Southern Illinois Flute Choir Concert – December 8, 2017

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Rachel Alessio, will play its Fall Concert on Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main, Carbondale.  Admission is free.

The ensemble includes the complete range of flute voices:  contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo.  Members come from throughout Southern Illinois and the SIU community to rehearse weekly, with the goal to provide a unique musical experience for the general public through semi-annual concerts.

A special feature will be the premier of the Junior Flute Choir, whose members are middle school through high school students from communities throughout Southern Illinois.

The upcoming concert works of the parent choir include “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky and “Symphony No. 3, mvt 2 – Andantino con moto” by Sibelius. The junior choir will play the traditional carol “I Wonder As I Wander” and “In Nomine I & II” by Thomas Tallis. As a finale, these choirs will join together to close the concert with traditional Christmas carols.

Southern Illinois Flute Choir and SIU Flute Studio Concert – May 5, 2017

 

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Katrina Walczyk, will join together to play a Spring Concert on Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main, Carbondale.

The ensemble includes the complete range of flute voices:  contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo.  Members come from throughout Southern Illinois and the SIU community to rehearse weekly, with the goal to provide a unique musical experience for the general public through semi-annual concerts.

The upcoming concert works include “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by J.S. Bach, “The Palms” by Jean-Baptiste Faure, “Flute Waltz” by Arthur Frackenpohl, “Charcoal Landscape” by Lisa Duke Lamb, and the Traditional hymn “Amazing Grace“.

The concert is offered free of charge.

Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio Concert – December 9, 2016

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Katrina Walczyk, will join together to play a Fall Concert on Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main, Carbondale.

The ensemble includes the complete range of flute voices: contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo. Members come from throughout Southern Illinois and the SIU community to rehearse weekly, with the goal to provide a unique musical experience for the general public through semi-annual concerts.

The upcoming concert works include “Forest Scenes, Op. 82” by Robert Schumann, “Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11” by Niccolo Paganini, “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by G. F. Handel, “Blue Train” by Ryohei Hirose, and “Ave Verum Corpus“ by W. A. Mozart.

The concert is offered free of charge.

Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio Concert – December 4, 2015

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Joseph Ryker, will join together to play a Fall Concert on Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main, Carbondale.

The ensemble includes the complete range of flute voices: contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo. Members come from throughout Southern Illinois and the SIU community to rehearse weekly, with the goal to provide a unique musical experience for the general public through semi-annual concerts.

The upcoming concert works include “L’Arlesienne, No. 2” by Georges Bizet, “Sails, Winds, and Echoes” by Crawford Gates, “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah, “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam, “Noel Alsacien” by Alexandre Guilmant, a medley of French carols, the Appalachian carol “I Wonder As I Wander” by John Jacob Niles, and “Let It Snow” by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn.

The concert is offered free of charge.

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Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio Concert

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio will join together to play their Fall Concert on Friday, November 21.

This ensemble of adults and students continues to gather new audiences, and was chosen to play a concert in the lobby of the Chicago Hilton in conjunction with the 2014 National Flute Association Convention this past August.

The Choir is comprised of the complete range of flute voices: contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo. Choir members come from communities throughout Southern Illinois to rehearse weekly on Sunday evenings, and are joined in these rehearsals by the students of the SIU Flute Studio.

The upcoming concert under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Joseph Ryker, is offered free of charge to the public. The Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., in Carbondale.

Concert works include “Kokopelli” by Robert Raines, “Mars” and “Venus” from Gustav Holst’s “Planets”, “March” and “Chinese Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, a medley of traditional Irish folk melodies, and the Appalachian carol “I Wonder As I Wander” by John Jacob Niles.

Master Classes in Piccolo & Clarinet with Jan Gippo & Jane Carl

The Southern Illinois Flute Society & the SIU Flute Studio, in cooperation with Burkhart Flutes and Piccolos, bring to this region  Jan Gippo and Jane Carl for Master Classes in piccolo and clarinet on Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall on the Southern Illinois University Campus. Pre-registration is required. To register, please complete the Master Class Registration Form.

The Master Classes will be followed by  a concert featuring both Jan Gippo and Jane Carl at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Admission to the  concert is free.

About Jan Gippo

Jan Gippo worked as the piccolo specialist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, retiring in 2008.  His education includes degrees from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and the New England School of Music in Boston, MA.

In addition to his symphony position, Mr. Gippo taught private lessons and at various schools and universities throughout the St. Louis area, including at Webster University since 1980.  He has taught over fifty Master classes at the largest music schools throughout the country.

He is known for his book, The Complete Piccolo, which is now in its third printing.  He was the first to compile fingering charts specifically for the piccolo, and has discovered some clever tricks for coaxing the best possible sound out of the instrument even under tough conditions.

Mr. Gippo is an advocate for new compositions for the piccolo.  He always believed in the beauty of the piccolo as a solo instrument, but was frustrated by the lack of repertoire specifically for this tiny flute.  In 1985 he began commissioning known composers to write sonatas, chamber music, and concerti for piccolo.  Now with over 300 recital pieces, he is touring the United States, performing some of these pieces, and teaching Master classes.

About Jane Carl

Jane Carl, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, is a native of Michigan and received her degrees from the University of Michigan.

