FYF 002 : Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt

Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, and director emeritus of the world-famous Westminster Choir, joins me for an in-depth interview on what it takes to be present on the podium.

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Bio

Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Joseph Flummerfelt’s musical artistry has been acclaimed in many of the world’s concert halls for nearly 40 years. He is founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, is an artistic director of Spoleto Festival USA, and for 33 years was conductor of the world-renown Westminster Choir. A gifted orchestral conductor, Maestro Flummerfelt has conducted over 50 performances with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy and in the U.S. He has also appeared as guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio andPhoenix Symphonies. In 1988 he made his New York Philharmonic debut with a performance of Haydn’sCreation, and in 2001 he conducted the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Voices of Light with the Philharmonic and the Westminster Choir.  (Full bio: http://www.josephflummerfelt.com/about.html)

The moment you knew you’d dedicate your life to music

Dr. Flummerfelt’s mom taught piano till she was 94. He played organ as a sophomore in high school, and found himself conducting to Messiah in the mirror!  I can relate!

Worst musical moment

Dr. Flummerfelt discusses listening to his own recordings and thinking “Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this…” And find out why Dr. Flummerfelt almost lost his chance to be Director of Choral Activities at Westminster Choir College!

The “I made it” moment

Two words “Brahms Requiem”.

Your “Forte”

Minimizing 21st century distraction and confronting oneself in order to be present and make each musical experience a true expression of self, humanity, and the composer’s intention.

Book Discussed

Demian (Dover Thrift Editions)

Recommended Reading

Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music, and Musicians

Contact and Full Bio

www.josephflummerfelt.com

 

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