2020 Summer Flute
2021 Summer Flute Workshop
The 2020 Virtual Summer Flute Workshop is all wrapped up and what an event it was! Mr. Parasky has begun planning the 2021 Summer Flute Workshop and all of the details will be made available here in January of 2021.
Please check out the faculty recital performance from our 2020 event.
Celtic Suite nr. 2 (2015) by Herman Beeftink (b. 1953)
Tango Etude No. 3...Astor Piazolla (1921-1992)
Molto marcato e energico
Miniatures for Solo Flute (2020)...Gay Kahkonen (b. 1968)
The Little Gypsy (2000)...Christopher Caliendo (b. 1960)
Be Still My Soul (2003)...Rhonda Larsen
Cobus du Toit
Icicle (1977)...Robert Aiken (b. 1939)
Syrinx...Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Zoom Tube (1999)...Ian Clarke (b. 1964)
Summer Flute Workshop
The 2020 Parasky Flute Studios Summer Flute Workshop will be held in a Virtual Format this year on Saturday, June 20, 2020!
There are two enrollment options available in order to participate in this educational event.
Virtual Students ($100)
Virtual Students will receive a 45-minute private lesson with an assigned faculty member via Zoom. This enrollment option is limited to 12 applicants on a first come, first serve basis for Saturday, June 20. June 20 lesson time slots are full but...additional Virtual Student spots beyond the first 12 applicants are NOW AVAILABLE during the week of June 21, 2020. Private lesson time slots will be scheduled on a case by case basis depending on the faculty member's availability.
Granted access to the workshop prerecorded materials
Attend all live Zoom workshop events
Virtual Attendees ($50)
Can accommodate up to 80 virtual attendees
Granted access to the workshop prerecorded materials
Attend all live Zoom workshop events
Registration forms are due on or before June 18, 2020. Electronic invoices will be sent via email within 24 hours of submitting a registration form.
Zoom links and workshop materials will be emailed on or before 8 PM EST on June 19, 2020.
Cobus du Toit
The workshop is sponsored by
Flute World (online discount code provided to workshop participants starting June 18, 2020)
Content for Virtual Attendees & Virtual Students
Pre-Recorded Solo Flute Recital
Featuring all faculty members, 30-minute concert
Pre-Recorded Flute Choir Music Minus One Files
Make some music on your own at home! Learn the Flute 1 part and play along with MP3 files. These musical selections will be included in the live 2021 Summer Flute Workshop programming. All attendees will get access to the Flute 1 parts. Alto or Bass flute parts may be requested for The Sorcerer's Spell!
The Sorcerer's Spell from "Of Wizards and Witches"...Phyllis Avidan Louke
"Cornfield Chase" from Interstellar...Zimmer, Rubin & Gibson (arr. Goodman) - C flute parts only
Live Zoom Educational Sessions on June 20, 2020
11:00-11:30 AM EST "Practice Strategies" with Dr. Eisenrech.
11:45-12:15 PM EST "Practice Gadgets"with Mr. du Toit
12:30-1:00 PM EST "Digital Practicing Perfected" with Mr. Parasky
Private Lessons for Virtual Students
Zoom Platform (links will be provided)
Lesson Slots with Dr. Eisenreich
1:15-2:00 PM EST Kaitlyn Dotson (Chopin Variations & Bach-Sarabande). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
2:15-3:00 PM EST Nia Hanington (Szervansky, Sonata-Movement 1 & Donjon-Pan). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
4:15-5:00 PM EST Athena Konidaris (Baxtresser Book: Orchestral Excerpts & Bach-Sarabande). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
5:15-6:00 PM EST Anny Shi (Köhler Etude & La Montaine-Sonata For Flute Solo, Op. 24, I and II). From the studio of Amy Tu.
Lesson Slots with Mr. du Toit
1:15-2:00 PM EST Mia Heron (Ganne-Andante and Scherzo). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
2:15-3:00 PM EST Lawrence Liu (Arriue-Sonatine). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
4:15-5:00 PM EST AJ Schmit (Godard-Allegretto & Donjon-Pan). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
5:15-6:00 PM EST Audrey Lawrence (Arriue-Sonatine). From the studio of Dan Parasky.
