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The Complete 21st Century Flutist​


Spend two weeks studying with intern​ational flute and piccolo masters to help you refine every aspect of your artistry as a flutist, from traditional Baroque and Classical repertoire to improvisation and 21st century extended techniques.

  • Participate in daily masterclasses with world-renowned teachers and performing artists.
  • Learn how to avoid tension, pain, and injury as you begin your day with Body Mapping workshops and masterclasses with Rena Urso.
  • Refine your piccolo playing, write your own cadenzas, explore Baroque interpretation on the modern flute, study the materworks of the solo flute repertoire, learn to improvise, study the most frequently requested orchestral and operatic flute and piccolo excerpts, craft your most beautiful etude, gain more familiarity with the various world flutes, develop skills to record remotely, and much more!
  • Collaborate and create a unique and inspiring student showcase.


Undergraduate: MUSIC 422, 3 units
Graduate/Post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 622, 3 units




Undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional flutists who are eager to spend two inspiring weeks focusing on the artistry and refinement of their flute playing. Previous experience with improvisation or extended techniques is not necessary.


  1. Submit a one-page resume, a short bio, and links to ​samples of your playing. Choose two works of contrasting styles showing your lyrical and technical abilities. You may submit unaccompanied work(s) etudes, or orchestral excerpts. If you have recordings that feature you performing with a small chamber ensemble, piano, or orchestra and with to include one that best captures your ensemble playing, that would also be welcome. Any questions about what to submit? Feel free to reach out to Rena Urso directly.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by June 7​, 2021​.


Professor Rena Urso

Guest Artists

Julien Beaudiment

Julien Beaudiment –

After holding the position of principal flute of the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic, Julien Beaudiment is currently the principal flutist of the Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon and professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. He ha​s also held the same position with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Originally from La Rochelle and Bordeaux Julien studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de music de Paris. Julien performs as a soloist at major international concert halls and renowned festivals, such as the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke –

Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London’s South Bank to the Glastonbury Rock Festival, and have been featured in countless recitals including four consecutive BBC Young Musician Woodwind finals. Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, and numerous times for the British Flute Society and for the National Flute Association. His acclaimed CD Within is one of the flute world’s best sellers and his latest CD Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart.

Brook Ferguson

Brook Ferguson

Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has been Principal Flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, as well as Principal appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the New World Symphony, Ferguson was the Acting Principal Flutist of the Knoxville Symphony and the Principal Flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Colorado and founder of the Bel Canto Flute Academy - hosting community performance events for flutists of all ages and abilities. She received her Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza and her Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute studying with the Marina Piccinini. Ferguson is a William S. Haynes Company Artist.

Peter Verhoyen

Peter Verhoyen

As solo piccolo at the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Peter Verhoyen has built an excellent reputation as a specialist on his instrument. Since 2006 he has developed various concert programs for piccolo and piano together with pianist Stefan De Schepper. With these projects he demonstrates that the piccolo deserves a spotlight on the concert stage as a recital instrument. For a contemporary touch, Peter has commissioned several Flemish composers to write new works for the piccolo. The result was the realization of an impressive series of recordings, all featuring the piccolo. For this dedication to contemporary Flemish music, Peter was awarded the Fuga Trofee from the Union of Belgian composers in 2017. Peter has presented piccolo masterclasses and recitals around the world, at fes​tivals as well as in conservatories, including (Paris (CNSMP), London (Royal Academy), Hannover, Weimar, Milan, British Flute Society Conventions, International Piccolo Festival, National Flute Association Conventions, and many more. He currently teaches piccolo at his private flute studio in Bruges and the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp where he developed, as the first in Europe, a piccolo Master of Music program. Together with his colleague Aldo Baerten, Peter is the organizer and driving force of the International Flute Seminar Bruges, where flute and piccolo players of all ages and different levels, education and ambition are inspired and motivated through individual lessons, workshops, masterclasses and chamber music.

Steve Kujala

Steve Kujala –

Flutist, composer, and songwriter Steve Kujala has been a stalwart of the Los Angeles music scene since 1976. Steve received his formal musical training at the Eastman School of Music. Not content to merely play classical repertoire and pursue an orchestral career, Steve’s interest in jazz, pop and ethnic music took him in another direction altogether: West! Steve’s jazz-rock fusion group, Auracle, released the critically acclaimed debut Glider. Steve created, developed and pioneered a unique note-bending technique on the flute which he calls the “Fretless-Flute” technique. As principal flutist for the Pantages Theatre, Steve has played on over two dozen hit Broadway shows - most notably The Lion King, for which he played no fewer than 14 different ethnic flutes.

