Alan Berquist

Dr. Alan Berquist is a flutist and educator based in Northern California on faculty at California State University, Stanislaus. He is also a student of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon University with support from the Dalcroze Society of America. He performs with Ensemble 126Etesian DuoBay Area Rainbow Symphony, and Awesöme Orchestra Collective. Past performances include  The American Opera ProjectBrooklyn Wind Symphony, and the Albany (GA)Astoria (NY)Madison (WI), and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras.

An advocate of new music, he has commissioned, performed premieres, and collaborated with composers Matthew Briggs, Viet Cuong, David DelTredici, Mark Fromm, Scott Gendel, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, and David Stock. He serves as the Corporate Sponsor Chair and judge for the Flute New Music Consortium’s annual composition competition, frequently performs works of new composers. He also serves as the Composer Database Co-Coordinator for the Institute for Composer Diversity based out of the State University of New York at Fredonia. On the other end of the spectrum, Alan’s deep affinity for early music has led to the study of baroque traverso, recorder, and renaissance recorders, performing for early flute specialists Barthold Kuijken and Na’ama Lion.
 
Alan has judged for the National Flute Association Newly Published Music and Fanfares of Lviv International Competitions and is a competition coordinator for the Florida Flute Association, also performing solo and chamber works at yearly conventions. Winner of the 2019 National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, Alan has served the NFA as the 2004 Associate Program Chair and is part of the Archives and Oral History Committee.
 
Alan has performed in dozens of masterclasses across the country, for international flute luminaries like Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Leone Buyse, and Julius Baker. He holds degrees from Florida State University (DM, BM), University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and a Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers include Eva Amsler, Alberto Almarza, Stephanie Jutt, Caryl Mae Scott, and Susan Clark.

Full Name:
Alan Berquist
Contact Email:
Institutional Affiliation:

California State University, Stanislaus - Lecturer in Music, Flute

Music Styles:
Classical
Teacher's Instrument/Voice:
Flute
Instrument/Voice Types Taught:
Flute
10 and up
Education:

Doctor of Music - Flute Performance, Florida State University - specialized studies in Baroque Flute and College Teaching

Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Music - Flute Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance, Florida State University

Years Teaching:
18
Lesson Rate:
sliding scale from $50-85 per hour
Offers Private Lessons:
Yes
Teaching Method:

I believe everyone has unlimited potential and capacity for music making. My energy goes into guiding musicians on their journeys, wherever that may be! With a commitment to clear communication, inclusivity, and respect, I believe that positive and challenging learning environments encourage the most meaningful growth. Flute isn't just about mastery of the instrument, but a powerful artistic and cultural voice that communicates new ideas, informs, questions, and expands our minds.

Lessons incorporate strong foundations in breath, tone, and technique through body awareness (kinesiology) in a constructive atmosphere. Personally tailored to each flutist, holistic principles from Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics are a gateway to having you perform your best!

Makes House Calls:
Yes