On March 3, 2018, Wichita State University (WSU)’s School of Music will hold its first-ever FluteShox Day, dedicated to all things flute, at Duerksen Fine Arts Center on campus. Guest artist Dr. Jonathan Keeble from the University of Illinois will present a flute masterclass and recital, as will WSU flute professor Dr. Carmen Lemoine. Sponsored by Senseney Music and Nagahara Flutes, the event will include flute exhibits, workshops, flute choir readings, and more! It’s open to flutists and flute enthusiasts of all ages and is only $10!
The School of Music’s Associate Director, Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn says, “Events like this are important for both our students and faculty. It gives Wichita State opportunities to help nurture growing artists in our community and collaborate with colleagues from other universities.” Lemoine adds, “When a flutist hears others play, shares ideas about teaching and performing, and takes that experience home, the result is a raised standard for flutists across the state, which translates into higher level music-making in Kansas.”
Having grown up in Oklahoma, Lemoine remembers when Dr. Keeble was once professor of flute at Oklahoma State University. They both have degrees from the Eastman School of Music and so it was an easy choice when deciding whom to invite for the inaugural FluteShox Day. Since moving to Kansas in 2016 to teach at WSU, Lemoine has encouraged flutists to participate in more musical activities, not just at the University but also in the wider community. She is proud to present the first of what she hopes will be many future FluteShox Days.