Get to Know...Nicole Riner
Nicole joined FNMC in 2014 and quickly became an active member of the organization. We were very fortunate she decided to run for a seat on the board in 2016. Since joining the board she’s brought many new members to the organization, spearheaded several wonderful projects to help us operate more efficiently, interviewed Carter Pann (we should be posting their discussion about our commission soon!), and coordinated the proposal for the Music by Women Festival. She also served as a preliminary round judge for the solo flute category of the 2016 FNMC Composition Contest. As an added bonus, she’s a really awesome and interesting person who enjoys cooking and traveling and has a very witty blog, DrinkFoodTravel. We’re so happy to have Nicole as an integral part of FNMC! We hope you enjoy learning more about her!
Q&A with Nicole
What about new music for flute appeals to you?
I am always eager to find new music; how boring it would be to just pay the same programs of 19th century pieces for the rest of my career (although those pieces are lovely, too)! And to me, there is no better time than the present for musicians. The instrument keeps evolving, new compositional ideas keep emerging, and I love the vast exploration of colors, techniques, structures, etc. that you find in new music. In seeking out new compositions, I am continually stretched--I keep learning more about the instrument and about myself as a creative artist. I also love the spirit of collaboration; it is such a great privilege to be able to email the composer for input on your interpretation, and in most instances, develop a long-term friendship with the artist who created this music that I love playing! It's such a positive way to interact with the music world!
When did you join FNMC and what attracted you to the organization?
I joined in 2014 right after I saw FNMC's winning presentation at the NFA Arts Venture Competition. I was so excited to find out you exist and so impressed with your mission statement, organizational scheme, and very affordable membership fee. I thought, "How could you lose by joining"? And I have happily become more entrenched as time goes on. In fact, I have loved so many of the recent composition contest winners and finalists that FNMC literature is really dominating my music stand these days!
Do you have any upcoming events you would like our friends and followers to know about?
I'll be performing Yuanyuan (Kay) HE's On the Pivot of an Abandoned Carousel for flute and electronics and a movement of Nicole Chamberlain's French Quarter (flute quartet) at the Music by Women Festival in March, which is an FNMC proposal that I coordinated. I am excited to collaborate with members Olivia Boatman, Shelley Collins, Katherine Emeneth, and Brittany Trotter on that lecture-recital, which will also include a beginner's guide to commissioning new music. I also have a short solo tour in Pennsylvania in April, with stops at IUP and Penn State, where I will perform finalist Emanuela Ballio's Gocce for solo flute in what I think will be the world premiere. At the end of April, I'm performing the sublime Seven Seascapes by Kevin Puts with my colleagues at University of Wyoming along with Jean Ahn's very colorful Toys for flute, piano, and wind-up toy.
More About Nicole
Praised for her "luscious, full sound" (American Record Guide) and "effortless precision" (Flutist Quarterly), flutist Nicole Riner maintains an active international presence as a recitalist and pedagogue. Nicole has also commissioned and premiered new works by numerous composers as a solo artist and with her chamber group, Verismo Trio. Her live performances have been broadcast on Public Radio programs in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. She has recorded on the ACA, Centaur, and Albany record labels. Nicole is Visiting Assistant Professor in Flute at University of Wyoming and an Altus Performing Artist. She also serves on the board of Flute New Music Consortium. http://www.nicoleriner.info/