By Amy Porter
Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. With a versatile and distinguished career, she hosts special guests, tells stories and inspiring tips learned in her life as a classical musician and entrepreneur. Owner of small businesses, founder of 2 non-profits, designer of her own lifestyle brand, Amy Porter leads people in multiple ways. Teaching as a Professor, mentoring as a Coach and her Anatomy of Sound workshop has led her to create innovative thought in others. Porter Productions brings you Amy Porter in PorterFlute Pod.
S3, Ep. 12 Go Blue Flutes: Alumni Updates and the Audition Process
In honor of December application deadlines we have some advice on auditioning for the UMICH SMTD Flute studio. And there are four Blue Flute alumni updates!
December 1, 2021
S3, Ep. 11 Business 101: 501.C3 Non-Profit Organizations AFC and SEMFA
Let's dive deeper into the the stories behind the Atlanta Flute Club (Founded in 1997) with Kathy Farmer and Southeast Michigan Flute Association (Founded in 2002) with Debbie Ash and Holly Clemans. We also discuss flute choirs and their development. Featuring Desert Echoes Flute Project Flute Choir with member and co-producer of PorterFLute Pod, Alan Tomasetti. Performing "Flourishes" by Kathy Farmer.
November 24, 2021
S3, Ep. 10 - Etude Edition: A Winter's Rose: 32 Etudes by Cyril Rose
We come bearing a Rose - etude that is. It’s our Etude edition and Cyril Rose etudes for clarinet are discussed today since I’ve recently recorded them all from my edition published by Carl Fisher. and we’ll be looking into them more creatively with my two colleagues from UMICH SMTD, Professors Chad Burrow and Dan Gilbert.
November 17, 2021
S3, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: Inside the Interview Audition for Academia
We’re bringing some advice to those students wondering if they can have a career teaching and performing as an instrumentalist – together – and not put into a box of being one or the other. Meet the most recent Doctorate graduates that have jobs here in the US - Dr. Erika Boysen, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Dr. Maria Castillo, University of TN, in Knoxville. Both women weigh in on being DMA graduates from UMICH and young Professors in the 21st century.
November 10, 2021
S3, Ep. 8 - Storytime with Composer Lowell Liebermann
Meet Lowell Liebermann, composer, pianist, Juilliard friend and lover of all things music. We feature his Sonata for Flute and Piano published by Theodore Presser. Chia-Chi Hsu, piano.
November 3, 2021
S3, E. 7 - Stay Well Play Well: Injury and Injury Prevention
Long podcast alert! Repetitive overuse is preventable and we can avoid it at an early age. Meet Angela McCuiston from "Music Strong" and hear stories of overuse from our co-producer Alan J. Tomassetti and professional flutists Angela Massey and Melissa Mashner Donker. Featuring my recording of JS Bach's Cello Suite in D minor from my album "In Translation."
October 27, 2021
S3, Ep. 6 - Friendcast: The Flute Bros
Jake and Gabe Fridkis are both flutists in the Fort Worth Symphony and talk about growing up with each other, guiding each other and asking for each other's help along the way. These two brothers will inspire you keep going, always with a laugh and stay practicing. I've never met The Flute Bros. and Oh my Goodness! These guys are worthy of cult status, don't you think? Featuring their performance of Andante and Rondo by Doppler. Esther Park, piano
October 20, 2021
S3, Ep. 5 - Go Blue Flutes! Meet The Freshmen
Meet Ella, Isabella, Ting-Yu, Joyce and Mia, all freshmen at UMICH SMTD who are pursuing flute as something important in their life. And they want to spend time hearing what I have to say. OK!! I love that! And I appreciate and value their dreams. Go Blue Flutes!
October 13, 2021
S3, Ep. 4 - Business 101: The future of music and commissioning
This convo is for ALL Composers and Commissioners. Our guest Michael Haithcock is a pro when it comes to programming, commissioning and scheduling. In other words, making the future of live music happen. Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan’s diverse and historic band program. Featuring Joel Puckett's flute concerto Shadow of Sirius from the Artifacts recording.
October 6, 2021
S3, Ep. 3 - Etudes: Karg-Elert Caprices: Etudes or Concert Pieces?
