"Eyes Wide Open" 
                             by Eric Jackson
              Dedicated to the life and memory of
                            Judith Lapple
             October 23, 1953 - August 10, 2010

Eric writes about this work:
“I wrote Eyes Wide Open (2010) to thank Judy for her warm support
during hard times. The piece changes from major to minor, which represents what I learned from knowing Judy - there are will always be troubling times amidst good ones; however, the piece does in fact end in the major, which is in
homage to Judy - no matter how hard your day or week may have been, her lessons always made everything better.  Thank you Judy for being such an
to all.” 

"Eyes Wide Open" was premiered on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at George Mason University.  It was performed by Eric Jackson on piano, and Tori Palmer, Caroline Henderson, Ali Dettmer, Natalie Jefferson, Julia Morris, Dylan Reiser, Alexa Yeagley, Katie Lopes and Sarah White on flute. 

Judith Lapple, Founder

Flutopia was founded in the fall of 2000 under the direction of the late Judith Lapple, who passed away suddenly in August, 2010.  An extraordinary musician and teacher, Judith had built an extensive private flute studio and a renowned woodwind camp at George Mason University which led to the creation of Flutopia. 
 Judy challenged herself and others
 to achieve at the highest level. 
 She was that rare human being
 that impacts everyone within her
 environment and her legacy
 continues in the work of Flutopia
 and the many lives she touched. 
 In the years since its creation,
 Flutopia has grown to over 60
 members with a demanding schedule of concerts and appearances at George Mason University Center for Performing Arts and to community organizations in the DC area.

Judith Lapple was a native of Rochester, NY where she attended the Eastman School of Music. Judith Lapple, was the former principal flutist for the Air Force Band and a Professor of Flute at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Judith had soloed extensively throughout the USA and Europe and now gives clinics for many colleges. Judith Lapple was nominated for 'Who's Who Among America's College Teachers 2000 and 2006. In December of 2003, Judith Lapple was honored, "For untiring work in preparing the young musicians of America", by the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition, Judith is the founder of the Summer Woodwind camp which began in July 1994.

Judith also maintained a very large studio of private woodwind students. Her students have won many national competitions including, Bands of America, National Wind Ensemble, Music Teachers National Association, and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. Her former students have been accepted to Duke University, Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon. In addition, Judith had appeared on the cover of Flute Talk national magazine and had written several articles on Performance Anxiety. Judith resided in Northern Virginia with her husband and four daughters.

In 2010, after the sudden passing of Judith, direction of Flutopia was taken over by Jennifer Lapple, Judith's daughter, to continue and further Judith's work and legacy.  Judy Lapple was the inspiration and life force behind Flutopia.  She was a musical visionary who crafted a group of diversified students into a unified and committed whole.  She breathed passion into their hearts and minds and has begun a musical legacy that will continue to thrive in her honor. 

 The members and supporters of Flutopia are committed to building upon the foundation of Judy’s work and to continue her mission to foster excellence and community spirit through music and the arts.







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