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Demarre McGill

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BTS Episode 24 - Demarre McGill

Behind the Screen

Demarre McGill, Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony joins us on Behind the Screen. Demarre walks us through his audition successes, and how he prepares for them. He talks about his philosophy called the “Habit of Playing Beautifully” and how you need to train yourself to sound beautiful, regardless of what you’re playing. This conversation is a deep dive into the mind of a great musician who has a wonderful outlook on life and music.Thank you for subscribing and let us know your thoughts or who’d you like to hear on Behind the Screen at screenisup@gmail.com 


27 May 2021

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Demarre McGill, Seattle Symphony Principal Flute

On a High Note with Thomas Dausgaard

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26 Jan 2021

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What are elements of strong leadership in classical music? with Demarre McGill

Con Fuoco: A Podcast about Classical Music and its Future

My guest this week is flautist, Demarre McGill! Mr. McGill is the Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony and has previously served as Principal Flute or acting principal of the Dallas Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, Mr. McGill has gained international recognition as a soloist and chamber musician.  He has appeared as a soloist with prestigious ensembles like Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has participated as a chamber musician at festivals like Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle, and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals and is the co-founder of the McGill/McHale Trio alongside clarinetist, Anthony McGill, and pianist Michael McHale. Dedicated to training the next generation of classical musicians, Mr. McGill has appeared as a performer and educator in countries like South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Quebec, and throughout the United States. He is currently Associate Professor of Flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an artist-faculty member of Aspen Music Festival.Mr. McGill and I discuss the question, "What are elements of strong leadership in classical music?" We discuss what makes a leader, dealing with musicians as people, how to successfully lead a section, in what ways music education has evolved, and what he would like to see from leadership in classical music as they tackle issues of diversity and inclusion. You can find out more about Demarre McGill at his website, www.demarremcgill.com, and on his Instagram @demarremcgill. 


23 Sep 2020

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The Next Movement Podcast

The Atlanta Music Project presents The Next Movement Podcast featuring today's artistic luminaries. In this episode Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, and his brother Demarre McGill, Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony, join AMP CEO and podcast host Dantes Rameau in a wide-ranging conversation. The brothers share intimate details on how their upbringing on Chicago's Southside set them up for success, discuss the dreaded orchestral audition process, and talk about what it's like to be Black within the highest echelons of classical music. Theme music: "Sayyman" by Corey Jones Jr. aka KemistInTheLab Produced By: Durand Bailey Editor: Brandon Palmore/BearVision Photography & Design The Next Movement Podcast is an AMPtv production of the Atlanta Music Project. Learn more at http://www.atlantamusicproject.org

1hr 27mins

7 Sep 2020

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Episode 99: Building Your C.V. Through International Experiences with Demarre McGill

Flute 360

Flute 360 | Episode 99: “Building Your C.V. Through International Experiences with Demarre McGill” (35:43) In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Demarre McGill about how we as flutists can build our C.V. through international experiences. Demarre humbly shares his international career and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Topics vary from job announcements, finding your musical voice, and summer music festivals! Listen to the episode to hear all the advice from Demarre!  Episode 99 – Main Points: 0:30 – Gold Sponsor: J&K Productions 1:22 – Welcome & Introduction 2:38 – Spending time with family is essential. 3:00 – Today’s Topic 3:25 – Heidi: Please share with the listeners who you are and your musical background! 3:31 – Demarre’s Answer 3:39 – Julius Baker & Jeffrey Khaner, flutists 6:36 – Question: Why do you think it’s important for a flutist to consider adding international experiences to their résumé or curriculum vitae? 6:45 – Demarre’s Answer 11:25 – Question: How can a flutist go about adding international experiences to their C.V.? Where does one start? 11:34 – Demarre’s Answer 11:43 – Summer Music Festivals 14:35 – Matching Game 16:23 – “When you are focused on the things that make what we do as musicians, truly, truly special...luck has a way of finding you. It may not be exactly what you were looking for, but if your eyes are open, luck has a way of actually carving out a path for you!” – Demarre 18:23 – Question: I have seen many job announcements state “international experience required.” Why are search committees looking for this qualification? 18:35 – Demarre’s Answer 19:11 – Being curious is essential to have as a performer and as an educator! 20:55 – Dr. Susanna Self, flutist 22:21 – Invisalign 23:21 – Question: Throughout your international career, what are some lessons that you’ve learned along the way? 23:32 – Demarre’s Answer 24:27 – “Expressing yourself through your instrument is universal.” – Demarre 26:30 – Question: Any last pieces of advice that you’d like to offer? 26:42 – Demarre’s Answer 30:11 – PICKS! 33:35 – Conclusion 33:49 – Charleston Southern University – Solo Recital & Masterclass (1/26/2020) 34:30 – Bronze Sponsor: J&K Productions PICKS! Heidi: Bulgarian Garash Cake Demarre: Opera: Norma Episode 99 – Resources Mentioned: Heidi Kay Begay’s Website Demarre’s Website Demarre’s YouTube Channel CCM’s Faculty Spotlight with Demarre Episode 99 – Sponsors: Gold & Bronze Level: J&K Productions