Lesson Slots with Mr. Parasky
1:15-2:00 PM EST Aasha Yeluri (Faure Fantasy). From the studio of Amy Tu.
2:15-3:00 PM EST Mihir Borah (Poulenc-Sonata). From the studio of Dr. Rebecca Crowly.
4:15-5:00 PM EST Andy Yin (Stamitz-Concerto in G/Kohler-Etude). From the studio of Amy Tu.
5:15-6:00 PM EST Joyce Zhu (Varese-Density 21.5). From the studio of Amy Tu.
Additional Lesson Slots during the week of June 21, 2020.
To be announced . . .
Dan Parasky is a professionally trained flutist whose passion lies within teaching private flute lessons. He is on the faculty of both the Newlonsburg Music Academy (Pittsburgh East) and the P.Y.C.O. School of Music (Pittsburgh North). The Parasky Flute Studios opened its’ doors in September 1999 and has since produced multiple award winning students. The following auditions have featured studio winners/finalists: The International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, The Consummate Flutists at Carnegie Mellon University, The National Flute Association Competitions including the High School Soloist, High School Flute Choir, Collegiate Flute Choir and the Professional Flute Choir Competition; the Bands of America Rose Bowl Honors Marching Band and the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Additionally, several students have had the privilege to perform in concert with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on international tours. Studio members also consistently perform, place and win at local and regional auditions/music festivals. Graduates of the Parasky Flute Studios have moved on to study music in college at the undergraduate and graduate level in order to start their own full-time careers in music.
As a musician, Mr. Parasky is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician and guest conductor. He is also a new music enthusiast with several commissions and multiple World Premieres performed. Solo engagements feature recital programs with diverse repertoire from all musical time periods. As a chamber musician, he co-founded the PM Woodwind Project, a flute and clarinet duo that is dedicated towards educational outreach for both the non-professional and professional music community.
As a clinician, Mr. Parasky has presented a wide range of topics at the National Flute Convention, The Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and at local colleges in and around Pittsburgh. Topics range from the pedagogical and business components to studying and teaching the flute in addition to performance themed classes. Mr. Parasky was the guest conductor for the 2014 and 2019 Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir. He was the temporary instructor of applied flute for the first half of the 2019 Spring Term at Slippery Rock University.
Most people have no idea what they want to do when they are 10 years old but Mr. Parasky knew that the flute was going to be the driving force of his life within the first 6 months of learning the instrument. By the age of 13, he absolutely knew that he wanted to be a private flute teacher with his own studio and started to take the appropriate steps to make that happen. Teaching the flute was simply his calling in life and nothing could have prevented it from happening!
Dan graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Music in Music Education (4.0 GPA) and earned an undergraduate degree (cum laude) in Music Performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Damian Bursill-Hall. His formative years of training were completed with Wendy Webb Kumer. Mr. Parasky served the National Flute Association as the Competition Coordinator for the High School Flute Choir (2014-2019) and is on the Board of Directors for the Newlonsburg Music Academy as the administrator. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Jackie. A complete curriculum vitae and student award list is available upon request. Mr. Parasky performs on a Heavy Wall Brannen-Cooper flute.
Cobus du Toit
Praised for technical facility that makes everything look easy (Opus Colorado) and rich tone that is especially impressive (Herald Tribune), South African native Cobus du Toit enjoys a varied solo, chamber music, and recording career. Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”
Mr. du Toit’s creative work is featured in a year-long exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art together with Carly Simon, James Tayler, and Natasha Bedingfield. His humanitarian impetus is evident in the #WeBringFlowers project, a set of 6 socially conscious commissions that deal with societal violence in a non-political manner. The project is a conscious coming together to create a room of peace that can catalyze change. Other creative projects include the recording of the complete flute oeuvre by Jacques Castérède for the Naxos label with a release date of October 2019.
