Stephen F. Austin
State University's orchestra has certainly evolved over the last two decades.
In fact, the founders
say Tuesday's concert will clearly illustrate that they have reached their
goals. East Texas News has the details on a collaboration, in a couple of
different ways, between old and new that will provide a rare treat for
Close observers of
the orchestra will notice Dr. Christina Guenther is not playing a modern day
flute made of metal. Instead, her fingers swiftly move up and down a wooden
flute made of ebony.
"I know a lot of
people who do not like the wooden flute," Guenther said. And people who tell me
it will make a nice fire when it gets cold."
flutist, yes flutist ...
"I say flutist
because I play the flute, not the 'flout,'" Guenther said.
In addition, she doesn't
listen to critics of the wooden flute.
"I don't know anybody
else in the area who plays the wooden flute," Guenther said.
These rare, baroque instruments
are a treat to hear.
The musician has
performed with the Longview and Marshall orchestras.
Tomorrow night she'll
be at home as guest performer of SFA's Orchestra in the Pines.
"The orchestra of the
pines began about 15 plus 20 years ago," Guenther said. "That many years ago it
was probably 10 percent students."
hired as the orchestra music program grew. Today 100 percent of the chairs are
filled by students.
don't shy away. Guenther practices behind a door where she posts a quote from a
Tennessee Titans coach on the importance of discipline.
That discipline that
the coach refers to is going on every day in the music department. Just walk
down any of the hallways and you'll hear discipline practiced.
It's the kind of
discipline a professional needs to play a wooden flute and elevate the playing
of those just notes away from becoming professionals themselves.
The Orchestra in the
Pines concert is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Center Hall on the SFA campus in
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