FLUTE Member Of The Week
May 29 to June 4, 2000

First of all, I feel very honored to have been asked to be the member of the week! Thanks to Larry, Nelson, John, and Helen for all of their work. I've been a member of FLUTE since 1996, and it has been wonderful to "connect" with so many other flutists from around the world and to meet some of you in person at conventions, recitals, and master classes.

I currently teach flute and music/arts appreciation classes at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at CCU. The small class sizes mean that I've been able to get to know some of my students quite well, and it's been exciting to see them pass various milestones in their lives. In addition to teaching at CCU, I teach privately, conduct the ALRY Flute Choir, and am president of the Colorado Flute Association.

The CFA held a flute fair in February, and it was great to meet several FLUTE members there.

I grew up in Kalispell, Montana and started playing the flute when I was nine years old, when I joined the school band and learned the basics from a percussionist! Summer music camps were my sole means of learning about the flute, as I was unable to study privately for any length of time until I moved to Washington to attend Seattle Pacific University. I will be forever indebted to Rae Terpenning, who I consider my first teacher, for encouraging me to major in flute, despite my late start in studying the instrument. While at SPU, I double-majored in Flute Performance and Music Education and minored in German. I got a Master's in Music in flute performance at Arizona State University, and I'm now a doctoral student (Flute Performance and Pedagogy) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I study with Alexa Still. I spent this year working as Alexa's graduate assistant and learning a lot from her. I am very grateful for the opportunity to study with someone whose playing I have long admired. Some other wonderful teachers include Karen Yonovitz, Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, and Kim Pineda (who is a fantastic baroque flutist).

When I'm not playing the flute, I enjoy travelling, reading, and hunting through used bookstores looking for out-of-print books by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Shelley Collins      Shelley's website

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