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December, 18, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




Erin Helgeson Torres

Erin Helgeson Torres

Tongue-Tied?: A Guide to the Flute Articulation for the Music Educator

Clinic Synopsis:

Flute articulation is rooted deeply in mouth shape, tongue placement, and air support, followed closely by the articulative consonant. This session will deep-dive into these core ingredients, presented through separate step-by-step worksheets for educators and students, with specific emphasis on beginner tongue-strokes, as well as discussion of proper breathing and tone production. Single/compound tonguing will be discussed and exercises will be provided/illustrated through playing examples.

Erin Helgeson Torres - Biographical Information

Highly regarded as an educator, clinician, soloist, new music specialist, and chamber and orchestral flutist, Dr. Erin Helgeson Torres has performed and taught throughout the USA and abroad in the UK, Spain, France, Austria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, China, and Canada. She is Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University where she teaches flute and musicology courses. Erin serves as Principal Flutist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra where she recently performed a world premiere concerto with her Tower Duo partner and husband Michael Rene Torres. She also serves as Principal Flutist of the Worthington Chamber Orchestra and Queen City Opera and Solo Flutist with the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble (CODE). She performs regularly in area orchestras including the Columbus, West Virginia, Louisville, Central Ohio, Springfield, and Westerville Symphonies. Active as a soloist, Erin most recently completed a performance tour through the Balkans as a solo artist on the Derek Han Tribute Concert Series, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. She performed as concerto soloist with the North Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra in North Macedonia and Kosovo, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Albania in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of U.S. - Albania diplomatic relations. Erin conducted her dissertation research in France and holds degrees from CCM, The Ohio State, and Stetson Universities. She lives in Columbus with her husband and their rescue ex-racer greyhound and plays exclusively on Burkart flutes.