New Perspectives Series

Connecting students with inspirational musicians of our time

Interested in attending one (or all!) of the Fall 2020 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...England, Austria, France,        South Korea, South Africa, The Netherlands, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Maine, Northern Virginia, Texas, West Virginia and Maryland!

Fall 2020

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 Fall 2020 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.

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).  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 this incredible opportunity!

*Please check times for each class, as there is one in the Fall Session that meets on a Saturday. 

Fall 2020: Flute Makeover Edition! 








Dates in this series: September 3, 10, 24; October 1, 3, 8, 15, 22


Theme: The theme of the Fall 2020 classes is "Flute Makeover Edition" inspired by Jill Felber's "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition." In these classes, our guest artists will share their tips for getting (and staying!) in shape on the flute.  For students who feel rusty after summer break, need to jump start their flute playing for school auditions or simply need some direction (or *new perspectives*) after feeling isolated during this quarantine, this series can help them refocus their lens towards intentional and creative practice! 

Fall 2020 Session At a Glance...

Thursday, September 3 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Jill Felber, "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition - Part I"

Thursday, September 10 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Jill Felber, "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition - Part II"

Thursday, September 24 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Nicole Esposito, "Tone color, vibrato and intonation"

Thursday, October 1 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Ransom Wilson, "The French Style"

*Saturday, October 3 (10:00-11:30A EST) - Integrated Flutist, "Approaching melodies..."

Thursday, October 8 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Rogier de Pijper, "...extended techniques to get in shape..."

Thursday, October 15 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Helen Blackburn, "Super-Duper Zen Yoga Warm-Up"

Thursday, October 22 (6:00-7:30P EST) - Terri Sanchez, "Overcoming Practice Anxiety"

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Please note, the following classes are FULL:

Jill Felber, 9/3 & 9/10

Nicole Esposito, 9/24

Ransom Wilson, 10/1

There are limited spots available for auditors in these classes.  

The following classes have limited spots available

Integrated Flutist, 10/3

Rogier de Pijper, 10/8

Helen Blackburn, 10/15

Terri Sanchez, 10/22

There are limited spots available for auditors in these classes.  

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JILL FELBER is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, dynamic flute recitalist, innovative chamber musician, legendary contemporary music specialist, and a distinguished flute professor who inspires and motivates students worldwide.



Thursday, September 3 - Part I (6:00-7:30P EST) &

Thursday, September 10 - Part II (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS TOPIC: "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition - TWO-PARTS"


Ms. Felber, Professor of Flute, University of California, Santa Barbara will lead an invigorating and FUN workout for all levels that explores exercises to develop your flute tone (resonance, projection, focus, clarity, and tone coloration) and to improve facility and flexibility throughout the entire range of the flute. All levels can participate. Please bring Taffanel-Gaubert 17 Daily Exercises to the seminar. Be sure to register for this TWO-PART class!  

Ms. Felber is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, dynamic flute recitalist, innovative chamber musician, legendary contemporary music specialist, and a distinguished flute professor who inspires and motivates students worldwide. She has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance." "Played with flair" (The Los Angeles Times), "the incredible flutist…the dazzling flutist…the radiant flutist Jill Felber" (The Independent, Santa Barbara), is known to excite audiences everywhere. Jill Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Great Britain and the United States. A tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo, concerto and chamber works for her and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over five hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records and Zawa!music. 


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Nicole Esposito

Thursday, September 24 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS TOPIC: "Tone color, vibrato and intonation"

Explore these essentials of flute playing with charismatic and versatile flutist, Nicole Esposito.  Ms. Esposito is the flute professor and head of the woodwind area at The University of Iowa School of Music. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia.


In addition to her teaching position at The University of Iowa, Professor Esposito has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and held a guest teaching residency at the University of Michigan.  She has given numerous master classes at prestigious universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad including the Geneva Conservatory, Royal Danish Academy, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Mannheim Hochshule, Milan Civic Music School and many others. As an orchestral musician, Esposito has performed under some of the worlds leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, and Robert Spano. Former principal flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Youngstown (OH) Symphony, and the Johnstown and Westmoreland (PA) Symphony Orchestras.


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Ransom wilson

Thursday, October 1 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS TOPIC: "The French Style"


Ransom Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation. In his class, he will discuss the important aspects of the French style and their application in specific musical contexts.  

After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, Mr. Wilson spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal. In 1976 he gave his official debut concert in New York City, with Rampal as his guest artist. An exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI followed soon thereafter, along with extensive performances all over the world.

