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Sound in Mind; The Wellness Workshop

9:00 to 9:50 am, Room 320

Chloe Upshaw

This workshop sheds light on the benefits of mindfulness and additional methods for boosting wellness and musical resilience. It is too often that we see young and talented musicians give up on their passions due to the psychological difficulties that stem from poor mental health. Thus, in this workshop, we explore the physiological manifestations of anxiety in musicians and what it means to integrate wellness into your practice and artistry.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chloe Upshaw is devoted to her multifarious career as a flutist, composer, and educator. She specializes in modern flute techniques and electroacoustic composition. Chloe is currently pursuing her D.M.A. in flute performance at West Virginia University, in the flute studio of Nina Assimakopoulos. Chloe earned her M.M. at the University of Tennessee, studying with Maria Castillo. She earned her BM at the University of Puget Sound, studying with Karla Flygare. With the mission to nurture the mental health and well-being of musicians, Chloe promotes the use of sound exploration as a medium for mindful expression.

Developing Your Teaching Personality

9:30 to 10:20 am, Ware Recital Hall

Dr. Lynne Cooksey and Professor Eileen Grycky

This discussion covers how sharing joy and enthusiasm affects your students along with ideas about empathy and dealing with diverse personalities in the studio; creating a safe and trusting environment and meeting a student at their level or expertise.

Dr. Lynne Cooksey has degrees from Southern Methodist University, The Manhattan School of Music, and the University of North Texas where she was a teaching fellow for two years. She has Suzuki training through Book 5. She was Artist-Faculty (with Distinction) and Department Chair at The Music School of Delaware for 35 years until she retired in 2019. She has taught West Chester University, Hastings College and Kearney State College in Nebraska, Southwest Missouri State University and University of Delaware. She has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Kennett Symphony and OperaDelaware. Her former students have won competitions with and soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kennett Symphony, Lansdowne Symphony and the Wilmington Community Orchestra.

Eileen Grycky, professor of flute at the University of Delaware School of Music, is a recipient of the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. She performs with two ensembles-in-residence at UD: the Christiana Winds and the Tiger Lily Trio. Ms. Grycky is a member of the orchestra of the Opera Philadelphia and the Delaware Symphony. In addition, she maintains a busy performing and recording schedule with Brandywine Baroque, a noted period instrument ensemble in Delaware. She is also a member of the Serafin Ensemble, a group of international performers who present chamber works for up to eight players. A frequent performer at the National Flute Association conventions, she has served on the NFA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has appeared as a panelist for the committee at several conventions. Ms. Grycky has performed as soloist on several occasions with the DSO, the Mozart Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ensãmble American in New Jersey, and the Newark Symphony in Delaware, and she has been a frequent substitute in the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.

Preparing for College Auditions (Undergraduate and Graduate)

3:20-4:00 pm, Room 220

Professor Eileen Grycky, Dr. Anna Meyer, and Dr. Kim Reighley

Join the region’s top University flute pedagogues for a run down of what college entrance adjudicators are looking for. Kim, Eileen, and Anna will touch on the entire process from choosing repertoire, streamlining the process for you, what the committee wants to hear, how to make a successful screening video and more. Have a chance to ask your questions about the process and making the most of your time preparing. Select participants will be given the chance to try out some of their audition pieces in a masterclass/mock audition setting, where all three teachers will chime in with expert coaching.

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