Abigail Sperling - Flute, Music Director

Abigail Sperling (DMA) is currently the Instructor of Flute at Chemeketa Community College in Salem OR, where she loves teaching the next generation of flute players. She is actively involved in the community as the Secretary of the Greater Portland Flute Society and a reviewer for the National Flute Association journal, The Flutist Quarterly. She is Music Director of Flute Fest New Zealand/Flute Fest Oregon, two four-day events that cater to intermediate, advanced, university, and adult flute players. Abigail has taught masterclasses at Oregon State University and is an annual participant at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Abigail’s academic work explores the divide between music performance and music research, and considers how these can be bridged effectively. She is particularly interested in questions of interpretation and performance aesthetic. Abigail was a featured presenter at the National Flute Association Convention (2015, 2016, forthcxsoming 2017), the International Performer Studies Network Conference (2016), and the Australian Flute Festival (2015).

Having completed her DMA in New Zealand with Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland, Abigail has a unique perspective and training background that she brings to her teaching and performance engagements. She is well known as a performer of contemporary New Zealand music. A recent world premiere (2016) by New Zealand composer Michael Norris was live-streamed via YouTube.

Uwe Grodd - Flute, Masterclass Instructor

Professor Uwe Grodd from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand based German flautist and conductor, has performed and recorded internationally for over 30 years. For Uwe, conducting, a solo career, chamber music, teaching and music editing are complementary disciplines. Every aspect of music-making, each musical engagement, every activity makes a vital contribution to the development of the whole musician; and to the fascinating complexity of musical interpretation, that magical process of discovery that is a distillation of rigor and imaginative intuition. Uwe first gained worldwide recognition when he won First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000, for the ‘Best 18th Century Orchestral Recording’ with his CD of Symphonies by Johann Baptist Vanhal conducting the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia in Hungary. Recordings of music by J N Hummel gained him two Gramophone Editor's Choice awards in the U.K. As Professor of Flute and Conducting at the University of Auckland, Uwe’s reputation as an inspiring teacher is well documented by his students’ international performances and prizes. His editions of music by Vanhal, Hummel, Beethoven and Ries, published by Artaria Editions, are increasingly in demand.

Virginia Farnsworth-Grodd - Feldenkrais

Virginia Farnsworth-Grodd is a registered Clinical Psychologist, lecturer in Musicians’ Health and Feldenkrais Practitioner.  She specialises in music performance anxiety and the use of the musculoskeletal system to optimize practice and performance.  She holds degrees that reflect her areas of expertise. She has graduated from the University of Auckland with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and degrees in Science, Arts and Music; she is also a certified Feldenkrais practitioner with 25 years of experience working with musicians.

Virginia coordinates and lectures Musicians’ Health, an interdisciplinary paper between Medical Health and Sciences and The School of Music; The University of Auckland. In her private work Virginia specialise in musicians’ use of the self in relation to their instrument. Her private work also provides comprehensive psychological support for all anxiety issues, depression and alcohol and drug problems. She works as the Clinical Advisor for the Waitemata District Health Board’s Community Alcohol and Drugs Services.

Lauren Servias - Piano - Accompanist

Lauren Servias has performed with Tacoma Opera, the Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene Ballet, Cascadia Concert Opera, and Northwest Opera In Schools Etc. (NOISE), among other performing arts organizations.  She has held staff accompanist positions at Interlochen ArtsCamp,Seattle Civic DanceTheatre, and Seattle Pacific University, and spent several years as an in-demand freelance accompanist in Seattle, Washington.

Servias holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from the University of Oregon. She was named a UO Graduate Teaching Fellow and accompanied several vocal and instrumental studios as well as the UO Opera Ensemble as part of her fellowship.  Her Bachelor of Music degree in PianoPerformance is from Central Washington University, where she also studied voice and organ. Servias began teaching collaborative piano and group piano courses at Oregon State University in 2012; she redesigned the OSU accompanying curriculum and taught beginning group piano, while also accompanying group voice courses and OSU's premier women's choir, Bella Voce.