The Flute Laboratory

Sarah Vay Kerns, Flutist

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I am a flutist and flute teacher. I am available for private and group lessons, leading master classes, and performace as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber music on flute, piccolo, traverso, and other instruments.

I want this place to be an exploration of flute music of all kinds and the practice of playing. I call it a practice because being a musician is a craft that is a life-long pursuit no matter the level of expertice. It is my strong belief that we are all different, and have different expressions of our music and how we learn to create it.

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

My own practice continues to evolve, and I am constantly and pleasantly surprised to learn new practices and relearn familiar practices through study, performing, and teaching. I have made it my priority to explore diverse  view points and practices and work to share these with students, colleagues, and audiences.

A laboratory is the perfect place to experiment with new ideas and decide what will work best in my own practice and to encourage my students to find what works best for them. In performance, I prefer to think of each experience as an opportunity to share thoughts, emotions, and experiences through music. It is another laboratory to gain feedback from listeners and to see what is effective in achieving this connection with my audience. In my continued ambition to improve my storytelling ability, I am constantly seeking to improve the tools and techniques I am using as a flute player, a musician, a storyteller, and a member of the human family.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge

Sarah Vay Kerns