Flute Alliance is comprised of long-time music professionals.
Denise Westby, founder, brings together
musicians and educators who desire to share their knowledge with flutists of all ages. Although most activities are
designed around flutists, there are also other general music opportunities for those interested in developing their knowledge
Click here to see Carla's Oregon Symphony bio!
Wilson has held the Third Flute/Piccolo position with the Oregon Symphony since 1973. Her teachers included John May,
Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Walfrid Kujala. Her passion is for music education in the schools and has developed specialized
programs to assist classroom teachers to encourage an appreciation for music in children. As a member of Flute Alliance
she is able to combine her passion with her expertise in piccolo and flute performance.
Information on the Westby Flute Studio
Denise Westby grew up knowing that
flute was her "thing" from the age of 11. A member of the earliest Metropolitan Youth Symphony as well as
the Portland Youth Philharmonic, she received her initial training from John May of the Oregon Symphony and then went
on to attend the University of Oregon School of Music. She is the adjunct flute instructor at Linfield College, has a home
studio in Tigard, and is the Principal Flute with Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra and 5tet, WW quintet. She is the founder
and administrator of Flute Alliance.
Dr. Sydney Carlson joined the faculty of Portland
State University in 2008. She is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and has performed internationally in recital.
She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, East Carolina University, and the University of Houston. We are
thrilled to have her join the Flute Alliance staff! Welcome, Sydney!
Denise, Carla, and Sydney are private instructors, teaching students of
all ages and levels. The Flute Alliance are proud members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local #99 and the
Greater Portland Flute Society.
If you are interested in special music for your event or
in taking lessons, please contact us through our e-mail addresses found on the "Contact Us" page.
Flute Alliance Contributors
Alliance is comprised of many professional musicians who work together to educate and enlighten. You may meet them at
Flute Boot Camp, BreakAway Flutists Vacations, Boot Camp Coda Masterclasses, or other Flute Alliance Special events.
Below are just some of those fantastic flutists who have played an important part in Flute Alliance as coaches, performers,
Click here for Dawn's website!
Dawn Weiss is a noted orchestral and solo flutist as well as recording artist.
Principal Flute with the Oregon Symphony from 1980-2005, Dawn brings an innate sense of what it takes to be a successful performing
flutist in many genres. Dawn has enjoyed sharing her well-developed
ability to practice yoga along with music with the many Flute Boot Camp students during her tenure as a camp coach.
|Composer and contra-bass player, Phyllis Louke
Phyllis Avidan Louke is an active flutist, composer,
and educator living right here in Portland. Because her compositions span the levels from beginners to the advanced
player, her pieces are often part of Flute Boot Camp. Phyllis has also come to camp to introduce us to her rare contra-bass
flute which she has named, Conrad.
|Laila Murphy performs and educates at Boot Camp 2010
Laila Murphy provided her ideas on phrasing using music
from all eras. She is a talented freelance performer, concentrating on the flute and guitar duo that she is in with
Yohannes Murphy. Additionally, she is a studio musician and teacher.