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PorterFlute Pod

80 EpisodesProduced by Amy PorterWebsite

Amy Porter has been praised by critics for her exceptional musical talent and passion for scholarship. With a versatile and distinguished career, she hosts special guests, tells stories and inspiring tips learned in her life as a classical musician and entrepreneur. Owner of small businesses, founde… read more

80 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

S5 Ep 10 Business 101: I want to play on Broadway (pop music, Movies)

January 25th, 2023

58:53

New York Flute legend Elizabeth Mann and Blue Flute Alum Karmen Gould bring the one piece advice that everyone needs when they say to themselves and …

S5 EP 9 Stay Well, Play Well: Personal Wellness

January 18th, 2023

30:53

Fear. Blame. Regret. All feelings that can emerge on the yoga mat, in a lesson and in a personal relationship. Today I want to discuss the concept that these feelings of fear, blame and regret represent the space …

S5 Ep. 8 Performance Therapy: Piccolo Power!

January 11th, 2023

42:02

Get out your piccolo notebook in this therapy session everyone because In the pod with us is legendary Detroit musician Jefferey Zook and I ask him …

S5. Ep 7 Go Blue Flutes! Grad School Edition

January 4th, 2023

15:03

Meet Masters of Music flute students Minseo Kim from Korea and Lexi Eubanks from Georgia, along with DMA candidate Brandon LePage from Michigan. They're all checking in and letting us her their voices as they tell us in …

S5 Ep 5 Etudes by Isang Yun

December 21st, 2022

23:23

This episode takes a deep dive into the "Etudes for solo flute" by Korean composer Isang Yun. Here I excerpt the dissertation and feature the playing …

S5 Ep.4 Business 101: What (not) to Say and (not) Do

December 14th, 2022

25:36

Let's think about the awareness of our behavior in our business, or job, our workspace. We’ll speak about some of the things people are learning as …

S.5 Ep. 3 Friendcast: Dr. Alice Dade, Humor as a Hobby

December 7th, 2022

55:52

Meet "Funny Girl" Alice K. Dade. She loves making people laugh in stand up comedy. AND she's a great musician and teacher. From the University of Missouri, welcome my friend Alice.


S5. Ep.2 Go Blue Flutes! Meet The Freshmen

November 30th, 2022

21:20

They are astoundingly wonderful people beginning their journey within the folds of the University of Michigan Flute Studio. Meet the new Blue Flutes!

S. 5 Ep.1 Performance Therapy: "Have a Good Lesson!"

November 23rd, 2022

25:12

Today I want to get into that very popular phrase - that "blessing" we bestow on others in the hallways of homes and music schools everywhere. "Have …

S5 BONUS What's Up Amy?

September 14th, 2022

19:05

There are many projects in the air around here - stay in the loop and get updated on the latest from Porterflute!

S4 Ep. 8 Let's Talk Sound! Anatomy of Sound LLC and AOS-Wellness

May 4th, 2022

52:07

Would you like to hear about it? We're featuring snippets from my movie Anatomy of Sound made in 2012. Ten years later, my guest is movement coach …

S4 Ep. 7 Blue Flute Alumni Composer Nina Shekhar: Exploring the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter

April 27th, 2022

42:59

Blue Flute Alumni and award winning composer Nina Shekhar is my guest and we really give the attention and light to female and nonbinary composers. …

S4 Ep. 6 Composer Talk: Meet Daniel Dorff, VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company.

April 13th, 2022

1:06:41

Meet Daniel Dorff. Flutists adore playing his music and I adore his humor. Featuring excerpts with Katie Leung, pianist in my live performance of Dorff's Sonata (Three Lakes).

S4 Ep. 5 Villa Lobos Specialist, Musicologist, Ethnomusicologist Thomas G. Garcia

April 6th, 2022

54:51

I met Tom Garcia at Juilliard as a tuba major. Then we formed the Porter/Garcia Flute and Guitar Duo and the rest is history. Born in Brazil, he's an expert in all things Villa Lobos and even makes his own period Latin …

S4 Ep.4 Symphony Stories with Christina Smith, Principal Flute, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

March 30th, 2022

57:30

We were appointed in the same week. My flute sister for 8 years, Christina Smith, is here to talk about how we played then, and how we play now. And, of course, we serve up some Tea.


