Early Music Skills & Interests
Early Music Affiliations
Alan Berquist is a flutist and educator based in Northern California. 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 frequently with Ensemble 126, Etesian Duo, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, and Awesöme Orchestra Collective; past performances include Duo Metalo, American Opera Projects, Brooklyn 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 a judge for the Flute New Music Consortium’s annual composition competition and frequently performs works of new composers. He also serves as the Composer Diversity 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 served as a judge 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 part of the Archives and Oral History Committee.
His research on music for flute of the early 20th century Russian-Swiss composer Paul Juon will be featured in upcoming publications. He 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. Alan's degrees are from Florida State University (DM, BM), University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and performance certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers include Eva Amsler, Alberto Almarza, Stephanie Jutt, Amy Likar, Caryl Mae Scott, and Susan Clark.
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