NEW BRUNSWICK – State Theatre New Jersey hosted a masterclass with legendary flutist Sir James Galway on March 19.
Three young flutists were chosen to perform for Galway, who gave them valuable feedback and instruction. In addition, he spoke to the students and an invited audience about the history of the flute, playing techniques, how to practice and how to take care of the instrument.
The three student participants were Wenonah resident Hunter Green, a masters student at Mannes Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Judy Mendenhall; Hannah Lee a student at East Brunswick High School; and Clara Ma, a student at Central Middle School in Stirling.
“Sir James Galway is passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of musicians,” said Lian Farrer, vice president of education and community engagement. “State Theatre New Jersey was thrilled to give these young flutists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the greatest flutist of our generation. He gave them knowledge and insights that will help them bring their performance to a whole new level.”
“The opportunity to learn from a master like Sir James Galway is not one that many people will ever have, and I will forever appreciate it,” said Clara Ma.
From his working-class Belfast roots to the world’s greatest stages, Galway’s music career boasts more than 30 million album sales worldwide, extensive touring, frequent television appearances, and a true passion for music education.
Galway and his wife Lady Jeanne Galway share their wisdom and experience with the musical generation of tomorrow year-round at The Galway Flute Academy. The Academy, which includes daily masterclasses, weekend residencies, and 10-day flute festivals, not only gives them joy, but helps to change and enhance the lives of flutists of all levels.