Emily Potter (USA)
Emily Potter knew that she wanted to become a flutist when she was six years old having heard the beautiful flute playing in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Unfortunately, she was unable to begin her dream at that time due to some physical challenges that would not allow her to create an embouchure suitable to even make a sound on the flute. But with medical help and her own determination, by the time she was ten years old Emily was able to finally get her own flute, develop a proper embouchure and begin playing with the Jefferson Middle School Band. From a challenging beginning, Emily has blossomed over the years. She was recently awarded the title of “Grand Champion” of the OSAA 2011 State Solo Competition and will be attending Boston University in the fall on scholarship.
Emily’s continuing passion for the flute has fueled her drive to become the very best flute performer she can be. For four years, she studied with Sandy Duffy Norman of Sunridge Flute Studios in Salem, OR. Through Sandy’s teaching, Emily progressed and has had the opportunity to perform in countless local and national competitions including the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)/Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) State, Northwest Division, and National competitions in Atlanta, GA (2009) and Albuquerque, NM (2010). She has also competed in the Del Milne Memorial Scholarship Competition (2011), the Connie Fritz Memorial Concerto Competition (2009/11), Wiscarson Young Musician’s Concerto Competition (2010/11), the Young Artist Debut Music Competition (2009) and the OMEA District and State Solo Competitions (2009/10/11). Other solo performances include with the Oregon Symphony in Salem and the Salem Community Concert Association Pre-concert Music, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Fundraiser, Eastern Star Benefit for OHSU cancer research and the Salem Community Concert Association’s Rising Stars Concert.
Emily has been a member of the Salem Youth Symphony for four years as principal flutist and won the 2009 Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, playing Francois Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise. She has also taken part in such honor bands as All-State Orchestra (2011) as principal flute, Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) Firebird Band (2009) as first flute, and All-Northwest Band (2009) as first flute, as well as been principal in the Portland State University Orchestra Day (2010). She also participated in the Cascade High School Wind Ensemble (2008-09) and the Jefferson High School Concert Band (2009-11) as principal flute. Emily has played in masterclasses for Greg Pattillo, Immanuel Davis, Patricia George, Zart Dambourian-Eby, Molly Barth, Stephen Preston, Sydney Carlson and Marco Granados, and has taken private lessons with Amy Porter, Linda Toote and Jill Felber.
In addition to her music studies, Emily is an avid reader and volunteers at her local library. She also enjoys crocheting, writing prose and short fiction and volunteering her time at the Jefferson Middle School, instructing the up-and-coming flutists.