FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion

The only limit to the expressive potential of our instrument is imagination. 

If expanding your sound world & artistic expression in an inspiring and supportive environment would change your life…

...This is for you!

You are invited to join...

 

FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion 2021

 

4-week virtual experience | 21 June – 16 July, 2021

By application only - Enrollment spots are limited

SHANNA PRANAITIS

Artistic Director

FluteXpansions Co-Founder

2021 Faculty Artists

FluteXpansions Co-Founder

MATTHIAS ZIEGLER

CAMILLA HOITENGA

JANE RIGLER

MELODY CHUA

ANNE LA BERGE

ERIC LAMB

CARLA REES

Discover if this is right for you!

This is the ultimate experience for flutists & flutist/composers who are...

  1. Obsessed with sound (and want to be geeky about it!)

  2. Eager to explore how contemporary music improves all aspects of flute playing

  3. Curious about creating and exploring the music of today

  4. Craving more freedom, artistic expression and impact

 

And who want...

 

  1. Access to top expert practitioners’ mentorship (come inside our world!)

  2. Space to explore new skills, ideas, and projects 

  3. Supportive community focused on learning and growth

  4. A family of bonded colleagues

Whether you are an experienced practitioner with contemporary flute music and looking to further expand your expertise in a specific area, develop a specific project, OR just want an inspiration jolt...

...A professor or teacher looking to understand contemporary flute music and techniques at a deeper level to help your students tackle the repertoire of today...

 

...OR you’re relatively new to the techniques and aesthetics of contemporary flute music and looking for help going deeper for yourself.

Inside this four-week experience, you will have the opportunity to: 

 

  • Set your own intentions for expanding your artistic expression and find mentorship support to pursue them

  • Build deep working relationships with like-minded flutists and flutist/composers

  • Master the contemporary repertoire on major competition lists

  • Develop skills and a deeper understanding of improvisation, composition, and electronics integration

  • Experience artistic growth that expands professional opportunities and creates powerful musical encounters for audiences and students

This is a special opportunity to share techniques and inspirations with kindred spirits around the world. We will be sharing our solutions to new and old flute conundrums plus helping you to open creative doors for yourselves.

Anne La Berge, faculty

Typical summer flute programs are limited in scope...

They offer opportunities to:

  • bring polished performances to master teachers (and prove it in advance with an audition)

  • learn and perform mass quantities of music at break-neck speeds for performance in festival concerts

  • demonstrate your mastery as a type of self-marketing to presenters, contractors, etc. 

All this in a competitive atmosphere that is a bizarre mix of friendly and toxic.

 

When it comes to contemporary music, programs often:

  • Ignore it completely (as if the 20th and 21st centuries don’t even exist)

  • Provide only cursory, surface level instruction of new music

  • Limit the aesthetic and definition of the music that is “acceptable” for performance and study. (Thus stifling creativity and awareness of all the kinds of music-making happening in the world today)...

...OR contemporary music is treated as otherseparated from all other music 

These models are outdated at best and soul-crushing at worst.

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For too long...

FALSE myths about contemporary flute techniques

and music have been promoted

Myth 1:

 "Playing (too much) contemporary music damages your flute playing."

Reality:

Playing contemporary music and techniques makes you a better flute player all around.

  • The ability to play and hear microtones accurately improves your pitch overall.

  • Understanding and embodying complex rhythms improves your overall rhythmic sense.

  • Learning to develop your own ideas and interpretations allows you to bring fresh, carefully considered and authentic interpretations to music from any period of time

Myth 2:

 "Contemporary techniques hurt your flute."

Reality:

Improper instrument cleaning or maintenance does more damage than any playing technique ever could. 

  • Swab out regularly! Excess moisture weakens pads. 

  • Get regular COAs​

Myth 3:

 "If you play in orchestra you won't play contemporary music."

Reality:

Here is a SUPER short list of orchestras who have recently premiered new works and/or performed contemporary music:

  • Seattle Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino, London Sinfonietta, Berlin Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra… etc...

