I'm a flutist and teacher residing in Austin, TX. I love to find new ways to create, inspire, and improve. My passions in life include playing flute, teaching flute, and eating dessert first. Read my complete biography below!
Practice Room Revelations began in 2012 as a means of helping myself focus and improve in my summer before becoming a Teaching Assistant at FSU. Today, the focus is very much the same. I aim to "improve in a way that can be described in words" each time I practice, and enjoy sharing my a-ha moments!
Did you know that just a few simple changes have the power to change your music-making experience? Ready to have a breakthrough? I can help! I offer teach flute lessons in-person in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX, in addition to Skype lessons and online coaching for auditions and more!
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ABOUT JOLENE HARJU
Originally from Carver, Massachusetts, Jolene Harju is a flutist and teacher currently residing in Austin, Texas. She received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Florida State University, where she held a graduate teaching assistantship in the studio of Eva Amsler, teaching private lessons and studio classes, and coaching chamber ensembles. Jolene has performed as principal flutist of the FSU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and Wind Orchestra, and performed as piccoloist on the orchestra's recording of Dohnanyi's Symphony No. 2 for the Naxos Recording Label.
With an interest in music of the baroque era, Jolene has studied baroque flute with Professor Eva Amsler and has performed with the Florida State Baroque Ensemble.
Jolene frequently performs in solo and chamber ensemble settings, and has performed with the Tallahassee Composer's Orchestra and Austin-based ensembles including the Cinematic Symphony, the Central Texas Medical Orchestra, and the St. Edward's Symphony Orchestra. She currently teaches private flute lessons to students in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, and via Skype.
Jolene received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of New Hampshire as a student of Peggy Vagts. She was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research to complete a project entitled: The Balanced Flutist: A Study of the Benefits of Body Mapping of Flute Performance. Jolene has studied Body Mapping with Vanessa Breault Mulvey and Dr. Jenni Cook, and has attended the Biennial International Andover Educators Conference and numerous workshops related to performance health and awareness techniques.
Jolene has presented workshops on holistic performance in several states, and her private instruction integrates principles of Body Mapping, the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, and more, to address performance anxiety and unlock natural, artistic expression.
Her blog Practice Room Revelations began in 2012 as a documentation of incorporating these techniques into personal practice and growth as a teacher, and continues to serve as a recount of personal breakthroughs and inspiration for personal growth and improvement.
Jolene has performed at the National Flute Association Convention and Florida Flute Association Conventions, and she has been privileged to perform in master classes throughout the nation with such renowned artists as Amy Porter, Ian Clarke, Bonita Boyd, Amy Likar, Liisa Ruoho, Judith Mendenhall, Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird, Jean Ferrandis, Na'ama Lion, Aldo Baerten, Gary Schocker, baroque flutist Christopher Krueger, pianist Linda Mark, and harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El.