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[4/5/2017]
Announcing the 2017 Flute Fair Young Artist Competitions!
The Greater Portland Flute Society Board of Directors is proud to announce its third annual Young Artist Competition, Junior and Senior Divisions, to be held at the 2017 Flute Fair on April 1st at Aloha High School. We invite 6th–8th grade flutists to compete in the Junior Division, and 9th–12th graders to compete in the Senior Division.
The Junior Division winner will receive a $150 cash prize, and the Senior Division winner will receive a $250 scholarship. Look out for second and third place prizes! The link to the application form is here. 

[1/2/2017]
2016-2017 Study Grants:
The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three high school or middle school students an opportunity to receive a $300 grant for private flute lessons with a GPFS teacher during the school year. Selection is based on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm for the flute. Students may not receive the grant more than three times.  More information is available on the Study Grant Page. 

[10/28/16]
Help us name our newsletter! After collecting your suggestions from the Flute Fair in April, here are the names we received. Click this link and please vote for your favorite! The new name will be revealed in our fall newsletter! 

[4/6/16]
Announcing the 2016 Flute Fair Young Artist Competitions!
The Greater Portland Flute Society Board of Directors is proud to announce its second Young Artist Competition, junior and senior division, to be held at the 2016 Flute Fair.

We invite 6th-8th grade flutists to compete in the junior division, and 9th-12th graders to compete in the senior division. The junior division winner will receive a $100 gift certificate donated by the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company, and the senior division winner will receive a $250 scholarship.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016
To register click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMT3ZZ5
Pay the registration fee by clicking here.
If you have any questions email president@gpfs.org 

[4/6/16]
Coming Soon - The Flute Fair Raffle!
By Deborah Johnson
It’s almost time for the annual Flute Fair Raffle. Last year, we had terrific donations from both exhibitors and private individuals and we look forward to another successful raffle this year.
Thanks to Flute Finders, we will have a special piccolo raffle this year. Bob Frymire of Flute Finders generously donated a piccolo for the raffle last year and will be donating a piccolo again this year. Bob’s ongoing support of GPFS is truly appreciated. Also, I understand that JL Smith, another long-time GPFS supporter, will provide some of their Valentino flute and piccolo accessories for the regular raffle.
If you have a flute-related item to donate for the raffle, please contact me at my e-mail.
Funds from both the special and regular Flute Fair raffles help support the GPFS Study Grant Program that provides a year’s worth of private lessons to several financially disadvantaged students. It also helps GPFS keep admission and membership fees low.
Tickets for the regular raffle: $1 each
Tickets for the special piccolo raffle: $5 each 

[3/2/16]
We're pleased to announce that Sophia Tegart is the new GPFS President. Congratulations, Sophia, and welcome to the GPFS Board! 
We're also pleased to announce that Chris Smith is the new GPFS Treasurer. Chris, congratulations and welcome to the board! 

[12/26/15]
2015-2016 Study Grants:

The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three high school or middle school students an opportunity to receive a $300 grant for private flute lessons with a GPFS teacher during the school year. Selection is based on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm for the flute. Students may not receive the grant more than three times.  More information is available on the Study Grant Page. 

[8/27/15]
The Greater Portland Flute Society is pleased to donate $200 to the South Albany High School Music Department. As you may know, an arson fire on April 1 raged through part of the school and destroyed the band and choir rooms, among others. The school lost instruments, band uniforms, music stands, sheet music, choir robes and more. GPFS set out two donation jars at this year’s Flute Fair and several patrons contributed. At the end of the event the GPFS board decided to augment that generosity and added money from its general fund to bring the total to $200. All donations are being handled by the Albany Public Schools Foundation. For more information or to contribute go to their website or contact Aimee Addison at her e-mail. 

[8/27/15]
Congatulations to our 2015 Young Artist Competition winners from Flute Fair!

jr hon mention
Camryn Porter, the Junior contestant that was awarded Honorable Mention.

Jr
Ashley Teng, the Junior 1st place winner.

