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Early Years — the Chintimini Connection

Abi grew up in Corvallis, studying flute for 6 years with Jill Pauls, principal flute of the Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, who coached her through District and State solo competitions. For three years she was principal flute in the Corvallis H.S. band and for two years principal in the Corvallis Youth Symphony. She performed in The Sound of Music at the Majestic Theatre, and was often invited to play with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, in 2002 as soloist in the Mozart D major concerto.

Abigail SperlingAbigail Sperling (DMA) studied in New Zealand with Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland, where she was well known as a performer of contemporary New Zealand music in addition to the classical repertoire canon. Radio New Zealand recorded several of Abigail’s performances including a world premiere of a work by New Zealand composer John Elmsly. A recent world premiere (2016) by New Zealand composer Michael Norris was live-streamed via YouTube. She has taught masterclasses at Oregon State University and is a participant at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon.

Abigail’s current research explores the ways in which the divide between musical performance and musical research can be bridged effectively. Abigail considers herself a performer/researcher, and is interested in questions of interpretation and performance aesthetic. She was a featured presenter at the National Flute Association Convention (2015/16/17), the Greater Portland Flute Society Flute Fair (2017), the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (2017), the Performer Studies Network Conference (2016), and at the Australian Flute Festival (2015). She taught several classes at The University of Auckland including Flute Methodology and Audition Skills, and has supervised work of Performance Master’s students. While studying she was the recipient of the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

As the flute instructor at Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon, Abigail loves teaching the next generation of flute players. She is actively involved in the community as a board member of the abigail-sperling-2017cGreater Portland Flute Society and a reviewer for the National Flute Association journal, The Flutist Quarterly. She is Music Director of Flute Fest New Zealand/Flute Fest Oregon, two four-day events that cater to intermediate, advanced, university and adult flute players. Flute Fest brings in international artists to work with students in a fun, friendly and enriching environment.

 

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