Let's take a dive into my 2005 Karg-Elert Caprice Study guide and hear some of the fun facts and interesting takes on performing these complicated caprices we call etudes. I think we can play them in concerts! Featured is audio from the Study Guide and presents Marie Herseth with an historical commentary as well as some of the lectures from Caprices #12,23,25 & 28. Thanks to Margaret Jane Radin for the seed money, to UMICH SMTD and UMICH CLRT for the grants.
September 29, 2021
S3, Ep. 2 - Performance Therapy: Taking the Fear out of Contemporary Music
Featuring our Co-Producer Justine Sedky answering Who, What, When, Where and Why? and Shanna Pranaitis and her FluteXpansions.com website. I know it’s challenging to be in a situation you don’t like, especially on the flute, but there are rewards in working with the magic that is upon you! It’s a composer’s dream to have their creation produced, It’s up to us to believe in ourselves and our own magic to produce it.
September 22, 2021
S3, Ep. 1 - What's Up Amy?
What's Up Amy? Join us for our Season 3 preview, Season 2 review and catch up on updates from the summer of 2021. You'll learn about a new member of Trio Virado and find out about the latest invention that we can't talk about! Featuring "Blaze" for five flutes by Nina Shekhar. Performed by Amy Porter, Chappy Gibb, Henry Woolf, Rachel Reyes and Emily Claman from Brevard Music Center's flute studio 2021.
September 15, 2021
S2, Ep. 22 - Storytime: Steven Finley, Flute Source and Historian
Sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes Co. It's storytime with Steven FInley from Wm. S. Haynes Co, a flute source and historian. While completing his post-graduate studies and participating in the international performance scene, he began his 30-year tenure in the field of fine flute making. We speak about his life and the influence of Jean-Pierre Rampal upon his world. Thank you for a great Season 2 everyone!
June 2, 2021
S2, Ep. 21 - Stay Well / Play Well: Flute, Food & Nutrition
I've been WAITING for this episode for so long. I'm ready to tell you all I know about food, nutrition, suggestions for shopping, reacting to heartburn, sugar, oils and more. Meet Dr. Julee Kim Walker, foodie and friend. She's the Assoc. Professor of Flute at Texas A & M in Commerce, TX. I'm featuring our performance with Diane Frazer of "Maya" for two flutes and piano by Ian Clarke at the 2016 Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
May 26, 2021
S2, Ep. 20 - Friendcast: Dr. Timothy McAllister, Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist
Interested in the similarities in the sax and flute? Do you know who Donald Sinta is to our music world? Is it "Classical sax" or just "Saxophone"?After a lifetime of "Is it flutist, or flautist", I asked a friend. My colleague Dr. Tim McAllister is the Grammy Award winning performer and teaching phenom. Listen to his straight talk and enjoy our walk down memory lane with the advice of his mentor and mine, Donald J. Sinta, Earl V Moore Professor Emeritus at the the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Professor Sinta was my faculty mentor and guide and impacted a lifetime of students.
May 19, 2021
S2, Ep. 19 - Go Blue Flutes: Graduation 2021
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?
May 12, 2021
S2, Ep. 18 - Business 101: Gigging, Publishing and Being a Nice Person
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.
May 5, 2021
S2, Ep. 17 - Ask Amy: Études Edition
“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.
April 28, 2021
S2, Ep. 16 - Performance Therapy: Taking the Fear out of Auxiliary Instruments
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
April 21, 2021
S2, Ep. 15 - Storytime: The Stories of Composer Christopher Caliendo
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/
April 14, 2021
S2, Ep. 14 - Stay Well Play Well: Spiritual Sustenance
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.
April 7, 2021
S2, Ep. 13 - FriendCast: Greg Pattillo
It's the coolest thing I can't do. Beatboxing. Everyone knows Greg Pattillo from Project Trio. And I am cooler from this interview. Let's take notes.
March 31, 2021
S2, Ep. 12 - Go Blue Flutes!: Freshmen updates and meet our new DMA Superstar
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.
March 24, 2021
S2, Ep. 11 - Business 101: Who's Managing Whom?
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.
March 17, 2021
S2, Ep. 10 - Etudes: Pairing Flute Issues with Flute Etudes
What purposes do etudes serve and in what cases? Join us as we list some favorite scenarios and give some sound advice through etudes. Featuring the 32 Etudes by Ferling/Rose/Porter.
March 13, 2021
S2, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: The rewards of healthy competition
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.
March 3, 2021
S2, Ep. 8 - Storytime: Dilshad Billimoria Posnock
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.
