Utah State University's Faculty Flute-Clarinet Duo
The flute-clarinet duo ~Airfare~ has toured in such diverse locations as Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador, the Intermountain West, Florida, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Virginia, Washington, Montana and on the Southern Utah Navajo Reservation. Featuring an array of auxiliary instruments including bass clarinet, alto and bass flutes, recorders, piccolo flute and clarinet, ~Airfare~ brings to life a menu of repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary times. The duo appears on the Utah Arts council's Artists-in-Education Roster, a peer-reviewed educational resource for the intermountain west, and has received grants from the Utah Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Target Corporation. The ensemble has performed for the International Clarinet Association and has presented sessions for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the Music Educators National Conference, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the National Flute Association and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Duo members have also received support as American Artists Abroad and American Cultural Specialists from the U.S. Department of State.
Leslie Timmons (flute) is Associate Professor of Woodwinds and Music Education at Utah State University. She is a founding member of Logan Canyon Winds, USU's faculty wind quintet, which has recently commissioned two new works designed specifically to involve children in live performance. She is a clinician for certification courses in Orff-Schulwerk, has served on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and was honored as Utah's Outstanding Music Educator for 1998 by the Utah Music Educators Association. An active solo and chamber recitalist, she has performed on recorder with the early music ensemble, Musica Reservata, and with the Utah Symphony; and as flutist with the Pacific Repertory Opera Orchestra, the Utah Festival Opera Company and the Grand Tetons Music Festival.
Nicholas Morrison (clarinet) is clarinetist and Professor of Music at Utah State University where he has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and as Interim Head of the Department of Music. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique Ste. Trinité in Haiti, with the Notre Dame, New World, Fry Street, and Arcata String Quartets, and with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the South Bend, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Utah Symphony Orchestras, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, and is a founding member of Logan Canyon Winds, USU's faculty wind quintet. His period performance credits include Ensemble Rousseau and Ensemble Courante. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame, and Florida State University.
~Airfare~ is committed to the integration of work in the schools with their performing careers. Leslie Timmons brings expertise in elementary music, secondary instrumental teaching, university teaching, and Orff Schulwerk training. Nicholas Morrison's background includes extensive conducting experience at the secondary and collegiate level, in addition to chamber music coaching and studio teaching. Both have held school positions prior to their work at USU, and both have chosen to continue their work with children while on the faculty sharing a commitment as music educators to bring their experience into actual classrooms with real students.
School performances and residencies are structured in conjunction with the music teacher on-site. Performances for Junior and Senior High School audiences often include either master classes on flute and clarinet or chamber music experiences in flute and clarinet ensembles for students at the school. Elementary school performances employ music that depicts animals and childhood games and are structured in such a way that the children are actively involved in creative music-making with the ensemble. Performances at all levels are structured to support the Utah State Office of Education's Core Curriculum and the National Standards in music.
~Airfare~ was recently chosen to be listed on the peer-reviewed Artists-in-Education Roster of the Utah Arts Council for school performances and residencies and for teacher training. Schools in the Intermountain West may apply through their state arts agencies for matching funds for ~Airfare~ performances and residencies. Utah organizations can find the grant application and guidelines at https://heritage.utah.gov/dha/funding-dha, or contact the artists directly.