S4 EP.3 Performing Early Music with Kathie Stewart

March 23rd, 2022

46:02

We go there, firing questions about "Early" music with Kathie Stewart, my partner for my recent project on YouTube, Quantz Quickies. We discuss J.J. Quantz's treatise, "On Playing The Flute". A founding member of the …

S4 Ep. 2 Animals and Music

March 16th, 2022

34:57

Let’s talk about music, animals and life. They all go together emotionally and scientifically. Listen to stories, studies and facts behind music on our human planet and our animal planet. With stories by Laura Dwyer, …

S.4 EP 1: Let's Talk Shop! Meet Founder of Flutistry, Adam Workman

March 9th, 2022

1:28:07

Welcome to Season 4! Need to know about repair warning signs, talk shop about gold and silver, and understand a ton more that you did before? Meet …

S3 Ep. 15 Storytime: Stories From Our Time

December 22nd, 2021

1:08:51

The Juilliard 1980s reunion continues as we tell stories from our time at Juilliard in the 1980s and living in New York City's Ansonia Hotel. We invited two of my closest buddies, a girlfriend who’s just a great …

S3 Ep. 14 Stay Well, Play Well: Your Guide on The Side

December 15th, 2021

23:11

I’ll give you just a few thoughts from my experience over 20 years at Michigan on the relationships with a teacher of your instrument and  highlight work that students can do personally to have everything …

S3 Ep. 13 Friendcast: A Juilliard Flute Reunion

December 8th, 2021

58:59

I chose to invite the 6 female peers that I felt influenced me the most from the Juilliard School from 1982-1987. They also always had a smile, …

S3, Ep. 12 Go Blue Flutes: Alumni Updates and the Audition Process

December 1st, 2021

15:46

In honor of December application deadlines we have some advice on auditioning for the UMICH SMTD Flute studio. And there are four Blue Flute alumni updates!

S3, Ep. 11 Business 101: 501.C3 Non-Profit Organizations AFC and SEMFA

November 24th, 2021

54:22

Let's dive deeper into the the stories behind the Atlanta Flute Club (Founded in 1997) with Kathy Farmer and Southeast Michigan Flute Association …

S3, Ep. 10 - Etude Edition: A Winter's Rose: 32 Etudes by Cyril Rose

November 17th, 2021

40:21

We come bearing a Rose - etude that is. It’s our  Etude edition and Cyril Rose etudes for clarinet are discussed today since I’ve recently recorded them all from my edition published by Carl Fisher. and we’ll be looking …

S3, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: Inside the Interview Audition for Academia

November 10th, 2021

57:54

We’re bringing some advice to those students wondering if they can have a career teaching and performing as an instrumentalist – together – and not put into a box of being one or the other. Meet the most recent …

S3, Ep. 8 - Storytime with Composer Lowell Liebermann

November 3rd, 2021

50:51

Meet Lowell Liebermann, composer, pianist, Juilliard friend and lover of all things music. We feature his Sonata for Flute and Piano published by Theodore Presser. Chia-Chi Hsu, piano.

S3, E. 7 - Stay Well Play Well: Injury and Injury Prevention

October 27th, 2021

1:15:11

Long podcast alert! Repetitive overuse is preventable and we can avoid it at an early age. Meet Angela McCuiston from "Music Strong" and hear stories of overuse from our co-producer Alan J. Tomassetti and professional …

S3, Ep. 6 - Friendcast: The Flute Bros

October 20th, 2021

38:14

Jake and Gabe Fridkis are both flutists in the Fort Worth Symphony and talk about growing up with each other, guiding each other and asking for each other's help along the way. These two brothers will inspire you keep …

S3, Ep. 5 - Go Blue Flutes! Meet The Freshmen

October 13th, 2021

27:44

Meet Ella, Isabella, Ting-Yu, Joyce and Mia, all freshmen at UMICH SMTD who are pursuing flute as something important in their life. And they want to spend time hearing what I have to say. OK!! I love that! And I …

S3, Ep. 4 - Business 101: The future of music and commissioning

October 6th, 2021

48:20

This convo is for ALL Composers and Commissioners. Our guest Michael Haithcock is a pro when it comes to programming, commissioning and scheduling. …

S3, Ep. 3 - Etudes: Karg-Elert Caprices: Etudes or Concert Pieces?

