2018 Event-Walsh Session

Warm up your flute, body, and soul quickly and efficiently!

The sound of the flute brings us great joy of course- we are flutists! But perhaps the feeling of playing the instrument, just like the feeling of breathing can bring us great joy as well.

One of the biggest things students talk to me about is the lack of consistency of sound. Even though our body is a dynamic, ever changing wonder- this doesn’t mean that our focus on balance should fluctuate. When we practice we are building unconscious memories in a goal that our performances are filled with a trust in our body- that we can sing in our mind and through our body.

This class is about two things that flutists can carry over to their personal practice. The first is to be more in tune with the physical feelings of playing the instrument. By putting the right thought into preparing our body (which plays the instrument) we can feed our soul by producing gorgeous tone and beautiful music. The second is an encouragement of flutists to practice their technique with their flutist and musician friends. The session is full of various tried, true and some new group and individual practice techniques and is half lecture- half participatory.

Participants are asked to bring their Taffanel & Gaubert 17 daily exercises (#1, 5, 10), and Andersen Op. 15 (#1-3). I will provide handouts from IMSLP for those that do not own/not aware/forget, etc. as well as a melody, and a handout that goes over exercises and what the main focus points will be.

This class is inspired by technique classes I had with Trevor Wye during my undergraduate degree. Since then I have led group technique classes wherever I go and learned new ideas along the way! First at the Hartt School during my graduate studies and now at Illinois College, University of Illinois Springfield and at the Flute by the Sea Masterclass in Matunuck RI.

Presenter Biography

A versatile and passionate performer and educator, Abigail Walsh is an Applied Music Specialist at the University of Illinois Springfield and the flute instructor at Illinois College. She teaches at the Flute by the Sea Masterclass in Matunuck RI each May and performs with pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang in Music Wall Duo and with the Central Illinois Woodwind Quintet.

Prior to her Illinois positions she held the Principal Flute position in Hartford Opera Theater, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and the Oskaloosa Symphony and held a first flute position in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. Dr. Walsh has also been a faculty member at the Hartt School, the Hartt School Community Division and the Ethel Walker School, as well as the flute teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. She has been the flute faculty artist at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hartt High School Intensive Instrumental Workshop, and the Western Illinois University’s Summer Music Institute.

Praised for her radiant tone and inspiring teaching style, Abigail gives master classes and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly. She has performed at four NFA conventions, the Mid-Atlantic, Chicago and Iowa Flute Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids, Decatur and Taylorville Municipal Bands as well as with various groups at the University of Iowa, the Hartt School, the University of Illinois Springfield, and through the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival. Among Abigail’s notable accomplishments are winning second place in the Washington Society Young Artist Competition, the Emeritus Recording Competition and being a semi-finalist in the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition.

Abigail holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Hartford, the Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms and John Wion. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa while studying with Tamara Thweatt, Robert Dick, and Tadeu Coelho. Other primary teachers include Betty Bang Mather and her late step-mother, first flute teacher and mentor, Margaret Linnan Kegel.