Laura Falzon Baldacchino
Adjunct Assistant Professor/Music History & Performance
Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Shepard Hall B63
Flutist Laura Falzon (Baldacchino) has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times magazine for her "versatile technique", by the British Flute Society's PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it", and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist", Dr. Falzon Baldacchino, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Amongst the list of works premiered are works by composers like Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Eric Moe, Charles Camilleri, Akin Euba and Geoff Poole. The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants from, amongst others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, NY Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, and Columbia University.
A graduate of Columbia University (Masters and Doctorate), she studied in England with Royal Academy of Music professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell and with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble andISSA Sonus ensemble and teaches at the City College of New York, and at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ed.D Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Music, Columbia University
Ed.M Master of Education (Music) Columbia University
M.Mus Master of Music University of South Florida
FLCM Fellow, London College of Music, UK
LLCM Licentiate, London College of Music, UK
ALCM Associate, London College of Music, UK
Introduction to Music
Introduction to World Music
Pedagogy of Music
Contemporary and 20th Century music
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2010). Pedagogy of music: Contemporary music in the applied flute studio. Teachers College Columbia University. Doctoral Dissertation. ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing.
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2008). Aesthetic Experience in Music Performance: Reflections on Thea Musgrave's Narcissus (for flute and digital delay), Proceedings: International Society for Music Education 28th World Conference, Bologna, Italy. ISBN 9780980456028
- Falzon, L. (2008). Chador, composition for Alto flute solo, New York, 2008. Written for the inaugural exhibition: ZaMZaM Arts: Figurine, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC. April 2008
Conference Papers presented:
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2009). “Contemporary music and pedagogy: is there a pedagogy of contemporary music? The College Music Society 52nd National Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 24th.
- Falzon Baldacchino, L., Goffi-Fynn, J. (2008). “Critical Thinking in the Applied Studio." ISME 28th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education. University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, July 20th to 25th.
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2008). “Aesthetic Experience in Music Performance: Reflections on Thea Musgrave's Narcissus (for flute and digital delay)". ISME 28th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education. University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, July 20th to 25th.
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2008). “Intercultural Expressions -- “Omunkwu's Call: Intercultural Expressions in Akin Euba's Study in Polyrhythm No.3 for flute and piano". The International Music Conference and Festival 2008, Africa meets Asia, Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore, India. (Jointly organized with the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge University UK). July 11th to 16th.
- Falzon Baldacchino, L. (2008). “Music as prescient meaning: interpretation and the dialogue between composer, performer and audience". 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Phenomenology, Fine Arts & Aesthetics with the theme: The Artist and the message -- Creativity and Communication. Radcliffe Gymnasium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 7th 2008.
- Abeles, H., Goffi-Fynn, J., Falzon Baldacchino, L. Hong-Park J., Johnson J. (2007). “Continuing the Journey: Working Towards Student Centred Studio Instruction." The College Music Society 50th National Conference, Salt Lake City, November 18th.
- CD -- Charles Camilleri: Music for Clarinet, Flute, and Piano (DIAL 103) Laura Falzon (Flute), Andrew Ball (Piano), David Campbell (Clarinet)
see Calendar at http://www.laurafalzon.com/calendar.htm
Premieres at http://www.laurafalzon.com/Prem.htm
- Seeking the ethos in musical parameters: Charles Camilleri's works for flute. Music Research Institute, Point Richmond, CA
- “Pedagogical Strategies for teaching applied music to adults." Journal of Higher Education Learning and Teaching, UK (in submission).
- “Omunkwu's Call: Intercultural Expressions in Akin Euba's Study in Polyrhythm No.3 for flute and piano." Journal of American Ethnomusicology (in submission).
- “Music as prescient meaning: interpretation and the dialogue between composer, performer and audience." Analecta Husserliana. Springer, Netherlands. (in submission)
- CD forthcoming 2011- Memories in Sound. ISSA Sonus ensemble performing chamber music of composer Munir Beken
- CD forthcoming 2011 -- Works for soprano, flute & piano
- CD forthcoming 2012 -- Stone Island Within, Firsthand Records, UK
- CD forthcoming 2012 -- Chamber music of composer John Mayer, Firsthand Records, UK
Selected Grants & Awards
· Jersey Arts Trust (UK) – Commissioning grant
· Rockefeller Foundation – Residencies
· British Arts Council (through West Midlands Arts) — Professional Development Grant
· University of South Florida — Academic scholarship
· Rotary Foundation (UK) – Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar representing UK in the US (1999)
· West Midlands Arts (UK) – Commissioning grant
· Warwick Arts Festival (UK) – Commissioning grant
Scottish Arts Council (UK) – Commissioning grant
Hope Scott Trust (UK) – Commissioning grant (UK) – Commissioning grant
The Centre for Intercultural Musicology, Churchill College, Cambridge University (UK)
President’s Community and Diversity Grant Fund: CCD, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) – Concert grant
Music & Music Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) — Concert Grant
· Betty Fairfax Grant, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, New York City – Professional Development grant (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
· The Centre for Intercultural Musicology, Churchill College, Cambridge University (UK) — commissioning grant
· College Music Society (USA) – Conference presentation grant
Music & Music Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) – Endowment Grant
Music Research Institute (USA) — Conference presentation grant
Conference presentation grant. Dept. of Arts & Humanities, Music & Music Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA)
New York Women Composers (USA) — Seed Grant
Sparkplug Foundation (USA) — Music Grant