September 29th, 2021

39:00

Let's take a dive into my 2005 Karg-Elert Caprice Study guide and hear some of the fun facts and interesting takes on performing these complicated caprices we call etudes. I think we can play them in concerts! Featured …

S3, Ep. 2 - Performance Therapy: Taking the Fear out of Contemporary Music

September 22nd, 2021

50:15

Featuring our Co-Producer Justine Sedky answering Who, What, When, Where and Why? and Shanna Pranaitis and her FluteXpansions.com website. I know it’s challenging to be in a situation you don’t like, especially on the …

S3, Ep. 1 - What's Up Amy?

September 15th, 2021

19:40

What's Up Amy? Join us for our Season 3 preview, Season 2 review and catch up on updates from the summer of 2021. You'll learn about a new member of Trio Virado and find out about the latest invention that we can't talk …

S2, Ep. 22 - Storytime: Steven Finley, Flute Source and Historian

June 2nd, 2021

51:52

Sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes Co. It's storytime with Steven FInley from Wm. S. Haynes Co, a flute source and historian. While completing his post-graduate studies and participating in the international performance scene, …

S2, Ep. 21 - Stay Well / Play Well: Flute, Food & Nutrition

May 26th, 2021

50:19

I've been WAITING for this episode for so long. I'm ready to tell you all I know about food, nutrition, suggestions for shopping, reacting to …

S2, Ep. 20 - Friendcast: Dr. Timothy McAllister, Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist

May 19th, 2021

55:37

Interested in the similarities in the sax and flute? Do you know who Donald Sinta is to our music world? Is it "Classical sax" or just "Saxophone"?After a lifetime of "Is it flutist, or flautist",  I asked a friend.  My …

S2, Ep. 19 - Go Blue Flutes: Graduation 2021

May 12th, 2021

32:54

Graduation 2021 held some challenges. Our producers asked our graduating students some parting questions and they had some wonderful and insightful …

S2, Ep. 18 - Business 101: Gigging, Publishing and Being a Nice Person

May 5th, 2021

28:53

At this stage in my life I’ve developed a new mission statement. "I help people learn how to empower themselves through music, business & media." And I think a lot of us are doing that now! Featured in the podcast …

S2, Ep. 17 - Ask Amy: Études Edition

April 28th, 2021

28:15

“You’re crazy.” Yeah I am that crazy to see the future of my life and where I wanted to go with etudes. And that was in front of a camera, feeling …

S2, Ep. 16 - Performance Therapy: Taking the Fear out of Auxiliary Instruments

April 21st, 2021

30:38

This week we're sharing personal journeys to learning the piccolo, discussing learning auxiliary instruments without fear or consequence and …

S2, Ep. 15 - Storytime: The Stories of Composer Christopher Caliendo

April 14th, 2021

38:32

One day, I was sitting in a diner eating breakfast, by myself, at the 2003 NFA convention in Las Vegas and the rest is history. Christopher Caliendo has composed four out of 13 Sonatas for me and I am honored to call …

S2, Ep. 14 - Stay Well Play Well: Spiritual Sustenance

April 7th, 2021

36:17

I'm calling it Source. I'm featuring my CD "In Translation" the tracks from Bach's C minor Cello Suite, and I'm reading words from Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" , "A Course in Miracles" and CS Lewis. Plus, you'll hear …

S2, Ep. 13 - FriendCast: Greg Pattillo

March 31st, 2021

49:19

It's the coolest thing I can't do. Beatboxing. Everyone knows Greg Pattillo from Project Trio. And I am cooler from this interview. Let's take notes.

S2, Ep. 12 - Go Blue Flutes!: Freshmen updates and meet our new DMA Superstar

March 24th, 2021

32:12

FRESHMEN UPDATES!  We'll hear how they’ve been adapting to hybrid learning; what courses they're taking this semester and what they took their first …

S2, Ep. 11 - Business 101: Who's Managing Whom?

March 17th, 2021

31:19

We're calling this episode "Who’s Managing Whom?" I will be speaking about the aspect of having “made it”, and if having a manager, media specialist, or PR person is actually necessary in order to “make it.” We’re …

S2, Ep. 10 - Etudes: Pairing Flute Issues with Flute Etudes

March 13th, 2021

25:09

What purposes do etudes serve and in what cases? Join us as we list some favorite scenarios and give some sound advice through etudes. Featuring the 32 Etudes by Ferling/Rose/Porter.

