Charles Norris: November Featured Flutist

The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce our Featured Flutist for November 2016: Charles Norris! Every month, we will be highlighting a studio member with interviews, articles, and pictures. We hope you enjoy getting to know our talented and diverse studio!

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Freshman Music Education Major

Where are you from and what brought you to OSU?
I am from Morris, Oklahoma. I came to OSU because I had many friends and colleagues who were graduates of OSU who suggested it and they seemed to know what they were doing. Plus the campus is a spectacular sight to see.

When and why did you start playing the flute?
I started officially playing the flute when I was in 5th grade, but I started playing before that when my sister would teach me little things on her flute. I played flute because it came rather easy to me than most other instruments besides piano.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy writing and arranging music. I'm always down for new adventures, especially with good people. And sometimes to pass time, I love to watch national geographic documentaries. 

Who are your favorite composers? What are some of your favorite recordings?
Some of my favorite composers are Beethoven, Einojuhani Rautavaara, David Maslanka, and Phillip Sparke. Some of my favorite pieces are Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, Einojuhani Rautavarra's 1st Piano Concerto, David Maslanka's Symphony No. 4 and Mother Earth, and Phillip Sparke's Symphony No. 1.

Who are your music mentors and what have you learned from them?
My music mentors would have to be my high school directors. They've taught me that things happen that are out of your control and you just have to push through them and try to become the best possible person and musician.

Where are your favorite places to eat?
My favorite place to eat is at my own place with good food. But if I'm eating out, IHOP is great as well.

What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you?
Music has taught me that the smallest successes are just as important as bigger ones, because the small sucesses help you along to achieve bigger goals.

What stands out as your favorite musical memory?
Some of my favorite memories as a musician often don't even associate with playing my instrument. My favorite memories come from when I make a connection with someone through music. Becoming closer to my friends and making new ones. I also love being able to travel and see new places because of music.

What are your favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts?
My favorite thing about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts is the connection and relationship between the people within it. Especially in the instrumental section, almost everyone knows everyone else and can coalesce peacefully. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Do you have any tips or advice for younger flutists?
Practice is your best friend.

What are five fun facts about you?
1. I have never been on an airplane
2. I have written and arranged music that has been performed by my high school wind ensemble
3. I have marched Resistance Indoor Percussion for 2 years
4. Other than being a flautist, I am also a pianist, percussionist, and vocalist
5. I am Chuck Norris

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