Early 2016 Flute Workshops with Chris Potter | Lessonface

Early 2016 Flute Workshops with Chris Potter

chris potter online bass flute class
International alto and bass flute soloist and renowned teacher Dr. Chris Potter will be teaching online flute workshops. Students can attend live & online or in person. All class sessions are recorded for later review by enrolled students.


Upcoming: On Feb. 20th, "Alto and Bass Flute: Taming the Third Octave" for one hour beginning at 1 PM EST, followed 30 minutes later (2:30) by a second session titled "Performance Aids for Alto and Bass Flutes" that will last for 45 minutes.

Past Classes:
 On Jan 30th "Improving Breath Control for Alto and Bass Flute” for one hour beginning at 1 PM EST, followed 30 minutes later (2:30)  by a second session titled “Setting Up the Curved Headjoint on Alto and Bass Flute”  that will last for 30 minutes.
On Feb. 6th, “Tone Development for Alto and Bass Flute” for one hour beginning at 1 PM EST, followed 30 minutes later (2:30)  by a second session titled “Solutions for Cracking Notes on Alto and Bass Flute” that will last for 30 minutes.


Taming the Third Octave | February 20, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
The third octave of alto and bass flutes have intonation and facility problems in addition to tone quality issues. This workshop will offer help in these three areas so you feel more confident playing better in tune more quickly and with better tone when playing in this octave.

Performance Aids for Alto and Bass Flutes | February 20, 2016, 2:30 - 3:15 pm ET
Holding and balancing the alto and bass are just two of the challenges we face that have several possible solutions. Homemade and purchased items can help alleviate right arm fatigue, adhesive patches and cushions of various kinds help with slipping tendencies or finger pain and, help with amplifying sound does exist. All these will be demonstrated at this workshop.

Past Session: Improving Breath Control for Alto and Bass Flute | January 30, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
This workshop will help you identify weaknesses in your breath control and develop strategies for improving them. We will work on both the inhale portion of the process and the efficient use of the air going into the flute. Worksheets will be sent to class participants.

Past Session: Setting Up the Curved Headjoint on Alto and Bass Flute | January 30, 2016, 2:30 - 3 pm ET
Find the best position for you, one that makes the instrument stable in your hands while allowing for maximum freedom of your fingers.

Past Session: Tone Development for Alto and Bass Flute | February 6, 2016, 1 - 2 pm ET
A good flute sound depends on many different variables all of which must be addressed to find your best tone. Class members will be sent tone exercises and we might even sing a little! 

Past Session: Solutions for Cracking Notes on Alto and Bass Flute | February 6, 2016, 2:30 - 3 pm ET
We will identify the troublemakers and discuss the different exercises and alternate fingerings that improve the response of the problem notes. 


Dr. Christine Potter has performed in London, Paris, Mexico City, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Dallas, Boston, and Atlanta. She is an internationally recognized alto and bass flute virtuoso and has performed at many conventions of the National Flute Association (NFA) as well as British Flute Society conventions (BFS). Chris spent five years as Chair of the National Flute Association’s Low Flutes Committee and developed the low flutes portion of the annual NFA conventions with numerous performances, world premiers and workshops. She directs a low flutes choir at the James Galway Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, where she is also the flute choir coordinator.

Her CD, Flute Menagerie, features solo works for alto and bass. Chris has commissioned and premiered many works for alto and bass, including Low Flutes at High Tides for low flutes choir and Voices for solo bass by Matthias Ziegler, Voices From the Deep and The Alchemy of Earth by Alexandra Molnar-Sujahda, Deep Space Heat Wave by Jonathan Cohen, Stone Suite by Sonny Burnette, Baikal Journey by Catherine McMichael,Obstinato and Scareso by Mike Mower, Two for Two by Katherine Hoover, and Ani Ma’Amin by Paul Schoenfeld.

Chris has appeared on the cover of Flute Talk magazine in with the 10-foot high sculpture of a bass flute in her front yard. She is a frequent contributor to Flute Talk as well as The Flute View and The Quarterly, the magazine of the National Flute Association.

Chris has been organizing and teaching Alto and Bass Flute Retreats since 2004. In 2016 there will be two Retreats: one in Asheville, North Carolina, one in Boulder, Colorado. Both will be in June. Chamber music is the focus of each Retreat. She has written and arranged fifteen books. Her latest contribution is Tres Ratoncitos Ciegos (Three Blind Mice) for flute choir premiered at the 2014 convention. Her books Halloween Duets and The Alto and Bass Flute Resource Book were both winners in the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition. Her best selling book is The Vibrato Workbook published by Falls House Press. 

Chris is known for her clever and innovative performances. She has organized concerts in planetariums, recorded a soundtrack in sea caves from a kayak for an improvised bass flute solo titled SplishSplash!, includes a movie in her performance of Lunar Mural 1, and organizes audience participation, including sing-a-longs.

Chris has a Doctorate in Flute Performance from SUNY Stonybrook where she studied with Sam Baron. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were with Fulbright scholar Frank Bowen at the University of New Mexico. She has also attended numerous masterclasses of Marcel Moyse and William Bennett.

Interested in private lessons with Chris Potter? Book here.



Saturday, February 20. Details for each session to left.

The live sessions are also recorded for later review by enrolled students. 


Attend online over the Lessonface high performing video conference platform.


WOW!!  I learned more than I could have dreamed.  The Lessonface format was truly like being in the same room with the renowned Maestra of Low Flutes.  As an admitted repeat offender, I'll sign up any time the workshops are offered as there is something new each lesson.

Elaine, Cypress Texas

I love that I can view the class after the fact... I will attend many more of your lessons on Lessonface.

Vanessa, Alaska

I attended Chris Potter's online Alto and Bass Flute Tone Development Workshop today! If you haven't done this, I highly recommend it - she lays a terrific foundation for alto/bass flute tone development, clearly separating it from our C flutes. Very helpful tips! 

Kristine, Minnesota

The class was so informative. All sorts of ways to solve the low flutes issues. I took notes!!

Joan S.    Delaware


These are live classes that are taught from Christine's studio in Colorado. Students attend over the Lessonface high performing video conference platform. Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. The live sessions are recorded so that all enrolled students and auditors can review the class sessions following the live class. Class recordings will be available for viewing within 48 hours of the live class. This class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee - if for any reason you do not like your first session, let us know within two days of the class and we will refund you 100%.


If you have questions, please contact us by emailing jess@lessonface.com or by calling 1-800-211-7058.


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