New Perspectives Series

Connecting students with inspirational musicians of our time

Interested in attending one (or all!) of the Winter 2021 classes? Please contact the host of the New Perspectives Series, Jennifer Lapple at 

Join us for this exciting series, which has flutists signing in from all over the world...Russia, England, Austria, France,    South Korea, South Africa, The Netherlands, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Maine, Northern Virginia, Texas, West Virginia and Maryland!

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This series offers students an opportunity to perform for, interact with, discuss and share ideas with professional musicians from all over the world – to connect them with the extraordinary artists and teachers of our time!

The Winter 2021 Classes in the New Perspectives Series are held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30P EST*.  Each week will feature a different artist who will share his/her chosen topic with students who are seeking new perspectives, ideas and approaches to studying music that will refocus their lens towards intentional and creative practice. 

*Please note, the final class in the Winter 2021 Session is held on Saturday, March 13 to accommodate the time zone. 

The classes are limited to 10 students of high school and college age to allow for a more interactive and personalized setting.  They are open to anyone who would like to sign up (there are no auditions); however, classes in the Winter 2021 Session are run in the style of a traditional master class. Please be sure to prepare the listed excerpts with your private instructor prior to each class.  If there is a class you would like to attend, but do not wish to perform, you may register as an auditor (for $10.00) so that we may reserve all participant spots for performers.  Thank you for your cooperation.  


We will use Zoom as our platform for these classes. The fee is $20.00/per class.  Please contact Jennifer Lapple to register. 


We hope you’ll join us for these incredible opportunities

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Dates in this series: February 4, 18, 25 & March 4, 11, 13*

*Please note, all dates are on Thursdays, with the exception of March 13, which is a Saturday



In this session guest artists have chosen their favorite orchestral excerpt to discuss with participants. Artists will offer specific practice tips for their chosen excerpt at the start of the class followed by individual performances by the participants for personalized feedback.  The last 15 minutes is dedicated to sharing insights and tips for the audition process.

Winter 2021 Session At a Glance...

Thursday, February 4 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Alison Fierst, New York Philharmonic (Debussy)

Thursday, February 18 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Amal Gochenour, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Rossini)

Thursday, February 25 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Helen Blackburn, Dallas Opera Orchestra (Bizet) 

Thursday, March 4 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Aaron Goldman, National Symphony Orchestra (Brahms)

Thursday, March 11 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Lorna McGhee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven)

*Saturday, March 13 (10:00-11:30A EST) - Maxim Rubtsov, Russian National Orchestra (Prokofiev, Ravel)

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Thursday, February 4 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS EXCERPT: "Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune"

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Alison Fierst has established herself as a flutist who effortlessly blends brilliant technical ability with a mesmerizing tone. In September of 2019, she joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Flute, becoming the youngest member of the orchestra. Alison previously held the position of second flute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following her appointment in New York City, Alison discovered an enthusiasm for music education. In the Fall of 2020, she was invited to join the faculty of The Consummate Flutist Masterclass, a series hosted by her alma mater, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. In addition, Alison has given lectures at multiple institutions throughout North America, South America, and Asia. Alison maintains a private flute studio in New York City and online. 

Highlights from Alison’s position in the orchestra include touring the world and performing with renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Jaap van Zweden, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. She particularly enjoyed performing in collaboration between the New York Philharmonic and Lizzo for YouTube’s ‘Dear Class of 2020’. You can hear Alison on the soundtrack for Steven Speilberg’s upcoming remake of the classic movie, ‘West Side Story’. 

Alison has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and studied with Nadine Asin, Mark Sparks, and Demarre McGill. Alison’s honors include Second Place in the 2017 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and First Place in the 2017 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition. She also won First Place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Woodwind Competition and proceeded to win Second Place in the 2018 NSAL National Woodwind Competition.

Alison completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University in 2018. Her teachers include Alberto Almarza, former New York Philharmonic Principal Flute Jeanne Baxtresser, and Philharmonic Principal Flute Robert Langevin.


​Alison plays on a 9k gold Muramatsu flute. 


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Thursday, February 18 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS EXCERPT: "Rossini, Semiramide"

Link to excerpt: (pg. 6, all three excerpts, PICCOLO) 


Amal Gochenour was appointed Piccoloist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2018, under the direction of Marin Alsop. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony, and Washington National Opera orchestras, as well as guest Principal Flute with the Korean Broadcast Symphony. She has played under the batons of such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, John Williams, Leonard Slatkin, Yoel Levi, Stéphane Denève, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, and John Adams. She was previously a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Sarasota Opera.


