Lifetime passion for the flute
MUSIC may be food for the soul but for flautist and composer Gary Schocker it's also his bread and butter, passion and life.
The 46-year-old American started piano at the tender age of two and a half, and the flute at 10.
Mr Schocker won a local Allentown Symphony competition before auditioning with the New York Philharmonic for young people concert, where he performed the Mozart Concerto for flute and harp which was televised nationally.
Mr Schocker will arrive in Australia shortly for a nationwide tour. He will lead a flute retreat for people aged seven and above at the Nymboida Coaching Station from May 26-28.
"He is one of the best teachers in the world as he is very intuitive and can bring out the best in each player, he works with people's individual strengths and it will be a weekend of learning," organiser Melissa Philp said.
Places are still available and the cost of the weekend is $330. For more information please call 02 6643 1888. He will also perform at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. Tickets are on sale at Buckleys Music in Prince Street, Grafton.