S2, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: The rewards of healthy competition

March 3rd, 2021

32:41

What are judges looking for? How do I prepare the students? How do competitions differ from orchestral auditions in preparation? What are the …

S2, Ep. 8 - Storytime: Dilshad Billimoria Posnock

February 24th, 2021

46:19

Dilshad Posnock is my flute colleague and friend guide for me as I return to the waters of playing in a major symphony and find the peace in the …

S2, Ep. 7 - Stay Well, Play Well: Intention, Mindset and Feeling It with Laura Dwyer

February 17th, 2021

39:23

Laura Dwyer is my guest to discuss the situation musicians share in the pandemic and the agony and sincere loss of not being together and not bringing music to the public. BOOKS: Covey - Seven Habits of Highly Effective …

S2, Ep. 6 - FriendCast: JoAnn Falletta

February 10th, 2021

29:49

We had memories, stories and questions to ask JoAnne Falletta. We all have a connection to her somehow so my producers Alan and Justine join me in …

S2, Ep. 5 - Go Blue Flutes!: Studio Updates

February 3rd, 2021

20:31

It's time again to say Go Blue Flutes and celebrate all that has been happening to impact our life as a flute studio at the University of Michigan Join us for current updates, successes, guests to our virtual studio …

S2, Ep. 4 - Business 101: Dave Schall: Recording and Microphone Basics

January 27th, 2021

58:29

It's going to all become very clear. Dave Schall, owner of Dave Schall Acoustic for 23 years, is a graduate of Eastman School and University of …

S2, Ep. 3 - Etudes: Daphnis and Arabesque

January 20th, 2021

15:30

This week I give my lesson on Daphnis et Chloe from the perspective of all flute parts and focusing on the 14th Arabesque Etude by Eugene Bozza

S2, Ep. 2 - Performance Therapy: Embarrassing Musical Moments

January 13th, 2021

26:40

Embarrassment. That awkward emotional state can find us in concerts when we're least expecting it. This podcast, I'm featuring some of my mistakes in recordings and I'll share stories of those moment.s, I'll help to …

S2, Ep. 1 - What's Up Amy?

January 6th, 2021

27:17

Welcome to Porterflute Pod Episode 1 in our 2nd Season - and you’re in the once-in-awhile category called “What's Up Amy"? Let me give you an update what I've been up to since we last spoke at the end of Season 1 back …

S2, Bonus Ep - Season 1 Thanks & Recap and Season 2 lineup

December 30th, 2020

10:53

I just have to say this show has been such a joy to create. I am so grateful to the audience every week and it’s so great to see that every series …

S1, Ep. 22 - Storytime 3: Wm. S. Haynes Flutes: "Welcoming Personal Resonance."

September 23rd, 2020

31:10

Three words to describe the Wm. S. Haynes Flutes as cited by Master Finisher and Vice President Steven Finley are brilliant: "welcoming personal, resonance." Today my guest is Artist in Residence Gareth McClearnon for …

S1, Ep. 21 - Stay Well, Play Well 3: Healing Hobbies and Humor

September 16th, 2020

26:07

I know that feeling of "Burnout" and  "The Last Straw." At that point I look for some natural spaces and a retreat into Mother Nature. Have you tried silence? Do you have a hobby to gain some perspective in your life? …

S1, Ep. 20 - FriendCast 3: My "Tribe" Anne Stevens for Stella & Dot Family of Brands and Erin Masek for Rodan + Fields Skincare

September 2nd, 2020

45:09

Meet 2 women I would have never met in my circles. Women I met because I was meant to be lifted up. I was meant to do something radical and take on …

S1, Ep. 19 - Go Blue Flutes: 3. Grad Edition

August 26th, 2020

38:59

This week we speak with Jordan Smith getting his Specialist degree in Flute, Ali Dettmer who finished her first year as a Masters student and Ryan Koesterer, a 2020 Masters graduate and a member of the US Army Reserve …

S1, Ep. 18 - Business 101: 3. Marketing yourself digitally: website design

August 19th, 2020

21:13

Develop a business mindset with your website/store/blog and have it take  root.  Whether the site is for yourself as a soloist, a repository for your …

S1, Ep. 17 - Etudes: 3. Pairings - Brownies and Ice Cream (Boehm & 19th C. French rep)

August 12th, 2020

22:49

Every Etude Pod, we want to feature a pairing (a solo piece,chamber piece, or orchestral excerpt) that offers difficult passages and talk about which …

S1, Ep. 16 - Performance Therapy 3: Auditions: Behind the Screen. Meet Mimi Tachouet, Elise Shope and Kelly Zimba

