Flute enthusiasts gathered in the Eliza R. Snow Building last weekend for Flute Day. Nicole Molumby from Boise State University, along with other BYU-Idaho professors, held a recital Friday night and three master classes on Saturday. As a part of Flute Day, a booth called Flute World also opened during breaks between master classes, which gave participants the opportunity to try new flutes.
Five music stands held a dozen pages of notes. The song was only six minutes long and was a constant fury of flute riffs. Molumby’s fingers twitched and she played an entire scale.
She leaned in and out, subtly dancing to her own music. Clarissa Tracy, a junior studying music and a flutist, said, “She put it all out there.” By the end of the recital, Tracy said Molumby left nothing unsaid.
“Flute Day was a day of educational learning and a competition for the collegiate and high school level students,” said Jordan Husher, a junior studying music education composite.
A competition started at 9 a.m., and a Flute World booth set up their stand at 10 a.m. The booth provided a large selection of flutes for those participating in Flute Day to try: standard, piccolos, altos and bass flutes. According to Tracy, a bass flute looks like a giant candy cane.
“You can learn so much by doing master classes,” Tracy said.
Molumby and BYU-Idaho professors taught master classes. Kristi Ballif, a BYU-I adjunct professor and author of Music Theory for the Flutist, taught an Irish ornamentation class. This class helped students with, as Tracy explained, “the Irish side of flute playing.”
Tracy said that all people should be musically involved, whether it’s a career or hobby. Master classes are offered just about anywhere and are a great way to increase one’s craft or trade.