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ETSU to host 33rd East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University will host the 33rd East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International from June 24-July 2.

This institute, which is attracting participants from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, includes concerts, recitals and instruction for Suzuki flute students of all ages. It is led by Rebecca Lile Paluzzi, professor of flute and director of the Suzuki Studies Program in the ETSU Department of Music.

Students will receive daily instruction with Suzuki Flute Method founder Toshio Takahashi from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and other distinguished Suzuki instructors from the U.S.  Students will also take part in chamber music and performance classes.

As a contribution to the community, the Suzuki Flute Institute offers a series of public concerts.

A Guest Artist Recital featuring flutist Dr. Takeaki Miyamae, accompanied by ETSU faculty pianist Jerilyn Paolini, will be held Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.

A native of Japan, Miyamae has performed in Europe, North America, Taiwan and Japan and has won top honors in numerous international competitions. He began his studies at age 9 with Takahashi and continued his training for several years with Marcel Moyse and Louis Moyse.  He put his music on hold to earn his medical doctor degree, followed by a Ph.D. in medicine, at Yokohama City University in Japan. He worked as a neuroscientist for 10 years before resuming his musical career.

In addition to performing and recording, Miyamae is a faculty member of the Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music in Greensburg, Pa., and frequently serves as guest faculty at Suzuki flute institutes and academies in both the United States and Japan.

Tickets for Miyamae’s recital are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students with ID. These may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 439-4276.

The annual Suzuki Celebration Concert concludes the week with performances by students, flute teachers and institute faculty. This free public concert will be held Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.  Families are encouraged to bring young children.

In addition, a flute master class led by Takahashi will be held Saturday, July 2, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Carter Hall lobby. This class is open to observers for a fee of $10, which may be paid at the door.

For more information, call the ETSU Department of Music at 439-4270 or email [email protected] For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.