Amy Porter brings in special guests, tells stories and gives inspiring tips learned in her life as a classical musician and entrepreneur. Owner of four small businesses, founder of 2 non-profits, designer of her own teaching brand, Amy Porter leads people in multiple ways. Teaching as a Professor, mentoring as a Coach and collaborating with other artists have led her to create innovative thought in others. Porter Productions LLC brings you Amy Porter asking questions only you can answer.
Graduation 2021 held some challenges. Our producers asked our graduating students some parting questions and they had some wonderful and insightful answers and advice. Let's hear from Jordan Smith, Specialist in Flute Performance. Masters grad Ali Dettmer and Seniors Esther Kim and Dani Kim.
Here are the questions and then you’ll hear everyone’s answer.
What were some of the highlights and struggles during your time?
What were some of your favorite pieces that you performed (solo/chamber/large ensemble)
What were some of your most memorable moments?
What did you enjoy most about Professor Porter’s studio?
Do you have any special or funny studio memories?
What’s next for you?
Any advice they have for the incoming students about the studio, the University?
At this stage in my life I’ve developed a new mission statement. "I help people learn how to empower themselves through music, business & media." And I think a lot of us are doing that now! Featured in the podcast today is Principal Flute of San Antonio Symphony Mark Teplitsky, a friend of just about everybody. He is joined by his lovely wife Liz and they’ll be offering their ideas about flutists in business and we’ll enjoy some of their playing today on the podcast. Included are works by Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Sponsored by Flutistry.
“You’re crazy.” Yeah I am that crazy to see the future of my life and where I wanted to go with etudes. And that was in front of a camera, feeling happy to extol the wisdom of these amazing musical authors and bring it to the curriculum in an easy and accessible way. I'll address in this episode those questions from flute students about the more advanced etudes and featuring my recording of the 30 Caprices by Karg-Elert.
This week we're sharing personal journeys to learning the piccolo, discussing learning auxiliary instruments without fear or consequence and embracing that inner voice of a challenge beyond the C flute. Sharing their experiences with us is Erica Peel, Piccoloist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cynthia Meyers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sponsor: Flute Specialists www.flutespecialists.com
One day, I was sitting in a diner eating breakfast, by myself, at the 2003 NFA convention in Las Vegas and the rest is history. Christopher Caliendo has composed four out of 13 Sonatas for me and I am honored to call him a friend. Listen to stories behind this composer's works and how his career in music took a turn after returning from composing for the Vatican. It's the story of the "Great American Flute Sonata." https://www.christophercaliendo.com/
I'm calling it Source. I'm featuring my CD "In Translation" the tracks from Bach's C minor Cello Suite, and I'm reading words from Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" , "A Course in Miracles" and CS Lewis. Plus, you'll hear about my journey from growing up in Unitarianism to being baptized as an adult in the Episcopal Church since 1997 . As Gibran puts it, you're my friend on the roadside. May the voice within my voice speak to the ear of your ear.
FRESHMEN UPDATES! We'll hear how they’ve been adapting to hybrid learning; what courses they're taking this semester and what they took their first semester; What pieces are they're learning right now (solo, chamber, ensemble); What they hope to learn; What some of their favorite experiences are so far. They talk about their journals and what they include in them and they have advice to give to aspiring flute majors that want to go to school for music, but are hesitant due to the pandemic, afraid they won’t get the experiences they’ve been hoping to get. Also meet my new Doctoral assistant to the UMICH flute studio.
We're calling this episode "Who’s Managing Whom?" I will be speaking about the aspect of having “made it”, and if having a manager, media specialist, or PR person is actually necessary in order to “make it.” We’re featuring Nicole Riccardo from NR Media to help us figure it all out. I’ll speak personally to you today about my journey to a manager as Amy Porter, flutist.
What are judges looking for? How do I prepare the students? How do competitions differ from orchestral auditions in preparation? What are the different fears? Preparing for the orchestral audition AND a soloist competition is about years of practice, not months of practice. Welcome Coreisa Janelle Lee to the Podcast with her story of winning in a very different kind of flute competition.