25 Jan 2020

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052 Demarre McGill: The Master Keys - Discipline, Spirit, Energy, Beauty & Patience

The Mind Over Finger Podcast

In this week’s episode, Demarre McGill, principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, discusses the building blocks of efficient and mental practice: having discipline, nurturing energy, focusing on beauty, and applying patience in our approach. Demarre also elaborates on the importance of: The “starter teachers” and the diverse support system a young musician needs to blossom Combining discipline, spirit, and energy Being an excellent colleague Patience in slow practice, and how it helps us learn faster Finding the soul of the music & focusing on beauty Providing musical context to fix technical issues Focusing on the music to get in the right headspace for a performance Confronting the things we are not comfortable with in preparation for performances Contributing to your community Not giving up in the face of rejection Staying hungry in order to grow The Mind Over Finger Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtQSB1IVNJ4a2afT1iUtSfA/videos Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it’s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights! TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!! MORE ABOUT DEMARRE: Website: https://www.demarremcgill.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVTwhPRg3lnSTSWxTROWz2w Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demarremcgillflute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/demarremcgill/ The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth - Learning with the Masters featuring DSO flutist Demarre McGill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK_dsbJsw0o Demarre McGill has gained international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Grant Park, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, Demarre has performed, coached and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec and throughout the United States. With his brother Anthony, he was a speaker and performer at the 2018 League of American Orchestras Conference. He has also served on the faculties of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) at the University of Maryland, the Orford Music Festival, and participated in Summerfests at the Curtis Institute of Music. In August of 2019, he was named Associate Professor of Flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School. A founding member of The Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has participated in the Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few.  He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, "Portraits," released in August 2017, has received rave reviews, as has "Winged Creatures," his recording with Anthony McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2019-20 the McGill/McHale Trio performs at New York City's 92nd Street Y, as well as in Washington D.C. and on chamber music series throughout the Midwest. Media credits include appearances on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center, A & E Network's The Gifted Ones, NBC's Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, with his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age 7 and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. Demarre received his bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master's degree at The Juilliard School. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support! Visit www.mindoverfinger.com for information about past and future podcasts, and for more resources on mindful practice. Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe here!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfingertribe/ THANK YOU: Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson. Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly! MIND OVER FINGER: www.mindoverfinger.com https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/ https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/


22 Nov 2019

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New Classical Tracks: Anthony and Demarre McGill soar with 'Winged Creatures'

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher

New Classical Tracks: Anthony and Demarre McGill soar with the orchestra of their youth in 'Winged Creatures'


17 Jul 2019

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Demarre McGill

Flute Unscripted

Seemingly out of nowhere, Demarre McGill has quickly become the next “it” flutist. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Demarre has dominated the audition circuit, holding Principal positions with the Florida Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Dallas Symphony. Demarre has also been Acting Principal Flute at the Pittsburg Symphony and most recently, at the Metropolitan Opera. Demarre is currently maintaining a jam-packed schedule: He has returned as Principal Flute at the Seattle Symphony, he has stepped in as Visiting Assistant Professor at CCM, and he continues to travel the country giving masterclasses and performing concerts. I snagged a few minutes with Demarre on his latest trip to New York City.


22 May 2018

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Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

A Musical Life with Hugh Sung

Demarre McGill is one of the leading young American flutists of our time. Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Demarre has been a sought after soloist and chamber musician. He is also the co-founder of The Art of Élan, an innovative chamber music organization in San Diego that introduces new audiences to classical music in unique venues and programs. I’ve known Demarre ever since his student days at Curtis, studying under Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He was amazing from the get go, and it’s been no surprise to see his stratospheric rise to the top of the classical music world. Demarre has appeared as soloist with several of the top orchestras in the US, worked as principal flutist with several others, collaborated in chamber music around the world, and has made multiple television appearances on PBS, A&E, NBC, and even Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. LinksDemarre McGill's Website - http://demarremcgill.com Art of Élan - http://artofelan.org/ Dallas Symphony Orchestra - https://www.mydso.com/ Merit School of Music in Chicago - http://meritmusic.org/ The Curtis Institute of Music - http://www.curtis.edu


29 Feb 2016