Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound

June 2-5, 2018

Amy Porter, University of Michigan
Ali Ryerson, Special Guest

This four-day intensive workshop presents an opportunity for adult flutists of all ages to participate in masterclasses, and join in-depth discussions about the study of flute tone, breathing and body awareness both in flute practice and in performance.

Participants will work with special guest, Ali Ryerson. Ms. Ryerson is all about inspiring both classical and jazz flutists to stretch their boundaries and experience the freedom and joy of jazz improvisation. Ryerson’s masterclass sessions offer a primer course in jazz improv along with individual and group coaching sessions, all accompanied by our swingin’ resident rhythm section. Every age adult and performance level (student, amateur, semi-professional, professional) is encouraged to apply.

The repertoire-based workshops will focus on all aspects of practicing and performing and the movement workshops will feature Professor Schwiebert focusing on performance efficiency, reducing the stress and tension associated with performance, while increasing the student’s capacity for expression.

In addition, several leading flute manufacturers will exhibit their instruments for attendees to view, test and buy!

Amy Porter, Professor of Flute, University of Michigan; former Associate Principal Flute, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; International Award-winning Soloist, Recording Artist




Ali Ryerson, Gemeinhardt Artist & Clinician, Jazz Flutist





Jerald Schwiebert, Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts, University of Michigan

Laura Dwyer, Certified Yoga Instructor, Principal Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and Musica de Camara. Flute/piccolo with the Santa Fe Symphony and Opera Southwest

1:00 – 1:30PM Registration
3:00 – 4:30 PM Orientation & Introductions
4:30 – 5:30 PM “How the Body Moves” Porter/Schwiebert
5:30 – 7:00 PM Light Snack
7:00 – 9:30 PM Masterclass “Jazz 101 and Beyond” Ryerson

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 AM “Yoga for Flutists” Dwyer
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Group A “Body Work” Schwiebert
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM “The Anatomy of Sound Class” Porter
1:00 PM Lunch on own
2:00 – 4:30 PM Masterclass “Jazz 201 and Jam” Ryerson
4:30 PM Dinner on own
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM “Acting Theory, the Mind and More” Schwiebert

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 AM “Yoga for Flutists” Dwyer
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Group B “Body Work” Schwiebert
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM Masterclass: “Etude Class: Karg-Elert, Jean-Jean and others” Porter
1:00 PM Lunch on own
2:30 – 4:00 PM Lecture: “Demystifying Jazz Improvisation” Ryerson
4:00 PM Dinner on own
7:00 PM Evening Recital: Ali Ryerson

8:00 – 9:00 AM “Yoga for Flutists” Dwyer
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Group C “Body Work” Schwiebert
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM Masterclass: “Our Jazzy Flute Sonatas – Mower, Caliendo and others” Porter
1:00 PM Lunch on own
Afternoon session TBD
7:00 PM Evening Recital: Amy Porter
8:30 PM Evening Reception

The first 32 applicants who complete all of the below requirements will be accepted. Select participants among those admitted will be invited to perform in the masterclasses, based upon video provided.

All applicants must submit the following (All files to be uploaded to an external link upon completion of the online application.)

  • Online application and non-refundable application fee
  • A short statement as to why you would like to attend the workshop
  • Resume / description of current flute related activities
  • An audition recording or video of two contrasting works.

Non-refundable Application Fee: $45
Workshop Fee: $700

No refunds after May 1, 2018