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Amy Porter's Anatomy of Sound

A supportive, holistic approach to the flute


Key Information

June 2-5, 2018

Application Deadline: Due May 1, 2018


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


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

Special Guest: Ali Ryerson, Gemeinhardt Artist & Clinician, Jazz Flutist

Mark Sparks



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!

Some of the 2018 Classes/Presentations:

  • “How the Body Moves” Porter/Schwiebert
  • “Jazz Improv 101 and beyond!” Ryerson
  • “Yoga for Flutists” Dwyer
  • “Body Work” Schwiebert
  • “Jazz Improv 201 and Jam!” Ryerson
  •  “The Anatomy of Sound: Etude Class: Karg-Elert, Jean-Jean and others” Porter
  • “Our Jazzy Flute Sonatas: Mower, Caliendo and others" Porter

2018 Schedule

1:00 – 1:30PM Registration
3:00 – 4:30 PM Orientation & Introductions – Porter, Ryerson, Schwiebert, Dwyer
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 activities to be scheduled>
7:00 PM Evening Recital: Amy Porter
8:30 PM Evening Reception


Yoga mat, comfortable shoes, yoga pants or sweatpants.

Application / Audition Procedure

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.)

  1. Submit an online application and application fee
  2. A short statement as to why you would like to attend the workshop
  3. Resume / description of current flute related activities
  4. A video recording of two contrasting works.


Tuition / Fees

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $45
  • Workshop Fee: No refunds after May 1, 2018
    Participant: $700

Admission Notification

All applicants will be notified of admission via email.


For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Summer Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Community Programs:


Phone: (734) 936-2660


Please contact our office at or (734) 936-2660 if you are interested in becoming a 2018 exhibitor at this event.

Thank you to our corporate exhibitors from 2017!

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