Flute Master Class with Alexa Still
May 11, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Master class coaching by guest artists has been part of Hoff-Barthelson’s curriculum since the School’s founding in 1944. This distinguished tradition continues this season with a roster of world-class musicians and educators.
Master classes are an enlightening experience for students and audiences alike. After months of careful preparation, students perform for, and then receive feedback and guidance from a master teacher who challenges the student to think in new and critical ways about the piece they’ve prepared. The results are inspiring and serve as a catalyst for students to reach new heights in their own musical explorations. Yet the learning isn’t limited just to the students who perform. In point of fact, any student—regardless of their level of development or whether or not they even play the same instrument—can learn a great deal.
Master Classes are open to the public to observe free of charge, but reservations are required.
Alexa Still is known internationally primarily through her 20+ recordings that have garnered unanimous praise: “impeccable in technique and taste, seductive in phrasing” (Stephensen Classical C D Guide). “Still plays… so convincingly I cannot separate her from the music” (American Record Guide), “whatever she plays sounds musical in every turn of the phrase” (Gramophone), “a stunning showcase for the astonishing Alexa Still” (Fanfare). “Still showcases her exquisite lyricism and virtuosity on every track” Cleveland Classical.
Alexa got her doctorate in New York (SUNY Stony Brook), won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and, East and West Artists Competition and then at age 23, went back home as principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Other awards include a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright. Alexa left the NZSO to devote more time to solo engagements and teaching, first at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (where she was also director of Performance Research). She joined the Oberlin Conservatory in 2011, where she is Professor of Flute.
Alexa has performed as soloist in 16 countries, including many world premieres. Alexa’s articles have been read around the globe, and she has also served her profession as President of the National Flute Association (USA). Regular summer engagements include the Round top Festival (Texas) and Orford Musique (Quebec). When her flute is in its case, Alexa is an avid motorcyclist.