famous flutist teaches master class
flutist attracts over 400 people from all over the country
Flute students and instructors from all over Texas came
to hear the music of flutist Sir James Galway.
In a casual and humorous manner, Galway conducted a
five-hour master class at Pepsico Recital Hall in Ed
Landreth Auditorium, in which he spoke about different
flute techniques and critiqued the performances of three
It was fantastic, said Erich Tucker, vice
president of the Texas Flute Society, who sponsored
the class. He kept the audiences attention.
Hes the best in the world.
For the first two hours, Galway offerred practical advice
on subjects such as how to hold the flute and how to
play with feeling. He frequently asked the entire audience
to get out their flutes and play short exercises.
The remainder of the class was filled with performances
by three flute students, which Galway critqued for the
benefit of the entire audience. Performers had to apply
and submit a recording for the competitive selection
process, said Chris Hawkins, a flute student who works
at TCUs music office.
The selectivity was pretty high, Hawkins
said. Its very prestigious because James
Galway is so highly regarded.
Kimberly Hudson, a graduate student at Texas Tech who
performed, said she was honored to be chosen. Galway
let her play most of her piece on his platinum flute.
was fantastic, she said. He was so direct
and his hints were very helpful.
Tucker, who organized the class, had the original idea
in October of last year when he saw that Galway would
be coming to Fort Worth to play in the Cliburn series
at Bass Hall Tuesday night. Tucker sent an e-mail to
Galways wife, asking if it would be possible for
Galway to give a master class. He said he expected to
be refused, since Galway very rarely does master classes.
still dont know why he came, Tucker said.
Over 400 people from all across the country came.
We dreamed 40 people would come. We never dreamed it
would be this big.
Tucker said TCU was chosen as the venue because of Pepsico
We love the auditorium, he said. It
reminds us of Epcot.
After the class concluded, students and instructors
alike rushed to the stage to get autographs and pictures
taken with the world-famous flutist.
all in awe because hes like a movie star to us,
said Kara Fortenberry, a flute student from Texas Tech.
Well have a lot to tell people when we get