Dilshad Posnock is my flute colleague and friend guide for me as I return to the waters of playing in a major symphony and find the peace in the mountains to rest. The Brevard Music Center was part of my past, now present and future and I have stories. It's the meaning of our friendship - that, and sharing a teacher. Our beloved Jeannie.
Laura Dwyer is my guest to discuss the situation musicians share in the pandemic and the agony and sincere loss of not being together and not bringing music to the public. BOOKS: Covey - Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.; Santos- Science of Well Being; Dweck- Mindset.
We had memories, stories and questions to ask JoAnne Falletta. We all have a connection to her somehow so my producers Alan and Justine join me in this wonderful sit-down with the beloved Maestra of the Buffallo Philharmonic. She's a GRAMMY winner and my former Juilliard classmate as well as my colleague at Brevard Music Center.
It's time again to say Go Blue Flutes and celebrate all that has been happening to impact our life as a flute studio at the University of Michigan Join us for current updates, successes, guests to our virtual studio class and alumni news.
It's going to all become very clear. Dave Schall, owner of Dave Schall Acoustic for 23 years, is a graduate of Eastman School and University of Michigan as a Bassoon Performance Major. He sits us down to explain those details we need related to our audio and video life. I ask all the seemingly "dumb" questions for you about what, where and how. We both believe all instrumentalists should represent ourselves as clearly as possible. We get to hear the distortion behind all those "preamps" and understand microphones. Get out a note pad. www.daveschallsound.com
Embarrassment. That awkward emotional state can find us in concerts when we're least expecting it. This podcast, I'm featuring some of my mistakes in recordings and I'll share stories of those moment.s, I'll help to uncover some truths about your strength and lead you to understand that the music is the focus.
Welcome to Porterflute Pod Episode 1 in our 2nd Season - and you’re in the once-in-awhile category called “What's Up Amy"? Let me give you an update what I've been up to since we last spoke at the end of Season 1 back in September.
I just have to say this show has been such a joy to create. I am so grateful to the audience every week and it’s so great to see that every series that we create within the podcast has its own following. We have a few hundred people in 13 countries who listened to 684 minutes of content 3,456 times! I want thank my guests for being generously receptive to being on the podcast and to share their stories with you - and YOU have let the input from this show effect your artistry and practice.
Three words to describe the Wm. S. Haynes Flutes as cited by Master Finisher and Vice President Steven Finley are brilliant: "welcoming personal, resonance." Today my guest is Artist in Residence Gareth McClearnon for Haynes who brings a history and perspective of a 132-year-old American flute company. After my own (only) 36 years of playing one brand of flute, I decided to begin anew, and perhaps learn something new from an old flute maker. This time, I chose the flute maker who embraced the traditions of my grand-teacher, George Barrère.
I know that feeling of "Burnout" and "The Last Straw." At that point I look for some natural spaces and a retreat into Mother Nature. Have you tried silence? Do you have a hobby to gain some perspective in your life? Do you use humor to help in your life? I'll bring some questions to ask yourself to the Pod along with some humor. Everyone needs a giggle from time to time. Enjoy a poem from Patti Adams, some quotes from grade school essays on classical music and a problem from the Musician's Math Test. Featuring the First Sonata by Martinu with Christopher Harding, piano.
Meet 2 women I would have never met in my circles. Women I met because I was meant to be lifted up. I was meant to do something radical and take on inspiration from outside my industry to get fresh ideas. There was no plan. I just embraced change. - all words spoken by Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot Family of Brands. I'll cover her 5 Traits for an Extraordinary Leader from her book "Find Your Extraordinary." Featuring the music of Nadine Dyskant-Miller "They Move With No One Watching (Dances) for Flute and Piano. Katie Leung, pianist. Mobile, AL.
This week we speak with Jordan Smith getting his Specialist degree in Flute, Ali Dettmer who finished her first year as a Masters student and Ryan Koesterer, a 2020 Masters graduate and a member of the US Army Reserve and the person I dedicated this podcast to when I premiered it in April. He served for the National Guard for 2 months in April and May. Ali played principal flute in Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe and Jordan Smith gets to disemminate history with John Wummer’s library that we inherited last year. Come in and hear all about it!
