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JTraversist on EE:Continents ANET S Two The revival of historically informed performance in America succeeded largely due to the influence, effort, and expertise of a small number of early innovators who sought instruction in the late 1960s and 1970s. Those who engaged with early music in later years—in the ’80s, the ’90s, and the early 21st century—followed a much different path to their knowledge and understanding, a path blazed by their teachers and older colleagues. In fear that the stories of those pioneering musicians, and the specifics of the obstacles and challenges they had to overcome, might be in danger of being lost, I embarked on a project to locate these innovators and to urge them to share their experiences and insights. Janet See is clearly one of those innovators, and a friend. For over 30 years, she has been an outstanding performer on the Baroque and Classical flutes. She trained at Oberlin Conservatory and The Royal Conservatory in The Hague and went on to be principal flutist in John Eliot Gardiner’s two orchestras in London and with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco. In 1998, after 13 years in Europe, she returned to the Pacific Northwest, where she continues her career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She is an avid teacher of both the flute and Alexander Technique. How did you first encounter early music? It began before Oberlin, when as a young girl I was studying modern flute in Seattle with Adele Zeitlin. Right from the start I was drawn to Handel and Bach. After high school, I went to Oberlin to study modern flute with Robert Willoughby. In my sophomore year there, Willoughby went to Europe on sabbatical, and one of the reasons he went was to explore Baroque flute with Frans Vester in The Hague. He returned bringing with him Baroque flutes he acquired for Oberlin from Friedrich von Early Music America Fall 2012 An Interview with Lee Inman 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Early Music America Fall 2012

Editor’s Note
EMA Competition
Sound Bytes
Musings: Listening Forward
Profile: A Classical Playlist on Your Cable Television
Recording Reviews
Reconstructing Spanish Songs from the Time of Cervantes
Janet See: Traversist on Two Continents
Musical Mosaic Explores “Perspectives of Interspersing Peoples”
Book Reviews
Ad Index
In Conclusion: Conducting Early Music

Early Music America Fall 2012