Pamela Nelson, flutist ___ Artist-Performer and Teacher

About Pam Nelson ~ Choosing a Flute Teacher ~ Music for Your Special Event


I have devoted my life to music through my chosen instrument, the flute, and have worked at the highest levels as a performer and an educator. The basis of teaching is thorough knowledge of the subject and the ability to communicate by connecting with students. As a flutist with decades of experience performing with top symphony orchestras, chamber groups and musical theatre, I know my family of instruments inside out.

My love affair with the flute began when I was 10 years old. I went to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan for 4 summers and completed my last 3 years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, both now known as the Interlochen Center for the Arts . My undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University is in Music Education, while my Master's from the NC School of the Arts is in Flute Performance. As a teacher, I have spent all of my adult life bringing technical mastery and a love of music to eager students of every age and level of accomplishment. I am on the music faculty of Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, as well as teaching privately in my home studio.

Is it "Flutist" or "Flautist"? This is the most commonly asked question of those of us who play the flute! According to Grove's Dictionary of Music and several Webster's dictionaries, the terms flautist and flutist are interchangeable, with no preference indicated. But Fowler's Modern English Usage takes a stand! He says, "It is a comfort to learn from the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY that "flutist" (1603) is a much older-established word than "flautist" (1860). With these three centuries behind us we can face it out against PRIDE OF KNOWLEDGE."

Though some say that "flautist" has displaced "flutist", in the U.S. it is in fact often regarded as something of an affectation. So, choose as you will: "flautist" or "flutist". As for me, please, just call me a flutist!

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