As a teacher, I really enjoy the close relationships and mentorships I develop with my flute students. I feel energized when my students and I develop a symbiotic relationship in which a partnership of learning develops. I love having the opportunity and privilege of guiding them to a successful future, whether that is working in the classroom with with young children, becoming a high school band director, or attending a prestigious graduate school to continue their flute studies.
The earliest memory I have of attending a classical music concert was in my first year of high school when I attended a symphony concert with the mother of one of my high school band friends. Mrs. Applewhite was a Band Booster Mother - she took care of all sorts of details for the Camelback High School band in Phoenix, Arizona, from distributing marching band uniforms to making travel arrangements for our band trips. She was also a regular season subscriber to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra Concert Series.
One day she called and asked me if I would be interested in attending a symphony concert with her, as her husband and daughter were unable to attend. My own parents did not attend concerts of any kind, so this was a new experience for me. I remember the magic of arriving in the grand hall and being awed by all of the concert-goers dressed to the nines, the women in evening gowns and men in tuxedos.
When the concert began, we were seated in the balcony with binoculars. I was overcome with awe at the big symphonic sounds, tone colors, and beauty of the music played by the orchestra. I watched the flutists intensely and took note of their every body movement and solos.
With the single kind act of inviting me to a concert, simply because she had an extra ticket, my future as a flutist was locked in that long ago evening. I am forever thankful to Mrs. Applewhite.