Sr
Marah Christenson, the Senior 1st place winner.

And a BIG Thank You to Rachel Rencher, Zach Galatis and Gail Gillespie for volunteering your time to judge the competitions! red bullet

[4/6/15]
Attention middle and high school flutists!
You're invited to compete in the Greater Portland Flute Society's first Young Artist Competition, to be held at Flute Fair! Applying to perform is a 3-step process:

  1. If you are not currently a GPFS member, follow the link above to the Membership page to join.
  2. For more information and the registration form, click here.
  3. In addition, to pay the application fee click this button:

The Junior Division 1st place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co.
The Senior Division 1st place winner will receive a $200 scholarship. 

[4/16/14]
2014 Flute Fair planning is complete!  The Flute Fair pages are up to date, so be sure to click the link above and see what is planned!  Note that there are a couple of room changes from the printed programs at the 11:30AM and 2:00PM events due to last-second conflicts that came up after they were printed.
Look at the Flute Fair Directions page for information on taking public transportation.  The total travel time from Pioneer Square on Trimet is less than 1 hour! 

We've just posted a piccolo for sale on our Local Flutes For Sale page.  Check it out by clicking the link above! 

[2/10/14]
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
The GPFS membership year runs from September 1st through August 31st. The deadline to be included in the membership roster is October 15th.  The membership roster has been wiped clean so renew your membership now by clicking on the Membership link above! 

[2/10/14]
2013-2014 Study Grants:
The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three high school or middle school students an opportunity to receive a $300 grant for private flute lessons with a GPFS teacher during the 2013-2014 school year. Selection is based on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm for the flute. Students may not receive the grant more than three times.  More information is available on the Study Grant Page. 

[10/5/13]
CALL FOR PERFORMERS:
Italian flutist Raffaele Trevisani will be teaching a masterclass on Saturday, October 19th, 2:00-4:00 at the Cedar Hills United Church of Christ in Beaverton. If you are interested in performing in the masterclass, contact Phyllis Louke at her e-mail for more information. Performance fee will be $40, payable in advance. Performers must be current members of GPFS.

[5/20/2013]
If you are a commercial member or business, you can now join or renew your commercial membership and sign up to exhibit at Flute Fair on-line by going to the Commercial Membership Information and Benefits page.  The commercial membership year runs Apr 1 through Mar 31. 
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[1/9/13]
Now available for easy individual membership renewal!! Click on the Membership link above to go to the Membership Information page.  The individual membership year runs Sep 1 through Aug 31.

[11/28/12]
Study Grant Information, Note: Nov 16 Deadline: GPFS is offering three high school or middle school students a chance to receive a $300 grant to study flute with a GPFS teacher during the 2012/2013 school year. Information and forms is now available on this page. 

[2/22/12]
GPFS Study Grant Information - New Deadline!
Do you know a flute student in need of a study grant? GPFS is currently accepting applications to award up to three $300 study grants to a dedicated student in need. To qualify for this grant you must be currently studying, or willing to study with a GPFS flute instructor, and you must be able to show enthusiasm and financial need. The application deadline is now February 15, 2012. More information can be found here

[3/24/11]
CALL FOR PERFORMERS - 2011 MASTER CLASS WITH MARIANNE GEDIGIAN
The Greater Portland Flute Society welcomes Marianne Gedigian as our guest artist for 2011 Flute Fair and Master Class.  There will be four performance opportunities for this master class.
When      Saturday, April 2, 2011
Time        2 to 4 PM
Where     Aloha High School, choir room
               18550 SW Kinnaman Rd, Aloha
Deadline to apply to perform: March 15, 2011     
That is a FIRM Deadline!
Each performer will be allotted 25 minutes. Performers should arrange for their own pianist, if they wish to have one.  The fee is $40, payable in advance to The Greater Portland Flute Society. If you interested in performing for the 2011 Marianne Gedigian Master Class, please acquire more details by contacting Judy Castle at 503-644-0712 or email jcastle@pcez.com. 

