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Hanging in the Balance

Posted by: jdunnavant on: April 8, 2014

Hanging in the Balance I’ve been thinking a lot lately about work/life balance and this ever-popular notion that to have a perfect balanced life, we must leave work behind us at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. and have not a single thought about it until the clock chimes 9:00 the next morning. I fail completely at […]

Leopards and Spots

Posted by: jdunnavant on: March 1, 2014

Can a Leopard Change her Spots? It was a good lesson, with a good student. She was playing a great piece that we both loved, and she was playing it well. Over the weeks she spent learning that solo, her musicality and technique developed, her vibrato deepened, her tone color matured. Still, there was that […]

Climbing Down from the Ivory Tower

Posted by: jdunnavant on: February 3, 2014

I haven’t posted here at Music Collective for quite a while, because I’ve been trying to decide how best to write this post. I’ve wanted to write about some recent changes to my professional life, partly because, for once, they are choices rather than reactions to unfortunate circumstances. And I’m hoping, if you’re still reading […]

CD Review – Timeless by Kate Prestia-Schaub

Posted by: tyonce on: October 9, 2013

Timeless performed by Kate Prestia-Schaub, piccolo and Martin Kennedy, piano Barry McKimm – “Air” Daniel Dorff – “Flash!” Frederick Lesemann – “Slow Music for Piccolo Alone“ Michael Daugherty – “The High and the Mighty” Daniel Kelley – “Passage” Martin Kennedy – ”Desplazamiento” Kenneth Benshoof – “Timeless” Steve Kujala – “Eurythmionics” Timeless is Kate Prestia-Schaub’s debut album for […]

Why I Don’t Hate Marching Band

Posted by: jdunnavant on: September 10, 2013

Why I Don’t Hate Marching Band (Anymore) by Dr. Jessica Dunnavant Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it I used to hate marching band. I had fun participating in marching bands as a teenager and later as a college student, but as an educated, professional musician, I have to admit […]

National Flute Association Convention 2013

Posted by: tyonce on: August 20, 2013

It has been a while since I attended the annual National Flute Association convention, but I just returned from the one held in New Orleans from August 8 – 11. The convention is simultaneously overwhelming, exhausting, and inspirational. I performed and presented during this particular convention, saw a lot of friends and colleagues, attended as many recitals […]

Two Months of Living Dangerously

Posted by: jdunnavant on: March 2, 2013

I’ve been very busy over the past couple of months. I’ve traveled to four other states, played a bunch of different music, and somehow managed to show up and teach most of the time. I think I’ve been on the road somewhere eight of the past ten weekends. I find myself this afternoon sitting at […]

Thank You, Uncle Theobald

Posted by: jdunnavant on: November 27, 2012

For the past six months, I have done all of my practicing and performing on Baroque flute and recorder. My university flute students are traverso students, and all of my gigs since July have been on my wooden flutes. (I counted them up—it’s no fewer than ten performances since August. It explains why I feel […]

Once More, With Feeling

Posted by: jdunnavant on: November 4, 2012

One of my very best flute students came to her lesson with tears in her eyes a few weeks ago. They’d had their monthly chair placement test in her school band that day, and horror of horrors, she fell from first chair to third. She was sure that her flute-playing life was over. Who would […]

Never Give Up!

Posted by: jdunnavant on: August 2, 2012

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon in a marching band flute sectional with a bunch of my favorite high school students. They are perky, peppy and hard working, and they smell like sparkles and sunshine, even when they’ve been out in the unbelievable late summer heat. In other words, they’re flute players. They’ve been at it […]


Paula Brusky - Bassoonist, injury prevention expert, professor, founding director of BCMCC.
Alexis Del Palazzo - Flutist, contemporary music enthusiast, musician wellness expert.
Jessica Dunnavant - Flutist, professor, early music enthusiast.
Rachel Hacker - Flutist, undergraduate music major
Diane Haslam - Singer, professor, writer.
Robin Massie-Pighee - Violist, teacher, executive director of Musicians of Mercy
Bart Walters - Jazz and classical saxophonist, popular music expert, former Army musician.
Tammy Evans Yonce - Flutist, professor, chamber and orchestral musician, contemporary music fan.