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Amy Porter's Anatomy of Sound Flute Workshop

A supportive, holistic approach to the flute


Key Information

June 3-6, 2017

Application Deadline: Due May 1, 2017


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

Special guests: 

Viviana Guzmán, Grammy Nominated flutist, composer, dancer and poet

Mark Sparks

Jerald Schwiebert, Assistant Professor of Theatre (Acting, Directing & Movement), 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


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, Viviana Guzman on telling your story through marketing, public relations, online presence and more. Participants will even be provided the opportunity to walk away from this workshop with their own promotional music video! 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!

2017 Classes/Presentations Included:

  • Porter Masterclass: “The Anatomy of Sound” 
Find out how to discover your own individual tone through long tones and non-vibrato practicing and continue to be fascinated at how the body can always be flexible to help with tone production.
  • Porter Masterclass: Our Modern Favorites - Solo Flute written since 2000
  • Porter/Schwiebert Class: “How the Body Moves”
  • Guzman Masterclass: Improvisation for Classical Musicians
  • Guzman Class: "Telling Your Story"
  • Dwyer Class: “Yoga for Flutists”
  • Acting Theory and Methods: Jerald Schwiebert
  • Gala Evening Recitals by: Viviana Guzman & Amy Porter

2017 Schedule

To be posted soon


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. An audition recording (CD recording only - not to exceed 20 minutes) or a recent performance, of two contrasting works. One piece must be with piano or orchestral accompaniment.


Tuition / Fees

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $45
  • Workshop Fee: No refunds after May 1, 2017
    Participant: $600

Admission Notification

All applicants will be notified of admission via email. Those invited to perform in the masterclasses will be notified no later than May 10, 2017.


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 2017 exhibitor at this event.

Thank you to our corporate exhibitors from 2016!

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower