Date of Award

Fall 12-1-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Danilo Mezzadri

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Edward Hafer

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Kim Woolly

Committee Member 4 Department


Committee Member 5

Jonathan Holden

Committee Member 5 Department



British flutist Ian Clarke is a leading performer and composer in the flute world. His works have been performed internationally and have been used in competitions given by the National Flute Association and the British Flute Society. Clarke’s compositions are also referenced in the Peters Edition of the Edexcel GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) Anthology of Music as examples of extended techniques.

The significance of Clarke’s works lies in his unique compositional style. His music features sounds and styles that one would not expect to hear from a flute and have elements that appeal to performers and broader audiences alike. Clarke is helping to usher in a new era in flute literature by creating works for the more advanced performer which employ extended techniques, pop, blues and electronics to create a distinct sound. Meanwhile, his well-defined notational style and clear melodies appeal to relatively inexperienced players who find the works more accessible and entertaining to play.

This document will propose a new approach to performance practice using “Electronic Enhancements” to add to and alter the sound of the flute to create distinct and unusual effects. Included in this discussion will be the use of guitar and vocal pedal effects. Although Clarke does not use these electronic effects, he encourages such experimentation. I will further discuss other aspects of playing with electronics, including different types of microphones that could be used with these types of effects, monitors, amplifiers, and mixers and how these components function in an entire set up, and how they may be applied to Clarke’s music.