The Complete Flutist

Please note: The Complete Flutist is full and closed for registration for summer 2016.

The Complete Flutist is a five-day (July 24–29, 2016) seminar for flutists of all ages and levels who want to develop all aspects of their playing and musicianship. Being a “complete flutist” is director Immanuel Davis’s philosophy of playing and teaching. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016.

Schedule Overview

  • Sunday, July 24: Arrival and opening faculty recital/welcome reception
  • Monday, July 25: Class begins
  • Wednesday, July 27: Evening guest faculty recital
  • Friday, July 29: Student participant recital and last classes
  • Saturday, July 30: Departure

Faculty & Guest Artists

Name Title
Immanuel Davis Director, flutist, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique
Adam Kuenzel Flutist, Minnesota Orchestra member
Käthe Jarka Cellist, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique

About the Director

Immanuel Davis’ own path started with five years of study with Julius Baker at the Juilliard School, and simultaneous private study of breathing and flute technique with Keith Underwood. After his Juilliard years, Davis continued on his quest for being a complete flutist and started his serious study of the baroque flute, which culminated with a year in Holland studying with Wilbert Hazlezet and Barthold Kuijken. Starting in 2000, Davis embarked on a study of “himself” and became a serious student of the Alexander Technique. During his time as flute professor at the University of Minnesota, Davis realized that in order to teach people the way he truly wanted, which was to work on all aspects of the person, not just as instrumentalists, it would be imperative to become an Alexander teacher. Starting in 2010, Davis committed himself to the three-year training, receiving his AmSAT certification in 2013. Davis is the only flute professor teaching at a Big Ten University in the US who is certified to teach the Alexander Technique. 

For this class, Davis has gathered a team of artists at the top in their field who will help participants find their way to be complete flutists. Adam Kuenzel, principal flutist of the Minnesota Orchestra, is a wonderful coach and musician for orchestral excerpts. Käthe Jarka is a fantastic musician and Alexander Technique teacher who has taught all over the country giving presentations to music schools and festivals. She will be leading group classes in Alexander and will be giving participants new experiences in how their thinking process affects their bodies, and ultimately, their playing and musicianship. 

Davis will be conducting daily performance master classes, giving private lessons throughout the week and also giving introductionary baroque flute classes. He uses the Alexander Technique to help musicians reach their full potential as players: the technique can help people overcome stage-fright, improve breathing, increase awareness in activity, which allows for better ensemble playing, and help one rid themself of excess tension, which ultimately allows for freer playing and self-expression.

There will be a pianist for the performance master classes, so please bring your scores.

Sample Schedule

  • 9–11 a.m. Performance Master Class
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Alexander Technique for performers 
  • Lunch
  • 2–3:30 p.m. Performance Master Class
  • 4–6 p.m. Private lessons, flute ensemble reading, private practice
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Application & Cost

  • Tuition for the week is $400

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016. To apply for admission, please complete our application form, then mail your tuition to:

Complete Flutist
University of Minnesota School of Music
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please make your check payable to the University of Minnesota with the participant name in the memo line.

Housing

  • Single room: $27.90 per night, totaling $167.40 for 6 nights
  • Double room: $23.30 per night, totaling $139.80 for 6 nights

Food

There is no meal plan for the week. There are several excellent restaurants and cafés within walking distance of the School of Music.