You need to be ready for it. 

Myth 4:

 "Standard repertoire is better/more important than contemporary repertoire."

Reality:

Every piece of music was once new and had new challenges in it for the musicians and audiences of the time...

...Ergo, by this line of reasoning: nothing has been worth listening to or playing since the first notated music found on a cuneiform tablet in Babylonia in approx 1400BC.

 

It’s time to eliminate 20th & 21st century-sized holes in our repertoire & training.

We’ve ALL heard these myths and experienced an unfulfilling festival or unpleasant class atmosphere at one time or another.

It doesn’t have to be this way! 

The personalization of Sonic Immersion’s curriculum represents an innovative approach to the summer academy model. I am beyond excited to work with students on their journey through flute, electronics, and improvisation in an environment of open experimentation.

Melody Chua, faculty

What would it be like to expand your artistic toolbox in a community-centered program dedicated to growth...

...where you can be imperfect and supported with mentorship while you experiment in any aesthetic and hone necessary professional skills?

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Imagine…

 

  • Feeling superpower confidence to build the sound world and interpretation of any piece in an authentic way for you and your body 

  • Being an artist of and for your time

  • Having a global family of bonded colleagues who celebrate your work and support you

  • Feeling confident in your prowess with electronics and multi-media integrations

  • Creating powerful sonic experiences for yourself, your audience, and your students

  • Being the first-call flutist when someone programs new music

  • Never having to say “I don’t know how to do that” in front of the orchestra

  • Collaborating with brilliant composers on boundary-breaking projects

And Especially…

Indulging your unlimited potential of artistic expression

This is what FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion is all about!

Hi there!

I’m Shanna Pranaitis – radically traditional flutist, teacher, coach, and the Artistic Director of FluteXpansions. 

I help flutists unleash their unlimited potential for artistic expression to create more joy in their lives and highly impactful careers.

 

I am also obsessed with sound – I’m endlessly fascinated by it. 

 

Let’s stop and take a moment to appreciate just how amazing what we do as flutists really is. We take invisible air and turn it into something that can be heard and felt physically by blowing through a tube with holes in it. 

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Our biggest obstacle as flutists is the belief that some technique is normal and some is extended.

 

Here in the 21st century, it is ALL simply technique we use to create sound (aka music).   

In fact, there is nothing new about these sounds. Microtones, glissandi, percussive sounds, etc, have been used in flute music from around the world for thousands of years. It is far more traditional to incorporate a full range of sound possibilities into music than exclude them. 

I believe the most (radically) traditional path for any artist in any discipline is to create and make the art of their time. 

 

For flutists that means:

  • Mastery of all the different ways we can make sound with our instruments

  • Performing, learning and teaching contemporary music with the same level of excellence expected for Mozart, Bach, and orchestral excerpts.

  • Actively participating in the creation of new works for our instrument (as a performer, commissioner, collaborator, and/or a composer!)

  • Creating powerful experiences for audiences by curating programs that provide context for new works (possibly in dialogue with other styles and time periods)

  • Cultivating curiosity and awareness of all aspects of sound creation as perpetual learners

I’ve been captivated by contemporary music since I was 13, but what sealed my fate was hearing George Crumb’s string quartet, Black Angels. I had no idea music could sound like that, and I’ve been exploring sound ever since.

 

It wasn’t always easy. My early passion for contemporary music left me feeling confused by general attitudes towards new music and creatively out of place in university programs primarily focused on old music. Fortunately, I had amazing mentors, an addiction to learning, and unfailing curiosity to keep me going. 

 

I have forged my own path – commissioned and premiered hundreds of works with colleagues around the world, founded ensembles, curated festivals, and developed tools I now share with students.

 

I’m not about choosing between historical repertoire or creating new music – I want BOTH! 

Cultivating curiosity and awareness to include ALL sounds as musical possibilities is the key to releasing the unlimited potential for artistic expression in each of us. 

