Feel inspired as you listen to candid conversations with musicians, makers, and masters that walk through the door at Flute Center of New York. Join Caity Massoud as she sits down with famous flutists and gets some insight into their lives, passions, struggles, and hopes for the future. Season 1 features Emily Beynon, Nicola Mazzanti, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Emi Ferguson, Demarre McGill, Conor Nelson, Carol Wincenc, and Jean Ferrandis.
Mark Sparks is the Principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony, is a captivating soloist, an in-demand teacher, and an avid writer. Mark started in the Canton Symphony Orchestra, then the Caracas Symphony in Venezuela, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Mark has continued to push himself as a musician to stay at the top of his game. With him, it seems like the possibilities are limitless.
Christine Davis is the Principal Flutist of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Christine has performed as a soloist with the BPO and has been featured on an extensive and impressive list of recordings. As such, Christine has been rooted in the community in Buffalo for decades and is invested in sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years with her students.
Flutist and educator Keith Underwood is a flute guru. Flutists of all ages and abilities flock to him for his advice and to unlock their hidden potential. Keith’s methods are sometimes unusual- he makes use of breathing bags, chop sticks, rhythmic shakers, and spirometers, just to name a few. His out-of-the-box techniques have proven to be effective in addressing the issues of the modern flutist and provide solutions to difficult repertoire, too.
Heidi Kay Begay
Dr. Heidi Kay Begay is a flutist, teacher, and host of the podcast Flute 360. Having so much in common already, Heidi had the brilliant idea of getting together to chat about podcasting and its role in the flute community. We got to talking about our struggles as hosts, the lessons we’ve learned from our guests, and the realities of putting together an episode every week.
Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic after winning her audition for the flute and solo piccolo chair in 1979 at the age of 22. Her audition in the final round was full of snafus that could’ve thrown her off, but Mindy relied on the hard work she had put in to her preparation and rolled with the punches- and she ended up winning.
When she won the audition for Second Flute in the New York Philharmonic in 2012, Yoobin Son became the first ever Korean to join the woodwind section. Getting to know more about Yoobin and learning about her start on the flute, it ultimately didn’t seem so surprising that this highly motivated, dedicated, and persistent flutist would someday become a member of the New York Phil.