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The Complete 21st-Century Flutist

Course dates

July 2 to July 15, 2018

Application deadline

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Please contact the Course Coordinator for information.

  • Work closely with the top flutists and master teachers of our time to refine every aspect of your flute playing, from traditional baroque and classical repertoire to jazz and 21st-century extended techniques.
  • Attend daily master classes with renowned teachers and performing artists.
  • Attend daily Body Mapping classes, including the full course “What Every Flutist Needs to Know about the Body” with Rena Urso.
  • Refine your piccolo playing, learn to write your own cadenza, enjoy an introduction to various world flutes, perform in chamber ensembles and flute choir, and more.
  • Perform in a public student showcase.


Undergraduate: MUSIC 422, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 622, 3 units




Undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional flutists who are eager to spend two inspiring weeks focusing on the artistry and refinement of their flute playing. Previous experience with improvisation or extended techniques is not necessary.


  • Submit a one-page resume, brief biography, and sample of your playing (e.g., link to YouTube, personal website, SoundCloud, etc.). Choose two works of contrasting styles showing your lyrical and technical abilities. Unaccompanied works are welcome for one piece, however, one selection must include piano accompaniment.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by April 30, 2018.


Professor Rena Urso

Guest Artists

Ian Clarke –

Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London’s South Bank to the Glastonbury Rock Festival, and have been featured in countless recitals, including four consecutive BBC Young Musician Woodwind finals.

These wide-ranging published works are establishing themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are embraced by internationally acclaimed performers. Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary, the Netherlands, and numerous times for the British Flute Society and for the National Flute Association. His acclaimed CD "Within" is one of the flute world’s best sellers and his latest CD, "Deep Blue," reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart -- thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. He has given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern, Royal Welsh, and Trinity College of Music. In his career he has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Carol Wincenc –

Hailed "Queen of the flute" by New York Magazine, flutist Carol Wincenc was first-prize winner of the Naumburg Solo Flute Competition. She is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Award from the Manhattan School of Music.

Recently she recorded an all-Yuko Uebayashi album with the Escher String Quartet and performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall with her collaborator/pianist Bryan Wagorn of the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and London symphonies' the BBC, Warsaw, and Buffalo philharmonics; and the Los Angeles, Stuttgart, and Saint Paul Chamber orchestras. Carol has performed in countless festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Music at Menlo, Aspen, Yale/Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff, and Marlboro. She is a Grammy Award nominee and has received a Diapason d'Or Award, a Recording of Special Merit Award with András Schiff, and Gramophone magazine's "Pick of the Month" with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amies with harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps. Carol teaches on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University, and she is renowned for her popular series with Lauren Keiser Music Publishers, the Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute.

Marianne Gedigian –

Marianne Gedigian is professor of flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music and was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa.

As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Marianne has been heard on dozens of recordings and "Evening at Pops" television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also performed on several John Williams’ movie scores, including "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler’s List." In the 2000-2001 season, Marianne was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia, and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marianne keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include "Voice of the Flute" and "Revolution," both with pianist Rick Rowley. She is a William S. Haynes Artist and performs on a handmade custom-crafted Haynes gold flute.

Nicola Mazzanti –

Nicola Mazzanti currently serves as Solo Piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, a position he has held since 1988. Many composers have written pieces for him, for piccolo and piano or orchestral concerts. His name is associated with many premières.

As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florence Symphony Orchestra, Akronos of Prato, the Haydn of Bolzano, and many others. Since 2001, Nicola has held annual piccolo courses at the “MusicArea” association in Florence and at the Italian Flute Academy in Rome. He is frequently invited to give master classes for flute associations and music schools in Italy and abroad. He has released several solo CDs with pieces of the most important repertoire for the piccolo, included the Liebermann Piccolo Concerto.  His book, "The Mazzanti Method," for piccolo, published in 2014 by Theodore Presser, has been welcomed as a milestone in the teaching of this instrument.

Steve Kujala –

Flutist, composer and songwriter Steve Kujala has been a stalwart of the Los Angeles music scene since 1976. Steve received his formal musical training at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Joseph Mariano.

