Flute Boot Camp and Flute Intensive

Flute Academy
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We are pleased to present two virtual flute intensives for advanced high school students on the Zoom platform. Each program will accept 10 qualified flutists entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall. Applicants may apply for one or both of these selective programs.  


Applications will remain open until program is filled. The Flute Boot Camp and the Flute Intensive are now filled. You are welcome to apply if you'd like to be considered for the waiting list.

  
Flute Boot Camp Application
Flute Intensive Application


BOOT CAMP
Monday, June 21-Saturday, June 26, 2021

Open to flutists looking for a week of vigorous work on their flute playing. Included are daily warm-up sessions, technical workshops, and twice-daily 20-minute private coachings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with each coaching focused on goals set at the beginning of the week. Each student will receive daytime coachings with Noah Hoffer and evening coachings with Professor Alexa Still (6 total).


INTENSIVE
Friday, July 9-Sunday, July 11

For those who have repertoire ready and will be comfortable working on it with their peers. The schedule involves group warm-ups and multiple master class sessions each day (including lots of breaks!) focusing on constructive critique, while allowing for additional open-ended discussion of pedagogical concepts and application. Each participant will perform twice.


Alexa Still.Associate Professor of Flute Alexa Still joined the conservatory faculty in summer 2011. Known internationally for her many recordings and performances, Still is a revered teacher who has held master classes and guest residencies across the United States as well as in England, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, and South Korea.

A native New Zealander, Still studied in New York with Samuel Baron and Thomas Nyfenger. She was appointed principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23, and she received a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright Award, which she devoted to further study in the U.S. She left the New Zealand Symphony in 1998 to become associate professor of flute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to her position at Oberlin, she was professor of flute and director of performance research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia.

Still has released 14 solo CD recordings, mostly on Koch International Classics. She is a former president of the National Flute Association and contributes articles to flute journals around the globe.

photo of Noah HofferNoah Hoffer is a senior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Alexa Still. As a chamber musician, Hoffer has performed in wind quintets and mixed instrumentation ensembles at Oberlin, including performances of John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs. Equally at home with orchestral and large ensemble repertoire, Hoffer has performed with the Oberlin Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra, and has previously played with the Philadelphia Sinfonia. His former teachers include Becki Simon and Adeline Tomasone, principal flute of the Philadelphia Opera Orchestra. Hoffer has attended summer programs for flutists including Aria Academy and the Iowa Flute Intensive. He has performed in master classes for Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Erica Peel, and has also studied with flutists Gary Schocker, Soo-Kyung Park, and David Cramer. He enjoys attending National Flute Association annual conventions.

Time listed - Eastern Daylight Time
Subject to change


FRIDAY, JUNE 18
7 p.m.: Tech check-in on Zoom

MONDAY, JUNE 21
Noon: Orientation Meeting
1-4:30 p.m.: Goals Interviews (20 minutes each)

TUESDAY, JUNE 22
11-11:45 a.m.: Warm-up with Noah Hoffer
Noon: Kelly Mollnow Wilson: Body Mapping Class
1-2 p.m.: Flute Chat with Noah Hoffer (open discussion regarding repertoire and goals)
Afternoon  Practice
6-6:30 p.m.: Alexa Still: Finding Your Fabulous Tone!
6:45-7:30 p.m.: Alexa Still: Breathing—Mastering Air Supply for that Fabulous Tone!
7:45 -8:15 p.m.: Alexa Still: Intonation!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
10:30-10:50 a.m.: Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
1:40-3 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
6-6:30 p.m.: Alexa Still: Finger Busters—How to Master Difficult Passages
6:40-8 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)
9-11 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)

THURSDAY, JUNE 24
10:30-10:50 a.m.: Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
1:40-3 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
6-6:30 p.m.: Alexa Still: Vibrato—How and When
6:40-8 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)
9-11 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)

FRIDAY, JUNE 25
10:30-10:50 a.m.:
Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
1:40-3 p.m.: Individual sessions with Noah Hoffer (20 minutes each)
6-6:30 p.m.: Alexa Still: Auditions—How to Combat Performance Anxiety and Grab Attention in a Good  Way    
6:40-8 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)
9-11 p.m.: Individual sessions with Alexa Still (20 minutes each)

SATURDAY, JUNE 26
11 a.m.: Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
3 p.m.: Concert recordings due
5 p.m.: Concert

Time listed - Eastern Daylight Time
Subject to change


THURSDAY, JULY 8
7 p.m.: Tech check-in on Zoom

FRIDAY, JULY 9
7 p.m.: Orientation Meeting

SATURDAY, JULY 10
10:30-10:50 a.m.: Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
11 a.m.-noon: Master class (3 people)
12:20-12:40 p.m.: Master class (1 person)
12:40 p.m.: Follow up on topics from class/Q&A
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Master class (3 people)
3:30 p.m.: Follow up on topics from class/Q&A
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Master class (3 people)
8:30 p.m.: Flute Chat with Noah Hoffer and Alexa Still

SUNDAY, JULY 11
10:30-10:50 a.m.: Group warm-up with Noah Hoffer
11 a.m.-noon: Master class (3 people)
12:20-12:40 p.m.: Master class (1 person)
12:40 p.m.: Follow up on topics from class/Q&A
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Master class (3 people)
3:30 p.m.: Follow up on topics from class/Q&A
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Master class (3 people)
8:30 p.m.: Follow up on topics from class/Q&A /program wrap-up

Participation in Oberlin’s 2021 Flute Boot Camp and Flute Intensive requires submission of separate applications and application fees for each event.

Each application requires a video recording of a solo piece that demonstrates the applicant’s level of skill. Please also include a résumé summarizing the applicant's experience with the flute (i.e., ensembles participated in, names of flute teachers, major repertoire pieces already learned).

Application fee for each event is $35.

Both programs are now filled. You are welcome to apply if you'd like to be considered for the waiting list.

Flute Boot Camp Application
Flute Intensive Application

Application fee for each program: $35

Boot Camp fee: $350
Intensive fee: $200

Full payment for one or both programs is due one week after you receive your confirmation letter.

You may make an electronic payment; if you prefer to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Oberlin Summer Flute
Conservatory of Music
77 West College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop, or tablet to the internet using an ethernet cable, a strong, stable wi-fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your wi-fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio.

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

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