VISALIA – If you’re an amateur or advanced flutist and want to learn from the best there’s no better place to learn than right here in Tulare County. The College of the Sequoias Training Resource Center is holding a Flute Choir and Pedagogy class. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the COS Visalia campus from Feb. 6 through May 1.
More important than where it will be held is who will be teaching the class. Yamaha Performing Artist and director of the nationally acclaimed Wyndfall Flute Orchestra, Tracy Harris will be offering a flute choir/pedagogy class. Harris, who is also an adjunct instructor at COS, is offering the class to all flutists, amateur or advanced, who reside in Tulare and Kings counties. The class will conclude with a spring concert on May 4. The class will focus on all basic flute techniques and performance practices – there will also be rehearsing of work for concerts. This class is great for someone who hasn’t picked up a flute since high school all the way to someone who is very advanced.
For those unfamiliar with Harris’ work, she is a highly sought after soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. Performing nationally and internationally, Harris gives numerous solo performances, chamber recitals, clinics, flute boots, and master classes. She has soloed with symphony orchestras from the Santa Barbara Symphony to the Pacific Coast Symphony and has held many first chair positions including the Santa Maria Symphony, the Pacific Coast Symphony and the West Coast Symphony. She is currently Alto Flutist and Soloist in residence with the Tulare Symphony. Ms. Harris is the Artistic Director and Founder of the popular “Tracy Harris Flute Boot Camps” which help over a thousand flutists each year (www.FluteBoot.com), as well as The Wyndfall Chamber Music Series that performs to sold-out audiences each season.
Her latest CD “Eklectick” recorded with her duo partner Svetlana Rudikova-Harris has won critical acclaim and features classics, new arrangements and compositions written by herself and Dr. Todd Harris.
As artistic director for the Wyndfall Conservatory in Exeter, Harris teaches flute, piccolo and low flutes and is also in the award winning Wyndfall Trio with Concert Pianist Svetlana Rudikova-Harris and Concert Harpist Wendy LeBlanc. The 30-member Wyndfall Flute Orchestra is comprised of musicians ages 14 to 88 with specialists on everything from piccolos, C flutes, Alto flutes to Bass flutes. The orchestra is one of only eight flute ensembles, chosen through worldwide competitive audition, to perform at this year’s convention. Harris will be conducting a “showcase” of the orchestra.
The cost for the class is $45 per person. For more information, or to register, please visit www.cos.edu/communityed or call 559-688-3130.