August 5th, 2020

45:01

Meet Mimi Tachouet, Elise Henry, and Kelly Zimba, all UMICH Bachelor of Music alumni who won jobs as flutists in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. They give their …

S1, Ep. 15 - Storytime: 2. Planting Seeds: Meet Aaron Dworkin and Kaori Fujii

July 29th, 2020

39:01

Hear stories from violinist Prof. Aaron Dworkin, flutist Kaori Fujii and I'll read a story about our favorite Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis …

S1, Ep. 14 - Stay Well, Play Well: 2. Everyone's An Athlete. Meet Larry Veasman

July 22nd, 2020

33:19

Meet my trainer, Larry Veasman. Plus learn about the acronym, SAVERS to help you create a powerful and fulfilling life from the book "The Six Morning …

S1, Ep. 13 - FriendCast: 2. Delanie West, Founding Creative Director of BeSuper Creative

July 15th, 2020

41:12

Meet Creative Consultant Delanie West, a friend who I can turn to for a good conversation and point of view. Connecting people, naming Black Lives …

S1, Ep. 12 - Go Blue Flutes: 2. Undergrad Edition

July 8th, 2020

24:20

We showcase the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Undergrad Blue Flutes studio experience through the eyes of graduated …

S1, Ep. 11 - Business 101: 2. PorterFlute's View of Social Media with Co-Producer Alan J. Tomasetti

July 1st, 2020

36:59

Break it down! Come into the classroom of social media for artists with Amy and Alan J. Tomasetti as they discuss the social media journey of Amy Porter to PorterFlute and tips for everyone who wants a platform to …

S1, Ep. 10 - Etudes: 2. Etudes and the College Journey

June 24th, 2020

22:09

It's highly apparent that etudes work for instrumentalists. How can we hear the difference? Commitment is key.

S1, Ep. 9 - Performance Therapy: 2. Creating musical dreams, and meeting realistic goals

June 17th, 2020

24:12

Amy Porter provides a framework for you to find your way to meeting your performance goals and seeing your dreams become reality. Never let anyone tell you that you can't do it.


S1, Ep. 8 - Storytime: 1. Wissam Boustany and Cheryl Emerson

June 10th, 2020

32:24

Guests Wissam Boustany (Lebanon/ UK)  and Cheryl Emerson (USA) reflect on some memories as they relate to PorterFlute. My pod is made up of all the …

S1, Ep. 7 - Stay Well/Play Well: 1. Having Physical, Emotional and Mental Spirit

May 27th, 2020

24:43

Amy talks about her journey to her best self at age 55. Hear some tips and stories to motivate your creativity and mindset. The body will go along with you for the journey so don't be afraid to listen to the truth and …

S1, Ep. 6 - Ask Amy: 1. Answering Questions

May 20th, 2020

25:06

You emailed Amy, and she helps answers those questions you've been dying to know including: 

- How did you become a Haynes Artist (did they ask you, did you go through an audition, what was the process)? 

-What is your …

S1, Ep. 5 - FriendCast: 1. Composer Joel Puckett (Peabody Conservatory)

May 13th, 2020

26:31

My friend Joel asked to be on my first "FriendCast" Podcast so I said OF COURSE!! Composer Joel Puckett wrote a piece for me called "Shadow of Sirius" for flute, flute choir and Wind Ensemble and it's a top hit in the …

S1, Ep. 4 - Go Blue Flutes: 1. Graduation 2020 and Interview with Justin Sedky

May 6th, 2020

35:31

Meet UMICH School of Music Theatre & Dance Graduate and co-producer Justine Sedky in this fourth episode. We interview each other!

S1, Ep. 3 - Business 101: 1. Unlock Your Action

April 29th, 2020

36:05

Here is my unique story to share. I am still living my best life despite the hardships that seemed to weigh me down. I took action to work towards specific goals and things became lighter in contrast to what was the …

S1, Ep. 2 - Etudes: 1. Etudes and the Enneagram

April 22nd, 2020

26:31

Nine types of personalities in the Enneagram test and there's even a personality test for students!  It take all types to practice etudes. Listen to more than logic behind why they stand the test of time.

S1, Ep. 1 - Performance Therapy: 1. Musical Fear and the Great Unknown

April 12th, 2020

30:36

A Renaissance is upon us.

The unknown is everything.

What fears in music performance can we remove?


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1:46

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