The Complete Flutist

Returning Summer 2019! Please note that The Complete Flutist will not take place during 2018, but will return in 2019.

The Complete Flutist is a five-day intensive flute workshop at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Master classes, private lessons, orchestral repertoire, Alexander Technique, and more! Open to serious flutists ages 17 and above. 

Schedule Overview

  • Thursday: Arrival and opening faculty recital/welcome reception 
  • Friday: Classes start
  • Sunday: Last class
  • Monday: Departure

Faculty & Guest Artists

Name Title
Immanuel Davis Director, flutist, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique
Guest Artist TBA   

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, Immanuel is joined by Christina Smith, principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony. Together they will be conducting daily performance master classes and giving private lessons throughout the week. Both long-time students of Julius Baker and Keith Underwood, Christina and Immanuel bring a similar approach to flute playing and musicianship.

In addition to the flute classes, there will be private Alexander Technique lessons and master classes in using AT for performance 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 a.m.–12 p.m. Performance Master Class
  • 12 p.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
  • 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Performance Master Class
  • 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Private lessons, flute ensemble reading, private practice 
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Application & Cost

  • Tuition: $500 (please note this is the 2018 rate)
  • Housing: $250 (please note this is the 2018 rate)
  • Daily Auditing: $75 (please note this is the 2018 rate)

Open to only 15 performers. 

To apply for admission, please complete our application form (coming in 2019), 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: $28.30 per night or $170 for the week (please note this is the 2018 rate)
  • Double room: $23.65 per night or $142 for the week (please note this is the 2018 rate)

If participant is under 18 years of age, there is a $100 chaperone fee. Please note this is the 2018 rate.

Food

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