Summer Flute Immersion
June 21-23, 2019
at American River College
Sacramento Flute Club's very first Summer Flute Immersion!
Join us for a three-day deep dive into the flute.
Learn in a supportive, inspiring, non-competitive environment.
Tone and Technique classes, masterclasses, chamber music,
and workshops on injury prevention, performance anxiety, and more!
SFC members $120/Non-members $150
Three Days of Flute Fun!
Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm: We'll start the morning all together with a short session of practical yoga just for flutists, followed by sound warm-ups. Then, each instructor will take their group for tone and technique classes specific to each level. Each group will also work on flute ensemble pieces, which we'll be presenting in the concert on Sunday!
After lunch, we're all together again for a workshop lead by one of your instructors (topics will range from dealing with performance anxiety to audition and sight-reading techniques and more)! That will be followed by a masterclass taught by one of your instructors! Do you have a piece you'd like some help on? Perform it in one of the masterclasses!
Sunday 10am-3pm: We'll meet for our morning warm-ups and have a short dress rehearsal. At 1pm, we'll present a concert of the ensemble pieces we've been working on! This will be followed by a reception and celebration!
Meet your instructors!
Dr. Cathie Apple is one of the founders of Citywater new music ensemble. She is a regular performer at the Music at Noon concert series, and plays with Sinfonia Spirituosa baroque orchestra, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Camerata Capistrano baroque ensemble, Celtic group Cahersiveen, and Kirtan band Radiant Friend.
An avid supporter of new music, Cathie has commissioned and/or premiered many works for flute and various chamber ensembles, has collaborated with composers such as Clare Shore, Nicholas Deyoe, Garrett Shatzer, Brent Chancellor, Stephen Blumberg, and Sunny Knable, and regularly performs on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. She also established a bi-monthly concert series featuring Citywater and guests performing recently-composed music.
Along with her specialization in modern music, Dr. Apple performs regularly on traverso, with baroque ensembles Sinfonia Spirituosa and the Sacramento Baroque Soloists. Her traverso is made by Martin Wenner and is modeled after a mid-18th century flute designed by Italian flute-maker Carlo Palanca.
Cathie maintains a private teaching studio in Sacramento and is the flute instructor at the Pacific Institute of Music in Folsom. Previous appointments include second flutist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Southern Utah University. While in Las Vegas, Cathie founded NEXTET new music ensemble, and performed with them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Cathie earned her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter. While in Michigan, Cathie also taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and was the yoga instructor for Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound workshop.
In addition to maintaining a busy teaching and performing schedule, Cathie is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, co-owner of Pulse Revolution Heart Zones Cycling Studio, and enjoys doing CrossFit, triathlons, obstacle races, and going on long backpacking trips to recharge her batteries.
Jeremiah Duarte Bills
Flutist Jeremiah Duarte Bills is the owner of the Sacramento Music Academy where he teaches flute and piano classes. Jeremiah has performed as soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Diablo Symphony, the Mostly Music Festival, the Sacramento Bach Festival and the Sierra Nevada Winds. Jeremiah has premiered his own compositions at The Juilliard School and at the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, Switzerland. As an orchestral flutist, Jeremiah has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas where he can be heard on their Sony Classical Recordings. He has also performed with the Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains, Camerata California, the VITA Chamber Orchestra. Jeremiah attended The Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Festival. For more information please visit: www.sacramentomusicacademy.com
Rachel Taylor Geier
Rachel Taylor Geier holds a DMA from the University of Minnesota in Flute Performance (secondary emphasis in Historical Musicology), an MM from San Francisco State University, and a BM from DePauw University. Dr. Geier is active as a performer and teacher in Davis, California. Geier has performed with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir, Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Folsom Symphony Orchestra, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Flute Club Flute Choir, Camellia City Flute Choir, and has instructed flute sectionals for the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, Newport Middle School Band, and Kerr High School Band programs. Geier has performed in masterclasses with world renowned flutists Jean Ferrandis, Robert Stallman, Leone Buyse, Keith Underwood, Gary Schocker, Mario Caroli, Marco Granados and Alexander Technique guru, Pedro de Alcantara. Her former teachers include Immanuel Davis, Linda Lukas, Anne Reynolds, and Rhonda Bradetich.
Dr. Geier is a regular contributor to The Flute View Magazine with her monthly “Dr. G’s Flute Horoscopes” column, writes periodically for Flute Talk Magazine, and will be publishing a Critical Edition of the Altes Methode with Oxford University Press in Fall 2019. Her poster presentation on Meridian Tapping Techniques will be featured at the 2019 National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.