2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Conor Nelson

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


Master Class with
CONOR NELSON, flute


and student performers

Pamela Broene
Danielle Kim
Michele Walton

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7 PM
Washington Conservatory at
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
FREE (donations welcome) | directions


What is a master class?
A master class is a rare opportunity to take a peek into the mind of a master musician, as he/she coaches students in a public mini-lesson.

On Friday, November 4 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Conor Nelson will present a flute master class at the Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD. - next door to Adventure Theatre in the South Arcade. Three students will perform and receive coaching from Nelson in front of an audience. The master class is open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.


About the Artist

Canadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since appeared as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist competition and the Haynes International Flute competition. He was featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio and WGBH Boston Public radio.

As a chamber musician, Nelson performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist, Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano duo. Involved in exciting commissioning projects, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. Nelson has also collaborated with Claude Frank, Peter Frankle, Spencer Myer, Colin Carr, Jesse Levine and the Biava and Calder String Quartets. With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions and performed at prestigious concert series throughout the US. He has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals, and as an orchestral flutist has worked with the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute and in the Aspen, Banff and Brevard summer music festivals.

Nelson received degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and Stony Brook University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University, having previously taught at Oklahoma State University and Stony Brook University. He has given master classes at over 50 universities, colleges and conservatories.


Hear Conor Nelson in Concert

Conor Nelson and pianist Ryo Yanagitani will perform diverse works by composers including Kalevi Aho, Francis Poulenc, Cécile Chaminade, Dai Fujikura and César Franck at 8 PM on Saturday, November 5 at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda (the border of DC and MD) as part of the 2016-17 Washington Conservatory Concert series. The concert is free with donations welcome at the door.


About the Performers

Pamela Broene plays in the Washington Conservatory Orchestra, the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale Orchestra, Flutes on the Brink, and the summer chamber music program at Bennington, VT. She has performed in the recital series of the FMMC, the Rock Creek Chamber Players, and the Flute Society of Washington, as well as outreach concerts in retirement homes. Her flute teachers have included Robert Patrick, James Pellerite, Israel Borouchoff, and William Montgomery. Currently she studies with David Lonkevich at the Washington Conservatory. She has a BA in Math from Indiana U, MS in Statistics from Michigan State U and is employed as a statistician at Westat in Rockville, MD.

Danielle Kim is a high school senior who attends Trinity Christian School. She has played flute since 6th grade and currently plays with the American Youth Philharmonic. Danielle currently studies with Leah Arsenault of the National Symphony Orchestra. She has met and worked with flutists such as Jim Walker and Jeanne Baxtresser, and has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute youth summer program. Besides playing flute, Danielle loves to read fiction novels, write short stories, and shop, but ultimately wishes to pursue a career in music performance

Michele Walton is currently studying flute at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America with Alice Kogan Weinreb in the DMA program. She performs regularly with the CUA Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Michele has performed a number of works most recently Chou Wen-Chung’s Twilight Colors with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Catholic University of America. She has also performed in a number of masterclasses with well-known musicians including Demarre McGill.


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