Virtuosity for the Flute

A flute seminar by Benard Goldberg assisted by Dr. Laurie Glencross, Wendell Debbs, Lisa F. Levinson, (Alexander Technique) with Cesar Reyes (piano)

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July 21 - July 27, 2014
Mountainside Conference Center
(Fresham Inn) Bethany College
Bethany, WV 26032

39 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport

About the Seminar: Virtuosity for the Flute
Virtuosity for the Flute offers students a concentrated program encompassing all aspects of the baroque, classical, 19th century, and contemporary flute repertoire.

Some things that are included are Alexander Technique, Tai chi and breath control exercises followed by the morning master class session dedicated to the etude and concert repertoire. Successful applicants are invited to prepare some specific etudes, concert pieces and orchestral excerpts to enable the class to study in depth certain playing problems in articulation, tone production, and musical phrasing. Afternoon and evening classes cover the orchestral and flute quartet repertoire and text and recordings of Moyse's "Tone Development Through Interpretation".

Fees: All inclusive tuition includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner.

Non performers may audit morning or afternoon classes on a daily basis at $/class. A limited number of spaces for resident non-performers may be available for $675. Please contact Mr. Goldberg after June 30, 2012 for availability 1-412-606-6338 (cell) (or via email:

Requirements for Performers:
Applications should be accompanied by a brief resume of current flute activities and a recording (CD) not to exceed 10 min of recent performance of two contrasting works showing the current abilities of the applicant.

Performer enrollment is limited to 16; auditor enrollment is limited to 16/class.

Application Deadline:
Performers: June 20, 2014, or non-performer auditors after June 30, 2014 by personal arrangement with Mr. Goldberg (412-606-6338 cell).

For additional information, please check on Facebook at Bernard Goldberg for insert on the selection of Etudes for preparation or contact Bernard Goldberg by phone or the emails listed.

Bernard Z. Goldberg, retired Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has had a long and distinguished career as one of the world's leading flutists and flute pedagogues of the French school of flute playing.

Mr. Goldberg began his study of the flute with John Kiburz (a pupil of Georges Barrere) and Laurent Torno (a pupil of Georges Laurent, both of whom had studied with Paul Taffanel) and made his debut with the St. Louis Symphony at the age of 16. Mr. Goldberg became a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music with Georges Barrere, who transformed the flute and playing by introducing the French school of flute playing to America.

While still a student at Julliard, Mr. Goldberg was chosen by Eric Leinsdorf to join the Cleveland Orchestra and became its Principal Flutist two years later. He was subsequently appointed Principal Flutist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1947 by the legendary Fritz Reiner and played under the world's leading conductors until his retirement in 1993 (Paul Paray, Victor Desabata, Leopold Stowkowski, Eugene Ormandy, William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Loren Maazel, and many others).

Demonstrating his commitment to excellence both as a flutist and musician, he furthered his knowledge by summer studies in France with Lucien Lavaillotte (a student of Philippe Gaubert and Marcel Moyse and principal flute of the Paris Opera) and then with Marcel Moyse at Marlboro, VT and St. Amour, France from 1955 until Mr. Moyse's death in 1984. Marcel Moyse stated that Mr. Goldberg was "without a doubt my successor" (Le Depart, Aug. 24, 1982). Mr. Goldberg studied pedagogic analysis, especially interpretation of Back, with Diran Alexanian, one of his generation's great musical pedagogues, and private coaching with Pablo Casals.

Mr. Goldberg has been featured as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Casals Festivals in Prades and San Juan, Marlboro Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he was also Principal Flute. A champion of the contemporary composers, Mr. Goldberg has premiered many works by leading composers (Frank Martin, Virgil Thompson, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem, Lennox Berkeley, Wilfrid Mellers, and Tom McKinley, among many others). Mr. Goldberg has recorded as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Radio Orchestra, Music from Marlboro, and has recorded for Vox, Cook Records, and MCCI: with Musica Viva Trio and the Audubon Quarter, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony on Columbia Records, Command Classics, and Marlborough Records.

Mr. Goldberg maintains an active private teaching and master class schedule and was a member of the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory. He has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and flute coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong.

Dr. Laurie Glencross, Associate professor of Music, Millikin University, teaches flute, music theory, aural skills, and coaches chamber ensembles including flute choir. She is Principal Flutist of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and of the faculty Woodwind Quintet. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Harold Bennett, long-time Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 2000 she completed a Doctor of Music Degree from Florida State University studying with Charles Delaney.

Dr. Wendell B. Cobbs, Marshall University, earned his degree with Bernard Goldberg from Catholic University, while serving as Principal Flute of the Air Force Band in Washington D.C., furthering his studies with Marcel Moyse and Michel Debost. He can be heard in a recording of flute music by Katherine Hoover, sponsored by the New York State Council of the Arts.

Lisa Levinson is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and is also certified as a Registered Movement Therapist. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Lisa has a lively private practice, and presents classes and workshops throughout the tri-state area. In addition, she teaches the Alexander Technique at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drams, at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, and at the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine, During the summers, she has been part of the teaching faculty at the annual Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops at Carnegie Mellon, the Summer Choral Workshops at Youngstown State University, and the Dobama Emerging Actors Program in Cleveland, OH. She presented the Alexander Technique to groups ranging from the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to the American Mena Annual Gathering. Lisa has extensive experience working with musicians, actors, and people with pain issues, and has a special interest in exploring the relationship between breath, movement, and sound.

Cesar Reyes received an Artist Diploma from the Conservatory of Mexico City, Masters Degree in piano from Brooklyn College, and a Master in Ethnomusicology from City University of New York. Information about his group, The Latin American Piano and Song Festival of New York, can be found at: