Patti Adams

Piccolo Performance Class


Amara GuitryPatti Adams is solo piccoloist and assistant principal flutist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the New Orleans Symphony) and is on the faculty of Loyola University's College of Music. She has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival and recorded and toured internationally with the Mexico City Philharmonic as co-principal flute.

In addition to her musical duties with the LPO, Patti played an active role in the start-up period of the orchestra, serving as Director of Marketing for three seasons. Formed in 1991 following the demise of the New Orleans Symphony, the LPO is the longest-standing musician-governed and operated orchestra in the United States. She twice served as President of the orchestra and was a member of its Board of Directors for numerous seasons. Adams was a member and Vice-Chair of the Community Advisory Board of WWNO public radio, a director of chamber music activities for the acclaimed Windsor Court Hotel, and is currently a member of the Classical Arts Award Committee for Gambit Weekly.

Patti has served the National Flute Association in a variety of roles including President, member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Advisory Committee, Local Arrangements Chair for New Orleans conventions (1989 and 2013), Gala Awards Dinner Chair (2012-2016) and, in 1997, was Program Chair for the NFA's 25th anniversary convention in Chicago. She has performed and presented at numerous NFA conventions and was featured as the cover story of the February 2004 Flute Talk magazine. She was honored to be the recipient of the NFA's 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

She has appeared as guest artist at numerous flute festivals around the country including Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Raleigh, NC and has presented masterclasses at Rice, University of Michigan, Ohio State University and others. Her major teachers include Julius Baker and Everett Timm. She has performed in a variety of masterclasses including Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maxence Larrieu, Sam Baron and William Bennett and counts them all as major influences in her musical life. She is so grateful to have attended the very first Wildacres Flute Retreat back in the year nineteen hundred and seventy-eight!! 

In her parallel artistic life, Patti is an award-winning painter in oils and watercolor and, with her husband LPO timpanist Jim Atwood, was owner and art director of the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans from 2009-2015. She received her training at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art where she is now teaching Creative Calligraphy classes. Patti has participated in numerous citywide art exhibitions and has designed and produced many commissions for individuals and organizations, including the American Harp Society, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Windsor Court Hotel, Pickwick Club, Galatoire’s Restaurant, numerous local Carnival krewes, the LPO, and the New Orleans Opera. In 2010, she created the scenic artwork used in the opera’s production of The Magic Flute, her favorite opera and instrument!


Piccolo Class

It is a real pleasure for me to be returning to Wildacres after all these years to share my knowledge and love of the piccolo with you all. The piccolo is one of the most beautiful, versatile and sensuous instruments of the woodwind family. The incredible variety of color and intensity the instrument can generate makes playing piccolo a great pleasure and challenge.

I'm sure you've experienced the exhilaration (and/or terror!) of an exposed piccolo solo, soaring above the band or orchestra. It is a unique voice that can charm and mesmerize in equal measure.

There are many differences between flute and piccolo beyond the shape and size. I will share exercises I've developed over many years of performing as solo piccolo and assistant principal flutist with my orchestra, exploring these differences with exercises for tone, vibrato, technique and interpretation.

This course is open to all piccoloists of every level of experience. We will cover many classic works for piccolo, including orchestral excerpts, solo repertory and concerti. Participants will learn about the special challenges unique to the piccolo including

All participants of every level are invited to perform études, solo works and excerpts.  

If you've always wanted to improve your piccolo playing or share the skills you've already developed, please join us for these afternoon sessions celebrating the piccolo!