Carly Prince: April Featured Flutist

The Flute Studio at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce our Featured Flutist for March 2016: Carly Prince! 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 Performance Major


Where are you from and what brought you to OSU?
I grew up in McKinney, Texas. I originally came to OSU to be a double major in engineering and music, and I loved the small school feel at a large university.

When and why did you start playing the flute?
I started playing the flute in 6th grade at my middle school. I don't remember what drew me to the flute, but I do remember that it was the only instrument that I would try because I wanted to play it so badly!

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
When I'm not practicing, I like to spend time with my cats, watch Netflix, and eat ice cream. When I have the time, I also enjoy running and doing yoga.

Who are your favorite composers? What are some of your favorite recordings?
A couple of my favorite composers are Beethoven and Prokofiev. All of Pahud's recordings are great, but I particularly enjoy his recordings of Chant de Linos and the Prokofiev Sonata. I also enjoy Marina Piccinini's recordings of the Taktakishvili Sonata and Prokofiev Sonata.

What stands out as your favorite musical memory?
My favorite musical memory is winning the Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Competition in March 2015. It was the first competition I had won and it really validated all the hard work I had put in up to that point.

Who are your music mentors and what have you learned from them?
My band director from high school would be my first mentor. He always pushed me to do more, and I think it's because of him that I went into music in college. My second would be Dr. Broffitt, for always believing in me and teaching me how to be a musician. My third would be Dr. Kim Loeffert for introducing me to the music theory world and the different topics and people in it.

Where are your favorite places to eat?
I love going to Thai Cafe in Stillwater! I also love Granny's Kitchen for breakfast. My favorite spot to study is at Aspen Coffee, which was amazing coffee and food!

What are your favorite things about the Flute Studio and the School of Visual + Performing Arts?
My favorite part about the studio is how we all support each other and help each other out. We often go into each other's practice rooms to play something for each other and get feedback or ask questions that we don't know the answer to. There's still a group text going with 4 people who have already graduated! As much support as there is in the flute studio, I think that there is just as much support in the School of Visual + Performing Arts. There is always a sense of community among everyone in the music department, and I feel very lucky to have pursued my undergraduate studies at such a supportive school!

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love to watch Shonda Rhimes's television shows... all the shows, all the time.

Do you have any tips or advice for younger flutists?
Don't wait to start your musical journey! Practice as much as you can while you can, because you soon run out of time to practice as much as you want to. And although you may not like them, scales and etudes are actually really helpful and should not be neglected.

What are five fun facts about you?
1. I am getting married this June!

2. I am originally from Canada, and do not yet have my United States citizenship.
3. I will be attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music this fall to pursue two Master's degrees in Music Theory and Flute Performance.

4. I have two cats, Elsa and Tristan. They are named after characters from Wagner operas!
5. I am premiering a piece for alto flute and marimba with my fiancé at the end of this month!

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