AZ FluteFest at MCC

AZ FluteFest 2023

Where is the PAC? Saturday, June 24, 2023

10:00 am - 6:00pm

Sarah Jackson in concert at 7:30pm

Performing Arts Center, 1520 S. Longmore

Multiple performances and presentations are offered throughout the day. Concerts by the Caliendo Duo (flute & guitar), Abby Coffey, Michelle Stolper, and the Desert Echoes Flute Chamber Choir. Presentations include Live Ultrasound Imaging to explore the flutist oral cavity and tongue positioning with Dr. Joshua Gardner; Creativity and its Application in Business by Christopher Caliendo, and Neuroplasticity in the Practice Room with Riley Brasse.

Visit with exhibitors 10am - 6pm

Tickets are $50 and include the evening concert at 7:30pm

Discounted tickets for MCC students and full-time students with ID available at the door: $35

Guest Artist Concert Only: $15

Thank you to our sponsors for their artist and event support: Keefe Piccolo Company; Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc; Milano Music

Schedule of events for the AZ FluteFest 2023 Photo Collage of the artists AZ FluteFest 2023

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson holding Piccolo

Featured guest artist Sarah Jackson, Piccolo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be presenting classes during the day including a master class and performing an evening concert. Ms. Jackson is a sought-after soloist and teacher on both flute and piccolo. She plays a Keefe piccolo and a Brannen flute. https://www.laphil.com/musicdb/artists/2594/sarah-jackson

Tickets for Ms. Jackson's concert will also be available separately. | Tickets will be available in advance and at the door.

Sonatine de Giverny.........................................Daniel Dorff (1956- ) 1. Les fleurs ravissantes
2. Les jardins d’eaux
3. En ville

Sonata No. 1 ...........................................................Eric Ewazen (1954- ) 1. Allegro leggiero

2. Andante teneramente 3. Allegro giocoso

Diary of a Songbird......................................Gary Schocker (1959- ) 1. Advice to a Young Starling

2. One Lovebird 3. A Lark in the Park

-intermission-

Hall of Ghosts (solo piccolo)............Amanda Harberg (1973- )

Histoire du Tango flute ...................... Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Bordel 1900
Cafe 1930

Concert d’aujourd’hui

Sonata for Piccolo and Piano .................... Mike Mower (1958- ) Lively
Gently
Fiery

Encore:
La Tourterelle Polka op 119 .........Eugene Damare (1840-1919)

Table of Contents

Sarah Jackson, flute & piccolo • Gail Novak, piano

Performers/Presenters include:

The Caliendo Duo

Kristin and Christopher Caliendo pictured with a lake and mountains in the background

The Flute and Guitar Duo present a performance of Latin Music by composer and performer Christopher Caliendo.


Acariciame

Ven a mis Brazos

Tristeza

Ardiente

La Primavera

La Milonga

Tango del Andalus

Por Sempre para Sempre

El Conquistador

Torbellino

Caliente

Kristin Caliendo, flute Christopher Caliendo, guitar

Christopher's catalog of world music compositions for flute blends tango, gypsy, flamenco, jazz, and classical styles into an exciting world music synthesis. His music has been commissioned by film studios, philharmonics, the Vatican, the U.S. Military, political figures, and Hollywood celebrities.

Dr. Kristin Caliendo earned her DMA from Claremont Graduate Univ. in 2016, her MM from Arizona State Univ. in 2005, and her BA from Grand Canyon Univ. in 2003. Kristin currently teaches private lessons from home, performs with Christopher, and homeschools their son, Christian Paul.

Abby Coffey with Chaz Salazar

Abby Coffey in a black dress holding a piccolo

Tarantelle ........................................... Philippe Gaubert (1879 - 1941) Abby Coffey, piccolo • Chaz Salazar, flute
Gail Novak, piano

Metamorphosis Suite ........................ Arturo Rodriguez (b1976) I. Birth
II. Reflection I
II. Chrysalis
IV. Flight
V. Resonance
VI. Sleep
Chaz Salazar, flute, piccolo, alto flute

Umoja...........................................................Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)

Abby Coffey, flute • Chaz, Salazar, flute • Jully Guillen, alto flute • Sam Lupe, bass flute

-brief intermission-

Sonata for Piccolo and Piano.....Amanda Harberg (b. 1973)

Abby Coffey, piccolo • Gail Novak, piano

Lockvogel, Op. 449 ......................... Wilhelm Popp (1828 - 1902)

Abby Coffey and Chaz Salazar, piccolo • Gail Novak, piano

Abby Coffey is the First Prize winner of the prestigious 2019 National Flute Association Piccolo Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition, holds the Flute 2/Piccolo position in the Symphony of the Southwest, and performs frequently as a substitute musician with The Phoenix Symphony. Abby is currently the Adjunct Flute Professor at Arizona Christian University, where she also teaches music education and pedagogy courses.

Chaz Salazar with Flute

Chicano flutist Chaz Salazar (he/him/él) uses music as a tool for social justice and community building. He is the Executive Director of the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) which provides BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) students access to the resources and assets of the "classical" symphony orchestra. Chaz created the program as part of his Sphinx Orchestral Futurist Fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival on the campus of the University of Maryland.

