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December, 17, 2021
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


W 193


Townes Osborn Miller

Townes Osborn Miller

Flute 101: Tips and Tricks of the Trade To Ensure a Better Flute Section

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will show the best practice for flutists or those who are instructing band/orchestra who desire a refresher course or for those wishing to gain more information on best practices. Topics will include: how to assemble the flute to prevent damage, why the head joint matters, 3-point balance, proper sitting/standing position and proper assembly.

Townes Osborn Miller - Biographical Information

Townes Osborn Miller is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, and she also serves as the Adjunct Flute Instructor and director of the Flute Choir at Saginaw Valley State University. She is the woodwinds coach for the Saginaw Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private studio. She is proud to be a Gemeinhardt Teaching Artist. Dr. Miller was the Artist in Residence for the St. Paul’s Music in the Heart of the City concert series in Flint. She tours internationally with the International Flute Orchestra and the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra. Recently, Dr. Miller premiered a piece she commissioned for Flute, Mallet Percussion and Piano, by Bill Withem, Dragonfly. In 2019, Dr. Miller premiered a flute/organ piece written for her and Nicholas Schmelter by Moonyeen Albrecht, Psalms for Flute and Organ (set 2). In 2018 Dr. Miller performed on a world premiere for flute choir, Three Lyric Escapades, by Bruce Frazier, at the National Flute Association Convention. Dr. Miller serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the National Flute Association Conventions every year. These conventions attract nearly 3,000 flutists from all over the world. She also serves on the Flint Symphony Orchestra advisory board and the Whiting/Capitol council. She is a past member of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation board. Dr. Miller holds a DMA with Honors from University of Kansas and a MA/BA from Western Carolina University. Her primary professors were Dr. Eldred Spell and David Fedele.