Flute Day 2017

Flute Day 2017 – Saturday, February 11, 2017

Flute Day 2017 Schedule

With Featured Guest Artists

Demarre McGill and Michael McHale

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Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation. He enjoys an active career as a leading soloist, recitalist, artistic director and chamber musician.McGill has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic, among others. An active chamber musician, McGill appears regularly throughout the United States and abroad. He is a founding member of The Myriad Trio and has participated in many national and international chamber music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Marlboro Music, La Jolla Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, to name a few. International festivals include the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, St. Bart’s Music Festival in the Caribbean, and the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in South Korea. He has been a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for emerging young artists. In addition to his performance schedule, McGill is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Art of Élan, a chamber music organization in San Diego that aims to expose new audiences to classical music.

His discography includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on the album Play Bach with pianist Awadagin Pratt and the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Angel Records), as well as a flute, viola & harp album entitled The Eye of Night with The Myriad Trio.

McGill’s media credits include appearances on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center with the Chamber Music Society playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, A&E Network’s The Gifted Ones, NBC’s Today show and Nightly News, and as a teenager, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony in June 2013, he previously served as Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony for two seasons and held the same position with the San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He also served as Acting Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony during the 2005-06 season.

A native of Chicago, McGill began playing the flute at age seven and his family is steeped in the performing arts. In May of 2012 McGill and his brother, Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, performed the world premiere of Joel Puckett’s Concerto Duo for Flute and Clarinet with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra where they began their careers. His mother is a theater actress in the Chicago area.

McGill received his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He continued his studies with Mr. Baker at the Juilliard School, where he received a Masters of Music degree.

michael mchale

Belfast-born Michael McHale is one of Ireland’s leading pianists. Since completing his studies at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at many important musical centres including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Lincoln Center, New York; Symphony Hall, Boston; Konzerthaus, Berlin; Pesti Vigadó, Budapest, and the Ushuaia, Chopiniana and Tanglewood Festivals.

He has performed as soloist with the Hallé, Minnesota, Bournemouth Symphony and Moscow Symphony orchestras, the Teatro Colon Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras in repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

A commitment to new music has seen Michael give first performances and recordings of music by composers including Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, John Tavener, Luke Bedford and Ian Wilson, as well as concerto world premières by Irish composers Garrett Sholdice (with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Irish Chamber Orchestra) and Philip Hammond (with Nicholas Collon and the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Radio 3).

His début solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall, London, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Phillips Collection, Washington DC received great public and critical acclaim, with the Washington Post praising his “bravura playing in the music of Franz Liszt” and his “beautifully proportioned and energetic account of Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, K.457”.

2015 saw the release of a second solo CD, ‘Miniatures and Modulations’, of music by Philip Hammond on the Grand Piano label (awarded a 5* review by BBC Music) and a disc of clarinet sonatas by Brahms and Reinecke with Michael Collins for Chandos (Editor’s Choice in Gramophone).

Upcoming projects include a first concerto CD recording with the RTÉ NSO and conductor Courtney Lewis, return visits to Camerata Pacifica and Wigmore Hall, London, solo and chamber music recital tours in Ireland and the UK, and a concerto début with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida.

In addition to winning the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé Award, Michael was awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award. His teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas.


Other Events Include:

  • Morning Warm-ups with Leah Stevens
  • Middle/High School Master Class with Susannah Arana and Jennifer Garrison Brown
  • Yoga and Anxiety Workshop with Matthew Allison
  • College and High School Young Artist Competitions
    • College:  1st Prize = $400.00    2nd Prize = $150.00
    • High School:  1st Prize = $200.00    2nd Prize = $75.00
  • “Improving Your Rhythm” Clinic with Wendy Hymes
  • Introduction to Orchestral Excerpts with Paul Thompson
  • Piano Master Class with Michael McHale
  • Exhibitors and Vendors
  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., first floor of Dunham Hall

Schedule, Flyers, and Forms

Flute Day 2017 Flyer


Flute Day 2017 MC and Competition Application

Flute Day 2017 Schedule




Past Guest Artists for Flute Day

Flute Day 2016

Project TRIO

Flute Day 2015

Carol Wincenc – Flute Professor at the Juilliard School and Stony Brook University

Carol Wincenc


Flute Day 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Buck – Flute Professor at Arizona State University






Ann Choomack – Piccoloist with the St. Louis Symphony


Flute Day 2013

Jennifer Nitchman – Flutist with the St. Louis Symphony

J. Nitchman

Flute Day 2012

Dr. John McMurtery – Flute Professor at Western Illinois University

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Flute Day 2009

Dr. John Bailey – Flute Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

John bailey


Flute Day 2008

Dr. Christine Beard – Flute Professor at University of Nebraska-Omaha

Christine Beard





 Past Master Class and Recital Guest Artists


2014 – Viviana Guzman

Viviana Guzman






2010 – Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke







2008 – Goran Marcusson

Goran Marcusson