Stephanie Geremia - Flute (Traditional and Classical), Whistle (Trad)

Steph is an internationally distinguished flautist with over 10 years international performing, touring and teaching experience.

 

Steph has been highly influenced by the great Sligo style of flute playing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honor’s and major in Music from the distinguished American university, Wesleyan University, where she studied classical and traditional flute along with other world music traditions, working with people such as the legendary experimental jazz hero, Anthony Braxton. She also hold’s a Masters Degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance with First Class Honors from the University of Limerick and has spent time in India studying the Bonsuri (North Indian Flute) under PT Ginde, disciple of the legendary Panal al Gosh.

 

INSTRUMENTS:

Keyless / Keyed Wooden Flute (Traditonal)

Boehm System Flute (Traditional and Classical)

Whistle (Traditional)

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

With such a diverse background and 15 years experience teaching adults and children, Steph has successfully incorporated various techniques into her teaching philosophy to help address each pupil’s individual needs, whether trying to develop repertoire, improve tone, technique or bridge stylistic boundaries.

 

She has taught traditional flute and whistle at the University of Limerick,

Gaelscoil Riada Athenry, Master Classes and workshops at International Festivals at home and abroad (Ireland, USA, France and Australia) as well as teaching privately in Galway for the past 7 years and will be developing a new traditional flute course for OAIM in late 2013.

 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:

Steph performs and tours regularly as part of the Alan Kelly Gang, one of Ireland’s top contemporary and traditional music groups. Over the last number of years, she has had the opportunity to perform at top festivals across the globe including: WOMADelaide (Australia), National Folk Festival (Australia), Edmonton Folk Festival (Canada), Milwaukee Irish Festival (USA), Celtic Connections (Scotland), Celtic Colors (Canada), Festival de Cornouaille (France), Festival des Traversées (France), Guinness Irish Festival (Switzerland), Festival of World Cultures (Ireland), Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Ballyshannon Folk Festival (Ireland), Viljandi Folk Music Festival (Estonia) and many, many more.

 

Steph has also toured and guested with critically acclaimed artists such as the grammy award winning Chieftains, Eddi Reader, Johnny ‘Ringo” McDonogh, Michael Rooney, Liadan, and has joined forces with prestigious theatre companies from Edinburgh to Galway to the US including Galway's An Taibhearc and the New York based, award winning & avant-garde, Mabou Mines, in their production of Peter and Wendy, on the original score composed by the late Scottish fiddle player, Johnny Cunningham. Plus, a particular highlight was an invitation from legendary Irish rock band, Horslips to open for them including a performance at Dublin’s O2.

 

RECORDING EXPERIENCE:

Steph has been described by Irish Music Magazine as “one of the most promising young flute players around” and “an unexpected treasure”.  Her recent debut album, 'The Open Road', named as one of Folk World’s ‘top ten trad albums of 2009’, has received critical acclaim at home and abroad 

and has helped to establish her as an internationally distinguished Flautist. 

 

“Steph Geremia… betrays more than a trace of the accent of her adoptive home place. Her sprightly, breathy style pays homage to the great Peter Horan and that buoyant Sligo flute style to which she has been inexorably drawn.” The Irish Times

 

“an unexpected treasure…an outstanding recording” Irish Music Magazine

 

STEPH'S TEACHING METHOD:

Beginners:

Scales and Notes of Instrument

Mouth and Finger Placement

Types of Tunes

Breathing

Reading Music: Basic ABC Notation and Staff Notation

Learning by Ear 

Learning Tune Repertoire

Basic Technique Exercises

Basic Embouchure and Tone Development (Flute Only)

 

Improvers:

Tuning and Tonal Development

Rhythmic Development

Developing Technique

Building Tune Repertoire

Ornamentation, Variation and Phrasing

Putting Tune Sets together

Basic Ensemble Playing

Building Stamina

 

Advanced:

Expanding technical and tonal reach of Instrument

Advanced Stylistic Elements

Analysing Players / Transcription Project

Theory

Advanced Ensemble Playing

Compiling a personal repertoire for performance

 

Practical Musicianship:

PR – developing a basic ‘press pac’

Performing Tips - Using a mic / monitors

Stage, Performance and Touring Tips

Using recording software (Garage Band / Pro Tools)