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Dear Readers,

          This month’s Flute Examiner is very exciting, and I hope you’ll love these articles just as much as I do! From Helen Spielman, we have a wonderful, helpful article on writing a good bio—something I suspect makes us all cringe just a little upon contemplation. Kelly has written a primer for understanding our ribs and how they support us as we breathe and play, and Keith has provided an excellent article full of tips for using trial time efficiently when searching for a new flute.

We unveil an exciting new collaboration with New York Women Composers, Inc., that will bring new repertoire possibilities to our readers, and our interview this month features collaborative pianist Dianne Frazer, who plays such an important role in so many performances. This edition is rich and informative and we are proud to present it to our readers!

Jessica Dunnavant & The Flute Examiner Team


image Dianne Frazer: Artistry in Collaboration

JD: Tell us a little about your background. How did you come to music as a career? DF: I was a “preacher’s kid” growing up, so moving every five years…

image New York Women Composers, Inc. Joins Forces with The Flute Examiner

As president of New York Women Composers, Inc., it’s my pleasure to introduce our organization and the exciting project with “The Flute Examiner.” A brief background: Our group was founded…

image Rave Review Bios for Musicians: 10 Tips

I’m enchanted, occasionally, by a musician’s bio, if it’s charismatic, revelatory, charming, witty, or elegant. Many bios I read, though, are boring, ordinary, and poorly written……like my husband’s, before I…

image Why We Should Love Our Ribs

What structures are you using when you breathe?  If you ask a bunch of flute players this question, the typical answers are lungs, diaphragm, mouth, and abdominal muscles.  All of…

image Flute Shopping 101

Having just spent the weekend showing flutes at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention in Herndon, VA, this topic is fresh on my mind. Deciding that it is time to invest a…

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