Flutist practices what she preaches

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
November 20, 2008

Her students often complain, "It sounded better at home!" So flutist Linda Chatterton attached that name to a seminar she offers on how to get one's playing out of the practice room and on to the concert stage -- and most recently for her, the recording studio.

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota flutist Linda Chatterton has had one fantastic year. She performed on two recitals at the National Flute Association convention, competed with 120 different musicians to win her second McKnight Fellowship -- which is a $25,000 cash infusion into her career, and has just released her fifth solo disc, a CD of American music called "Diverse Voices."

Part of what keeps her centered, both on and off stage, is the subject of a course she's developed on combating stage fright and performance anxiety: "It Sounded Better at Home!"

Chatterton tells classical music host Alison Young how she practices what she preaches.

She also plays two selections, Paul Schoenfield's "Achat Sh' alti" and "Ufaratsta."

Chatterton will present a CD release party and performance at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

John Jensen accompanies her in music by Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Roberto Sierra, Paul Schoenfield and a work composed for Linda by Minneapolis-based composer Edie Hill.

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