In addition to performing, Ms. Gochenour is an active teacher and has lead masterclasses and lectures at Peabody Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Maryland, among others. She has been on faculty at several flute festivals and has presented at the National Flute Association and Mid-Atlantic Flute conventions.


She collaborated as research associate with Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute of the of the New York Philharmonic, on the best-selling “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, Volume II.” Born in Kuwait and raised outside of Washington D.C., she began early musical studies on piano before switching to flute at the age of ten.


She earned her undergraduate degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Prominent teachers include Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alice Weinreb, Bradley Garner and Judith Lapple.


Ms. Gochenour is a Yamaha Performing Artist.


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Helen Blackburn

Thursday, February 25 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS EXCERPT: "Bizet, Carmen, Suite No. 1, Intermezzo"

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 Helen Blackburn is the newly appointed Artist Teacher of Flute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.  Ms. Blackburn is also principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a core member of the nationally acclaimed modern chamber music ensemble “Voices of Change”, and the principal flutist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony for its 2012-2013 inaugural season. 

Ms. Blackburn has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, both as a featured soloist and as a member, including the Breckenridge Music Festival (where she is currently principal flute), Aspen Music Festival, the South Bohemia Music Festival, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She appears frequently in recital across the country and in Europe as a soloist and also with her husband, Drew Lang, in their flute/marimba duo.

A prize winner of the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, the Ft. Collins Young Artist Competition, and the Aspen Wind Concerto Competition, Ms. Blackburn has previously served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University and McMurry University. Ms. Blackburn received her bachelor of music degree (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her master of music degree from Northwestern University.


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Thursday, March 4 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS EXCERPTS: "Brahms, Symphonies No. 1 and No. 4"

Links to excerpts: (Brahms, Symphony No 1, Movement IV, 38-46) (Brahms, Symphony No 4, Movement IV, 89-105)

Aaron Goldman was appointed principal flute of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in January 2013. An active soloist, he has performed throughout the US and made his NSO concerto debut with Maestro Eschenbach in 2014.


Mr. Goldman joined the NSO as assistant principal flute in 2006. Prior to joining the NSO, he was principal flute of the Orlando Philharmonic and began his orchestral career as acting principal flute of the Greater Lansing Symphony for the 1999-2000 season.


Aside from his appearances with the NSO, Mr. Goldman has performed concertos with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and has performed at several National Flute Association annual conventions. He appears as part of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, KC Jukebox, and has performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Players, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and participated in many educational programs with the NSO, including performances in the Family and Terrace Theaters.


Mr. Goldman appears regularly as guest artist at universities and flute festivals and has taught at the New World Symphony, the National Orchestral Institute, the National Youth Orchestra, the Master Players Festival, and the NSO’s Summer Music Institute. He has given lectures at the Carnegie Institute and the Smithsonian Institution with programs such as “The Magical Flute” and “Math and Music: Closer Than You Think” alongside former NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers.


Mr. Goldman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Bonita Boyd.


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Lorna McGhee

Thursday, March 11 (6:00-7:30P EST)


Beethoven, Symphonies No. 4, 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3

Links to excerpt: (Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, Mvt II:  mm. 64-72) (Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, Mvt I: mm. 63-88) (Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3, Opening and mm. 328-360)

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012.  Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post) Lorna has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Honeck.  Before immigrating to North America in 1998, Lorna was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the USA. Career highlights include a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer and performances of the Mozart G major, Nielsen and Ibert Flute Concerti with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, the Louvre, Paris, the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Her recording for Naxos of Bax’ Chamber Music with the group ‘mobius’ was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, Lorna has released two CDs on Skylark Music: "Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp" and "Canada, New Works for flute and harp." As a member of Trio Verlaine (with her husband, violist David Harding and harpist, Heidi Krutzen) Lorna has recorded two CDs: “Fin de Siècle,” the music by Debussy and Ravel, and “Six Departures”, featuring works by Bax and Jolivet as well as new commissions by Schafer and Cotton. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed eight new commissions to date. Lorna’s first flute and piano recital disc, “The Hour of Dreaming” with pianist, Piers Lane was released on the Beep label in 2014. A new CD for Altus flutes is forthcoming. 

