John Heiss and Meg Griffith

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Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:30pm

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Solo Series: John Heiss and Meg Griffith
John Heiss on his Etudes, interviewed by Meg Griffith (estimated time: 30 mins)
Virtual event; admission/access is free.


Virtual event; admission/access is free.

John Heiss and Meg Griffith

John Heiss on his Etudes, interviewed by Meg Griffith

Estimated time: 30 minutes

John Heiss plays and talks about his Etudes for solo flute. He played this piece for Otto Luening’s 85th birthday celebration at the club in 1985 and again for the CRI recording that followed the concert (now available on New World). John Heiss ,will be interviewed by Meg Griffith, his former graduate student at New England Conservatory who now runs the National Flute Association’s oral history program, in a wide-ranging discussion of the Etudes and much more. 

Related articles in the December 2020 NYFC Newsletter can be found here.

Printable program (pdf) is here

Link to YouTube video of the event:

The NYFC's CD, A Tribute to Otto Luening, was originally published by CRI and is now available on New World (liner notes here, sheet music for Etude No. 1 here).

Connection info:

The program will be livestreamed on our Facebook page:

John Heiss is a composer, conductor, flutist on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. His works have been performed worldwide, receiving premieres by Speculum Musicae, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Aeolian Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Alea III. He has received awards and commissions from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Fromm Foundation, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, ASCAP, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His principal publishers are Boosey & Hawkes, E. C. Schirmer, and Elkus & Son.

Heiss has been principal flute of Boston Musica Viva and has performed with many Boston ensembles, including the Boston Symphony. His articles on contemporary music have appeared in Winds Quarterly, Perspectives of New Music, and The Instrumentalist. He has recorded for the TelArc, Nonesuch, CRI, Golden Crest, Arista, Turnabout, Video Artists International, Boston Records, AFKA labels. John Heiss holds a BA in mathematics from Lehigh University and an MFA in music from Princeton University. He studied composition with Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, Earl Kim, Otto Luening, and Darius Milhaud and flute with Arthur Lora, James Hosmer, Albert Tipton. He received NEC's Louis and Adrienne Krasner Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 and an honorary doctorate in 2013.

Flutist Meg Griffith tours regularly in the United States and Canada as a soloist and teacher on modern and Baroque flute. She won first prize at the Chicago Flute Club National Chamber Competition, and the Texas Tech University Concerto Competition, placement as a semifinalist in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Young Artist Competition,  and Honorable Mention in the Respighi Prize Music Competition. As flutist of the Texas New Music Ensemble, her support of living composers through commissioning projects has led to six world premieres. On the opposite end of the spectrum, she regularly performs on traverso and recorder and gives workshops on Baroque interpretation and ornamentation. Griffith has her 200-hour certification in Hatha and Ashtanga yogas, which she incorporates into her musical and pedagogical life. She is a founding member of Whole Musician, a partnership of four flutists who offer intensive residencies and retreats addressing the mental, physical, and musical demands placed on the 21st century performer.

She has presented and performed at the Canadian Flute Festival, the British Flute Society’s convention, and the National Flute Association’s annual convention. She served as assistant program chair of the NFA’s 2011 convention and as president and industry/commercial liaison of the Texas Flute Society. She now serves as chair of the Archives and Oral History Committee of the NFA. Meg Griffith studied with Mary Karen Clardy (University of North Texas; BM), John Heiss (Boston University, MM), and Lisa Garner Santa (Texas Tech University, DMA). She is adjunct professor of flute at Texas Wesleyan and Southwestern Adventist Universities.

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