Master Class & Workshop

For many years, Wil Offermans has been presenting master classes and workshops to promote the contemporary techniques as integrated part of the flute study. While teaching to both the students as well as the professional flutists, he developed and presented a contemporary approach towards flute playing aiming for sound development and flexibility in general.

In this way he has been teaching all over the world, including: The Hague Royal Conservatory, Holland; Trinity College of Music, London, UK; Guildhall London, UK; RNCM Manchester, UK; University of Music, Vienna, Austria; Hochschule Hamburg, Germany; Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen, Norway; Conservatoire Royal de Mons, Belgium; New England Conservatory Boston, USA; University of Michigan, USA; Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai Conservatory, China; Seoul University, Korea; DGfF Flute Festival, Frankfurt, Germany (Freiburg; Frankfurt); Flute Festival Boswil, Switzerland; the NFA Flute Convention (New Orleans; Las Vegas; Boston) USA; the Japan Flute Convention (Fukuoka); 1st Norwegian Festival Hamar and various NFG Flute Festivals in Holland (see the map below for more events).

A Contemporary Approach

Several decades ago the contemporary playing techniques seemed solely a subject for those interested into ‘intellectual academic’ contemporary music. Today however, we can see that contemporary techniques have evolved into an essential and actually most enjoyable musical aspect in both the instrumental study as well as in music education in general. The field of contemporary techniques and the extended sound possibilities allows us to discover seemingly unlimited creativity to express our sensations and reflections in the dynamic world of today. For this reason, Wil Offermans has developed and presented throughout Europe his Flute Day for music schools as well as his masterclasses for advanced flute students, described below.

Extended Techniques and Body-Development

For the Contemporary Flutist
When studying extended techniques - like circular breathing, bamboo tones and whisper tones - you are actually developing the refined control of your body and your muscles. You are training different physical actions and involving almost all of your body. This training can be so physical, that we can regard the extended techniques as a ‘tool’ to develop and refine the body-control, especially the breathing-system, the throat and the embouchure. Obviously, these aspects are important to all of us. So even if you are not really interested in the ‘crazy’ sounds of the contemporary music, still it will be enriching and essential to study extended techniques. It can help us tremendously to develop flexibility and improve our sound and playing in any musical style.

Contents

Tsuru-no-Sugomori score
The main subjects include:
  • circular breathing
  • bamboo tone
  • harmonics and multiphonics
  • whisper tones
  • vocalization
  • tone-development
  • body-mapping
  • flute & movement
  • game-style pieces and Improvisations
  • repertoire (see below)

Repertoire

OnTheMove score
This is a selection of Offermans’ compositions and materials frequently used in his master class:

www.forthecontemporaryflutist.com

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In 2012 the website www.forthecontemporaryflutist.com has been launched by Wil Offermans to share extensive information, exercises and background stories related to the extended flute techniques and especially related to the etude book For the Contemporary Flutist. Visit this website here.

Flute Day project for Music Schools

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Wil Offermans also has presented numerous of his Flute Day project at music institutions for smaller or larger groups of flute students of any level. Offermans developed a personal approach concerning the Flute Day based on enjoyment, creativity and group action. With the involvement of e.g. ensemble playing, graphic notation and improvisation, the Thumpy flute, contemporary techniques, he invites and attracts the flutist for a more flexible attitude towards the flute playing and music in general. For more detailed information, visit the dedicated Flute Day website: www.fluteday.com.

List of Classes

In the map below each pin represents an flute master class or workshop with Wil Offermans in Europe. The overview also includes the Flute Day project for music schools, which has its own website here. Zoom in and click a pin to access information like related photos and videos.
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= upcoming or recent Flute Day
= Flute Day with photos or videos
= Flute Day
= masterclass
= other flute workshop
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= event location
= date of the event
= see Photo Album
= see video on YouTube
Some Master Classes in the Past


Hague Royal Conservatory, Holland
Trinity College of Music, London, UK
Hochschule Hamburg, Germany
Conservatoire Royal de Mons, Belgium
University of Music, Vienna, Austria
New England Conservatory Boston, USA
University of Michigan, USA
Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo, Japan
Shanghai Conservatory, China
Seoul University, Korea
Granada
Ossiach
Senzoku

Some Flute Festival Appearances


Frankfurt Flute Festival, Germany
Flute Festival Boswil, Switzerland
US Flute Convention 2003 (Las Vegas)
Japan Flute Convention 2003 (Fukuoka)
1st Norwegian Flute Festival 2011
British Flute Society
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