Jaimie Lee Mendoes - flute expert
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About Jaimie Lee Mendoes
Jaimie Lee MendoesJaimie Lee Mendoes, from Seoul, Korea, started studying the piano with the help of her mother, a pianist and composer. She began playing the flute at the age of eight and after a few short years was admitted to the Yewon School of the Arts. She later moved on to study at the Seoul Arts High School. Jaimie's musical career was boosted when she was only thirteen with her performance of Devienne's Flute Concerto No. 8, which she performed with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra when it was on tour in Korea.
Unfortunately, when Jaimie was fifteen years old, her mother passed away. The death of such a beloved and supportive person in her life was devastating to Jaimie and the rest of her family, so she decided to stop studying music and instead majored in journalism and communication in college. Five years after the tragedy, Jaimie came to study abroad in the United States. After two years, she met the principal flute of the San Jose Symphony, Maria Tamburrino. Jaimie decided to restart playing the flute with Tamburrino, who mentored Jaimie and helped her financially. Jaimie proceeded to receive her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was one of the winners of the concerto competition at UCSB. Furthermore, she played with the UCSB symphony orchestra and was a featured solo performer. In 2008, Jaimie was Principal Flute in the Marrowstone Music Festival under Alastair Willis, who is now the director of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Jaimie also performed in various masterclasses. In 2012, she attended Azusa Pacific University to complete the Artists Certificate program. She studied with a full scholarship under James Walker, former L.A. Philharmonic Principal Flautist.
Jaimie co-founded J Concert Artists. This is a musical organization that aims for affordable but excellent concerts in Southern California. She is also interested in learning languages and owns an online studio where she teaches English to people all over the country. In 2014, Jaimie began to volunteer for Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) to teach English to North Korean refugees. She also volunteered at Saturday school at Arise Mission Church in Los Angeles, which is the only North Korean church in the United States.
Jaimie is not only a talented flautist but also a dedicated, charitable woman in her community.

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Karlon on March 14, 2017 @8:56 am PST
Hi Jamie, Two questions please: 1. I just saw your presentation on embouchure. I play on and Pearl forte headjoint but I also have a Trevor James Oxley headjoint. I like to practice on both flutes. Will switching back and forth mess-up my embochure? I'm really working on my sound quality and sometimes I sound better on one than the other (ugh!!) 2. My Pearl is a 10K med wall that the TJ is a heavy wall, does that create problems practicing from one to the other? Thanks. I look forward to your response.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on March 16, 2017 @10:41 am PST
Dear Karlon, thank you for your question and sorry for not having a reply from Jaimie in the past month or so. We are actually going to close all her video comment sections today, because she won't probably able to reply to any more questions from now on.

I'd suggest to post your questions to Florence Estrin who I am sure will be happy to answer you, at any time:


Thank you for your understanding and for following us!
Martin Pilkington on February 17, 2017 @1:40 am PST
Hello Jaimie,

Could you explain to me in good detail, what the difference between an Upbeat and a Downbeat is and how they are illustrated on a music sheet?


Martin Pilkington
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on February 17, 2017 @7:02 am PST
Hi Martin and thank you for your question. I am not sure if Jaimie is going to answer your question, but being a "general music" question, I'll try to answer it for you.

The downbeat is usually the first beat of the bar, whereas the upbeat is the last beat before the new bar and before the downbeat.

For a more extensive explanation of beats, I'd recommend reading through this Wikipedia article:


I hope this helps!
L on January 4, 2017 @3:14 pm PST
Hi Jaimie,
Thank you for your videos! They are very informative. I was wondering if I could suggest a future video? I would really appreciate it if you were to make a video on how to approach the Handel Flute Sonata in F Major, particularly the fourth movement Giga. I am performing this for a competition and I would really like to hear what you think about it. Thanks!
Nuno Borges on November 8, 2016 @4:29 am PST
Hi Jamie.
Nuno from Portugal. Just saw your vĂ­deo regarding Flute posture.
Any tips for playing sit?
stev on September 27, 2016 @10:53 am PST
hi jaimie,
this reminds me of a fish called a carp it as a great big mouth that
hoovers the bottom of lakes for food,
your vid is a great visual aid ..i got it first time..
keep up the vids all the best...stev,
AnneMarie * VSM MEMBER * on August 7, 2016 @8:55 am PST
Thank you very much for your great videos and suggestions. I am happy you include beautiful pieces,, played tenderly in largo or piano. Those are my favorite. What is the inner mood of the flutist when playing various pieces? Every video is very inspiring and helpful.You have a lovely presence.
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