Felix Skowronek Memorial Event
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Felix Skowronek Memorial Event!
Our 2020 Event is currently being planned - check back in the spring for more details when we release our full season announcement.
The Felix Skowronek Memorial Event is an annual event sponsored by the Seattle Flute Society in honor the organization's founder, Felix Skowronek. The event traditionally features local artists and/or wooden flute specialists. Past events have featured performances by Demarre McGill, Jeffrey Barker, Janet See, and Cathy Ransom Karoly, among others.
Felix Skowronek (1935-2006) earned a B.M. from the Curtis Institute, where he was a student of William Kincaid. Skowronek was a founding member of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and played as principal flute of the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle, St. Louis, and Puerto Rico Symphonies. He also played principal for the Seattle Opera's summer series of Wagner's Ring cycle. He served as professor of flute at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the University of Washington. He was the founding president of the Seattle Flute Society and served as president of the National Flute Association from 1985-86. He was twice the music director of Belle Arte Concerts, from 1983-1992 and 1999-2004.
Skowronek acted as a consultant to the Verne Q. Powell Company. An authority on the use of foreign and domestic hardwood species for flute and woodwind instrument manufactures, he documented the tonal qualities of numerous hardwood species carved into wood flutes and wood flute head joints. His research, performances and lectures throughout the 1980s and 1990s contributed significantly to the return of the wood flute and the option of using a wood head joint to create specific tonal effects relevant to the specific genre of music to be performed.
Highlights from the 2019 event
featuring Leonard Garrison
Highlights from the 2018 event
featuring Janet See
2019 Guest Artists
Leonard Garrison is Professor of Flute and Associate Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, flutist in The Northwest Wind Quintet and The Scott/Garrison Duo, and Principal Flutist of the Walla Walla Symphony. A recipient of an Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship, a President’s Mid-Career Award at the University of Idaho, and 2016 prizes as Instrumental Soloist and in Chamber Music from The American Prize, he is faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He has recorded eleven critically acclaimed CDs for Albany Records, Capstone Records, and Centaur Records and been a soloist on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, concerto soloist on both flute and piccolo, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. Garrison has served as President, Treasurer, Secretary and Convention Program Chair of The National Flute Association. Previously, he was Instructor of Flute at The University of Tulsa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas and at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. He has performed in the Chicago Symphony (including a 2003 tour of Japan), the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Spokane Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic and Tulsa Opera Orchestra, the Scotia Festival, and the Music Festival of Arkansas. The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and other journals have published his many articles, and he has presented at The British Flute Society, national conferences of the National Flute Association, the College Music Society, the Midwest Clinic, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and conferences of the National Association for Music Education Northwest Division, the Ohio Music Education Association, and the Idaho Music Educators Association. Leonard holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef. He received Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from Stony Brook University, studying with Samuel Baron. His Bachelor of Music is from the The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teacher was Robert Willoughby.
American pianist Roger McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Cyprus, New Zealand and Mexico. McVey is an assistant professor of piano at the University of Idaho, and he has previously taught at the University of Kansas, Mercer University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, Indiana University and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. McVey has studied with internationally acclaimed pianists Menahem Pressler, Jack Winerock, Anton Nel, Herbert Stessin and Henry Doskey, and he has coached with artists such as Claude Frank, Janos Starker, William Warfield, Eric Rosenblith and the Emerson Quartet. He was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.) and was a semi-finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his "passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity." Recent performances have taken him to China, South Korea, Spain and Italy, as well as New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta. In 2012 he released his third CD recording, entitled Perspectives. In addition to his solo concerts, McVey performs with his trio, the Trio St. Croix and regularly collaborates as a chamber musician. An active clinician, McVey frequently gives masterclasses and presentations at universities, music schools and for music teacher associations. He has presented at the College Music Society national conference and for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. An avid listener of rock music, jazz, rap and funk, McVey's other interests include cooking, playing chess, surfing and skiing. He resides in Moscow, Idaho, with his wife, Giselle, and their three children.
Over the past twenty-five years James Reid has performed hundreds of times throughout the United States and Canada appearing in concerts for guitar societies, colleges and universities, and for arts councils. He has also been a featured artist at numerous festivals including the Sun Waves Guitar Festival in Miami, the Portland Guitar Festival, Guitar New Orleans, The Guitar and Lute Institute, The Elkhorn Festival, and the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival. In addition, his music has been aired on many public radio and television broadcasts in the west. Mr. Reid is also the founder of the Northwest Guitar Festival and the director of the guitar program at the University of Idaho. Mr. Reid has released seven solo recordings that have been reviewed favorably both here and abroad. He has commissioned works by Bryan Johanson, Andrew York, Maximo Diego Pujol, and Gwyneth Walker and he regularly features recent compositions in his recital programs. In addition, he performs classics of the guitar repertoire by composers such as Mertz, Giuliani, Bach, and Sor. Mr. Reid has three times given presentations at international guitar festivals; on the music of Abel Carlevaro, on the music of Maximo Diego Pujol, and on the music of Bryan Johanson. In 1998, he was the recipient of a grant from the University of Idaho Research Council to record the music of the 19th century virtuoso-composer Johann Kaspar Mertz. In September of 1999 his recording, Sounds of the Bard, was featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program. Most recently, Mr. Reid has released, Portraits, which features world premiere recordings of Laminas de Invierno by Argentine composer Maximo Diego Pujol and Mr. Reid’s own suite, Portraits. Aside from his activities as a performer and teacher Mr. Reid served for eight years as the Review Editor for Recordings for Soundboard, the quarterly publication of the Guitar Foundation of America. He has also served as a judge for numerous state, regional, national, and international competitions.
Chant de Parthenope (1968)
Rondo Finale: Allegro molto gajo
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra (1949) André Jolivet (1905-1974)
1. Andante cantabile
2. Allegro scherzando
4. Allegro risoluto
Emma Lenderink, flute
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1926) Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
1. Allegro moderato
Meg Takezawa, flute
Megan McElroy, piano
Emma Lenderink is a student of Karla Flygare, and is a senior studying flute performance at the University of Puget Sound. As an aspiring professional musician, she hopes to one day perform as a member of a professional orchestra. She is currently principal flute of the University of Puget Sound’s Symphony Orchestra and formerly the principal flute of the University’s Wind Ensemble. Currently, she is also a member of several on-campus chamber ensembles, including a flute and guitar duo. Emma is a former student of Laura Werner.
Meg Takezawa has been playing flute since 5th grade, and is currently principal flute with the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. She studies with Sandra Saathoff, and has also been selected for All-Northwest Band and the Western International Band Clinic. At school, she is in the marching band and travels to many competitions within the state. In her spare time, Meg likes to draw and bake for her family and friends.