He has also served as a teaching artist for Harmony Project PHX, SOUNDS Academy, and is a proud alum of Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Chaz has performed as a guest flutist with the Phoenix Symphony, Prescott Pops Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic (MD) where he premiered Adolphus Hailstork's Requiem 'A Knee on the Neck' after the murder of George Floyd.

Chaz is a proud first-generation college graduate and earned his Bachelor's and Master's of Music Performance in Flute from ASU; as well as a post-graduate Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with Demarre McGill (Seattle Symphony, Principal Flute). Chaz's notable teachers include Judy Conrad, Dr. Elizabeth Buck, Brian Gordon, and Marco Granados.

Michelle Stolper

Michelle Stolper in Fuchsia Dress with Flute

Sonata Celebre ..............................................Craig Bohmler (b.1956)

I. Theme and Variations
II. Lento
III. Molto Allegro

Deep Blue...................................................................Ian Clarke (b.1964)

Suite for Flute and Piano, Op.34.............Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)

I. Moderato

II. Scherzo

III. Romance

IV. Final

Michelle Stolper, flute • Gail Novak, piano

Michelle Stolper is the Principal Flutist of the West Valley Symphony and a highly sought-after flute teacher in the North Phoenix area. She plays frequently with The Phoenix Symphony, and throughout the valley as a soloist and chamber musician. Michelle has also performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Prescott Pops, and Symphony of the Southwest among others. Michelle enjoys teaching private lessons in her award winning flute studio, and directs the flute choir at Mountain Ridge High School.
You can see Michelle at the National Flute Association Convention in Phoenix this August performing Sonata Celebre for flute and piano by Craig Bohmler, and directing the Mountain Ridge HS Flute Choir in concert.

Desert Echoes Flute Chamber Choir

The eight members of DEF Chamber Choir photographed on stairs in the lobby of the MCC PAC

Desert Echoes Flute Chamber Ensemble

Fall in Arches.........................................................David Gunn (b.1947)

Six anges qui dansant dans le ciel........................................................ Masamicz Amano (b. 1957)

(Six Angels Dancing in the Sky)

Suite Picaresque..........................................David Uber (1921-2007) I. Moderato tranquillo
II. Allegro
IV. Allegro

Pontchartrain ........................................... Valerie Coleman (b. 1970) Raga Dohara.....................................................Derek Charke (b.1974)

Alan Tomasetti, flute & piccolo
Alicia Wardell, flute & piccolo
Amber Walker, flute
Rhonda Bowen, flute
Linda Bailey, flute, piccolo, & Eb soprano flute Jim Turner, alto flute
Clarissa Tracy, alto & bass flutes Shelley Atchison, bass flute
Samuel Lupe, contrabass flute

Dr. Joshua Gardner

Dr. Joshua GardnerDr. Joshua Gardner

Presentation of Live Ultrasound Imaging of the flutist's Oral Cavity and Tongue Positions

Joshua Gardner is Clinical Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Performance Physiology Research Laboratory at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 2011. He performs regularly with several ensembles, including the internationally recognized Paradise Winds and Égide Duo. Gardner won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition in 2008 and has presented lectures on tongue motion during clarinet performance throughout the US, often accompanied by live tongue imaging. He is also a member of the interdisciplinary ASU research group, SAMBA – Science of Art, Music, and Brain Activity. The group plans to integrate ecologically-based perceptual scene-analysis theory, music performance and education principles, and neural brain modeling tests. Dr. Gardner received Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Gardner is a Henri Selmer Paris/Conn-Selmer Performing Artist playing Privilege clarinets and a Silverstein Pro Team Artist.

Christopher Caliendo

Head shot of CHRISTOPHER CALIENDO in black shirt in black background

Presentation on Creativity and Its Application in Business

Christopher Caliendo was Hailed “A Wunderkind!” by LA Weekly, Christopher is a Composer, Guitarist, Publisher, Educator, and Recording Artist whose diverse music styles — featuring everything from Brazilian samba to Italian folk songs to American pop music to classical melodies—have been embraced worldwide, finding equal resonance with film studios, philharmonics, chamber societies, the Vatican, the U. S. Military, fellow artists, political figures, and celebrities.

As a composer, Caliendo is considered a “best bet” by the Los Angeles Times, with more than 400 published theatrical works, many of which are standards in today’s repertoire and several have been chosen as subjects for dissertations for Doctoral students. As a self-publisher, Caliendo has won numerous honors, including 10-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Sheet Music Award.

Christoper Caliendo's full bio

Riley Brasse

Clarinetist Riley Braase pictured with clarinet at a beach with water in the background

Presentation of Neuroplasticity in the Practice Room

Riley Braase is a multigenre musician currently pursuing his doctoral degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University. He has performed with groups including the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory graduate fellowship wind quintet, and the Opuntia Winds quintet. His dissertation research focuses on music and the brain, particularly how musicians can apply science based strategies to practice, teaching, and performance.