“Hello! I’m Kathryn Waldyke, and I’m new to living in Southern Illinois, teaching at SIU, and the SIU flutes, but my flute and I go way back, to 1975. I played in middle and high school and college bands and orchestras. I joined my first flute choir in college and loved it. The 5 years after college were extremely busy with more school and training, but after that I was stationed with the US Navy in Corpus Christi, Texas–home of the Coastal Bend Flute Choir, as a co-worker informed me, and I played with them for 3 years. After that, in Oregon and Illinois (Champaign) my flute forays were mostly limited to playing at church, and my group musical outlet was singing with “Amasong,” a women’s chorus in C-U. This semester I’ll be playing bass (tenor) flute, as I love the tone and of course wearing black and carrying a larger flute make one look slimmer.”
Kathryn, we’re glad to have you on board!
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The Southern Illinois Flute Choir will be scaring up some great music at the SIUC Halloween Pops on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. You won’t want to miss this SIUC School of Music event! Don’t forget to wear a costume!
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.
Flutist-composer-pianist Gary Schocker is an accomplished musician of outstanding versatility. At age 15, he made his professional debut when he performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions including the Young Concert Artists, the National Flute Association, the NY Flute Club and the East-West Artists. Often, he concertizes in duo with guitarist Jason Vieaux. Internationally, he has toured and taught in Colombia, Panama, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France and Italy.
Schocker has composed sonatas and chamber music for most instruments of the orchestra. He also has written several musicals, including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Awakening, which can be heard on Original Cast Recordings. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK and were performed in Cardiff and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in New Zealand. In New York, they were winners of the ASCAP music theatre awards.
Schocker has won the International Clarinet Association’s annual composition competition twice and the National Flute Association’s annual Newly Published Music Award numerous times. Among artists who have played his compositions, James Galway gave the American premier of Green Places with the New Jersey Symphony.
Visit Gary’s website to learn more about him and to view his performance schedule.
The pre-Flute Fest activities begin Saturday, October 22nd at 5 p.m. with a coaching session for the Southern Illinois Flute Choir. On Sunday, October 23, the Flute Fest opens at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The first sessions are at 9 a.m. The Masterclass with Gary Schocker follows from 10 – noon. Following lunch, the second sessions begin at 1 p.m. These series of events require registration.
At 2 p.m., Gary will perform a free concert in Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Southern Illinois Flute Choir will begin the Fall 2011 season with its first rehearsal on Sunday, August 21st at 7 p.m. in the Altgeld Band Room on the SIUC campus. If you are interested in auditioning for the flute choir, visit our “Join Us” page for more information.
Fall 2011 performances include a Member’s Concert (date and time TBA), the Halloween Pops Concert on Thursday, October 27th, and special performances by our artistic director at Inside the Bachs on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th.
We are also hosting the Illinois Flute Society Flute Fair on Saturday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 23rd, with guest artist Gary Schocker.
Please check our events calendar throughout the season for details on these and other Flute Choir events.
Please join the Southern Illinois Flute Choir on Saturday, April 30th for an evening of classical and contemporary flute music, under the direction of artistic director Dr. Douglas Worthen and assistant conductor Izabel Zambrzycki. The Spring Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., in Carbondale.
Musical selections will include works by Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Jonathan Cohen, Anne McGinty, and Felix Mendelssohn.
Sammartini was one of the earliest Symphony composers, and his work led the way to the Classical style of composition. Symphony No. 1, J.C. 7, arranged by Lisa R. McArthur, is a 3-movement work with a 1st movement in sonata form, a lyrical 2nd movement with beautiful upper register harmonies, and a joyful 3rd movement.
Masques is an original composition by flute choir specialist Anne McGinty, who is known throughout the world as the most prolific woman composer in the field of concert band literature.
Helen’s Backyard, by contemporary American composer Jonathan Cohen, is a celebration of Helen Cohen’s life told through a backyard day, presented in five movements.
Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture is considered by many to be his masterpiece. This challenging arrangement by Rick Pierce utilizes the entire range of the flute choir.