Leadership team

Our gathering is lead by some of the finest teachers, performers and recording artists in the US. Their collaborative approach makes for a very dynamic and student-focused learning experience. In addition to the scheduled classes and concerts, each of the leaders is available for private lessons during the weekend retreat.

Cornell Kinderknecht, World Flutes Pamela Mortensen Joseph L. Young Timothy J.P. Gomez

Cornell Kinderknecht

Cornell Kinderknecht, World FlutesDirector, instructor and performer. Cornell Kinderknecht is an award-winning recording artist and performer on flutes and other wind instruments from around the world, including Native American flute, Bansuri flute, ocarina, recorder and bamboo flutes. As a lifelong musician, his musical style draws from his experience in the areas of world, Classical, pop and folk music. He is a Grammy nominated recording artist and he and his music have graced the stage of the prestigious Carnegie Hall. His passion of combining creativity and intuition with fluid musical technique, results in an expressive style that exhibits ease and grace. He inspires players at any level to explore their musical voice and to have music as a lifelong, natural creative outlet. Cornell’s light-hearted teaching approach puts students at ease. Visit his website www.cornellk.com

Pamela Mortensen

Pamela Mortensen Instructor and performer. Pamela Mortensen is an accomplished didgeridoo performer, teacher and instrument maker. She captures audience’s imagination by weaving voice, intricate rhythms and expression on this ancient instrument from Australia.  Whether it be didgeridoo, flute or composition, her teaching skills have helped many students understand music and its complexities by breaking down material into manageable and easily understandable instruction. There are few teachers who come anywhere close to Pam’s ability to teach people to play didge. Her passion for music and teaching shine in all topics she presents at our gathering. Her performance skills and rhythms will amaze you. Find her website at: www.pamelamortensen.net

Joseph L. Young

Joseph L. YoungInstructor and performer. Joseph L. Young is an accomplished composer and recording artist, a dynamic improvisational musician and lifelong performer, an instructor of Native American and world flutes and a professional sound engineer.  Bringing his broad musical perspective into the classroom, Joe has a passion for inspiring creativity in his students by expanding their musical boundaries and building confidence through encouraging experimentation.  He shares his expertise through private lessons and group instruction at flute schools across the Country.  With subjects ranging from beginning to advanced flute, embellishment, musical communication, stage craft, showmanship and inspiration, students of all abilities find Joe to be a patient, gracious, motivating and knowledgeable teacher. After having been a participant at our gathering for a number of years, we are pleased to have Joe on our leadership team, as he shares with us his creative way of embracing the sounds and beauty of the Native American flute.  You can learn more about Joe and his music at www.josephlyoung.com

Timothy J.P. Gomez

Timothy J.P. GomezTimothy J.P. Gomez is an award-winning composer and performer who fuses world music on the Native American-style flute with concepts of Musical Romanticism to create an intense, expressive style that resonates deep within the human spirit. His technical skills bring a gracefulness and clarity to his compositions and set him apart as one of the great up-and-coming artists in the industry. Currently, Timothy performs at festivals and events throughout the USA. He also holds workshops and offers private lessons, where he has been privileged to assist many flute players on their musical pursuits. Learn more about Timothy J.P. Gomez at: www.timothyjpgomez.com

Wayne McCleskey

Wayne McCleskeyFormer retreat director, Wayne McCleskey, led our gathering for nearly 20 years. He is a superb player and teacher and continues to offer us his leadership skills, his quick wit and guidance. His other work is as a family therapist and so he has a deep understanding of human nature and how music, passion and the sound of the Native flute affect the human spirit. Wayne’s vision and  desire to create a space where people can come together, express themselves and grow personally have shaped the Pacific Northwest Native American Flute Gathering into the easy-going, enriching and rewarding experience that has kept people coming back for years.