FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR FLUTE AGAIN
You’re invited to participate in an intensive, week-long flute course in the splendid foothills of the French Pyrenees. Nestled in a lush, secluded river valley, the Bordeneuve Artist and Writer’s Retreat and the Chateau Castelbon offer a week of training for the advanced flutist, as well as daily yoga classes, two cooking classes and a trip to the local farmers market. Spend a week studying with renowned flutists Deirdre McArdle-Manning and Nora Lee Garcia in private lessons as well as masterclasses. Each day offers a private coaching session, group warm-ups, and masterclasses on a specific repertoire (see below) as well as evening topical masterclasses. There is ample time to practice as well as to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the swimming pool and three organic meals created from the Bordeneuve vegetable garden.
Each participant must designate a primary piece that they would like to work to performance level, as well as a secondary piece.
F. Poulenc – Sonate pour flute et piano
Coach : Deirdre McArdle-Manning
P. Sancan – Sonatine
Coach : Nora Lee Garcia
H.Dutilleux – Sonatine
Coach : Noëlle Thompson
Accompanist : Deiran Manning
Deirdre McArdle-Manning – Executive Director, is described by New York Times critic Tim Page as “a virtuosic flutist with an unusually full and lustrous tone.” Deirdre is founder of the Winter Harbor Music Festival, and artistic director of the Alexander Buono International Flute Competition and Festival. She has performed to critical acclaim in solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall, London and has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Bowdoin College and Long Island Conservatory. Deirdre is a member of the World Civic Orchestra, the Nova Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the 92nd St. Y.
Nora Lee Garcia, Artistic Director is one of the most highly regarded flutists in the concert world today. A Powell Flutes Artist and Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Central Florida, she appears throughout the United States, Europe, and South America as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. A frequent performer for the National Flute Association, including Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, Washington, D. C., Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Charlotte she has also appeared at the Monterrey Flute Festival in Mexico, the Peru Flute Festival and the Chile Frutillar Encuentro de Flauta del Sur del Mundo. She participated as a judge for the International Flute Competition in Mexico City 2006 and the Chamber Music Competition at the National Flute Association 2006. Currently she is the principal flute of the Bach Festival Orchestra, Winter Park Florida and the Florida Chamber Orchestra. Nora Lee Garcia is the conductor of the new Urban Group The Knight Winds. She created Flute at UCF, which includes The Flute and Piccolo Day and The Flute and Piccolo Summer Institute.
Noëlle Thompson – Director of the Bordeneuve Artist and Writer’s Retreat, Program Coordinator, trained as a classical flutist in the USA and holds a BA Music from Bowdoin College. Her teachers included Deirdre McArdle-Manning, Jeffrey Khaner and Doriot Antony Dwyer. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in both the USA and France and has been teaching the flute for 10 years in the Pyrenees.
A sample daily schedule :
6-7am Tea, coffee
7-8am Yoga, breathing exercises
9-10am Group warm-ups
10 -1 pm Flute lessons, practice time
2-4 pm Masterclass
4-6pm Free time (& tea time!)
6-8pm Topical masterclass*
8 pm Dinner, herbal tea
*Topical masterclasses may include subjects such as Memorization, Alexander Technique, 20th Century French Harmony,
Saturday, June 2nd Arrival, registration, welcome dinner
Sunday, June 3rd Normal daily schedule
Monday, June 4rd Normal daily schedule, Edible flowers cooking class
Tuesday, June 5th Normal daily schedule,
Wednesday, June 6th Normal daily schedule, Pasta-making class
Thursday, June 7th Normal daily schedule, Visit from local music school
Friday, June 8th Final lessons & masterclass, evening informal concert
Saturday, June 9th Trip to local farmers market, poolside barbeque
food and lodging
Participants are lodged in the 14th century Chateau Castelbon with its stunning view over the Pyreneen mountain range. Shared and/or private bedrooms are available. Each bedroom has a private bath, shower and WC. A covered swimming pool is open daily. The château is a five minute walk to the Bordeneuve Retreat Center where all classes and meals will be held.
Food for the week comes from the Bordeneuve garden as well as local farmers and local markets. Ingredients are seasonal and when possible, organic. Vegetarians are more than welcome!
- Breakfast includes coffee, tea, fresh croissants and bread, seasonal fruit, granola and homemade jams.
- Lunches can include a selection of deli meats, pâtés and cheeses, vegetable salads, fresh breads and a light dessert.
- A daily tea/snack is served at 5pm with a selection of baked treats from the kitchen and fresh fruits.
Sample Evening Menu:
Roasted beetroot and lettuces from the Bordeneuve garden with local goats cheese toasts
Garlic & herb lamb chops from Ratteau Farms, Parisian gnocchi with steamed garden veg, and homemade marjoram butter
Local cheese platter
Fresh garden raspberry tart with homemade rose ice cream
Fees and Registration
All fees are in Euros and do not include airfare. The fee listed includes 24 meals, 8 nights lodging, transport to/from Toulouse airport, daily yoga class, market trips, cooking classes and all flute tuition.
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Private room and full tuition: 1730€
Shared room and full tuition: 1610€
Participation is limited to ten students.
To apply, please contact me directly.
Contact Deirdre McArdle Manning: (917) 291-0143
Contact Nora Lee Garcia: (407)823-3696
Contact Bordeneuve Retreat (English spoken): 0033 561 964022