May 9th - 14th, 2021

Dr. Conor Robert Nelson - flute

Flute Adjudicator Conor Robert Nelson
Dr. Conor Robert Nelson has received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University where he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Nyfenger Prize, the Samuel Baron Prize, and the Presser Award. His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis and Susan Hoeppner. Conor is a Powell Flutes artist. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he studies Iyengar Yoga with Laurie Blakeney.

Mr. Nelson has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Izumi Hall. A recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall too. He has also collaborated with Claude Frank on the Schneider concert series in NYC and has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals across the country including the OK Mozart, Bennington, Skaneateles, Yellow Barn, Cooperstown, Salt Bay, Look and Listen (NYC), Norfolk (Yale), Green Mountain, Chesapeake, and the Chamber Music Quad Cities series.

Solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, and numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition. He recently performed two recitals in London, England and was featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio, WGTE Toledo and WGBH Boston Public Radio.

In demand as a pedagogue, Dr. Nelson has given master classes at over one hundred colleges, universities and conservatories. He is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University. Prior to this appointment he served as the Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University. Recent residencies include Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China, and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! New Masterclass Series Announced.

Masterclass Series 2021

Dates

Masterclass Series May 10-14, 2021 – Please see schedules for more information

Location Information

All master classes will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox except the piano division which will be held at Steinway of Spokane in the Recital Room.

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As we celebrate our 75th Diamond Anniversary in 2021 we are aiming to make it the best festival yet! We are always in need of sponsors, donors and volunteers. If you have any skills or ideas you would like to present to us please feel free to get in touch!

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Contact

Musicfest Northwest
1305 N Napa
Spokane, WA 99202
Tel: +1 509-327-3455
Email: musicfest@smfnw.org

Community Partners

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Sponsors

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Holloway Family Trust
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Hank & Kay Benson - Ballet Division
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Recital Level

Mike & Barb Canton - Reed Division

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Please see News for more information on COVID-19 and how we are dealing with this year's Festival.