Students invited to attend ISU's Flute Fair

December 7 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Music Department will host a Flute Fair Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

Flute Fair is sponsored by Powell Flutes and features flutist Gary Schocker and ISU associate professor of English Nan McEntire who will present a seminar “Ethnic Music and Flutes.”

Exhibits by Paige’s Music and Conservatory of Music, seminars in topics such as selecting a flute, tone development, a recital and a masterclass featuring student competition winners are among the activities offered to students in grades 7-12.

Students interested in participating in the student performers competition should submit a cassette or CD recording of their solo along with the registration form no later than Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. Winners will be notified by Jan. 8.

Schocker is a world-renowned flutist as well as an award-winning composer with over 100 compositions in publication, primarily with Theodore Presser. He has published more pieces for the flute than any other living composer. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the West German Sinfonia. A composer since the age of five, he has written in a variety of styles ranging from chamber music to musical theater.

McEntire, who earned her Ph.D. in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University, lived in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. McEntire participated in music-making with many of the islanders, including members of the Orkney Mainland’s Strathspey and Reel Society. Hugh Inkster, a famous fiddle and tin whistle player, taught her Irish and Scottish tunes. She later featured Inkster’s music on a record she produced for Folkways in New York City. McEntire edited two versions of a songbook honoring one of Indiana’s most beloved folk musicians, Lotus Dickey.

The recital, scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Students in grades 7-12 can attend the day-long fair for a $10 pre-registration fee. Parents and teachers are invited to attend free of charge. Registration will also be available the day of the event for $15. For more information, contact Joyce Wilson at (812) 237-2758 or jwilson17@isugw.indstate.edu.

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Contact: Joyce Wilson, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2758 or jwilson17@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Music Department will host a Flute Fair Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

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