September Newsletter

Hello All,

I am so glad to see so many of my students off to a good start semester. Let’s keep that going!

Here on the Space Coast we really dodged a bullet with hurricane Dorian. Our hearts go out to those who were so terribly affected.

Scott and Tiki and I stayed here beach-side, but we had everything ready to go on a moments notice. Even though we were spared, it is still a nerve racking and exhausting process.

I am looking forward to the start of another season. Please check the websites of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra for a sneak peak. I am looking forward to playing a lot of Beethoven over the next two seasons. All of the classical music world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth. (December 16th, 1770). Both the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 seasons will be filled with his music, so stay tuned for more details!

I am also looking forward to performing the Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp on the ACO chamber series. This is truly one of the greatest masterpieces in all of the chamber music repertoire.

One month left of regular season baseball. As of this writing, my Washington Nationals are in position for the first wild card in the National League. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will actually have a team in the post season this year!

Newly discovered for me this month is the podcast, “Sticky Notes”. All classical music. They are terrific – check them out! You will really enjoy them!

That’s it for now.

“Work Hard – Be Nice”


July Newsletter

Hello All!.

In my June newsletter I was saying that the heat had not truly settled in yet. It sure has now! (Although still quite bearable).

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents its annual “Symphony Under the Stars” 4th of July concert at Riverfront Park in Cocoa. The concert itself begins at 8PM with a spectacular fireworks display during the 1812 Overture (of course!). Lots of fun and patriotic music – Stars and Stripes – Piccolos – you get the picture. Get there early and enjoy all the pre-concert festivities. IT IS ALL FREE!

I will be maintaining my regular teaching schedule throughout July. As you know I am a big believer in an intensified routine of SUMMER PRACTICE. Students who follow this advice have tremendous success the following school year.

Scott and I had the chance to visit with Michael Hasel (a flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic) while he was over on the West Coast of Florida. It was a great day. We have a nice dockside lunch and went in and out of some funky little arts places.

Tom is just back from a week in Houston for some professional development with KIPP. Next year he will be teaching only calculus, but in addition he will mentor new teachers and coach track.

On the what I am reading/listening to front: Just started “The Map of Knowledge. A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found” by Violet Moller. Listening to a lot of Beethoven mostly on the Berlin Philharmonic Archives from their Digital Concert Hall.

On the gardening front – just trying to keep everything alive in the heat. That’s about the best you can hope for this time of year.

Hope you are all having a great summer

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


June Newsletter

Hello All,

I am off to the races with my summer practice routine. I know it sounds crazy, but I love this time of year. I have plenty of time to really dive in deep into the repertoire for next season. I love exploring all of the different recordings out there, looking through parts and scores, and just really immersing myself in all this great repertoire!

I will be keeping the same teaching schedule for the summer and I am trying to convince all of my students that summer is the BEST time to really make strides in your playing.

Right now, I have no trips planned. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend with Tom in Austin. I feel as though I got a good sense of his life there. Austin is a really fun city, especially if you are a millennial!

The garden is doing very well. I am trying to prepare it for the hot weather which has not really hit yet. The mornings and evenings have still been very pleasant. Scott and I have been enjoying a lot of beach walks and I have been doing classes at the Yoga Garden.

Finished reading “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor” by Donald Robertson. For those of you who are not familiar with Stoic Philosophy, I would recommend it. I continue to read passages every day in Ryan Holiday’s book, “The Daily Stoic”.

Hope you are all well.

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


May Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy Spring! I had the most marvelous experience this morning to welcome in May. The Berlin Philharmonic is on their European tour, and this morning at FIVE AM, our time, the concert was broadcast live from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris! What a wonderful program. A mixture of French and German works, including Afternoon of a Faun. The soloist was bass baritone Bryn Terfel and the program ended with Wagner’s Magic Fire Music. The setting was so beautiful and it made the whole concert rather overwhelming.

Back here in Florida, there is only one more week to my season. This Saturday, May 4th at the King Center in Melbourne, members of the BSO accompany the Brevard Chorale in Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass. The concert is at 7:30 PM. The next day the BSO presents it’s annual “May Pops” at the Windsor Polo Club in Vero Beach.

After that it is Mother’s Day weekend with my son. I am so looking forward to that! I will give you a full report on how he is doing, as many of you ask about him often. It sounds like he is settling to his job very nicely.

