Rêver en Couleurs (Dreaming in Color) – Lisa Garner Santa, flute – Gabriel Sanchez, piano: Compact Disc released on MSR Classics. This compilation of standard UIL contest pieces from the French flute repertoire appeals to flutists as well as the general public and serves as a valuable recruiting and visibility tool. The project was funded through the Texas Tech University School of Music and the TTU Internal Grants for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities. “American flutist Lisa Garner Santa, capably assisted by pianist Gabriel Sanchez, makes a splendid impression with a French program aptly entitled Rêver en Couleurs (To Dream in Colors). This luminously beautiful recital captures the essential qualities of the 'French Flute School' whose roots go back to the tenure of Paul Taffanel as professor of flute at the Paris Conservatory from 1893 to 1908. What a glorious tradition that is, you may gather from the abundance of riches in this program, which includes late 19th and early 20th century pieces by Taffanel, Philippe Gaubert, Benjamin Godard, Georges Hüe, Johannes Donjon, Camille Saint-Saëns, Georges Bizet, and Gabriel Fauré. Lisa Garner Santa plays with a style that does full justice to the wonderful music heard on this disc. Her breath control is superb as she shapes the long melodic contours of the Moderato section of Gaubert's Fantaisie (1920), and she betrays not the least trace of breathiness in the graceful manner in which she trails off the gently melancholy ending phrase of Godard's Idylle (1890). She invests Hüe's Fantaisie (1893) with all the delicate color that the composer intended. This is indeed flute playing of a higher order.
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"I am quite taken [with this disc]...It is all magnificent music, played with finesse. The flutist has the kind of tone I prefer - rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is all well-shaped and thoughtful, just what this elegant music deserves. Sanchez is an equal partner. [Garner Santa] is a truly remarkable artist with dazzling musical ability. Flutists and non-flutists alike should find this wonderful disc. I look forward to hearing more from this duo."
- American Record Guide
Her 2004 CD release of From Noon to Starry Night, a compilation of 20th Century chamber works for flute and piano (with TTU Faculty, Lora Deahl, piano), has also received outstanding reviews:
"The title track (From Noon to Starry Night by Matthew Santa)...is a wonderful addition to the flute repertoire...Garner's colors, vibrato use, and interpretations are excellent. This interesting, well-produced CD should be in every flutist's record collection."
- Flute Talk
"gorgeous - flat-out gorgeous...a true artist. It serves me and ‘All the Words’ EXTREMELY well."
- Dan Welcher - Composer
As an active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Garner Santa has been a featured performer at the Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, and Kansas City conventions. She has served as adjudicator and/or coordinator for many NFA events and competitions including the High School Soloist Competition, the NFA Newly Published Music Competition, the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition, as the General Competitions Coordinator, and as NFA Convention Associate Program Chair for the 2002 convention. She recently served the NFA as Program Chair for the 2011 convention held in Charlotte, NC, August 11-14. Lisa Garner Santa’s versatile programming ranges from the elegant Baroque music of Bach to the jazz-inspired writings of Mike Mower. Her passion for contemporary flute repertoire was sparked over a decade ago by the early flute works of Lowell Liebermann, which was the topic of her dissertation. Since then, she has become a leader in the effort to expand and promote new music by performing and commissioning works from young as well as established composers including Warner Hutchison, Matthew Santa, Mike Mower, Teresa LeVelle, and Peter Fischer as well as Derek Bermel as a member of the Flute/Clarinet Duos Consortium.
As a pedagogue, Lisa Garner Santa presents masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. Recent international exchanges include masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, England and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Presentations and performances at various regional and national conventions include invitations from the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society. Her research and pedagogical articles are frequently published in The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The Instrumentalist. In recognition of her creative teaching, she was awarded the Texas Tech Big 12 Fellowship as well as the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award and is also an elected member of Texas Tech University’s prestigious Teaching Academy.
With co-authors Matthew Santa and Thomas Hughes, Lisa Garner Santa developed the Flute/Theory Workout, a method that efficiently introduces full-range scalar and chordal flute technique while introducing music theory fundamentals at the same time. The Workout, which comes with an entertaining accompaniment CD, is available through Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co., and Flute World. Dr. Garner Santa holds performance degrees from West Texas State University, Florida State University, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful include Carol Wincenc, Charles DeLaney, Sally Turk, and Helen Blackburn.
