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Fixing the Front Row: Troubleshooting Your Flute Section

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  • This presentation will provide dozens of quick fixes and drills to benefit flute sections and flute ensembles at any level. Problems addressed will include how to play softly in the upper register, embouchure formations, basic intonation corrections, vibrato production, developing a resonant tone, tips for breath support, and overall posture. The presentation features live demonstrations as well as photographs to illustrate the various methods to get your flute section sounding great.
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  • Julie Hobbs teaches studio flute, Woodwind Methods, and Music Appreciation at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she is also the director of the UTC Flute Ensemble. In addition to regular solo and chamber performances, she maintains an active teaching and coaching schedule, providing adjudication and woodwind sectionals throughout the south at all levels from middle school through college. Her publications have appeared in Flute Talk Magazine and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra‚Äôs program notes. Prior to her appointment at UTC, Dr. Hobbs was active in the Chicago area as a teacher, lecturer, and performer, having taught at Northwestern University, the Merit School of Music, and Oakton Community College. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University as well as degrees from Baylor University and the University of Iowa.