As a concerto soloist, Mr. du Toit has performed with orchestras around the globe. Prominent appearances include the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic, International Symphony Orchestra “Taurida” (St. Petersburg, Russia), Boulder Philharmonic, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Du Toit is also the principal flute for Boulder Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Du Toit has been a prize winner at the 1st UNISA Southern African National Competition for Woodwinds and Brass, the Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Competition, and the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition. As an international soloist, Cobus has performed in Taiwan, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, France, and the USA.
Mr. Du Toit is currently the flute player of the Antero Winds, a Colorado-based professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at both the Plowman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. The Antero Winds has done extensive teaching artist work with the Aspen Music Festival in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Mr. du Toit self-produced two recordings available for purchase through major online platforms. Tríptico with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton and Mythavian with pianist Doreen Lee explore the expanding possibilities for these ensembles with commissioned works and an emphasis on works written in the 21st century.
Mr. Du Toit holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria where he studied flute under Professor John Hinch and graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. He also received his Master’s Degree from the same institution where he studied under Christina Jennings. Mr. du Toit serves as the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He represents the Wm. S. Haynes flute company as an Artist and Ambassador Clinician.
Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is an Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Education at Slippery Rock University where she teaches Applied Flute, Flute Ensemble, Flute Pedagogy, Musicianship I-IV, Elementary Methods in Music Education, Music Education for Diverse Learners, and Popular Music Pedagogy. She volunteers her time serving as the director and lead teacher for the SRU Early Childhood Music Community Engagement Initiative in collaboration with the Butler County Children's Center. Previously, she served on the faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Barry University, Towson University, the Frost Preparatory Program, and was the former Outreach and Program Coordinator at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music.
Dr. Eisenreich completed her D.M.A. and M.M. in Flute Performance with an emphasis in Music Education as a Flute Teaching Assistant and Mancini Fellow at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. While at the Frost School, she received the "Outstanding Graduate Student" award. She graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a B.M. in Music Education and has extensive training and teaching experience in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, Suzuki Flute, Conversational Solfege, World Music Drumming, and Kindermusik.
Dr. Eisenreich is the principal flutist with the Butler County Symphony and has performed with the Pierce Theatre Players, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Sunshine Pops, New World Symphony, and Walenstein Symphony Orchestra. She has also had the opportunity to perform and record with top artists including Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, George Benson, Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark O’Connor, Terence Blanchard, Jon Secada, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Pharrell Williams, and groups including Evanescence, Take 6, and Tiempo Libre. As a chamber music artist and an advocate of new music, she enjoys working with emerging composers and premiering new works. She is the recipient of the Co-op Press Recording Grant and is a Co-op Press Recording Partner. Eisenreich has won flute competitions through the National Flute Association and the International Low Flute Festival and is a Trevor James Alto Flute Artist.
Dr. Eisenreich has performed and presented at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels including the National Flute Association Convention, International Low Flute Festival, Music Teachers National Convention, Chamber Music America Convention, College Music Society International Conference, Ravinia Festival, Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, and many more. As an educator, she loves working with groups of all ages and ability levels and enjoys serving as the Chair of the National Flute Association's Pedagogy Committee. Her private flute students have been admitted into arts schools at all levels, have won acceptance into flute competitions, district bands, honors bands, undergraduate and graduate music programs, have been awarded superior ratings at district and state solo and ensemble festivals, and have won competitions through the National Flute Association and the Marcel Moyse Society.
As a music educator and strong advocate for Eurhythmics, Dr. Eisenreich serves on the board of the Dalcroze Society of America as the Vice Chair. She has given Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops for elementary, secondary, collegiate, and professional groups including chamber music ensembles, full orchestras, pedagogy courses, and general classroom teachers. She is currently the Eurhythmics Director for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Discovery Time Adventures for Children. With the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience music, Dr. Eisenreich has teamed up with Nuvo Instrumental as their Music Education Specialist. At Nuvo, Dr. Eisenreich advises curriculum design, creates educational programs, and provides guidance and support to music educators around the world. She has implemented a number of outreach initiatives at schools and community centers in the US and abroad where children of low-income families have been given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
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