In addition to her active role as a flutist, Lisa Garner Santa is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and member of the Yoga Alliance. She teaches Yoga for Musicians at the TTU School of Music and Kripalu Yoga classes at various locations throughout Lubbock. Please feel free to contact her at email@example.com for information on Yoga for Musicians workshops.
As its subtitle reveals, this 2007 disc called Rêver en Couleurs is a compilation of French music for flute and piano. More specifically, it is a compilation of late nineteenth and early twentieth century French music for flute and piano. The composers range from the exceedingly well-known Bizet, Fauré, and Saint-Saëns to the hardly known outside of French flute circles Gaubert, Godard, Hüe, Donjon, and Taffanel. While the music has a variety of moods, from the joyous to the melancholy and the sensuous to the sublime, it is all consistently light and uniformly lovely. And as played the American team of flutist Lisa Garner Santa and pianist Gabriel Sanchez, it is also all very, very beautiful. Garner Santa has a dulcet tone, agile technique, and a soulful disposition, qualities that serve this virtuosic but never overly demonstrative music, while Sanchez is a sensitive accompanist who seems wholly dedicated to supporting and not upstaging Garner Santa. For flute fans, this disc will be a must-have, especially in MSR Classics' lush sound. And for non-flute fans, it will still be a pleasant way to while away an hour or so.
A virtuosic, fantasia-like evocation of the charm and elegance of French culture at its Zenith.
It is all magnificent music, played with finesse. The flutist has the kind of tone I prefer – rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is well shaped and thoughtful, just what this elegant music deserves. Sanchez is an equal partner. It is refreshing to hear someone so firmly entrenched in our (academic) system who is truly a remarkable artist with such dazzling musical ability. Flutists and non-flutist alike should find this wonderful disc. I look forward to hearing more from this duo.
From Noon to Starry Night: Lisa Garner Santa – flute, Lora Deahl – piano: Compact Disc released on 24Keys label featuring works from composers of the American Southwest including Matthew Santa, Robert Muczynski, Dan Welcher, Warner Hutchison, and Kent Kennan. Released September 2004. “The title track, originally for voice and piano, transcribed by the composer, is a wonderful addition to the flute repertoire and is a superb companion piece for the Muczynski, which follows it on the CD. Garner’s colors, vibrato use, and interpretations are excellent. The balance between flute and piano is excellent throughout, and the sound engineering never intrudes into the music. This interesting, well-produced CD, which includes informative liner notes, should be in every flutist’s record collection.
Chamber Works for Flute,” June 6, 2000, Weill Recital Hall Joining the program was Sallie Pollack, piano; Alexander Ezerman, cello; David Dees, soprano saxophone; Will Strieder, trumpet; Karl Dent, tenor; and Mark Weiger, guest artist from The University of Iowa, oboe. The program included world premieres of Lament and Jubilation for Flute and Piano (commissioned for Lisa Garner and funded by the Brannen-Cooper Fund) by Southwestern composer Warner Hutchison and Kanza for Flute, Soprano Saxophone, and Cello, by Texas Tech Visiting Professor, Teresa LeVelle. The program also featured a premiere performance of New York composer Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Violin, Trumpet, and Piano, the violin part transcribed for flute by Lisa Garner. “Whether deserved or not, the State of Texas and its inhabitants have a reputation for doing things ‘big’ and although it may have merely been a coincidence, the June 6 recital of flutist and Texan Lisa Garner lived up to this reputation.” Of Warner Hutchison’s new work, “Lament and Jubilation …was one of the most interesting and successful segments of the recital. Garner slinked through the work’s sinewy and difficult melodic curves like drifting smoke,” and of the Corigliano, “The flute part lifted these pieces from being attractive but quaint tunes into something quite different....a commentary rather than merely an accompaniment. Garner played these with gusto, creating a memorable impression.
Dr. Lisa Garner Santa
Professor of Flute
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-2033
806-742-2270, Ext. 259