Ransom Wilson is turning increasingly to a career in orchestral and operatic conducting. He founded Solisti New York orchestra in 1981, with which he appeared as conductor in hundreds of concerts and recordings. 

Mr. Wilson is Professor of Flute at the Yale University School of Music, Principal Conductor at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1991.  As an educator, he regularly leads master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Juilliard School, Moscow Conservatory, Cambridge University, and others. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he was an Atlantique Foundation scholar in Paris, where he studied privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. His recording career, which includes three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. Since then he has recorded over 30 albums as flutist and/or conductor.


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*Saturday, October 3 (10:00-11:30A EST)


CLASS TOPIC: "Approaching Melodies: Tools and strategies for unlocking your musicianship."

Join us for this special class featuring the faculty from the Integrated Flutist, who will lead 4 sets of exercises in the session, followed by a Q&A. Students should prepare a short melody from either their repertoire, Moyse, Tone Development Through Interpretation or Moyse, 24 Little Melodic Studies. Feedback and exercises from 4 faculty members of Integrated Flutist integrating flute technique, Alexander Technique and Dalcroze Eurhythmics.  Exercises from Roderick Seed’s book, “Mastering the Flute with William Bennett” also included. 


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Faculty of the Integrated Flutist:

Roderick Seed - Altus Flutes Artist and author of “Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

Emma Shubin - Haynes Ambassador Clinician and Co-executive director of Integral Steps

Paul Hung - Faculty at Vancouver Academy of Music 

Alex Conway - 2nd flute, Winnipeg Symphony


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rogier de pijper

Thursday, October 8 (6:00-7:30P EST)

CLASS TOPIC: "How to use extended techniques to get in shape and how to integrate them into your flute studies throughout the year."


By practicing extended techniques, you'll notice that your regular flute playing rapidly improves! Having FUN with extended techniques can 
help flutists gain BETTER CONTROL


Rogier is regularly active as a soloist, has acted as a substitute in various orchestras including Philharmonie Zuid Nederland and has given concerts and masterclasses in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy. Various composers have written works for him, including Sandro Fazzolari (Italy) and Gregory Glancey (America). Rogier de Pijper is also busy becoming a leading innovator in the flute world at an international level with his project Flute Colors. 


His book Flute Colors was published in 2016. The book contains 112 exercises to improve flute playing through the use of modern playing techniques and was sold in more than 20 countries in a year. Rogier studied at the conservatories of Rotterdam, The Hague and Tilburg.


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Thursday, October 15 (6:00-7:30P EST)


CLASS TOPIC: "Super-Duper Zen Yoga Warm Ups!"

Ms. Blackburn will lead a class on her famous "Super-Duper Zen Yoga Warm Up," a comprehensive set of warm-up exercises to "increase strength, flexibility, balance and patience...of embouchure, tone and mind."  She will also introduce her all-time favorite "technique" book: Walfred Kujala's Vade Mecum (with a focus on his Practice Menus). You can find/download the PDF here (


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, October 22 (6:00-7:30P EST)


CLASS TOPIC: "Overcoming Practice Anxiety"

In today’s overstimulated and instant-gratification-oriented world, sticking with disciplined practice sessions can be challenging. Join Dr. Terri Sánchez in a class all about how to let go of practice anxiety and navigate your music and emotions with more ease and flow. Dr. Sánchez will offer suggestions and advice directly from The Aspiring Flutist’s Practice Book Series and feature concepts like patience, focus and repetition in a new light, helping you to foster a sense of unlimited possibility in every practice session! 

Terri Sánchez is the Senior Lecturer in Flute at the University of Texas at Arlington. Legendary flutist Paula Robison writes, “Sánchez has a beautiful presence as a player, and her sparkling clear sound spins out and fills the air with poetry.” Join Dr. Sánchez for an Overcoming Practice Anxiety workshop, which will help you practice flute with more confidence, ease and flow! 

Sánchez is a top prize winner in many national flute competitions, including 1st Prize, National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, 2nd Prize, NFA Young Artist Competition (along with “Best Performance of Newly Commissioned Work”), 1st Prize, San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, 2nd Prize, Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, 2nd Prize, Upper Midwest Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Finalist, Walfrid Kujala Piccolo Competition.  She also performed with both the SMU Meadows and UNT Symphony Orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. 

Dr. Sánchez has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at conventions, festivals and universities across the country. She recently joined forces with Kate Martin, flutist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, to take on the epic project of educating musicians of all ages and levels about the power of emotionally intelligent practice. Keep an eye out for Practice Junkie YouTube videos coming soon!