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Canadian flutist Dr. Conor Nelson will perform and teach a master class for flute majors Monday [APRIL 14] at East Central University The performance is open to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the ECU band room in the Instrumental Music Building.

The short performance will include Sigfried Karg-Elert's "Sonata Appassionata" and Shulamit Ran's "East Wind for Solo Flute."

The master class will follow. Students of Juliana Overmier, ECU flute instructor, will perform Debussy's "Syrinx," Mozart's "Concerto in D," and Pergolesi's "Concerto in G" in a master class setting.

"If you are a flutist of any level, this class is for you," Overmier said.

Nelson, an assistant professor of flute at Oklahoma State University, recently became the first wind player to win the grand prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition and subsequently will appear with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Following his debut performing concerti of Bach and Mozart with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he presented his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

He has appeared as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Yale and Manhattan Philharmonias, the Stony Brook Symphony, the Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Repertory Orchestra, the Festival Wind Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and at the Banff Centre.

As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano Duo. Recently the duo performed in New York and Japan and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association. With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions.

He has performed at the OK Mozart International Festival in Bartlesville and at a number of other summer festivals.

Nelson received a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he became one of the youngest woodwind players to win the school-wide concerto competition. He received much acclaim for the subsequent performance of John Corigliano's "Pied Piper Fantasy" with the Manhattan Philharmonia.

He earned a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music and completed a doctor of musical arts degree at Stony Brook University where he was winner of the concerto competition and instructed the undergraduate flute studio.

The class is sponsored by a Cultural Activities Committee grant.

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