My summer plans include the usual – starting to work on the music for next season. (Yes, already!) My garden is doing very well. Especially the bananas. They are going – OK, I’ll say it – BANANAS! Also I am back to my routine of early morning beach walks. I have also begun classes at the local yoga studio which I am enjoying very much.

Enjoy May – “Work Hard, Be Nice”


April News Letter

Hello All,

This month, the Brevard Symphony closes its regular Masterworks Subscription Series with a program featuring the romantic and exciting Symphony No. by Serge Rachmaninoff. This is an event not to be missed. The concert takes place at the King Center for the performing Arts in Melbourne on Saturday, April 6th at 8PM. It will be conducted by Christopher Confessore.

Both the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2019-2020 seasons. They both look great! I will be telling you more about them in the coming months.

In other news, my garden is doing great – including a nice crop of bananas! I am looking forward to being able to spend a lot more time in the garden very soon.

My poor Duke Blue Devils were eliminated in the Elite Eight and will not be going to the Final Four this yesr. This was such a shame, as this was no doubt one of the most talented teams Coach K has seen. AND my Nats dropped 2 out of 3 in the series home opener against the Mets. UGH!

I will keep you all posted on how my summer is going.

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


October News Letter

Hi All,

October is here, but the “feels like” temperatures are still in the high 90s.      I am usually OK with the heat – but this is too much – even for me! Yesterday was the last day of the regular season for Major League Baseball. My Washington Nationals finished second in the National League East, with only a slightly better than .500 record. A truly disappointing season for a team that many experts picked to be in the World Series. In any case, I’m sure their will be a few amazing moments to watch even without my Nats.

Of course the big excitement for October is the opening of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series. As with many orchestras across the country we are celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centennial year. The All-Bernstein concert is Saturday, October 6th, 8 PM at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Here is the rundown of the entire program:

Candide Overture                                                                                                                  Simple Song from Mass                                                                                                               On the Town “Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra” arr. Harmon                           West Side Story Suite                                                                                                                  Fancy Free Ballet Suite

The “On the Town” will feature violinist Jennifer Frautschi.                                   The West Side Story will feature Jackie Stressman and E.J. Cardona, vocalists.

In the garden all I do at this point is try to keep things alive until in cools off. So far, so good (mostly). Looking forward to some fall projects and plantings.

What I am listening to right now is lots of Bach. The English and French Suites mostly.  They have the ability to both focus and quiet the mind. I find that very helpful in the swirl of terrible news in our world.

What I am reading right now is “American Philosophy, a Love Story” by John Kaag.

To my students I leave you with the same words as always:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”



August Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy Back-to-School time! My first comment goes out to all my students. When you are picking up school supplies, get yourself a notebook that you will use for flute. I have been using a practice notebook for YEARS and I still find it very valuable.

The start of orchestra season is just around the corner, so I hope you will check out the performance page for concert information. Don’t forget I can usually get tickets for you and you family to attend theses concerts FOR FREE.

I have enjoyed my summer with a nice mix of practicing, home and garden projects, reading, and BASEBALL. It looks like my NATS (fingers crossed) are finally turning things around.

In the garden, I have finished a shade garden project. So nice to have a spot to go to and not feel like a prisoner of the air conditioning. I have two nice books I can recommend. One is “Mozart’s Starling” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt and the other is “Central Park Love Song…..Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” by Stephen Wolf. Both are perfect reads for the last little bit of summer.

Scott and I did not get a chance to take any summer vacation this year, but perhaps in the fall. Looks like a trip to New York might be possible.

I am looking forward to a great new season with both the Atlantic Classical Orchestra AND the Brevard Symphony Orchestra! Lots of wonderful music on tap. Again, please always be checking the performance page.

I know all my students are excited as well, with the start of another incredible school year. Always remember our studio motto:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


July Newsletter

Hello All,

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s annual 4th of July Concert. The event takes place at Riverfront Park in Cocoa. It is FREE and includes the most spectacular fireworks show on the Space Coast!  The orchestra will be playing such favorites as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”.  And YES we DO stand with our piccolos for the famous solo. The concert begins at 8PM with fireworks starting at dark. Visit the Brevard Symphony website for more details, including how YOU can join the orchestra for a barbecue!

That is the only concert I have on my books for July, but my students and I are hard at work in the studio. Several of my students have taken on the challenge of preparing for the All-State auditions in September. I am so proud of their commitment and focus. And speaking of the studio – WE FINALLY HAVE A FLOOR!  We have been operating with bare cement floors since the studio was flooded out by hurricane Irma. Scott and I are busy re-arranging and bringing the studio back to life.

