Some thoughts on Jack Wellbaum from Consortium Participants:
--"He gave me my flute life, and, in many ways, the rest of my life."
--"Jack was an amazing musician, flutist, and person. He was also a treasured friend, and we miss him very much."
Heather Verbeck, Cincinnati, OH. Flute and piccolo faculty, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (lead commissioner).
Arpi Anderson, Cincinnati, OH. Former student.
Rebecca Tryon Andres, Cincinnati, OH. Former student and CCM colleague.
Mary Ann Archer, Charlotte, NC. Former 2nd flute/piccolo with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Jack Wellbaum student.
Martha Brosz, Cincinnati, OH. Friend of the Wellbaum Family.
Emily J. Butterfield, Edmond, OK. Professor of Flute, University of Central Oklahoma.
Beth Chandler, Harrisonburg, VA. Former student; Professor of Flute, James Madison University; Past President, National Flute Association.
Wendy Cohen, Newport News, VA. Principal Flute, South Carolina Philharmonic and Augusta (GA) Symphony, Second Flute, Greenville (SC) Symphony, Flutist in Duo Venandi.
Shelley Collins, Cleveland, MS. Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University.
Carla Copeland-Burns, Greensboro, NC. Duke University, Greensboro Symphony, NC Opera, Blue Mountain Ensemble.
Betty Douglas, Ft. Mitchell, KY. Former student; 1996 NFA Piccolo Competition Finalist.
Hillary Feibel, Piccolo/Third Flute, Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic.
Mary Kay Fink, Cleveland, OH. Piccolo, The Cleveland Orchestra; Flute Dept. Head, The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Erinn Frechette, Charlotte, NC. Piccolo, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Bradley Garner, Cincinnati, OH. The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Queens College, New York University and the Juilliard School.
Lisa Wellbaum Geber, Shaker Hts, OH. Former Harpist with The Cleveland Orchestra, and eldest daughter of Jack Wellbaum.
Keith and Dustin Hanlon, Cumberland, MD.
Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, Stillwater, OK. Oklahoma State University.
Jim Keefe & Jan Kinmonth, Winchester, MA. Keefe Piccolo Co.
Beth Larsen, Fort Myers, Fl. Acting Assistant Principal Flute, Naples Philharmonic, Second Flute/piccolo, Southwest Florida Symphony, Second Flute/piccolo Palm Beach Opera Orchestra.
William Larsen, Fort Myers, Fl. Principal Flute, Southwest Florida Symphony, Instructor of Flute, Southwest Florida College.
Lindsay Leach-Sparks, Chapel Hill, NC. University of North Carolina; Piccolo, Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA).
Cleo Leung, Cincinnati, OH. Adjunct Instructor, University of Dayton.
Amy Likar, Orinda, CA. Piccolo, Oakland Symphony.
Angela Heck Mueller, Columbus, OH. Ohio Dominican University; Third Flute/Piccolo, Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Paula Page, Houston, TX. Friend of the Wellbaum Family.
Jennifer Parker-Harley, Columbia, SC. University of South Carolina.
Nina Perlove, Cincinnati, OH. Gemeinhardt Artist, and “Internet Flutist” (www.realfluteproject.com).
Elisabeth Plunk, Crofton, MD. Co-Principal Flute, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Washington, D.C.
Mary Kay Robinson, Cleveland Hts., OH. Principal Flute, Cleveland Pops Orchestra; Director, Chamber Music Case Western Reserve Univ.; Piccolo, New Hampshire Music Festival; Exec. Director, Music From Angel Fire; former student.
Sylvia and Charles Samis, Nashville, TN. Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Assistant Concertmaster Emeritus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Alison Sincoff, Athens, OH. Professor of Flute at Ohio University.
Laurie Sokoloff, Silver Spring, MD. Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
Kristen Stoner, Gainesville, FL. Professor of Flute at University of Florida.
Judy Verbeck, Golden, CO. Friend of Jack and Linda Wellbaum.
Therese Wacker, Indiana, PA. Professor of Flute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ray F. Wellbaum, Boston, MA. Son of Jack Wellbaum.
Regina Helcher Yost, Charleston, SC. Second Flute/Piccolo, Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Principal/Piccolo, Colorado Music Festival; Adjunct Professor of Flute, Charleston Southern University.
Leslie Wylie Zieren, Austin, TX. Student of Mr. Wellbaum, CCM Flute Performance Major, Class of 1976.
Jack Wellbaum Commission
I am pleased to report that we are in the final stages of the commissioning process! Tim Hagen has written a beautiful piece! As I said to Tim, I didn’t have a pre-set idea of what I wanted the piece to sound like but it sounds exactly like what I hoped for.
The fund raising campaign was successful and we will be able to distribute physical copies of the piece to all Consortium Participants!
Additionally, I am happy to announce that I will premier the Wellbaum Commission on Saturday, August 12th at the 2017 National Flute Association’s Convention in Minneapolis. It will be part of a larger program of Tim Hagen’s works to be performed by Jim Walker, Greg Milliren, Zach Galatis, and Tim Hagen himself.
I will post another progress update this summer. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Convention.
All the best,
Photo courtesy of the Wellbaum Family
About the Commission...
With the permission of the Wellbaum Family, I asked Flutist/Composer Timothy Hagen to write a new work for piccolo and piano to commemorate Jack Wellbaum’s legacy. Working with a Consortium of commissioners, we raised the funds for the new work in just a few months. The piece will be a single movement work, approximately 10 minutes in length. Each commissioner will receive a copy of the score with their name and affiliation listed.
The piece will be completed during the summer of 2017 and its initial distribution to Consortium participants will be at the National Flute Association's Convention in Minneapolis. Participants in the Consortium will have a four month exclusivity period for performances once the piece has been distributed. Following the four month exclusivity period it will be made available to the general public for purchase and performance. I will premier the piece at the NFA Convention on August 12th.
About the Composer:
Timothy Hagen (http://www.timothyhagen.com) is an internationally acclaimed flutist whose "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox) have garnered prizes from the Australian International Flute Competition, Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, Léni Fé Bland Foundation, and Kent Cooke Foundation. He is Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and Dallas Wind Symphony. Hagen has also held chamber music fellowships at the Atlantic Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Increasingly in demand as a composer, Hagen has won awards from the American Composers Forum and MetLife Creative Connections. His chamber and solo works for flute, published by Owl Glass Music, have been commissioned and performed throughout the United States and were mentioned favorably in the February 2014 issue of Flute Talk. His pedagogical and scholarly work is published by Owl Glass and in national and international journals, such as the NFA’s Flutist Quarterly and the British Flute Society's Pan.
Hagen is currently Instructor of Flute at Brookhaven College and maintains a large private studio in Dallas, TX. DMA: The University of Texas at Austin; Professional Studies Certificate: The Colburn School; MM: University of Southern California; BM: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.