Horsfall Competition: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm
Horsfall Guest Artist Recital featuring Amy Porter: Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:00pm
University of Washington,
School of Music
Amy Porter, Upper Division Adjudicator
Martha Councell-Vargas, Lower Division Adjudicator
Horsfall Competition (January 17th): Free for auditors!
Horsfall Guest Artist Recital featuring Amy Porter:
SFS Student Members: $10
SFS Members: $15
General Admission: $20
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About the Adjudicators
Upper Division Adjudicator
In a versatile and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert performers, American flutist Amy Porter has become one of the most skillful and creative muses for composers of our time. Critics uniquely note her “strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection and a sense of humor.” Ms. Porter combines her exceptional musical talent with her passion for scholarship and her musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for her concerts and discography. Regarding German composer Siegfrid Karg-Elert, a reviewer from Spain notes, “from the other world he has been inspired and taking pride in the soul of his true muse, Amy Porter.”
Ms. Porter first leapt to international attention winning the Third Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, which led to invitations to perform throughout the world. In 2005 she returned to Kobe, Japan to serve as the American jury member at the Sixth Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2001 she won the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in France, combined with the Alphonse Leduc Prize for outstanding musicianship. In the United States, Ms. Porter has won first prizes in the Young Artists Competitions of the National Flute Association, Artists International, Ima Hogg, and Flute Talk, among others. In 2006 Ms. Porter became the first performing artist by the University of Michigan to be named a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.
Ms. Porter is a Haynes Artist who performs recitals in the major concert halls of Asia and the United States with pianist Christopher Harding and Katie Leung. Trio Virado is the inspiring collaboration with guitarist Joao Luiz and violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Porter has been heard in recital on National Public Radio, highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center. She has been featured on the covers and written articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the USA and The Flute Magazine in Japan.
In the 2014-15 season, Ms. Porter gives recitals in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Augusta, and Ames (IA) and she will perform and record her commissioned concerto “Trail of Tears” by Michael Daugherty with the Albany (NY) Symphony. An avid arranger and editor of educational study guides, Carl Fischer Publishers produced Ms. Porter’s arrangement of the Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach for Flute. Simultaneously she released a two-CD set of selections from the Cello Suites, recorded in Ann Arbor’s historic Hill Auditorium and now available on the Equilibrium record label.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Porter is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers at Juilliard were Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser, and in Austria her teachers were Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf. After Juilliard, she held the position of Associate Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for eight years before becoming Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and Past President of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” held annually in Ann Arbor with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and internationally renowned guests. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at U of M.
Lower Division Adjudicator
Martha Councell-Vargas enjoys an exhilarating career as a solo and chamber flutist, teaching artist, and scholar. She has performed in Central and South America, Europe, China and across the United States. A specialist in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean, she has performed as a guest artist in the Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, the Festival Internacional de Flautistas en el Centro del Mundo (Quito, Ecuador), in Panamá City, Panamá, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was recently the featured as a guest teaching-artist at the Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá.
In 2011, Councell-Vargas traveled to Havana, Cuba, where she researched the Cuban charanga flute tradition – research that was inspired by her study, performance, and doctoral scholarship on Paquito D’Rivera’s Gran Danzón. Her research was subsequently published in The Flutist Quarterly, Journal of the National Flute Association. Councell-Vargas is a top prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, Frank Bowen Flute Competition, and the Flute Talk Competition in Chicago. She competed on an international level in Paris, France, where she was invited to perform at the Jean Pierre Rampal International Concours de Flûte in 2005, and in Uelzen, Germany, where she was the only North American to participate in the International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition in 2007, and was honored as a semi-finalist.
She has performed across the United States in recital and concerto appearances, as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, and at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her debut CD, Gran Danzón, features works of North, Central, and South American composers, and is scheduled for release in February 2014 on the Blue Griffin label.
Councell-Vargas studied with the world’s leading flutists, including Michel Debost, Leone Buyse, Mary Stolper, and Gro Sandvik. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Iowa. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Flute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.