Holly Rosenberg: April Featured Flutist

The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce our Featured Flutist for April 2017: Holly Rosenberg! 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 Southlake, Texas. I came to OSU because of the growing music program, the fact that Dr. Broffitt is an amazing teacher and performer, and the rest of the amazing faculty. 

When and why did you start playing the flute? I started playing flute when I was 10. I knew I wanted to play an instrument in band, but I had no idea which one. As soon as I picked up a flute I knew this would be my career!

What are some of your hobbies and interests? I enjoy traveling, attending concerts of various genres, shopping, boating, movies, fashion, and exercising. 

Who are your favorite composers and recordings?Currently, I am on a Mahler kick! I also enjoy Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Mahler Symphony No. 2, Beethoven Symphony No. 5, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 are a few of my favorite works. I also love the Flute Concerto by Carl Reinecke, and the John La Montaine Sonata for Piccolo and Piano. 

Who are your music mentors and what have you learned from them? My musical mentors include Dr. Joe Missal, Dr. Ginny Broffitt, Debbie Baron, Laurie Sokoloff, and Kara Kirkendoll. I have learned many things, but what sticks out to me is to make sure and have something that sets you apart musically from everyone else. It is important to find your own sound/style of playing. I think it is as important to be a flexible and versatile musician because that could get you a job or not. 

Where are your favorite places to eat? My favorite restaurant is Papadeaux’s Seafood and Steak in DFW. In Stillwater, Bagel Café and Golden Dragon are really good!

What is the most valuable lesson that music has taught you? The most valuable lesson that music has taught me is that everything you do/learn fits together. Music theory, music history, aural skills, literature, pedagogy, and lessons should heavily intertwine into everything, especially in practice sessions. Techniques and ideas will start to integrate and things will become easier.

What stands out as your favorite musical memory? My favorite musical memory (so far) is playing for Laurie Sokoloff at the 2015 National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass Competition. The experience and audience were amazing!

What are your favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts? One of my favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School is that I have been able to gain an enormous amount of playing experience as a flute and piccolo player of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. I have also been extremely fortunate to have participate in multiple conferences. 

What is your guilty pleasure? In addition to shoes, chocolate covered raisins and strawberries are guilty pleasures of mine. 

Do you have any tips or advice for younger flutists? My advice for younger flutists is to do everything Dr. Broffitt (or your applied professor) tells you to do because it will pay off, especially if you wish to go to graduate school. It is important to have an in depth understanding of everything, and to practice productively and progressively. 

What are five fun facts about you?
1. I love Star Wars and Star Trek
2. I am a car fanatic
3. I love wrestling/boxing/UFC/WWE
4. I will be taking my Birthright trip to Israel Summer 2017
5. I will be attending Southern Methodist University for my Master's of Music Performance, with and emphasis on orchestral piccolo playing, starting in Fall 2017

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