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Cynthia Ellis | James Walker | Dr. John Barcellona | Tadeu Coelho | Mary Karen Clardy


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About Cynthia Ellis
Instructor in Music and Powell Flute Artist

Cynthia Ellis teaches flute, directs the Flute Ensemble and teaches lecture courses at Cal State Fullerton. Solo piccolo with the Pacific Symphony, she has performed with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cabrillo Music Festival. She is also principal flute with the Opera Pacific Orchestra. Her chamber trio, Les Amis Musicalles, swept first at the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition and has performed at NFA conventions in Columbus (Ohio), Dallas (Texas) and San Diego (California). The trio released their debut CD “Beyond Beethoven”, on the Centaur label in February 2006 receiving favorable reviews internationally. She writes the monthly “Let's Talk Picc” column for Flute Talk magazine, and has received many honors, including, one of 2003’s Ten Women Making a Difference in Orange County for her work in music education. In addition, she serves on the National Flute Association's Pedagogy Committee.
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Jim Walker

Defining Jim Walker is no easy task. There are few musicians today who cross stylistic borders with the ease and beauty that is this man's legacy. im's flute as the lead voice of Free Flight creates its own niche in the musical heavens, not merely reshaping one idiom, but allowing a hybrid sound to emerge which propels Free Flight light years beyond jazz fusion.

Motion picture soundtracks bask in the lovely sound from his golden flute.Symphony orchestras sparkle with his dazzling technical marches and velvet-like melodies. Recital halls glow from the splendor of his classical interpretations. Students marvel at the power and control of his playing "up close".

In 2003 Paul McCartney invited Jim to join him in his performance at the Academy Awards broadcast. It was certainly the largest audience (up to 1 Billion Viewers) to have seen Jim performing.
The product of a musical household--his father, Bob, a public school band director and jazz clarinetist, his mother, Barbara, a church organist--Jim Walker's youth in Greenville, Kentucky was filled with piano (age 6) and flute lessons (age 10).

High school in Central City, Ky gave him many opportunities including exposure to other instruments; a starting guard position on the varsity basketball team; and through record clubs he sampled the latest in jazz.

A scholarship to the University of Louisville started Jim Walker in the direction of Music Education - but the "orchestral bug" bit him, committing his efforts to classical flute. He graduated with Honors and today holds the prestigious "Distinguished Alumni Award" as well as being named the first "Alumni Fellow" from the School of Music.

Following college Jim enlisted in the Army and went to West Point to join the USMA Band, simultaneously studying flute with Harold Bennett, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.Other significant teachers have been Sarah Fouse, Francis Fuge, James Pellerite, and Claude Monteux.

In 1969, an audition with the Pittsburgh Symphony landed him the desirable position of associate principal flutist. After eight years in Pittsburgh, Jim set his sights on Los Angeles and won the principal flute position at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A further sign of his orchestral ability was the invitation of Zubin Mehta to play principal flute in the South American tour of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982.

Jazz had always been a hobby in high school and college, Jim says, and exposure to L.A.'s live music scene rekindled his interest in jazz improvisation. By 1980 (after three years of improvisation practice) he was ready to move beyond the classical world, organizing a quartet featuring flute, piano, bass and drums.

This tradition-breaking group became Free Flight. Leaving the Philharmonic to gain the freedom to pursue the group and the freelance life must have seemed like a crazy risk in 1985. But, many recordings, successive "most valuable player" awards, a number one record ("Slice of Life"), four appearances on The Tonight Show, features on the Today Show, concert hall success and a growing demand for his master classes have proven his instincts correct.
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Dr. John Barcellona, "The Flute Doctor"
Professional Recording Artist and Professor of Flute,
Muramatsu Performing Artist: Guest Artist 2010

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Dr. JOHN BARCELLONA is Professor of Flute and Director of Woodwind Studies at California State University Long Beach, and flutist with the internationally acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet (recordings on Columbia, Crystal and WIM labels). The Quintet is currently recording the 24 complete wind quintets by Anton Reicha – a 12 CD set on Crystal. He has recently recorded a CD of Chrisopher Caliendo’s trio music with the Caliendo Trio:Christopher Caliendo-guitar and Ian Flatt-cello. An active freelance musician in southern California, he has played Principal Flute with the Pacific Symphony and many international ballet companies. His solo album, Is this the way to Carnegie Hall? (with Calvin Smith – horn) was nominated to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy award. John is a former member of the Moyse Duo with pianist, Louis Moyse. He has been a Muramatsu Performing Artist for over 25 years.  He has written a regular column in Flute Talk magazine entitled, “The Flute Doctor”. This is the first time the magazine has run a complete flute pedagogy series of articles. John Barcellona received his Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music, Master of Arts from California State University Long Beach, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California.

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Mary Karen Clardy: International Soloist, Chamber Artist , Author, and Teacher

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Mary Karen Clardy, Professor of Flute at the University of North Texas, appears throughout the United States, Great Britain, Europe, the Far East, and South America as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. A frequent performer for the NFA, including Boston, Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle, Washington, D. C., and Los Angeles, she has also appeared twice at the British Flute Society’s international conventions. Ms. Clardy’s newest recording on the EPR Label (Solos and Sonatinas) features the world premier recording of Steven Harlos’s Sonata Rubata, and she recorded a solo recital of American music for the BBC’s Radio 3, including works of Copland, Liebermann, and Barber. Renowned as a teacher, she regularly gives master classes at home and abroad, including Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music, London’s Royal and Trinity Colleges; Conservatorio da Venizia and Boccherini Institute in Italy; and Oberlin, Yale, and Manhattan Schools. By invitation of the Ministry of Culture, she has taught in Taiwan’s Summer Music Institute, and her students have been prize-winners in competitions throughout the world, including Rampal., NFA, MTNA, Markneukirchen, and Flute Talk. Ms. Clardy’s three books available from European American are in multiple reprint, and her edition of Altès Daily Exercises, published by Leduc, is available for the first time separate from the Complete Method. Recent publications include Classic Duets 2 and Classic Solos for Flute from Universal Edition and Fauré Melodies, Volumes 2 and 3 from Leduc. 2006 scheduled appearances include tours to Brazil, Asia, and Flute!™ Events in California, Colorado, and Texas.
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