Updated: Oct 3
On Sunday, October 17 from 3-5 PM, our talented Austin teachers will present an interactive VIRTUAL workshop where students will leave feeling confident and prepared for their all-region auditions. They will attend three mini-courses of their choice that include topics such as performance confidence, practice techniques, and unique approaches to each of the etudes. Both TMEA and ATSSB Etudes will be included in the workshop.
Students will have the option to choose 3 30-minute classes to attend and must select their preferences when registering. Once the schedule is confirmed, we will be in touch with all the details and confirm your class selections!
Learn more about the classes and teachers:
Dr. Becca Poole
Does the thought of performing in front of others cause you mental anguish? Does the fear or anxiety of playing in front of others overwhelm you and keep you from your full potential? You aren’t alone! This class focuses on tangible ways to manage your performance anxieties, learn how to enjoy performing, and work towards playing at your highest potential. Let’s learn how to feel the fear and play wholeheartedly anyways!
Rebecca Poole is an active freelance flutist and music educator. She teaches private lessons, masterclasses and workshops, and directs several flute ensembles, including the Austin Youth Flute Choir. On the private lesson faculty at Westwood High School and at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock ISD and Danielson Middle School in Leander ISD, Rebecca also maintains a thriving private home and online studio. Her aim is to help students discover their own solutions, finding real-life strategies to break down any challenge into manageable pieces. As a result, Rebecca has also developed performance clinics to help young musicians prepare for and achieve positive audition experiences. Ms. Poole holds a DMA and a master’s degree from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Adah Jones
Adah Toland Jones, Professor of Flute at Texas State University, is also Principal Flute with the Austin Opera and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and plays frequently with the Austin Symphony. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman
School of Music and a Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Citation. Her principal teachers include Patricia George, Joseph Mariano, Paul Boyer, and Jean-Pierre Rampal.
At Texas State, she was awarded the University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities and was runner-up from the College of Fine Arts and Communication for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Jones has performed and conducted masterclasses at flute festivals and universities throughout the U.S., in the U.K., Bulgaria and Dominica, West Indies. She has been active with the National Flute Association including numerous performances, membership on the pedagogy committee, conductor of flute choirs, panelist for various presentations, adjudicator for competitions, and presenter of virtual warmup sessions. Her publication “The Flute Choir Method Book” is used by flute choirs worldwide and she has frequently written articles for Flute Talk magazine. Students from the Texas State Flute Studio have continued their studies in prestigious graduate programs, have been appointed to college and public school positions, and perform with various military organizations. Dr. Jones is an artist for Burkart Flutes and Piccolos.
TMEA Ab Minor Etude
Nicholas Goodwin is a native of Middleton, Massachusetts, where he began learning the flute at age 9. He went on to study flute at the collegiate level at The Hartt School (University of Hartford) as a student of Janet Arms. He continued his studies at the graduate level at The University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Marianne Gedigian. Since moving to Austin in 2014, he has enjoyed building a varied career as a professional performer and educator. Nick has been a member of the Central Texas Philharmonic (formerly known as Round Rock Symphony) since 2017. He also frequently performs with the Austin Symphony and was formerly a member of the Ohio Light Opera. Equally accomplished in musical theatre, he has recently performed with the National Broadway Tours of The King and I, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.
Recent accolades include First Prize in the 2018 National Flute Association (NFA) Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition, Third Prize and “Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work” in the 2017 Texas Flute Society Myrna Brown Competition, and placing in the semifinals for both the 2016 and 2020 NFA Young Artist Competition.
Nick began teaching private lessons for Round Rock ISD in 2015, and for Leander ISD in 2016, though his teaching experience dates back to his high school years. He has also served on the faculties of Floot Fire Austin, the Longhorn Music Camp, and regularly presents masterclasses and clinics in Austin-area schools. He served as Vice President, Competitions Coordinator, and Flute Festival Co-Chair for the Austin Flute Society during the 2018-19 school year. Apart from his professional activities, Nick enjoys running, hiking, reading, playing video games, cooking, cleaning, singing, and leaning to speak different languages.
TMEA A Major Etude
Ann Kjerulf Knien is a freelance flutist and music educator in Austin. She is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Concordia University and heads the KjKn Flute Studio. Mrs. Kjerulf Knien enjoys performing with a variety of local groups, leading masterclasses, and coaching chamber music. An advocate of music education and outreach, she was President of Austin Flute Society 2008-2010. She is passionate about teaching, collaborating on chamber works, delving into the flute and organ repertoire, and premiering new works.
Mrs. Kjerulf Knien holds a M.M. from Boston Conservatory, a B.A./B.M. from University of Washington, with additional studies at El Conservatorio de Granada, Spain. She has performed with the Henri Mancini Institute and Banff Music & Sound programs. Her primary teachers include Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Felix Skowronek, and Carol van Bronkhorst. Additional studies have been taken with Lirio Jose Palomar Faubel, Steven Finley, Pamela Ryker, and John Thorne.
TMEA Eb Minor Etude
Dr. Allison Asthana
Learn how to build your own approach to bringing the most out of this Andersen etude! Dr. Asthana will offer ways to bring this etude to performance level, including tips on finding the inner melody, building a cohesive phrasing plan, and how to continue polishing your technique so you feel confident and prepared!
Dr. Allison Asthana is an emerging flute performer and educator based out of Houston, Texas. Dr. Asthana earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in 2021, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio, studying with Marianne Gedigian. She also holds degrees from Boston University and Baylor University, studying with Linda Toote and Dr. Francesca Arnone respectively. She currently performs as a freelancer throughout Texas and maintains an active private studio in the Houston area and virtually. Dr. Asthana has led master classes at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and at many Texas high schools, and presented at music conventions and festivals, including the Austin Flute Society Virtual Flute Festival.
Dr. Asthana is the 2019 winner of the Byron Hester Competition and performed a recital as guest artist at the Houston Flute Fest in April 2021. She is also the 2020 winner of the Presser Graduate Music Award from the Butler School of Music, and has received a grant to study Hindustani classical music and bansuri with expert flutists in India in 2021. She is currently the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Austin Flute Society.
Dr. Hilary Janysek
In this session, Dr. Janysek will help you demystify the two Year A etudes, finding easy solutions to tricky finger passages, speeding up your tempo, and achieving longer phrases. She will also help you create shapes with your sound, so the music comes alive! Participants will have the option to practice along on mute, or play for the class to put our practice solutions into action. Wherever you are in your learning process, you will leave the class feeling accomplished and ready to take your etudes to the next level!
Dr. Hilary Janysek is an active flutist and educator specializing in entrepreneurship, group creativity, and positive psychology. She currently serves as the assistant professor of flute and music history at Texas Lutheran University and the flute instructor for Lake Travis ISD. Her students have advanced to region, area, and state competitions, and have placed in local Young Artist Competitions. Dr. Janysek holds a B.M. in Music Education from Texas State University and a D.A., M.M., and Entrepreneurial Music Certificate from Ball State University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Adah Toland Jones and Dr. Mihoko Watanabe.