Sarasota Masterclass – July 2015

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Come join Robert Aitken’s first-ever flute masterclass and workshop in Florida, July 2015.

Enjoy a full week of immersion in flute playing …. working on advanced breathing,
Button - Auditor Infointonation and techniques for the serious adult student. You’ll experience masterful solo and orchestral repertoire coaching, along with chamber ensemble playing (and coaching).

Participants  and full-time auditors will be actively involved in the teaching exercises throughout the day. Participants will perform solo works (or orchestra pieces) in group lessons to discover masterful interpretation … and will play in chamber ensembles, coached by Robert Aitken.  The session culminates with a public concert featuring the work of the event.

You’ll love the cultural city of Sarasota and the beautiful bay with its dolphins and manatees in an outing as a group.

While the official deadline for PARTICIPANTS is past, please apply . Slots may become re-opened.

If you wish to be an AUDITOR, there is no cut-off.  Register each day at the door. Credit cards accepted.  Sign up to get directions and details.


Performers and Full-Course Auditors Participate in Exercises – Click on the Teaching Image BELOW to see a 4 minute video.

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Robert Aitken Teaching How to “Breathe the Note” for Accurate Intonation

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Linda Keefe


DATES:  July 11th through the 19th – 2015

TRAVEL: Arrive Sat. (7/11) for Aitken’s 7 pm recital. Book return Sun. (7/19) late afternoon.

PLACE:  Glenridge Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida, USA 

ADDRESS:  7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238, USA

COST:  $870, Active Participants.  $347 Auditors (full course). $97 Auditors – Day Pass.

APPLICATION:   Click HERE for copy of the online participant application.  [Download questions before applying online.]

AFTER YOU APPLY:  Click HERE to choose a payment option.

REGISTRATION: 2 slots open for participants. Auditors always welcome.

Click Here for Pricing

Have QuestionsContact Call: 1+ 941-355-2092


Robert Aitken, Jan Junker and Jesse Martins … three talented and charismatic individuals … will make your masterclass experience a memorable one. Working together, you will be treated to a musically uplifting and rewarding event.

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When you attend a Aitken masterclass, you get Robert Aitken … full time, all day and into the evening.  He leads the group exercises with innovative ways to get better air flow, longer breathing, faster tonguing. He works individually with each active participant on solo repertoire of his/her choice in the masterclass setting while talking with the entire group about the work and how to approach it. He selects chamber music for the participants, puts together the ensembles and coaches them on the work.

“Robert Aitken is likely one of the best (if not THE best) clinician alive today! So, if you are in a position to go to this [attend a masterclass], then you really, REALLY should go! I took one of my students to a rare clinic he did here in his own home town of Toronto last year and, after ALL of the clinics he had ever attended (here, at the NFA, etc.), he was absolutely flabbergasted!”
     ~ Bill McBirnie, Extreme FluteNorwegian Masterclass

“Bob has heard everything that has been written in the last 50 years and played most of it, so there’s a huge database inside that brain of his that is very, very important.” 
     ~ Burt Wathen, Artistic Director, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance

“In my estimation what sets Mr. Aitken apart is his unswerving commitment to not only performing, composing and conducting, but to sharing his knowledge with students around the world. He has taught Master Classes in many countries, including Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the US.  He has held a number of teaching and musical director positions, including the post of professor at Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany.”
     ~ Don McLean, Ph.D, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Three “Conversations” About Experiences with Robert Aitken:

1. Flute Masterclass Attendee.    2. Recital/Masterclass Sponsor.
3.  Performing/Composition-Artistic Director.

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Jan Junker, Piccolo Specialist / Coaching Assistant

Jan Junker studied flute as a child in his hometown Sandefjord,Norway and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo 1984-89 with Professor Torkil Bye … and later at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg,Germany with Professor Robert Aitken.  Further studies with Trevor Wye (GB), Ørnulf Gulbransen (Oslo),Raymond Guiot (Nice) and Louis Moyse (USA).  He was the flutist at the Norwegian Opera Oslo where he had the opportunity to perform with distinguished conductors such as Antonio Pappano and Myung-Whun Chung as well as singers like Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.  Since 1999 he has performed,toured worldwide and recorded extensively with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Dresden Sinfoniker, Kammerorchester Basel, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Gstaad Festival Orchestra with artists like Gabetta, Flemming, Villazon, Pinnock, Pires, Järvi. [Download Bio].

