Episode 59

Flute 360 | Episode 59: “Flute Studio Highlights with Dr. Cobus du Toit” (53:01)

E59 Cobus

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Cobus du Toit who is the flute professor at UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts. He shares past, current, and future projects that are in the works: UMass Flute Day, Castérède Recording Project, #webringflowers, and Vocabulary of Emotion. Check out today’s episode to hear topics around the creative process, collaboration, and recruitment.

Episode 59 – Main Points:

  • 0:24 – Gold Sponsor: Interactive Flute Retreat, South Haven, MI
  • 1:10 – Welcome!
  • 1:15 – Today’s topics include: Flute Studio Highlights at UMass (Amherst), Castérède Recording Project, UMass’ Flute Day, and #webringflowers!
  • 1:40 – Cobus’ Biography
  • 2:28 – Cobus’ Texas Residency – March 2019
  • 2:42 – Tarleton State University & The University of North Texas
  • 2:58 – Wm.S. Haynes Company
  • 3:12 – #HaynesGivesBack
  • 3:56 – Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, flutist & teacher
  • 5:23 – Robert Aitken, Icicle for Solo Flute
  • 5:56 – Debussy, Syrinx for Solo Flute
  • 6:00 – Clarke, Zoom Tube for Solo Flute
  • 6:27 – Question: Can you please talk about doubling your flute studio size?
  • 6:45 – Cobus’ Answer
  • 11:55 – “I believe that’s why we do music is to build community and friendship around music.” – Cobus
  • 13:21 – Cobus talks about the logistics of organizing a flute festival.
  • 13:38 – Jonathan Keeble, flutist & teacher
  • 14:29 – Summary of UMass Flute Day.
  • 19:00 – Referring back to the recruitment question.
  • 19:42 – Silver Sponsor: J&K Productions
  • 20:43 – Topic: Inclusion
  • 21:49 – Heidi: Please tell the audience about your Castérède Recording Project.
  • 21:52 – Cobus’ Answer
  • 27:04 – Topic: Changing Hats
  • 28:46 – “The only difference between a student and a seasoned professional is experience.” – Cobus
  • 29:45 – Heidi: Let’s talk about #webringflowers.
  • 29:57 – Cobus’ Answer
  • 36:38 – Question: Any special student projects that you would like to mention?
  • 36:44 – “That is the goal. That through your example you can inspire something even greater than what you are doing!” – Cobus
  • 37:53 – Topic: Ripple Effect
  • 38:18 – “I am a firm believer in measuring success in a different way. Maybe fulfillment is a better word. I think we tend to think of success as very tangible things.” – Cobus
  • 38:38 – Are you musically fed? By doing this you will find your musical home.
  • 39:11 – If you are passionate about the projects you do, you will attract the same type of people. Good things will come because of that.
  • 40:34 – Teaching at the collegiate level.
  • 41:12 – Grant Writing
  • 42:41 – Final Thoughts
  • 42:46 – Cobus’ next project is titled: “Vocabulary of Emotion.”
  • 46:44 – Use other people as soundboards.
  • 51:32 – NFA’s Flute Festival – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 40:02 – Bronze Sponsor: J&K Productions

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