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The Complete 21st Century Flutist​

​​COURSE DATES: JULY 6 TO July 19, 20​21


Spend two weeks studying with international flute and piccolo masters to help you refine every aspect of your artistry as a flutist, from traditional Baroque and Classical repertoire to improvisation and 21st century extended techniques.

  • Participate in daily masterclasses with world-renowned teachers and performing artists.
  • Learn how to avoid tension, pain, and injury as you begin your day with Body Mapping workshops and masterclasses with Rena Urso.
  • Refine your piccolo playing, write your own cadenzas, learn to improvise, study the most frequently requested orchestral flute and piccolo excerpts, learn about various world flutes, perform in chamber ensembles, 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.


  1. Submit a one-page resume, a short bio, and sample of your playing. Choose two works of contrasting styles showing your lyrical and technical abilities. Unaccompanied works are encouraged, however, one selection must include piano accompaniment.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by May 10, 2021​.


Professor Rena Urso

Guest Artists

Julien Beaudiment

Julien Beaudiment –

After holding the position of principal flute of the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic, Julien Beaudiment is currently the principal flutist of the Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon and professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. He ha​s also held the same position with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Originally from La Rochelle and Bordeaux Julien studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de music de Paris. Julien performs as a soloist at major international concert halls and renowned festivals, such as the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Ian Clarke

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. Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, 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.

Brook Ferguson

Brook Ferguson

Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has been Principal Flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, as well as Principal appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the New World Symphony, Ferguson was the Acting Principal Flutist of the Knoxville Symphony and the Principal Flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Colorado and founder of the Bel Canto Flute Academy - hosting community performance events for flutists of all ages and abilities. She received her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza and her Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute studying with the Marina Piccinini. Ferguson is a William S. Haynes Company Artist.

Peter Verhoyen

Peter Verhoyen

As solo piccolo at the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Peter Verhoyen has built an excellent reputation as a specialist on his instrument. Since 2006 he has developed various concert programs for piccolo and piano together with pianist Stefan De Schepper. With these projects he demonstrates that the piccolo deserves a spotlight on the concert stage as a recital instrument. For a contemporary touch, Peter has commissioned several Flemish composers to write new works for the piccolo. The result was the realization of an impressive series of recordings, all featuring the piccolo. For this dedication to contemporary Flemish music, Peter was awarded the Fuga Trofee from the Union of Belgian composers in 2017. Peter has presented piccolo masterclasses and recitals around the world, at fes​tivals as well as in conservatories, including (Paris (CNSMP), London (Royal Academy), Hannover, Weimar, Milan, British Flute Society Conventions, International Piccolo Festival, National Flute Association Conventions, and many more. He currently teaches piccolo at his private flute studio in Bruges and the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp where he developed, as the first in Europe, a piccolo Master of Music program. Together with his colleague Aldo Baerten, Peter is the organizer and driving force of the International Flute Seminar Bruges, where flute and piccolo players of all ages and different levels, education and ambition are inspired and motivated through individual lessons, workshops, masterclasses and chamber music.

Steve Kujala

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. 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, released the critically acclaimed debut Glider. Steve created, developed and pioneered a unique note-bending technique on the flute which he calls the “Fretless-Flute” technique. As principal flutist for the Pantages Theatre, 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.

Bryan Pezzone

Bryan Pezzone –

Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres, and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser, and composer. 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 Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute 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.

Wendy Caldwell

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, 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. She was a guest artist for three seasons at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska as well as three summers at CSU Summer Arts.

(Course Coo​rdinator) Rena Urso –

Rena Urso enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. She is a member of the flute and Body Mapping faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, the Fine Arts faculty at CSU Stanislaus, and holds the positions of Second Flute of the Oakland Symphony 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 musician, Rena performs frequently with many of the orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony​, Los Angel​es Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Berkeley, and California Symphonies, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. As a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Instructor), she presents clinics and masterclasses all over the world.

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