Not content to merely play classical repertoire and pursue an orchestral career, Steve’s interest in jazz, pop and ethnic music took him in another direction altogether: west! Steve’s jazz-rock fusion group, Auracle, was signed to Chrysalis Records (counting among their label-mates rock flutist Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull) and released the critically acclaimed debut, "Glider." Following a tour with his band, Steve teamed up with legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea for four records and four world tours. One of those recordings, "Voyage," was nominated for a Grammy. Steve created, developed and pioneered a unique note-bending technique on the flute which he calls the “Fretless-Flute” technique, His CBS Records debut album, "Fresh Flute," showcased this technique in a song called “The Fretless Flute Song.” In demand as a freelance performer, Steve has played on more than 600 movie soundtracks and countless TV shows, records, jingles and live performances. As principal flutist for the Pantages Theatre orchestra since 2000, Steve has played on over two dozen hit Broadway shows, most notably "The Lion King," for which he played no fewer than 14 different ethnic flutes.

John Barcellona

John Barcellona is professor of flute emeritus at California State University, Long Beach, teaches doctoral students at Claremont Graduate University, and is a flutist with the internationally acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet (their 27th CD was recently released on Crystal Records), the Caliendo Trio, the Caliendo/Barcellona Duo, and Concordia Clarimontis, the faculty Baroque ensemble at Claremont Graduate University.

John is the former Principal Flutist with the Pacific Symphony and Principal Piccolo with the Long Beach Symphony. An active freelance musician in southern California, he has played Principal Flute with many international ballet companies. His solo album, "Is This the Way to Carnegie Hall?" was nominated to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy Award. John is a former member of the Moyse Duo with pianist, Louis Moyse. John is a contributing editor and has written a regular column in Flute Talk magazine entitled, “The Flute Doctor.” John has taught and performed in many music festivals, including the Rio International Cello Encounter in Brazil and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for the past 30 years.

Bryan Pezzone –

Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He has excelled in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser, and composer. Bryan performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams, and John Adams and records on countless film and television soundtracks.

He is the pianist in the group Free Flight, a crossover classical/jazz quartet. Bryan has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary freelance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompany. As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, United States International University Orchestra, UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic, and the Pacific Symphony. Bryan has released CDs of his own music, which blends jazz and classical styles, including "Flying on Water," produced by Steve Wight, featuring M.B. Gordy on drums and Bart Samolis on bass. He has also recorded solo piano CDs featuring his more introspective music, including "Piano Prayers," "Visits with Gershwin," "Hymns for Holliston," and "Music Candles and Mountaintops." Bryan was principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 to 1999 and is the former chair and founder of the multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts, where he worked from 1987 to 2000. He is currently part of the piano faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music.

Wendy Caldwell

Wendy Caldwell is a native of Canada, where she received her degrees in piano performance from Acadia University and the University of Toronto. Wendy has been a collaborative artist and coach at Acadia University, University of Illinois at Chicago, CSU Long Beach, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College, and UCLA.

She is also a very busy freelance accompanist in the Los Angeles area and performs regularly in recital with both students and professionals. In recent seasons, Wendy has collaborated with esteemed artists Carol Wincenc and Robert Langevin, premiering in their recitals at CSU Long Beach, featuring new works by composer Christopher Caliendo. She was a guest artist for three seasons at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska and for two previous seasons at CSU Summer Arts. In 2016, she was a staff pianist at the NFA convention in San Diego, performing with artists from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony, as well as artists from the Netherlands, Finland and Slovakia.

Course Coordinator Rena Urso –

Rena Urso enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. In addition to being a member of the flute faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, she holds the positions of Second Flute of the Oakland Symphony, Second Flute and Piccolo of the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra, and Second Flute of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra.

She previously held piccolo positions and toured extensively with the New York City Opera National Company and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. As a freelance orchestral musician, Rena performs frequently with many orchestras throughout California, including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Marin, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, and California Symphonies, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hawaii Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  As a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Instructor), she presents clinics and master classes all over the world.

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