is the creative outlet of flutist and new music specialist Janet McKay. Incorporating several components, such as composer-performer workshops, contemporary flute masterclasses and performance projects, the overall aims are to demystify new music, challenge performance conventions, support emerging composers by commissioning new works, and to bring new music to a wider audience.
Janet is a prize-winning flutist committed to the performance and development of new music. In addition to her M.Mus (Performance) and B.Mus (Hons) she has studied at the Guildhall School of Music (UK) and the Bang on a Can Institute (USA). Janet is currently undertaking a PhD (Performance) at the University of Queensland.
As a solo artist, Janet has performed recitals in London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. She demonstrates her ongoing commitment to composer and repertoire development by actively commissioning and premiering new works for flute and facilitating composer development workshops. From 2008 to 2013 Janet also co-directed an ongoing performance project, Super Critical Mass, staging performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Janet has written reviews and articles for the Australian Music Centre’s online Resonate Magazine, international flute publications Flute Focus and Pan, and the Queensland Flute Guild’s quarterly ‘Keynotes’ magazine. She has appeared live on ABC Classic FM’s “New Music Up Late” and is currently preparing her first commercial studio recording. Janet maintains a vibrant teaching studio both privately and at the Young Conservatorium (Griffith University), and is a Flute Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.
“masterly control” – Geoffrey Gartner, Resonate Magazine
“McKay’s ingenuity … is to be loudly applauded.” – Sarah Collins, Resonate Magazine
“You understand the spirit of the music perfectly” – Ofer Ben-Amots, composer