Get to Know...Mary Matthews
FNMC is so excited about the many new members who have joined for the 2016-2017 membership year. We’re really honored that flutists want to join us in supporting new music for flute! Among these is Mary Matthews. Mary is already an enthusiastic supporter of new music for flute, as you’ll read below. In fact, she’d already performed two of this year’s finalist works! We’re happy to welcome Mary to FNMC. We’re crossing our fingers that she’ll be performing on a concert of FNMC works very soon, keep watching our FNMC page for some announcements about 2017 performances!
Q&A with Mary…
What about new music for flute appeals to you?
New music for flute appeals to me because composers are exploring the many timbres and effects that are possible on the instrument. The flute is equally effective in communicating haunting images through harmonics, whistle tones or pianissimo colors as it is expressing aggression or high energy characters through slap tonguing and various types of beat-boxing. The range of emotion present in new flute music is exciting for both the performers and the audience.
When did you join FNMC and what attracted you to the organization?
I joined FNMC immediately following the National Flute Association Convention this past summer in San Diego. At the convention, I met flutists and composers who are members of FNMC, and I heard FNMC works being performed. I was inspired by both the mission of the organization and the music I heard.
Do you have any upcoming events you would like our friends and followers to know about?
I have an upcoming Flute New Music project that I am very excited about! Funded through the Boedecker Foundation in Boulder, a flutist colleague and I are presenting an electroacoustic project at the Dairy Center for the Arts. The project includes three performances of repertoire for flute and electronics, premiere performances of four newly commissioned works, and three educational workshops allowing students to rehearse and perform electroacoustic works. All concerts will take place in April of 2017.
More About Mary…
Mary Matthews enjoys an active and international career as a contemporary flutist, pedagogue, and entrepreneur. She has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at the Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil, El Instituto Eduardo Laredo in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the Peabody Institute, among others. She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in May of 2016, and she has been invited to perform at the Newport Music Festival, the Maryland Wind Festival, and five National Flute Association Conventions. She holds a D.M.A degree from The Hartt School, a M.M. degree from the Peabody Institute, and a B.M. degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. For more information visit her website: www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com