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Dear Readers,

This month’s edition of The Flute Examiner hits home for me in several different ways! You see, I’m playing a musical this month, including six or seven shows over the course of four days each week. As I write this note to you, I’m sitting in my favorite chair with a heated shiatsu neck massager on, trying to both undo the effects of playing the show twice yesterday and prepare me to play again twice today. Kelly’s article on self-care during Nutcracker season could not have come across my virtual desk at a better time! 

Katherine Lewis’ fourth article on flutist/administrators covers the scheduling mayhem that comes with that lifestyle, boiling down the possibilities into a few different scenarios. As someone who wears a lot of different hats and sets her own schedule, Katherine’s article let me know I’m not alone—and neither are you! Keith supplies us with tips for keeping our wooden instruments healthy in cold weather, and our featured interview this month also comes from Kelly, who sat down with low flutes expert and muse for new repertoire, Carla Rees.

Happy Holidays from the Flute Examiner crew. Thank you for reading our newsletter each month. We wish you all a beautiful start to the new decade!

Jessica Dunnavant
—Editor, The Flute Examiner

image Interview with Carla Rees by Kelly Mollnow Wilson

KW:  When did you start playing the flute? Baroque flute? Piccolo? Big flutes? CR: I first heard the flute at a concert played by Atarah Ben Tovim when I was 3 years old.…

image Reducing Your Risk for Injury – Even During Nutcracker/Holiday Concert Season!

This semester, I tried a new type of assignment in my college class. My students were supposed to listen to a podcast and then answer a few questions about what…

image Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

The cold touch of winter has finally set in for most of the country. Winter brings beautiful things like snow, warm blankets, hot cocoa, and the smell of fresh baked…

image A Day in the Life of a Flutist-Administrator

In the first three of this 6-part series on flutist administrators, we’ve defined what an administrator is, figured out how flutists can be both musician and administrator, and heard from…

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