Monday, May 13, 2013

5 Quick Tips on the Chaminade Concertino

By Cynthia Ellis

Cynthia Ellis

The Chaminade Concertino is a staple in the world of flute repetoire, and it certainly presents many technical challenges.  How does one work through these?  Powell Artist Cynthia Ellis shares her tips with us in this video, working through difficult rhythmic patterns and addressing rubato passages.  She also emphasizes the importance of practicing chromatic scales and offers an alternate fingering for the final note of the Concertino.  To view the full video of her "5 Quick Tips," visit

Cynthia performs on a 19.5K Handmade Custom Powell.  She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with Honors from California State University, Fullerton, and was chosen as Music Associates Outstanding Student of the Year upon completion of her work in 1983.  Ms. Ellis is a member of the Pacific Symphony, playing solo piccolo since 1979.  Her performance credits also include Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California. She has also served as the principal flutist for touring ballet companies on their Orange County stops including the Royal Ballet of London, American Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet. In January of 1995, she was appointed Principal Flutist with the Opera Pacific Orchestra, a position she held until the company’s closing in 2009. She has recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as well as on several major motion picture and cartoon soundtracks.

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