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Author: Amy Porter

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Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. With a versatile and distinguished career, she hosts special guests, tells stories and inspiring tips learned in her life as a classical musician and entrepreneur. Owner of small businesses, founder of 2 non-profits, designer of her own lifestyle brand, Amy Porter leads people in multiple ways. Teaching as a Professor, mentoring as a Coach and her Anatomy of Sound workshop has led her to create innovative thought in others. Porter Productions brings you Amy Porter in PorterFlute Pod.
83 Episodes
What's up Amy? Featuring surprise guest Gareth Davies, Principal Flute, London Symphony. Plus updates on Trio Virado, Brevard Music Center and AP's summer reading list.
Happy (would have been) 87th Birthday WIBB on February 7th!  The legendary WIlliam Bennett died in May 2022 and he left a hole in all of the hearts of the musicians that knew him. I was never his student, only a fan, so today my guest is Lorna McGhee, and we discuss this incomparable flautist. I'm including some of his recordings, special memories and dedications from his students and friends Denis Bouriakov, Wissam Boustany, Emily Beynon, Joel Tse, and Jeffery Zook.
Drama! Stolen Flutes! Stolen Music! It's a backstory from 200 years ago. Plus - In the preface of the Drouet Etudes it mentions that they should be practiced after the Berbiguier etudes. I was so happy to read that because I needed something to bridge the gap from Berbiguier to Altes and Rose.
New York Flute legend Elizabeth Mann and Blue Flute Alum Karmen Gould bring the one piece advice that everyone needs when they say to themselves and others, "I want to play in the movies, the pit or in rock band!" If I had a nickel for every time I hear that. You have to love it, live it and be "the musician's musician."
Fear. Blame. Regret. All feelings that can emerge on the yoga mat, in a lesson and in a personal relationship. Today I want to discuss the concept that these feelings of fear, blame and regret represent the space between where you are RIGHT NOW (who you think you are) and where you want to be (who you are going to become). No one is producing this podcast except me, myself and I so get out your journal, sit on the couch and let’s discuss one mental health issue – feelings.
Get out your piccolo notebook in this therapy session everyone because In the pod with us is legendary Detroit musician Jefferey Zook and I ask him the questions you’ve asked me.
Meet Masters of Music flute students Minseo Kim from Korea and Lexi Eubanks from Georgia, along with DMA candidate Brandon LePage from Michigan. They're all checking in and letting us her their voices as they tell us in their words, how their experiences have been in 2022. 
Meet Viviana Guzman.
This episode takes a deep dive into the "Etudes for solo flute" by Korean composer Isang Yun. Here I excerpt the dissertation and feature the playing of Dr. Brian Dunbar, faculty at Anatomy of Sound and Professor of Flute at Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
Let's think about the awareness of our behavior in our business, or job, our workspace. We’ll speak about some of the things people are learning as young adults and are like, “HEY! I wish I knew that earlier!” Today I’m discussing what to say and how to behave in several different arts and artistic settings and hopefully it will elevate your purpose. Suggestions from Vicky Oliver, Janet Horvath, Alan J. Tomasetti, and the Cincinncati Metroplitan Orchestra.
Meet "Funny Girl" Alice K. Dade. She loves making people laugh in stand up comedy. AND she's a great musician and teacher. From the University of Missouri, welcome my friend Alice.
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Would you like to hear about it? We're featuring snippets from my movie Anatomy of Sound made in 2012. Ten years later, my guest is movement coach Laura Dwyer, my partner in Anatomy of Sound LLC and We're going to introduce you to a place you can come to for answers beyond the clinic and you'll meet your new Breathing Buddy. Interested in telling your story about the pandemic and your musical growth from it on the next episode? How are you pulling yourself forward or pulling back? Talk to us here by leaving an audio message.
Blue Flute Alumni and award winning composer Nina Shekhar is my guest and we really give the attention and light to female and nonbinary composers. We want to live in the solution. From her  bio "Nina Shekhar is a composer who explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works." Enjoy the podcast as we feature some of her works!
Meet Daniel Dorff. Flutists adore playing his music and I adore his humor. Featuring excerpts with Katie Leung, pianist in my live performance of Dorff's Sonata (Three Lakes).
I met Tom Garcia at Juilliard as a tuba major. Then we formed the Porter/Garcia Flute and Guitar Duo and the rest is history. Born in Brazil, he's an expert in all things Villa Lobos and even makes his own period Latin American guitars. He is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  
We were appointed in the same week. My flute sister for 8 years, Christina Smith, is here to talk about how we played then, and how we play now. And, of course, we serve up some Tea.
The Juilliard 1980s reunion continues as we tell stories from our time at Juilliard in the 1980s and living in New York City's Ansonia Hotel. We invited two of my closest buddies, a girlfriend who’s just a great girlfriend and a neighbor who was just a great neighbor. Violist and educator Rebecca Young and pianist, composer and educator Robert Apostle. I went to the vault and found a Sonata that’s a favorite among flute players- Christopher Caliendo’s Sonata No 8 Movement 3 the Ride of the Headless Horseman. It tells an amazing story and I appreciate that I received the dedication and the premiere. Pianist David Gilliland.
I’ll give you just a few thoughts from my experience over 20 years at Michigan on the relationships with a teacher of your instrument and  highlight work that students can do personally to have everything click. Featuring Gieseking Sonata with Tim Carey on piano.
I chose to invite the 6 female peers that I felt influenced me the most from the Juilliard School from 1982-1987. They also always had a smile, always played their best and are such beautiful souls in this world. Welcoming in Wendy Stern (Montclair State), Liz Mann (Orpheus and St. Lukes), Sharon Wood Sparrow (Detroit Symphony), and Liz Buck (Arizona State University). Here in spirit, Marina Piccinini and Laura Gilbert.
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