bringing some advice to those students wondering if they can have a career teaching and performing as an instrumentalist – together – and not put into a box of being one or the other. Meet the most recent Doctorate graduates that have jobs here in the US - Dr. Erika Boysen, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Dr. Maria Castillo, University of TN, in Knoxville. Both women weigh in on being DMA graduates from UMICH and young Professors in the 21st century.
S3, Ep. 8 - Storytime with Composer Lowell Liebermann
Meet Lowell Liebermann, composer, pianist, Juilliard friend and lover of all things music. We feature his Sonata for Flute and Piano published by Theodore Presser. Chia-Chi Hsu, piano.
S3, E. 7 - Stay Well Play Well: Injury and Injury Prevention
Long podcast alert! Repetitive overuse is preventable and we can avoid it at an early age. Meet Angela McCuiston from "Music Strong" and hear stories of overuse from our co-producer Alan J. Tomassetti and professional flutists Angela Massey and Melissa Mashner Donker. Featuring my recording of JS Bach's Cello Suite in D minor from my album "In Translation."
S3, Ep. 6 - Friendcast: The Flute Bros
Jake and Gabe Fridkis are both flutists in the Fort Worth Symphony and talk about growing up with each other, guiding each other and asking for each other's help along the way. These two brothers will inspire you keep going, always with a laugh and stay practicing. I've never met The Flute Bros. and Oh my Goodness! These guys are worthy of cult status, don't you think? Featuring their performance of Andante and Rondo by Doppler. Esther Park, piano
S3, Ep. 5 - Go Blue Flutes! Meet The Freshmen
Meet Ella, Isabella, Ting-Yu, Joyce and Mia, all freshmen at UMICH SMTD who are pursuing flute as something important in their life. And they want to spend time hearing what I have to say. OK!! I love that! And I appreciate and value their dreams. Go Blue Flutes!
S3, Ep. 4 - Business 101: The future of music and commissioning
This convo is for ALL Composers and Commissioners. Our guest Michael Haithcock is a pro when it comes to programming, commissioning and scheduling. In other words, making the future of live music happen. Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan’s diverse and historic band program. Featuring Joel Puckett's flute concerto Shadow of Sirius from the Artifacts recording.
S3, Ep. 3 - Etudes: Karg-Elert Caprices: Etudes or Concert Pieces?
Let's take a dive into my 2005 Karg-Elert Caprice Study guide and hear some of the fun facts and interesting takes on performing these complicated caprices we call etudes. I think we can play them in concerts! Featured is audio from the Study Guide and presents Marie Herseth with an historical commentary as well as some of the lectures from Caprices #12,23,25 & 28. Thanks to Margaret Jane Radin for the seed money, to UMICH SMTD and UMICH CLRT for the grants.
S3, Ep. 2 - Performance Therapy: Taking the Fear out of Contemporary Music
Featuring our Co-Producer Justine Sedky answering Who, What, When, Where and Why? and Shanna Pranaitis and her FluteXpansions.com website. I know it’s challenging to be in a situation you don’t like, especially on the flute, but there are rewards in working with the magic that is upon you! It’s a composer’s dream to have their creation produced, It’s up to us to believe in ourselves and our own magic to produce it.
S3, Ep. 1 - What's Up Amy?
What's Up Amy? Join us for our Season 3 preview, Season 2 review and catch up on updates from the summer of 2021. You'll learn about a new member of Trio Virado and find out about the latest invention that we can't talk about! Featuring "Blaze" for five flutes by Nina Shekhar. Performed by Amy Porter, Chappy Gibb, Henry Woolf, Rachel Reyes and Emily Claman from Brevard Music Center's flute studio 2021.
S2, Ep. 22 - Storytime: Steven Finley, Flute Source and Historian
S2, Ep. 21 - Stay Well / Play Well: Flute, Food & Nutrition
I've been WAITING for this episode for so long. I'm ready to tell you all I know about food, nutrition, suggestions for shopping, reacting to heartburn, sugar, oils and more. Meet Dr. Julee Kim Walker, foodie and friend. She's the Assoc. Professor of Flute at Texas A & M in Commerce, TX. I'm featuring our performance with Diane Frazer of "Maya" for two flutes and piano by Ian Clarke at the 2016 Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
S2, Ep. 20 - Friendcast: Dr. Timothy McAllister, Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist
Interested in the similarities in the sax and flute? Do you know who Donald Sinta is to our music world? Is it "Classical sax" or just "Saxophone"?After a lifetime of "Is it flutist, or flautist", I asked a friend. My colleague Dr. Tim McAllister is the Grammy Award winning performer and teaching phenom. Listen to his straight talk and enjoy our walk down memory lane with the advice of his mentor and mine, Donald J. Sinta, Earl V Moore Professor Emeritus at the the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Professor Sinta was my faculty mentor and guide and impacted a lifetime of students.
S2, Ep. 19 - Go Blue Flutes: Graduation 2021
Graduation 2021 held some challenges. Our producers asked our graduating students some parting questions and they had some wonderful and insightful answers and advice. Let's hear from Jordan Smith, Specialist in Flute Performance. Masters grad Ali Dettmer and Seniors Esther Kim and Dani Kim.
Here are the questions and then you’ll hear everyone’s answer.
- What were some of the highlights and struggles during your time?
- What were some of your favorite pieces that you performed (solo/chamber/large ensemble)
- What were some of your most memorable moments?
- What did you enjoy most about Professor Porter’s studio?
- Do you have any special or funny studio memories?
- What’s next for you?
- Any advice they have for the incoming students about the studio, the University?