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, Lorna is now an Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. She has given master classes at universities, conservatoires, including Julliard School and the Royal Academy of Music, Banff International Centre for the Arts and the New World Symphony. She has performed at flute festivals in the UK, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and Canada, and teaches at summer schools, including the Pender Island Flute Retreat, the William Bennett International Summer School, and the Galway Flute Festival. Lorna studied with David Nicholson in Scotland, and with Michie and William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.”   

Her range of colors was astonishing, not only golden and silvery, but ranging from cool to edgy to filled with human warmth.”

(Pittsburgh Tribune Review)


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*Saturday, March 13 (10:00-11:30A EST)


"Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf" (pg. 4)

"Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé"

Internationally acclaimed flutist Maxim Rubtsov has been called “miraculous,” “superb,” “absolutely impeccable” and “one of the best flutists of the Modern Age.” He is also one of Russia’s best musical ambassadors.

Appointed Principal Flute of the Russian National Orchestra in 2003, Rubtsov has been given unprecedented solo opportunities with the RNO by its founding conductor Mikhail Pletnev and by others in the RNO collegium of conductors. These opportunities have included the Russian premiere of John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy in 2004 under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov. Of the performance the composer said, “Maxim Rubtsov is the perfect Pied Piper. He has both the charm and excitement that a great performer must have. With his movie star looks and charisma, and his magnificent playing and acting of the part, the legendary piper becomes alive for all to see.”

With Vladimir Jurowski and the RNO in 2007 Rubtsov performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, after which Jurowski wrote, “Mr. Rubtsov is the sort of person who can stand on the concert stages of the world and inspire harmonious relations through his music and his personality.”

In addition to his solo work, Rubtsov has performed hundreds of faultless and surpassingly beautiful solo passages in symphonic music which are preserved in recordings of the RNO on the PentaTone Classics label. In 2011, Blue Griffin Recordings of Lansing, Michigan will release his solo CD “Maxim Rubtsov, Russian Romance,” with pianist Sergei Kvitko.

Born in 1977 in Bryansk, Russia, Maxim Rubtsov began to study piano at age five. At age seven he danced with the famous Moiseyev Dance Company and only later did he begin flute lessons. At age 13 he transferred to Moscow’s Gnesin Academy of Music and subsequently graduated with an advanced degree in music from the Moscow State Conservatory. Rubtsov joined the flute section of the RNO in 1999 and was appointed Associate Principal the following year, at the time the youngest ever to hold this position in the history of the orchestra.

At the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas, Rubtsov was in residence with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for its July 2002 Russian Festival and performed each of the festival’s four musical programs. This residency opened a series of professional exchanges between the RNO and major U.S. orchestras under the Cultural Allies initiative of the Russian Arts Foundation.

In addition to his extensive orchestral work, Rubtsov regularly performs in chamber ensembles and is the leader and a founding member of the Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, which took top honors in the Fifth Annual Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Together with the RNOWQ he has explored jazz and other genre-bending compositions, including the works of Chris Brubeck for wind quintet and jazz quartet, as well as adaptations of Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Tracks for children. Rubtsov has shared the stages of Europe in chamber performances with pianists Mikhail Pletnev and Francesco Schlimé.

December 2007 marked Rubtsov’s U.S. recital debut, with pianist Valentina Lisitsa, presented by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami. The Miami Herald called his playing “virtually faultless” and stated “he possesses a stellar technique.”

In October 2008 Maxim Rubtsov created a series of solo flute performances for children presented by the Bryansk Philharmonic. His recent collaborations with contemporary dance masters have included performances in Russia with Denis Boroditsky and Germaul Barnes.

In September and October 2009 Rubtsov toured the United States presenting concerts and master classes in five states, including the U.S. premiere of Andrey Rubtsov’s Divertimento in E Major arranged for flute and piano. His tour recital programs included compositions for solo flute, alto flute, flute and organ, as well as flute and piano. He also appeared as a flutist-dancer in performances choreographed by Germaul Barnes, Sarah M. Barry, and Rita Snyder. Excerpts of Rubtsov’s 2009 recital of Russian music with pianist Pamela Penick presented by the University of Alabama Celebrity Series were re-broadcast on 245 public radio stations across the United States.