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Dear Readers,

This month at the Flute Examiner, we mark a milestone—our 40th issue. It’s easy to forget in the streams of our everyday lives what effort it takes to produce a newsletter each month, and we thank each and every one of you for tuning in each month, for reading and writing and allowing us to be part of your communities. In this issue, we feature Amanda’s interview with Eva Amsler. Her story is inspiring and fascinating, and we hope that you’ll enjoy reading about her. Andrea Long wrote her story of finding a very special flute, and we are beyond pleased to have a submission from an avocational flutist! Guilherme Andreas has offered a scholarly paper regarding compositional techniques in two famous and much beloved orchestral solos: Debussy’s Prèlude á l’Après-midi d’un Faun and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe. Kelly has written about the necessity for each of us to take up enough space in this world, along with some of the myriad reasons we sometimes choose not to do so. Finally, this month’s New York Women Composers collaboration composition is Julie Mandel’s Blues for Paul, originally commissioned by renowned Seattle flutist Paul Taub.

You might have seen our appeal on Facebook and Instagram for flutists of color to send us their stories. While we don’t have the article full of stories that we initially wanted to publish this month, we do have articles and features upcoming over the next few months, and we would like to renew our pledge to bring more diversity to what we’re doing here. We welcome article submissions and we would love to hear from you. Frankly, if you’re reading this, that goes for everyone! We welcome articles based on pedagogy, wellness and career formation. Our world is changing every day, and at the Flute Examiner we feel that flexibility and the ability to transform our careers is now more of a necessity than a luxury.

We’ll be taking July off, as we usually do. See you in August, readers!

—Jessica Dunnavant, Editor

image A Conversation with Eva Amsler

I had the pleasure to sit and talk with my former teacher and mentor Eva Amsler, Professor at Florida State University. Her teaching,…

image Myth and Legend: Prélude and Daphnis

I have always been fascinated by the works of Debussy and Ravel. I remember even as a child, when my father would play…

image Claiming Your Space

As a movement educator and Body Mapping teacher, one of the things my students  consistently work with is claiming enough space, both in…

image Blues for Paul by Julie Mandel

As for notes about the work: It was commissioned by Paul Taub, a wonderful Seattle flutist. One of the first performances of the…

image Artley of My Heart by Andrea Long

The New York Times has a feature called Tiny Love Stories. These stories are capped at one hundred words and are about the…

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