Develop a business mindset with your website/store/blog and have it take root. Whether the site is for yourself as a soloist, a repository for your work, or you’re trying to sell something in this business of music, I can lead you to ask the right questions of yourself. Featuring the Sonatine from the album The Wind Music of Henri Dutilleux this is David Gilliland, Lecturer of Collaborative Piano at the University of Rhode Island.
Every Etude Pod, we want to feature a pairing (a solo piece,chamber piece, or orchestral excerpt) that offers difficult passages and talk about which etudes can enhance your playing and keep up your appetite for the style. Dr. Maria Castillo (UT Knoxville) will highlight some etude pairing facts, and has chosen Brownies and Ice Cream to pair up those virtuosic works we love, like Boehm's Grand Polonaise, Cecil Chaminade's Concertino and Hue's Fantaisie.
Meet Mimi Tachouet, Elise Henry, and Kelly Zimba, all UMICH Bachelor of Music alumni who won jobs as flutists in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. They give their recollections of the nerves, excuses and the letting go that led to the freedom for them to play as beautifully as they could in their specific three minutes of life... the audition behind the screen.
Hear stories from violinist Prof. Aaron Dworkin, flutist Kaori Fujii and I'll read a story about our favorite Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc from Jean-Pierre Rampal's autobiography "Music My Love." and seeds that were planted for its growth.
Meet my trainer, Larry Veasman. Plus learn about the acronym, SAVERS to help you create a powerful and fulfilling life from the book "The Six Morning Habits of High Performers" by Hal Elrod - with my take on it.
Meet Creative Consultant Delanie West, a friend who I can turn to for a good conversation and point of view. Connecting people, naming Black Lives Matter, bringing a black and white female conversation to the Pod. Let's all help heal internalized racism, celebrate Blackness and stay creative in our shift of culture. We're using the book "How To Be An AntiRacist" by Ibram X. Kendi as a guide.
We showcase the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Undergrad Blue Flutes studio experience through the eyes of graduated senior Ayana Terauchi, rising senior Kelli Daugherty and incoming freshmen Alexis, Leo and Adria. Come on in!
Break it down! Come into the classroom of social media for artists with Amy and Alan J. Tomasetti as they discuss the social media journey of Amy Porter to PorterFlute and tips for everyone who wants a platform to express.
Guests Wissam Boustany (Lebanon/ UK) and Cheryl Emerson (USA) reflect on some memories as they relate to PorterFlute. My pod is made up of all the his-tory and her-story and their-story memories so truly, there are awe-inspiring and hair-raising stories in this Pod today. Have fun, and imagine we're sitting around the dinner table. Clink Forks and Bon Apetit!
Amy talks about her journey to her best self at age 55. Hear some tips and stories to motivate your creativity and mindset. The body will go along with you for the journey so don't be afraid to listen to the truth and physicality of being a musician. Move. Now. Even if it's baby steps, just keep moving.
You emailed Amy, and she helps answers those questions you've been dying to know including:
- How did you become a Haynes Artist (did they ask you, did you go through an audition, what was the process)?
-What is your normal routine before a performance to calm her nerves?
-Do you still get nervous?
Do you have a question for Amy? Listen to this episode and find out how to get your question on the next Ask Amy episode!
My friend Joel asked to be on my first "FriendCast" Podcast so I said OF COURSE!! Composer Joel Puckett wrote a piece for me called "Shadow of Sirius" for flute, flute choir and Wind Ensemble and it's a top hit in the concerto repertoire for flute players. Listen in as he describes his process and how he hears the flute.
Here is my unique story to share. I am still living my best life despite the hardships that seemed to weigh me down. I took action to work towards specific goals and things became lighter in contrast to what was the illusory thinking, artificial deadlines and unreal negatives. Welcome to my businesses and welcome to who I am - wrapped up in my big spirit - kind of like Snoopy the dog.
Nine types of personalities in the Enneagram test and there's even a personality test for students! It take all types to practice etudes. Listen to more than logic behind why they stand the test of time.