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Dear Readers,

Music is vocation, avocation, a beloved hobby, a commodity to be consumed alongside nearly every facet of our lives. In this month’s edition of The Flute Examiner, we have an interview with Jonathan Cohen, an arranger of wonderful flute choir music, which might never have happened had his wife not wanted to play the trumpet in a community band! (You’ll have to read the interview to understand the rest!) We send you the second contribution in our collaboration with New York Women Composers, Jing Zhou’s Four Winds, a piece inspired in part by her love of traditional bamboo flutes like the dizi. I have written a reflection on these strange times in which we find ourselves, and we are also happy to share a research project: Rachel Hacker’s 2020 Flute Census, which asks in the light some questions that we usually only ask each other obliquely, if at all. This month we bring you all of those aspects of music: musings from people for whom the flute plays a variety of different roles, all important and worthy of being shared.

—Jessica Dunnavant, Editor

image Electricity and Inspiration: A Conversation with Jonathan Cohen

Keith: We’ve known each other for quite a while but I know our readers would be interested in knowing what you do as…

image Rachel Hacker’s 2020 Flute Census

Shrill? In completing my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bard College/Longy School of Music, I have decided to write my…

image Reflections from the Couch

Tomorrow begins my sixth week of sheltering at home, doing my utmost to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19, and I am feeling all…

image Four Winds for Solo Flute by Composer Jing Zhou

Four Winds is my first piece for solo flute. I wanted to explore the different possibilities that the flute’s timbres and textures afforded…

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