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Jesse Martins, Pianist

In a Robert Aitken masterclass you are treated to the finest of accompanists … someone who works with the active participants before they perform in front of the group, prepares with you for the final concert and performs with some of the chamber ensembles.

Jesse Martins has dedicated much of his professional career working as a collaborative pianist in his home country Brazil. He has also played extensively in New Zealand, England and the United States. He currently holds the position of Music Director of the Youth Opera for Sarasota Opera, Florida. His sensitive and lyrical playing refused lects his keen appreciation for music in song … an excellent partnership for flutists. He holds a Master of Arts in Collaborative Piano from Mansfield University (PA), and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil). [Download Bio].

calendarSCHEDULE  [Download Daily Schedule]

Masterclass Sessions. (Six 4-hour sessions; one 2-hour session). The masterclass sessions are in two parts: group exercises and solo performances / coaching.

 Group Exercises. The sessions start with everyone, both active participants and full-course auditors, discovering innovative ways to improve air, sound, intonation, etc. You work through uniquely designed exercises which Bob has developed over the years.  These can take your playing to a new level as advanced flutists.3265 Sarah with flute, Kalaya, Nitha, Bob at music stand with Johansson exercises

Solo Performances / Coaching. Each active participant performs for the group, followed by gentle, encouraging ideas for getting even more out of the piece. These sessions are fluid so that individual needs and the group’s preferences shape the experience. Performance selections are identified in advance so that attendees can bring their own sheet music to make notes.

Chamber Ensembles. (Six 2-hour sessions). Every active participant will play in a chamber group with pieces selected by Aitken. During the evening rehearsals, Bob will visit each, offering coaching comments to enhance the performance.

Concerts. There are two concerts during the masterclass, both for the attendees and the public. The first is a Recital with Robert Aitken and Jesse Martins. Featured works range from the Baroque and Romantic periods to 20th Century and New Music. The masterclass ends with a second concert on stage of the Glenridge Performing Arts Center with the Active Participants performing solo or ensemble works. Robert Aitken and Jesse Martins will also perform.

Sarasota Siesta KeySpecial Events. The active participants and full course auditors will be treated to two special events. 1) A dolphin cruise on the Bay and 2) Breakfast on the Beach.

1. Sarasota Bay Cruise and Dolphin Watch. The warm water of the Sarasota Bay is home to dolphins and manatees. Active participants and Auditors (full course) will be treated to a two-hour cruise on the bay, being on the lookout for these wonderful animals, sometimes even seeing mothers with their babies. It’s a delightful afternoon. Hot food and drinks are available on the boat for purchase.

2. Siesta Key, Breakfast on the Beach. Siesta Key has been voted the #1 beach in the USA. Understandably so because of the miles of super soft, white glistening sand, beautiful horizon and warm water with a broad shelf for wading, floating, swimming safely. Active participants and Auditors (full course) will be treated to a catered breakfast at the beach on Sunday morning so everyone can say their final goodbyes and enjoy the sun.

Dinners With Bob. Five evenings after the masterclass and before the chamber music rehearsals, we’ve planned dinners out with Bob. Everyone is invited to come. We’ve selected a variety of special restaurants nearby so that you have a chance to talk with Bob and enjoy fine food. Each person pays for their own meal, so you can choose the faire and the fare (food and price) to fit your desires.Masterclass at Itlay

There are three ways you can join the masterclass with Robert Aitken.

Active Participant ($870). As an Active Participant, your tuition gives you the opportunity to play SOLO repertoire for the group and be COACHED by Robert Aitken in class (with Jesse Martins as accompanist). It also makes it possible for you to participate in chamber music ENSEMBLES, coached by Aitken and perform on the final CONCERT (either as a soloist or part of a chamber ensemble). You will participate in the GROUP technical exercises, along with auditors. Your tuition includes TICKETS for: 1) Robert Aitken’s public recital (opening event), 2) Cruise of Sarasota Bay and Dolphin Watching, and 3) Farewell Breakfast on the Beach at Siesta Key.

Bob and flutist in exerciseAuditor – Full Course ($347). As an Auditor (Full Course), your tuition gives you the opportunity to OBSERVE the active participants playing solo repertoire for the group and being coached by Robert Aitken. You will participate in the GROUP technical exercises. Your tuition includes TICKETS for: 1) Robert Aitken’s public recital (opening event), 2) Cruise of Sarasota Bay and Dolphin Watching, and 3) Farewell Breakfast on the Beach at Siesta Key.