February 24, 2021
S2, Ep. 7 - Stay Well, Play Well: Intention, Mindset and Feeling It with Laura Dwyer
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.
February 17, 2021
S2, Ep. 6 - FriendCast: JoAnn Falletta
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.
February 10, 2021
S2, Ep. 5 - Go Blue Flutes!: Studio Updates
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.
February 3, 2021
S2, Ep. 4 - Business 101: Dave Schall: Recording and Microphone Basics
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
January 27, 2021
S2, Ep. 3 - Etudes: Daphnis and Arabesque
This week I give my lesson on Daphnis et Chloe from the perspective of all flute parts and focusing on the 14th Arabesque Etude by Eugene Bozza
January 20, 2021
S2, Ep. 2 - Performance Therapy: Embarrassing Musical Moments
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.
January 13, 2021
S2, Ep. 1 - What's Up Amy?
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.
January 6, 2021
S2, Bonus Ep - Season 1 Thanks & Recap and Season 2 lineup
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.
December 30, 2020
S1, Ep. 22 - Storytime 3: Wm. S. Haynes Flutes: "Welcoming Personal Resonance."
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.
September 23, 2020
S1, Ep. 21 - Stay Well, Play Well 3: Healing Hobbies and Humor
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.
September 16, 2020
S1, Ep. 20 - FriendCast 3: My "Tribe" Anne Stevens for Stella & Dot Family of Brands and Erin Masek for Rodan + Fields Skincare
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.
September 2, 2020
S1, Ep. 19 - Go Blue Flutes: 3. Grad Edition
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!
August 26, 2020
S1, Ep. 18 - Business 101: 3. Marketing yourself digitally: website design
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.
August 19, 2020
S1, Ep. 17 - Etudes: 3. Pairings - Brownies and Ice Cream (Boehm & 19th C. French rep)
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.
August 12, 2020
S1, Ep. 16 - Performance Therapy 3: Auditions: Behind the Screen. Meet Mimi Tachouet, Elise Shope and Kelly Zimba
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.
August 5, 2020
S1, Ep. 15 - Storytime: 2. Planting Seeds: Meet Aaron Dworkin and Kaori Fujii
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.
July 29, 2020
S1, Ep. 14 - Stay Well, Play Well: 2. Everyone's An Athlete. Meet Larry Veasman
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.
July 22, 2020
S1, Ep. 13 - FriendCast: 2. Delanie West, Founding Creative Director of BeSuper Creative
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.
July 15, 2020
S1, Ep. 12 - Go Blue Flutes: 2. Undergrad Edition
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!
July 8, 2020
S1, Ep. 11 - Business 101: 2. PorterFlute's View of Social Media with Co-Producer Alan J. Tomasetti
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.
July 1, 2020
S1, Ep. 10 - Etudes: 2. Etudes and the College Journey
It's highly apparent that etudes work for instrumentalists. How can we hear the difference? Commitment is key.
June 24, 2020
S1, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: 2. Creating musical dreams, and meeting realistic goals
Amy Porter provides a framework for you to find your way to meeting your performance goals and seeing your dreams become reality. Never let anyone tell you that you can't do it.
June 17, 2020
S1, Ep. 8 - Storytime: 1. Wissam Boustany and Cheryl Emerson
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!
June 10, 2020
S1, Ep. 7 - Stay Well/Play Well: 1. Having Physical, Emotional and Mental Spirit
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.
May 27, 2020
S1, Ep. 6 - Ask Amy: 1. Answering Questions
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? and more!! 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!
May 20, 2020
S1, Ep. 5 - FriendCast: 1. Composer Joel Puckett (Peabody Conservatory)
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.
May 13, 2020
S1, Ep. 4 - Go Blue Flutes: 1. Graduation 2020 and Interview with Justin Sedky
Meet UMICH School of Music Theatre & Dance Graduate and co-producer Justine Sedky in this fourth episode. We interview each other!
May 6, 2020
S1, Ep. 3 - Business 101: 1. Unlock Your Action
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.
April 29, 2020
S1, Ep. 2 - Etudes: 1. Etudes and the Enneagram
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.
April 22, 2020
S1, Ep. 1 - Performance Therapy: 1. Musical Fear and the Great Unknown
A Renaissance is upon us. The unknown is everything. What fears in music performance can we remove?
April 12, 2020
Porterflute Pod Trailer
Porterflute Pod is launching
April 8, 2020