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A Festival of Woodwinds

In the interest of protecting the health of all musicians, the return of The Festival of Woodwinds will be postponed until February of 2021.  But to learn more about the event, please review the information from previous year's event below.


February 2, 2019
SMSU Fine Arts Building

The Festival of Woodwinds is a day-long workshop for woodwind players featuring guest artist, Immanuel Davis.  The day will include woodwind choir rehearsals, a guest recital, a guest masterclass including Alexander Technique components, and a Finale Concert.  The event is open to any and all woodwind players regardless of age or ability level.  It is also open to directors and other musicians interested in woodwind performance and Alexander Technique.

Registrations will be accepted beginning on January 3, 2019 with the following fee structure:
        Early registration (by January 18, 2019)--$30 per person  (includes lunch)
        Normal registration (after January 18)--$40 per person  (includes lunch)
        Masterclass only (flute/Alexander Technique)--$10 per person   
        **Directors bringing 5 students or more can receive a discounted rate.  Contact Dr. John Ginocchio.

Application Materials:  download application

Schedule for the day:
        8:30-9:00 a.m.       Registration/Check-in
        9:00-9:30               Warm-ups
        9:30-10:45             Woodwind Choir rehearsal
        11:00-12:00           Guest clinician recital 
        12:00-1:00             Lunch (provided)
        1:00-2:30               Workshop session/Masterclass  (Alexander Technique/masterclass)
        2:45-4:30               Woodwind Choir rehearsal
        5:00                       Finale concert

Guest Artist

picture of DavisFlutist Immanuel Davis is a highly versatile performer who enjoys playing the entire span of the flute repertoire. He has performed as a recitalist and master class teacher worldwide. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, MoMa's Summer Garden Series, Noonday Concerts at Trinity Church, and the “Meet the Virtuoso” series at the 92nd St Y. Orchestral work has included performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Davis has also played on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Show Boat and Ragtime, among others. Immanuel released his first CD, Prevailing Winds in December of 2003.

In 2005, Immanuel was a recipient of a Fulbright Grant for study of baroque flute and performance practice with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Since then he has performed as soloist and chamber player with such early music ensembles as Early Music New York, ARTEK, Lyra Baroque and the Bach Society of Minnesota, Mercury Orchestra, and Rebel. He has also been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and in numerous recitals with Barthold Kuijken and Wilbert Hazelzet.

In 2011, Immanuel released his second CD, “On a Clear Morning”, a program of works by Philippe Gaubert performed on period French instruments – A 19thcentury Louis Lot Flute and an Erard Grand Piano, making it the first modern recording of Gaubert’s music on French instruments. He is currently working on a recording project of the complete flute chamber works by Nikolai Kapustin.

A popular guest teacher, he has been invited to teach classes at Yale University, New England Conservatory, Grinell College, the North Carolina School of the Arts and Seattle Pacific University and several times for the National Flute Association Conventions. He has made multiple trips to Mexico, where he has served as woodwind clinician for the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra. He has also given several classes for the U.S. Air Force Bands in Sacramento and Colorado Springs, and has performed and given clinics for the National Flute Convention.

Educated at the Juilliard School, Mr. Davis received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Julius Baker. Immanuel Davis has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001. In June 2013, Immanuel completed the 3-year training to become an AmSat Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

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