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 2022

It's been a looooong couple of years but not unproductive. Over the course of the last 2 years, I have recorded many flute ensemble pieces from trios to full blown flute choirs. I have been posting them on Facebook and recently 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 perhaps not at the pace of the last couple of years as life returns to "normal" what ever that is now a days.



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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