Marcos Alvarez: February Featured Flutist

The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce our Featured Flutist for February 2017: Marcos Alvarez! 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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Senior Music Performance Major

Where are you from and what brought you to OSU? I am from Oklahoma City and Dr Broffitt brought me to OSU along with the OSU Wind Ensemble!

When and why did you start playing the flute? I started playing the flute at 11 years old and I was able to get a really good sound when trying the flute headjoint and I got really excited!

What are some of your hobbies and interests? I love doing hair! I also like learning about science :)

Who are your favorite composers? What are some of your favorite recordings? Ibert, and Ravel! Emmanuel Pahud's recording of the Ibert Concerto along with the Berlin Philharmonic's recording of Daphnis et Chloe!

Who are your music mentors and what have you learned from them? Natalie Syring and Dr Virginia Broffitt Kunzer are two of my most influential musical mentors but all of the music faculty here at OSU have been great musical mentors. From all of them I have learned that you have to put in the effort and work to get the results you are looking for and that you should never settle for less than your best!

Where are your favorite places to eat? Wow, there are so many great food places but my favorite would probably have to be Texas Roadhouse. I love rattle snake bites!

What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? When you love what you do, it will never feel like work.

What stands out as your favorite musical memory? I think playing with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic when I was in the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra was my favorite musical memory.

What are your favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts? We are all so supportive of each other within the studio and we all wish the best for each other and same goes for the entire School of Visual + Performing Arts!

What is your guilty pleasure? Netflix and food!

Do you have any tips or advice for younger flutists? Work of the scales and fundamentals now! You're going to have to get used to it so start early :)

What are five fun facts about you?
1. I started growing my hair out at the age of 15 and I donated my hair once since then
2. I started playing the piccolo in 7th grade
3. By my first semester of college I had learned to proficiently play all 5 woodwind instruments
4. I am an expert Netflix binger
5. My friends and family mean the world to me

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