Auditor – Day Pass ($97 / Day). As an Auditor (Day Pass), your tuition gives you the opportunity to OBSERVE the active participants playing solo repertoire for the group and being coached by Robert Aitken. You will also OBSERVE the GROUP technical exercises as they build from day to day. You may PURCHASE tickets for: 1) Robert Aitken’s public recital (opening event), 2) Cruise of Sarasota Bay and Dolphin Watching, and 3) Farewell Breakfast on the Beach at Siesta Key.


an assessement with hand and pen - checklistApplying for the Aitken Masterclass is simple. No audition is required. Apply online, listing your teachers and typical solo repertoire. Bob will review your application and reply to you indicating either acceptance or the need for more information. You then begin a long-time association with Robert Aitken.

We are inviting 12 – 15 active participants. Acceptance will be on a first-come, first serve basis, so we encourage you to apply early to ensure a spot.
There is no limit on the number of auditors … and no deadline for applying. We have plenty of room and welcome as many of you who would like to come and learn advanced flute techniques.  The earlier you apply, the sooner you get the insider information you’ll need.

[Download] The application questions are available so that you’ll have the information ready when you apply online.

Cancelation PolicyPAYMENT PROCESS
dollar sign on stack of bills - smallWe make it easy for you to attend…

Upon acceptance as a PARTICIPANT, you will be sent a link to pay for the course.
• You can save a few dollars by paying in full.
• You can also spread the payments out over time.
• All payments are made online with a credit card unless other arrangements are made, such as sending a check.

AUDITORS  … pay now or at the door.  Click here to sign up!

The masterclass sessions, ensemble rehearsals and concerts will be held at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center … a fine facility with an excellent Theater. It is roughly one and half miles from the Comfort Suites Hotel.  The Glenridge address:  7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL

The Glenridge Complex

The Glenridge Complex

Glenridge Performing Arts Theater

Glenridge Performing Arts Theater

Comfort Suites imageBoth the hotel accommodations and meals separate from the tuition. In order to make it the most affordable for you, we have arranged a special rate in a very nice hotel, located in proximity to both The Glenridge Performing Arts Center and many restaurants and fast food establishments.

HOTEL. The Comfort Suites (a new establishment at 5690 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34233) offers an extra-large room, divided into two parts with either two Queen beds or one King. The rate includes a full, hot breakfast. You make the reservations on your own by calling (941) 554-4475. Mention that you are part of the Robert Aitken Flute Masterclass. Rates: Single: $87. Double: $43.50/night. If you want a roommate, tell reservations and let us know as well. We’ll make sure you have someone to share the room.

NOTE: One of the very special reasons we like our arrangement with the Comfort Suites is management’s delight to have us there. They’re reserving a block together so that practicing flute in the room, at all hours of the day, is fine with them. They also have a large community area in the hotel for congregating over a glass of wine … and an outdoor pool and Bar B Q pit area for getting together. Bob will be staying at the hotel as well so that he has a chance to get to know all of you.

MEALS. BREAKFAST is included with the room. (Hot food). There are microwaves and refrigerators in the room, along with a boutique store in the lobby that offers entrees. LUNCH is on your own before the masterclass begins at 1 pm. There are numerous fast food and regular restaurants within a half-mile radius.

“DINNERS WITH BOB”. For those of you who want to join us, dinners on five of the evenings will be a group outing. Each night will be a different restaurant. Italian, Irish Pub, Continental, etc. Each person chooses and pays for their own food.

We are looking forward to meeting you and hosting you in the fine city of Sarasota, Florida.Excellent Bob looking at you

Do you have any questions?  Please email

Sarasota has a mild breeze from the West, so our climate is quite comfortable, even in the summer. We’re 2 hours away from Disney World ; 1 hour away from Busch Gardens. In Sarasota itself, we have the extraordinary Ringling Museums, Mote Marine, and the world-famous Selby Gardens.

Getting here is easy, with three potential airports from which to choose.  Please feel free to call us to discuss travel plans.  We have ideas and can help coordinate the best way for you to arrive.


1)  Sarasota (SRQ). Good direct rates.
2) Tampa (TPA).  Non-stop flights available. 50 minute drive to Sarasota.
3) Orlando (MCO). As the #1 travel destination in the world with Disney World and Universal, there are many flights and special rates. 2 hour drive to Sarasota.


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