FLUTE Member Of The Week
June 26 to July 2, 2000
Hi, my name is Carol Shansky and I'm so thrilled to have been asked to be a "Member of the Week." Allow me to introduce myself…I live and teach in Tenafly, NJ, which is a suburb of New York City. My studio is a collection of students from age 7 - adult, so I see a lot of different flute issues every week! This fall, I'll be celebrating 25 years of teaching. I started in high school and have been teaching consistently since then (so I guess I'm not really that old!!). I love teaching and, as we've all said, learn so much from each of my "kids." In addition to the studio teaching, I also teach Music Appreciation classes at Bergen Community College.

I'm a very active performer, too. Currently, I am half of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Cavatina. We'll be performing at the convention this summer on a program (Sat. 9 a.m.) of new music for flute and guitar. The piece is by a list member, John Thow, and it's for alto flute and guitar - very neat. In addition to traditional repertoires, Seth (my guitarist) and I are always exploring the music of non-Western European cultures. To that end, we've created original arrangements of Brazilian choros, a popular/jazz dance form and are working now on arrangements of Chinese songs. We released our first CD, "Songs and Dances of the Americas" last year. It has on it the Brazilian choros as well as Piazzolla's L'Histoire du Tango, Beaser's Mountain Songs, and Philip Glass' Serenade for Solo Flute. (It's available from Flute World or directly from me). Also last year, we won the Artists International Competition Chamber Music Award and performed their New York Debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall to wonderful reviews. In the last year, we have commissioned and premiered three new pieces for flute and guitar.

Previous to that, I performed as part of the flute and harp duo, Giverny. Giverny concentrated on music of the twentieth century commissioning and premiering six new works. We were also winners of the Artists International Chamber Music Award, giving our New York Debut in 1994.

My flute is a Brannen Silver flute which I have had since 1984. That's it! I have no other. I'm thinking perhaps new headjoint this year (a milestone birthday for me just after the convention), but who knows? I also play a lot of piano (I accompany all of my students) and love my Yamaha upright.

I got my Bachelor's in Music Education from Ithaca College in 1982 and my Master's in Performance from Boston University in 1987 where I studied with Leone Buyse. I also studied a short time with Tom Nyfenger. I have performed in master classes for Samuel Baron, Geoffrey Gilbert, Paula Robison and Torkil Bye.

Despite all of the teaching and performing, I do have a personal life! I'm very happily married to Marc Chelemer (not a musician - but very sympathetic, perfect) and have two fantastic kids, Micaela and Daniel (8 & 5). Micaela plays the piano and flute, although her true love is writing (not music, books actually. If I might boast - they're really very good!). Daniel loves music, but given his energy level, we're waiting a bit before starting any private music lessons.

I won't be at the convention in time for the "list dinner," so I hope I will meet some of you in the halls at the convention or possibly the concert I'm in. Otherwise, I'll continue to recognize more and more names online!

If you'd like to hear a track of my CD, you can go to our website and listen.

Carol Shansky

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