 

FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion was created to provide a safe space for exploration, growth, supportive community, and mentorship, while immersing yourself in a world of sonic possibilities.

 

I have continually made it a priority to surround myself with inspiring mentors and colleagues who have forged their own luminary paths as flutists and artists. It is a priceless network of support and community.

 

The faculty for FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion are those whose relationships have been so meaningful to me, and I can’t wait to share them with you! 

It's really exciting to be here in the company of some of my favorite flutist-friends and colleagues! Thanks to my flute teachers like Alex Murray, Julius Baker or Marcel Moyse, and to my decades of experience collaborating with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Vinko Globokar in the 80's, and, of course, Kaija Saariaho and many others since then, I've collected a huge assortment of tools for you to use in developing in your own playing. Can't wait to share it with you!

Camilla Hoitenga, faculty

I am inviting into our world a handful of highly motivated flutists and flutist/composers who are ready for...

...deep, intellectually rigorous explorations of sound and a bonded community of radically traditional artists. 

 

You’ll get the support of the faculty artists over the course of 4 weeks to pursue your personalized journey...

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What are the key focus areas in this 4-week creative adventure?

Sound

Sound is at the center of everything we do as performers, improvisers, or composers. You’ll get everything you need to cultivate the sounds and techniques as artistic tools. AND we’ll teach you all the benefits of an expanded sound palette for your flute-playing and all your music-making. 

 

Interpretation

Go deep into structure and form and delve into strategies for creating your own interpretations based on a solid understanding about the music. 

 

Improvisation & Composition

Get inside the process of organizing sound. Whether you are experienced or dabbling in either of these, we’ll guide you to finding your voice and feeling free to trust yourself sculpting sound in these mediums. 

 

Communication

Crafting powerful experiences and communicating your ideas to audiences is a critical part of our job as artists. We’ll give our secrets to curation, project design and cultivating the atmosphere that will have audiences hanging on your every sound.

 

Mindset & Wellness

Taking care of ourselves as whole people is pretty important, so we’ll include session addressing body use, movement (yoga and dalcroze), and mindset so you have the tools to avoid injury and empower the whole artist within you. 

 

Community

A central tenet of FluteXpansions is the belief that we are stronger together, and we are committed to providing an environment in which you can feel safe to exchange ideas, explore new skills, be messy and fearlessly encourage your unique voice.

Here’s what you’ll get: 

 

Personalized plan sculpted to your goals and interests

Weekly group classes in multiple key areas: 

  • Sound Labs – bring questions about anything flute-sound related for open Q&A workshopping. 

  • Electronics Labs – practical assistance with patches, interactive electronics, or performance.  

  • Deep Listening Sessions – to tune our ears into full inclusivity of all sounds

  • Analysis Labs – bring scores for didactic dissection, uncover deep structures of pieces

  • Interpretation Exploration Labs – workshop for feedback on personal interpretation questions and projects 

  • Composition Lab – experience the collaboration process from both sides as you both create and perform small new pieces working in small pods (and yes, you can present at the end!)

  • Improvisation Labs – active workshopping to explore concepts & strategies for improvisation. 

Masterclasses on specific repertoire interests of the participants, such as:

  • Competition Repertoire, the music of Kaija Saariaho, New Complexity, etc.

Weekly open studio sessions to share work progress

Special presentations (or labs) from faculty and guest speakers such as:

  • New music for baroque flute, Kingma system flutes, flauto d’amore, low flutes, Chaosflöte and AIYA systems

  • Career paths and development Q&A with faculty and guest artists

Recordings of all lessons, classes, presentations, and masterclasses

Access to exclusive resource handouts, exercises and guides

3 private mentoring sessions with faculty artists

Accountability partners

Exclusive private facebook group for discussions & questions outside of classes

A community of bonded colleagues for life

If you join before April 30,

you'll get these awesome bonuses:

90-Minute Group Workshop in May on sound and interpretation – consider it a jumpstart!

 

An Extra Private mentoring session with a faculty artist during the program

Total of 4 private sessions!

 

A career/business coaching session with artistic director Shanna Pranaitis

Before or during the program: I'll  help you strategize turning your goals into an income source

Early access to the Facebook group for extra jumpstart support and community

 

Joining early effectively gets you (at least)

1 month of extra support.

 

Program Investment

$2,497 (before April 30)

($2,997 after April 30)

Payment plans and scholarship assistance is available.

We are committed to equity and accessibility.

Premium Option

 

Do you want even more highly tailored guidance?  

Consider choosing the Premium option for more 1:1 support that is all about you! 

 

Here’s what you’ll get:​

 

90-minute private strategy session in May (or sooner!)

Delve even deeper into your goals and ideas, so you can get a jumpstart on your project & interests.

3 additional 1:1 private sessions with faculty during the course  – Total of 6!

Unlimited email support prior to the program start (response with 48 hours) 

$2,797 (before April 30)

($3,497 after April 30)

How do I know this is right for me?

This is for flutists & flutist/composers

Who...

  • Thrive off curiosity & imagination, learning & growth

  • Crave a deeper dive into contemporary flute sounds & music and/or ideas for teaching it

  • Have kind, generous hearts & love celebrating  and supporting others' growth

  • Want a safe place in which to be “messy” while exploring and refining their practice

And NOT those who...

  • Believe they have nothing left to learn

  • Have no interest in contemporary flute sounds

 

  • Want only surface-level information about performing, interpreting or creating contemporary flute music

  • Are looking to show off, “market” themselves or partake in any kind of competitive or trash-talking behavior

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FAQs

This is amazing, what is the time commitment per week?


Approximately 10 hours per week in total, with a maximum of 2-3 hours on any given day. There will be ample time to ingest, digest, process and incorporate what you are learning. We are providing a framework for your independent work with support to help you make it a reality. You are NOT required to attend every session, and we might have some bonus sessions. You can choose your path. You will be able to live your life, teach, work, and care for family as needed while being supported in your growth. The total time across the 4 weeks is approximately 40-44 hours of support.




I really want to join, but I am SUPER new to contemporary music and not confident about the sounds yet.


It’s ok, you’re still in the right place! Book a call and let’s talk about where your understanding and skill level is. I can suggest specific things for you to do to increase your level of understanding and confidence. We will assist you in expanding your knowledge and comfort throughout the program. You will be able to experience a wider range of ideas and information here than anywhere else, which will allow you to freely explore what captures your attention. Also, If you join early, you’ll have access to an earlybird Zoom workshop to help you get the skills you need. The most important requirement is that you want to learn and grow. We can help you with that!




I am already extremely experienced with contemporary flute music and sounds, what will I gain from attending?


Fantastic! This was designed with you in mind. This is a chance to tackle a project or style you haven’t tried yet with support to make it easier. There is always more to learn! There will be opportunities to go as deep as you personally want to, and the materials and sessions will be intellectually rigorous. Jump down-the-rabbit-hole and get as geeky as you could possibly imagine with us!




Do I have to play a specific kind of new music or aesthetic style?


There are so many diverse styles and avenues to pursue. You can focus on what lights you up most. Everyone teaching has a wide range of interests and experience and can show you lots of fun corners to explore that appeal to your aesthetic tastes.




I’m really curious about improvisation and/or composition, but I have zero experience?


Awesome! We can help you with that! All of the faculty are ready to help you explore these new skills in a safe and encouraging environment. You will leave with the knowledge of how to continue incorporating these practices into your life. Even if you have tons of experience, the faculty artists are ready to help you take it to the next level!




Why the community-focused group format?


The classic model of only bringing a perfected piece for performance in a masterclass does not allow for messy growth moments or for learning anything new. The magic is in the moments when you haven’t figured it all out yet. Community is powerful and provides space to explore without having to prove something, and maybe it inspires something you would not otherwise have discovered.




Are all sessions online?


Yes, all sessions will meet on Zoom including private 1:1 sessions.

