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Summer Flute Master Classes with Barbara Hopkins

August 8 - August 12 2016

Middle-school program: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
*Optional middle-school full-day option: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

High School Session: 1:30–4:30 p.m.


Master classes for the Emerging Flutist will engage flutists to think beyond the rote and technical aspects of flute playing. This week of intensive training will provide flute students with the opportunity to gain performance experience, study with a professional solo, chamber, and orchestral artist, and learn alongside their peers in a supportive and encouraging environment. Each day will include a group stretch, warm-up, flute ensemble rehearsal and flute repertoire study. In addition, this set of masterclasses will feature a rotating daily schedule of 30 minute blocks, including clinics on topics important to you–from tips and techniques of tuning to how to present yourself at an audition. This week will bring your musicianship to the next level.

Program Clinic Highlights for High School and Middle School Flutists:

  • The Art and Technique of Practice and Performance
  • Your Best Flute: A Guide to the Flute Market
  • Flute tuning: From Basics to Extended Techniques
  • Posture and Position
  • Mock Auditions

Middle School students should have a minimum of two years of playing experience before enrolling in this program. High School students should have a minimum of three years of playing experience before enrolling. Students who wish to enroll, but do not have the required experience should request an audition. To arrange for an audition please contact Barbara Hill, Summer Program Manager, at harttcomm@hartford.edu or 860.768.4451.


About Barbara Hopkins

Dr. Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music under Thomas Nyfenger, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School with John Wion. She currently serves as Assistant Principal Flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, teaches at The Hartt School Community Division, and plays historical flute with the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble.

She has 25 years of teaching experience at all levels, including Hartt Community Division, University of Connecticut, Stony Brook University, and Marywood University. Her teaching emphasizes solid musicianship, technique, and problem solving skills in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Her students have won competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, National Flute Association, Greater Boston Flute Association, and the University of Connecticut.

She has recorded four CDs including the brand new Songs and Dances of Early America, recorded entirely on historical instruments. Flute Talk magazine recommends her Andersen Etudes opus 15 CD, writing, "Hopkins plays these virtuoso etudes with taste and a technical ease that many students work for years to never achieve." The Flute Network praised her Telemann Methodical Sonatas recording as "full, rich, and highly musical", and the best selling Short Concert Pieces disc was partially funded by a grant from The Hartt School Community Division.

Barbara was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing Principal flute under Leonard Bernstein.

More information about Barbara is available at www.barbarahopkins.com

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