I am definitely in my mid summer mode. I have been setting my alarm for 5:30 every morning. I am on the beach by 6AM and walk 3-4 miles. What a treat to see the sun rise each day! Plus I am back at the house before it gets too hot. In other items of interest, my mother is almost fully recovered from her car accident. My new garden on the west side of the house was installed last week. It has a built in fire pit, which looks terrific, even though we probably won’t be using it much until the fall.

My son Tom’s school schedule has him going back on JULY 17th!! He will be teaching Algebra ll this year, as well as being the curriculum co-ordinator. He recently went on a bike/camping trip, cycling from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA – over 200 miles! Amazing! It was along one of those “Rails-to-Trails”.

My Washington Nationals are in quite a funk, so baseball has not been much fun for me lately. I am hoping that after the All Star break, the team can reset. The All Star Game is at Nationals Park this year. It will be a great showcase for the team in what is really a beautiful stadium.

Enjoy Summer! It will be over much too quickly!

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


June Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy June!

Congratulations to all my graduating seniors! I am so grateful that I had the privilege of being your flute teacher over these past few years. I hope all the skills we learned in our flute lessons help you in your college careers. Please keep in touch and let me know how things are going for you in this next big exciting phase.

Next, an explanation. There was no May studio newsletter. On April 24th, my 93 year old mother was in a terrible car accident. She is expected to recover but we were obviously all quite shaken by this. Thank you to all of you who expressed concerns.

On my agenda for June are some big gardening projects. It will include a complete replant of the area on the west side of the patio as well as construction of a fire pit. I’ll keep you posted on its progress. I have already replanted the herb garden in the front of the house and so far so good. Right now Scott and I have no definite travel plans, so my teaching schedule remains the same for June. Summer practice has begun in earnest and, yes, I already have my folder set up for next season. More on that in another post.

My son Tom will be teaching Algebra II next year at the same KIPP school in Austin, TX.  He had a wonderful experience hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon over his spring break a few months back. The pictures looked amazing!

As you can see, there are no concerts on the books for June. I hope many of you decide to spend your Fourth of July holiday with the BSO. Details about that concert are on my performance page. You can check the BSO web site for more detailed information. If you have never attended a BSO Red, White and Boom event, check it out. You won’t be disappointed. And, yes, we do stand with our piccolos for the famous solo in “Stars and Stripes”!

For now, I intend to enjoy my little bit of down time in June.

Work Hard, Be Nice                                                                                                              Tina

“You have to assemble your life yourself – action by action”                     Marcus Aurelius

April Newsletter

Dear Family, Friend, Colleagues, Students and Parents,

The ACO season came to a close last week with a series of performances in Palm Beach Gardens, Vero Beach and Stuart. The program featured a new work by Hannah Lash titled “Facets of Motion:”.  Alon Goldstein dazzled and charmed the audiences with his performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3.  The orchestra under the direction of David Amado concluded the season with Brahms’ glorious Symphony No.2. I have heard the same comment from many in the audience , “I wish the season were longer !”. The members of the orchestra feel the same way.

But you still have the chance for one more “orchestral fix”.  The Brevard Symphony Orchestra has one more Masterworks Concert on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th. We end the season with a bang! Prokofiev’s orchestral showstopper, his 5th Symphony. Also on the program, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, one of his last and finest works. Saturday’s concert is at 8PM in the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Sunday’s will be at 7:30 at the Community Church in Vero Beach.

There is also a chance for you chamber music fans to hear “Trio Joie de Vivre” This is an ensemble of myself, violist Sandy Robbins and harpist Deborah Fleisher. We will be performing works of Debussy, Bach and more! That concert will be at the ACT Theatre in Stuart on Saturday, April 28th at 7PM. Seating is VERY limited as this is a true chamber music space.

In next month’s newsletter I will spell out all of the repertoire for the following season. I think it would be fun for us to explore different recordings together during the course of the summer!

Students and Parents: Please let me know what your summer plans are. I would like to put together a summer practice plan for every student.

This and That: The FIRST thing I plan to do when the season ends is to replant my herb garden. Then I will go through the process, as I do every summer, of setting up a folder with ALL of next year’s repertoire and getting to work on it throughout the summer. THIRD, I will print out the schedule for the Washington Nationals and stick it on my fridge so as to not miss a game!