Cameron University Department of Music to present flute masterclass, free concert

The Cameron University Department of Music will host guest performer Dr. Shelley Martinson on Wednesday, October 28. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., she will conduct an open masterclass for flute students, then will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Both events take place in the McCutcheon Recital Hall and are open to the public.

Cameron students Sarah Coe, Frederick, and Nola McReynolds, Lawton, will participate in the masterclass, as will Elgin Middle School student Rachel Gregg and Elgin High School student Rashelle Brown.  

“Shelley Martinson is a dedicated educator who will bring a new perspective to the students in the masterclass,” says Dr. Carolyn Keyes, a faculty member in the CU Department of Music. “Each student will perform a prepared piece for her, and then she will work with each flautist individually.  Other musicians are encouraged to watch the class so that they can learn as well.”

For the concert, Martinson will be accompanied by Yu-Ling Chen, a music instructor at SWOSU, on piano, and will perform works by Uébayashi, Long, Ganne, Veldhuis, Teleman and Prokofiev.

Martinson, an assistant professor of music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has appeared as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician throughout the United States. She previously served on the faculty of the Skidmore Summer Flute Institute and the Florida State University Summer Music Program. She acted as Visiting Instructor of Flute and Chamber Music at Skidmore College prior to her appointment at SWOSU. Martinson serves on the board of the Oklahoma Flute Society (Vice President) and on the National Flute Association's Career and Artistic Development Committee.

An advocate of both music of the past and present, Martinson has premiered more than a dozen new works featuring the flute and also studies and performs on Baroque flute. Martinson is founder and president of the Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC), an award winning commissioning organization dedicated to expanding and enhancing the modern flute repertoire. 

Recipient of the NFA's 2014 Graduate Research Competition, Martinson continues to actively study historical performance, musical aesthetics, and East Asian flute traditions. She earned her Doctorate of Music in flute performance with a certificate in World Music from Florida State University. She holds additional degrees in flute performance (MM), music history (MM), and music (BA) from the University of Akron and Skidmore College.

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October 21, 2015

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