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Nan Raphael

Taking the Piccolo to New Heights

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Taking the Piccolo to New Heights

Since about 1980, there has been a movement to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument. It has been a real joy for me to be a part of this movement and I welcome anyone interested in joining.


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May 2023

During the long 2 years of lockdown, I  recorded many flute ensemble pieces from trios to full blown flute choirs. I posted them on Facebook and set up a YouTube channel to archive some of my favorites so you can go listen to them without having to shuffle through my facebook page. Go to YouTube and type in my name. Since I really enjoy doing these recordings, I will continue but not at the pace I kept during lockdown as life returns to "normal".

Recent Performances

Florida Flute Orchestra/Florida Teacher's Orchestra & Daytona flute choir at Florida Flute Convention- Jan 27-29

Capitol City Symphony- Oct 16, Nov 20, Feb 25, April 2

Mid-Atlantic Convention- piccolo trio performance- Feb 19

CCS Create recital- March 11

Quintessential Wind Quintet- DMV Academy performance- March 4

Recording sessions for Robert W Smith- March 16 &17

Recording session at Omega Studios- Feb 24,April 4,5 &6

Upcoming Performances

Recording Sessions at Omega Studios for Rundel Publishing Co.- May 9&10

Capitol City Symphony- May 13

Solo Recital at Clark Recital Hall- June 3

Quintessential Winds- DMV Academy workshops and performance June 26-28

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Over the last several decades there has been a wealth of new, exciting repertoire written for the much maligned piccolo. I am one of many piccoloists who have made it their mission to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument by performing recitals, commissioning new works and producing albums.

After 26 years as solo piccoloist with the US Army Field Band, I have been a guest artist/clinician nationwide, piccoloist with the Maryland Lyric Opera, International Flute Orchestra, Washington Winds recording studio band, InSeries Opera Company, Capitol City Symphony and Columbia Flute Choir. I have 5 piccolo CD’s and a book of piccolo excerpts from the symphonic band repertoire as well as an article in the National Flute Association's Pedagogy Anthology vol. 2. 

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