December 6th Meeting
Alexa Still will present a lecture/demonstration on Arnold Jacob’s breathing technique.
Alexa’s many recordings on the Koch International Classics label have garnered unanimous praise: “impeccable in technique and taste, seductive in phrasing” (Stephensen Classical C D Guide). “Still plays... so convincingly I cannot separate her from the music” (American Record Guide), “whatever she plays sounds musical in every turn of the phrase” (Gramophone), “a stunning showcase for the astonishing Alexa Still” (Fanfare). Alexa studied in New York (SUNY Stony Brook), won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and, East and West Artists Competition and then returned home as principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. Other awards include a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright. She eventually left the NZSO to devote more time to solo engagements and teaching, based first at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and now at Oberlin Conservatory, USA. Alexa has performed and taught in England, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, and of course across the United States. Alexa has also served her profession as President of the National Flute Association (USA), and regularly writes for flute journals across the globe. Her flute was made by Brannen Brothers with gold or wooden headjoints by Sanford Drelinger. When her flute is in its case, Alexa is an avid motorcyclist, and she shares a daughter and two dogs with her husband. You can read much more about Alexa on her website: http://www.alexastill.com/
Francesca Anderson and Daniel Roest will perform a few selections of flute and guitar music, from some well-known selections to a less- known piece by African composer, Adegoke Taiwo Oluwagbemiga.
FRANCESCA ANDERSON has an enchanting way with the flute family. Whether on her main instrument, the silver flute, with its dozens of parts and pure tone, its smaller and larger versions, or a harmonizing
Native American double-bore wooden flute, Francesca captivates with her skill and expression. One listener summed it up: "The evening went too fast. I was mesmerized by the music... thank you for giving us such a soulful evening.” Ms. Anderson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in flute performance from San Jose State University where she studied with Isabelle Chapuis of the Paris Conservatory. Before moving to El Dorado Hills in 2005, she performed with many Bay Area groups including Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and San Jose Opera. In the Sacramento area, she has been a member of the Folsom Lake Symphony since 2009, serving as principal flute since 2014. Ms. Anderson was a founding member of the Sacramento Flute Club where she served as Vice President for two years. She enjoys performing in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas with symphonies, chamber groups and the Camellia City Flute Choir.
Ms, Anderson has kept an active teaching studio in the Sacramento area since 2005, previously teaching in the Bay Area since 1980. For the 2019-2020 school year, Ms. Anderson had a record number of flute students accepted into various local honor bands and youth orchestras, including Capital Section Honor Band, All State Honor Band, and Sacramento Youth Symphony. Also a member of the MTAC, she helps prepare students for Certificate of Merit evaluations.
CLASSICAL GUITARIST DANIEL ROEST ("roost") has given countless solo and ensemble performances in nearly every kind of venue. His concerts are called “fun and entertaining,” (Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series) and moving – “Listening to him, we get the feeling that we are with one of the great players of the guitar.” (Tiempo Latino Newspaper) He earned his B. Mus. and M.A. degrees at San Jose State University, played solo and duo with flute aboard cruise ships to Alaska and gave a 30-year series of annual concerts at Lick Observatory. He taught college guitar classes in the Bay Area and Central Valley before moving to Folsom in 2001. In 2008 he took the helm of the Sacramento Guitar Society, then a small guitar club, and now the Society is a strong regional nonprofit with multiple programs. In 2019 he retired as Artistic Director. With private teaching in his Folsom studio, performing and having presented great international guitarists, Daniel has led a very full life in the arts .