Instruments & Gear
Dawn plays Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, and, now, mostly, an Azumi flute with an Altus headstock.
She uses an AKG C555L headset microphone, usually plugged in with a MPAVL Micro Mic Phantom Adapter for 9-52 Volt, also from AKG, rather than with the wireless transceiver, unless they’re playing out somewhere.
Her floor units for effects was her choice of the Digitech RP1000, which Forrest then decided to use, too, and she went with Forrest’s find of the POG2.
For headphones, it’s the Forrest-recommended Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone.
Dawn started playing piano at age eight, flute at age eleven.
At age thirteen, she was playing first chair flute in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and also was picked to attend the Summer Music Institute at Western Illinois University.
Also at age thirteen, she was invited to train under scholarship in both piano and flute at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL, where she was privileged to private tutelage under the conservatory’s premier instructors in both flute and in piano.
Noticed by Richard Hahn, the top world-ranked flutist, second only to Rampal, during state-sponsored high school band and orchestra competitions, Dawn was invited to study under him, which she did for years. Subsequently, she was invited to Europe, and she was also selected to sit in on a two-week stint of improv- sessions with Carlos Santana and his group.
Dawn’s played with small and medium-sized symphonies in New York and elsewhere, as well as playing in chamber groups that featured the first chair string, woodwind, and horn players from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, and other notable symphonies. She was soloist at two Bach Festivals with top harpsichordists, played with a much-revered concert pianist, and was invited to play at a World Expo. She also performed with several summer groups that toured, including both woodwind and woodwind/horn ensembles, quartets, quintets, and chamber orchestras.
Throughout, Dawn taught select students, passing on the extraordinary Richard Hahn’s techniques and knowledge.
Dawn performs exclusively with her husband, Forrest, now, playing amplified, digitally-enhanced, electrified flute, often in styles that challenge her traditionally-trained boundaries.