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May 19, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Christine Chesney, a junior music education major, will represent Northwest Missouri State University this summer when she performs in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir.
Chesney, one of 27 students selected from universities and conservatories across the nation, will travel to Charlotte, N.C., for rehearsals leading up to the choir's performance at the National Flute Association Convention, Aug. 11-14.
Chesney has been a member of the National Flute Association since she was a Smithville High School student, and she attended the 2008 convention when it was in Kansas City. Recent conventions have attracted thousands of flutists from throughout the world.
"It's going to be amazing," Chesney said. "The first time I was there, I was kind of starstruck by some of the people there because there are so many people who are so incredibly talented, like the flute equivalent of rock stars. I will be exposed to great things, and it only makes me want to be better to see all of those people."
For her audition, Chesney submitted a recording of her performing Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Flute and Piano" with accompaniment by music instructor Charles Badami. The recording was sent to three judges, and Chesney learned in March that she had a seat in the flute choir.
Chesney's flute instructor Associate Professor of Music Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, who is a member of the NFA Pedagogy Committee, will join her at the convention.
Chesney began playing the flute in her sixth grade band about 10 years ago and has not stopped. Throughout the years she has performed in several competitions, district bands and state bands. She has since learned to play the piccolo, saxophone and other instruments.
"The flute was the one instrument that fit me the best, so I just kept going with it," she said. "I started taking private lessons when I was in sixth grade and I loved it, and I still do. I like to practice and I practiced a lot when I was younger, which made all of the difference."
Chesney added, "I enjoy emoting through music and the fact that you can portray so many different emotions through the music you play or through how you play it."
Chesney said she decided to pursue a music degree at Northwest after attending summer music camps at the University. In addition to joining the Bearcat Marching Band as a freshman, Chesney has performed with the Northwest Wind Symphony, the Northwest Symphony and the Symphonic Band. She also performs at cultural events.
"We just do so many great things at Northwest," she said. "We are challenged by our faculty, and I appreciate that because they push us to do our best and really hone our craft."
Earlier this year, Chesney also was the recipient of the Alfred E. Sergel Band Award, an endowed scholarship awarded to members of instrumental performance groups at Northwest.
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