Bryan Pezzone

Bryan Pezzone –

Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres, and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser, and composer. Bryan has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary freelance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompany. As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic, and the Pacific Symphony. Bryan has released CDs of his own music, which blends jazz and classical styles, including Flying on Water produced by Steve Wight, featuring M.B. Gordy on drums and Bart Samolis on bass.

Wendy Caldwell

(Special Workshops by) Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman-Page is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated flutist and composer. She is an alumna of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two Fellowship program, laureate of Concert Artists Guild competition, and is the creator of the ensemble Imani Winds. Listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” in the Washington Post, Valerie has recently become the first African-American woman to be commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has received the Herb Alpert Awards Ragdale Prize, Van Lier Fellowship, MAPFund, ASCAP Honors Award, among others. Her work, UMOJA, was listed by Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works.” Alongside multiple commissions from Carnegie Hall, others include: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Collegiate Band Directors National Association, Chamber Music Northwest, National Flute Association, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Her work as a recording artist features an extensive discography with Imani Winds, and appearances on albums by Wayne Shorter Quartet, Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance, Chick Corea, the Brubeck Brothers, Edward Simon, and Mohammed Fairouz, on the record labels Naxos, Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, eOne and Cedille Records. Both her compositions and performances are regularly “on the air" at Sirius XM, NPR, WNYC, WQXR and Minnesota Public Radio and abroad including RadioFrance, Australian Broadcast Company, and Radio NZ. ​

(Special Workshops by) Jennifer Grim

​​​Jennifer Grim has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Boston Chamber Music Society, and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and has given solo and chamber performances at major venues throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Grim is Associate Professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for twelve years, where she was recognized with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2017. In demand as a clinician, she has given masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and with organizations such as the Chicago Flute Club, SummerFlute, and the Atlanta Flute Club. A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. Ms. Grim currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America and is Program Chair for the National Flute Association. ​

(Special Workshops by) Vanessa Fourla

​​​Vanessa Fourla is a founding member of the diverse group of all-women performers, KHAOS Wind Quintet. She is on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival and the Frost School of Music Preparatory Program. In her latest transcriptions, she illuminates the familiar works of Chopin for flute and piano. These transcriptions have gained attention for its creative flair and she has been invited to perform them at conventions and festivals across the United States. Vanessa holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami-Frost School of Music, where she was Teaching Assistant to the Frost Flute Studio, a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow, and winner of the 2018 Frost Concerto Competition. She received her Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach, where she was also a Graduate Assistant and Cole Scholar. Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Music in her native country, at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. Her teachers include Trudy Kane, John Barcellona, Rena Urso, Darrin Thaves, Othonas Gkogkas, Katrin Zenz, and Reni Tsalapati, and she is also honored to have learned from Sir James Galway, Carol Wincenc, Ian Clarke, Robert Dick, and Nicola Mazzanti.

(Special Workshops by) Amy Likar

Amy Likar began her career as a flutist and became fascinated with performance health and wellness through her own recovery from stress-related injuries.  She has since integrated her expertise in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping into her flute teaching, chamber music coaching, and master class teaching. By developing students’ physical ease, presence, and confidence, she helps them reach their musical potential. As the Director of Training for the Association for Body Mapping Education, Amy Likar has trained, licensed and mentored over 40 professionals. With a focus on supporting and building community and music learning for diverse student populations, Amy’s teaching integrates musical learning with whole body awareness. A member of the Oakland Symphony, Amy has also performed as a freelance musician with Opera Parallèle, West Edge Opera, the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Highlights of her performance career include a critically acclaimed premiere of Martin Rokeach’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, in addition to the premieres of solo and chamber works by Valerie Colema​n, Michael Stephens, Donald Sloan and Daniel Felsenfeld.

She is a Verne Q. Powell Performing Artist.​

(Special Presentation by) Jim Keefe and Jan Kinmoth of Keefe Piccolos

(Course Coo​rdinator) Rena Urso –

Rena Urso enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician all over California. She is a member of the flute and Body Mapping faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, the Fine Arts faculty at CSU Stanislaus, and holds the positions of Second Flute of the Oakland Symphony and Second Flute of the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra. She previously held piccolo positions and toured extensively with the New York City Opera National Company and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. As a freelance musician, Rena performs frequently with many of the orchestras throughout California including the San Francisco Opera, Pacific Symphony​, Los Angel​es Chamber Orchestra, Monterey, Berkeley, and California Symphonies, Carmel Bach Festival, and Festival Mozaic. As a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Instructor), she presents clinics and masterclasses all over the world.

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