  • Access to a WiFi connection of at least 1.5mbps is necessary, a wired connection is even better.
  • External Mic strongly encouraged. We can give recommendaations if needed.




When will the sessions occur?


The time of the sessions will be determined in order to accommodate as many time zones as possible. A majority vote by the faculty and cohort will be taken after the doors close to determine the best days and times for everyone. Generally, the sessions will happen sometime between: 11AM CST-3PM CST (4PM-10PM Berlin/3PM-9PM UK). Don’t worry! There will only be a maximum of 2-3 hours on any given day.

  • Private 1:1 mentoring and coaching sessions will occur outside of regular group sessions throughout the duration of the program.
    • All participants have the opportunity to request preferred teachers, and these requests will be taken into consideration when scheduling and assigning private mentoring sessions.
    • You can record your sessions to have access to them later.




What do I do if I need to miss a session?


Not a problem! All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Private Facebook group daily. We want you to be able to continue to live your life, teach, work, as needed while being supported in your growth.




Will I get to perform?


Every participant will have the weekly opportunity to present work-in-progress during the open studio class and play in all labs and workshops. Those who wish to participate in a more formal masterclass will also have the opportunity to do that at least once during the program if they wish to do so. Everyone will have the chance to perform a new work from the Composition Lab Project at the end.




How many participants will there be?


In order to provide personalized attention to every participant and provide them time with our exceptional faculty artists and guest speakers, we will only be enrolling a max of 25 participants.




It’s really expensive.


It’s over 40 hours of time with the faculty between all the group sessions and 1:1 mentoring, which is less than $65/hour of custom individualized support. There’s no travel or lodging costs, and there’s time built in to allow you to live your life, so you don’t have to lose income while participating. This is the equivalent of 8 different masterclass sessions in one place and provides a level of support no other course or seminar provides. You will receive access to everyone’s top secrets to help you learn new music faster and teach with a deeper level of understanding...all without having to travel to 5 different countries. The network you’ll gain opens the door to future collaborations and opportunities. Most importantly, the powerful performance experiences you’ll provide to future audiences will create enduring ripple-effects throughout your career.




Is there financial or scholarship assistance?


YES! There are flexible payment plans available. Let's talk aobut how we can make this possible for you. We are committed to equity and accessibility to anyone who really wants to join us. We will be offering at least 1 full scholarship and several limited scholarships. Please ask about this in your call.




How will financial assistance and scholarships be awarded?


These will be based upon financial need, demonstrated skills, desire to attend, and potential benefit of attending to the participant. Financial need will be assessed based on country of residence and other funding options available to the participant. It will be awarded on a first come–first serve basis. Apply early!




Why fully virtual?


FluteXpansions Sonic Immersion is bringing expert faculty artists from around the world right to your home. Our program is geared towards flutists who are looking to intensely focus and grow under the guidance of the world’s preeminent contemporary flutists. By having the festival virtually, we are able to bring more teachers to you without the limitations of travel and scheduling for you or the faculty.




But, I have more questions!


Fantastic! Now would be a perfect time to Book A Call ( <– Click there!) and you can ask me all your questions! And I will have answers to all of them! ...with the exception of what is the answer to the universe – that I cannot tell you...





The world is changing fast for musicians...
Audiences for old music are dying away – They crave the new and vital experiences that contemporary music provides.
 
There has been an explosion of new music ensembles in recent years, which begs for a new approach to music learning, performing, and curation. 
 
Beautiful diversity of creators & types of music coupled with
global interconnectedness and creative uses of technology
place us in an important moment in music. 
 
Together, we have the opportunity to create a family of bonded powerhouse artist colleagues who use an expanded sound palette to take full advantage of new mediums and...
...present powerful experiences to audiences. 
 
Will you join us as a radically traditional artist, confident in holistic music-making, to create an artistic world that is equitable, creatively unfettered, and grounded in community?
Please join us in our private FluteXpansions Group!
It's a place for general community where you can ask questions, learn about contemporary flute, and hobnob with the faculty!
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