She has performed regularly with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra including a sabbatical replacement on bass clarinet in 1997-98, European tour and recordings as second clarinet in 1998-99, and as acting assistant principal clarinet for four years from 1999-2003.

She has been a member of the South Bend, Flint Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestras and has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was on the faculty of Notre Dame University, Hillsdale College, and Andrews University, and has taught at the University of Michigan.

She is also a board member, artistic adviser, and clarinetist with Summerfest, Kansas City’s summer chamber music festival, and performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.  In 2007, she performed in recital and gave a Master class in Beijing at the China International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival.

She is active in ClarinetFest, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association.  As host and artistic chair of ClarinetFest 2008, she hosted 1,100 clarinetists on the campus of UMKC for five days.   She was a concerto soloist in August 2009 in Porto, Portugal.  She is often called upon to judge the Fest’s competitions, including the Young Artists’ Competition in 2006 and the Orchestra Audition Competition in 2012.

Southern Illinois Flute Choir and Flute Studio Winter Concert

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio join together to play their Winter Concert on Friday, January 31st..  This evening of classical and contemporary flute music, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen, is offered free of charge to the public.  The Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., in Carbondale.
The Choir is comprised of the complete range of flute voices:  contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo.  Choir members come from communities throughout Southern Illinois to rehearse weekly on Sunday evenings, and are joined in these rehearsals by the students of the SIU Flute Studio.
Concert selections will include “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, “Variations and Scherzo for Large Flute Ensemble” by Matt Doran, “The Hebrides Overture” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and “Concerto in C Major, Opus 7, no. 3” by Jean Marie Leclair.

Southern Illinois Flute Choir & Flute Studio Concert – Postponed

UPDATE: DUE TO A WINTER STORM AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATE JANUARY 2014.
The Southern Illinois Flute Choir & SIU Flute Studio join together to play their Fall Concert on Friday, December 6th.  This evening of classical and contemporary flute music, under the artistic direction of Dr. Douglas Worthen, is offered free of charge to the public.  The Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., in Carbondale.

The Choir is comprised of the complete range of flute voices:  contrabass, bass, alto, C flute, and piccolo.  Choir members come from communities throughout Southern Illinois to rehearse weekly on Sunday evenings, and are joined in these rehearsals by the students of the SIU Flute Studio.

Concert selections will include “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, “Variations and Scherzo for Large Flute Ensemble” by Matt Doran, “The Hebrides Overture” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and “Concerto in C Major, Opus 7, no. 3” by Jean Marie Leclair.

Mark Sparks Master Class and Concert

Mark Sparks, the Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will be returning to the SIU campus on Tuesday, April 16 to facilitate a Masterclass and play a Concert.  These events are being funded by SIU’s Fine Arts Activity Fee, Carbondale Community Arts / Southern Arts Fund, and the Southern Illinois Flute Choir.

The Masterclass is scheduled for 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. in Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.  SIU students attend free of charge.  Class fees are $10 for other students and $20 for adults, payable at the door.  Click here for registration brochure containing complete details of the event.

The free Concert for the general public begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.  Mr. Sparks will play works for solo flute, flute and piano accompanied by Peter Henderson, and two flutes accompanied by Dr. Douglas Worthen.

Mr. Sparks was appointed Principal Flute of the St. Louis Symphony (SLSO) by  the late Hans Vonk in 2000.  He is a frequent soloist with the SLSO and other orchestras and has performed in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, South America, and Asia.  He has appeared as Guest Principal Flutist  with  many ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic. This year Mr. Sparks has focused on performances of the Christopher Rouse Flute Concerto with the SLSO  in St. Louis and on the Orchestra’s California Tour, in addition to recent appearances in Singapore, Taiwan, and Aspen.  Plans are underway for both the Chinese and Korean premiers.

Prior to his appointment in St. Louis, Mr. Sparks was Associate Principal Flute with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, and Principal flute of the San Antonio Symphony and the Memphis Symphony.  He began his career as Principal in the Canton Ohio Symphony and in Venezuela with the Caracas Philharmonic.

This summer Mr. Sparks returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School where he is an artist-faculty member and Principal Flute of the Aspen Chamber Symphony.  He also will be teaching his 4th annual Masterclass at Missouri’s  Innsbrook Institute,  and will join the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Mr. Sparks is an enthusiastic teacher and maintains a private studio in St. Louis. He is a former full-time faculty member of the Peabody Institute, and frequently presents clinics and recitals in the U.S. and abroad.  Mr. Sparks has recorded two solo albums, appearing on the Summit and AAM labels, and a new recording of French repertoire for flute and piano is planned for release in 2013.  Mr. Sparks is also an avid writer about flute playing, and is a regular contributor to Flute Talk Magazine’s feature “From the Principal’s Chair.”

Born in 1960 and raised in Cleveland and St. Louis, Mr. Sparks graduated Pi Kappa Lambda from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Willoughby, winning the 1982 Oberlin Concerto Prize.

Prior to attending Oberlin, Mr. Sparks studied with former SLSO Principal Flute Jacob Berg, and trained in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Members’ Concert

The Southern Illinois Flute Society will be introducing a new event this season, as members present an evening of solo and ensemble flute music.  Members of the Flute Choir will be teaming up for duets, trios, and quartets, as well as showcasing solo pieces.  Date, location, and program will be announced soon.  Please check back for concert details.