[1/16/11]
GPFS Study Grant Information
Do you know a flute student in need of a study grant? GPFS is currently accepting applications to award one or two $300 study grants to a dedicated student in need. To qualify for this grant you must be currently studying, or willing to study with a GPFS flute instructor, and you must be able to show enthusiasm and financial need. The application deadline is January 15, 2011. More information can be found here.  

[1/6/10]
Study Grants
The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three lucky students a chance to receive a $300 study grant during this 2009-10 school year and a one-year complimentary student membership that will allow them admission discounts to all GPFS sponsored events during the current year. This grant will be given to an enthusiastic student wishing to study with a GPFS teacher. We will base our selection on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm. Entry deadline is Nov 15, 2009. More information and forms.

[10/19/09]
A new member has joined the GPFS Board. Please join us in welcoming Celine Thackston who will be the new U of O liaison, where she is a doctoral student. She recently moved to Eugene from Tennessee where she was involved in the Mid-South Flute Society.

The Board still has openings for a Student Ensembles coordinator and a Fundraising/Development coordinator. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact the President, Phyllis Louke, at her e-mail.

[3/9/09]
GPFS Membership Roster Booklets Will Be Available for Pick Up at Flute Fair

GPFS Board Member Krista Aasland is compiling our GPFS Membership Roster into a booklet that will include Business Members, and the GPFS Teacher List. Be sure to pick up your copy at Flute Fair at Aloha High School on Saturday, April 4th. If you're unable to pick up your roster, it will be mailed in April. Follow the link at the top of the page for more information on Flute Fair.  

[2/6/09]
Flute Fair needs helping hands

We need your help to staff this year’s Flute Fair on Saturday, April 4, at Aloha High School. The jobs are easy, the event is fun and the companionship is stellar. Most shifts run between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with a few, such as setup and cleanup, starting a bit earlier or ending a tad later. Volunteers not only ensure we are able to produce the annual Flute Fair, they are key to its success. We can’t do it without the members, parents, students, teachers and other supporters who lend us some of their valuable time and a helping hand. While Flute Fair is a daylong event, volunteers need only share a little of their time – a mere two hours for each shift you choose to help. Younger students who are accompanied by a parent work one-hour shifts. Volunteer duties include staffing the concessions booth, helping with membership, raffle drawings, volunteer check-in and information, setup, cleanup and other general duties. All volunteers are admitted free, receive a complimentary beverage and cookie, and get a raffle ticket for each hour they contribute to Flute Fair for entry into our exclusive prize drawing for volunteers. If you can fill one (or more) of these spots, please contact Donna Schmidt, volunteer coordinator, at 503-649-9760 or by e-mail. All of the duties are easy (no heavy lifting). It's a great way to give back to the Greater Portland Flute Society, keep the organization strong, meet new people and make fast friends. Lend an hour or two of your time and get to enjoy all of the other offerings at Flute Fair – free to volunteers.

[11/12/08]
New Look!
The web page is migrating to a new look. Check out the new logo above. Other changes will be coming, too. If you like the new look, let the Webmaster know.

[2/6/09]
Master Class with Greg Pattillo

The Greater Portland Flute Society is very pleased to offer the opportunity of a Master Class to flutists in high school and beyond. A Master Class allows the “student” to play a prepared solo for a visiting performer to obtain a fresh performance point of view.

You will have 25 minutes with Greg in one of four times between 2 and 4PM on Saturday, April 4th. The Master Class fee is $40. Make your check payable to the Greater Portland Flute Society. You must be a member of GPFS. You may include your membership payment with the printed and completed membership form when you mail your Master Class check. Mail all items to Judy Castle at 13155 SW Allen, Unit 17, Beaverton OR 97005 by March 1st.

Please e-mail the following information BEFORE March 1, 2009 to secure your place in the Master Class:
Your name, address, phone and email address
Your accompanist’s name and phone
The name and composer of the piece you will play.
A 50 word biography of your musical skills and accomplishments.
You must provide your own accompanist.

Participants will be assigned on a “first come, first in line basis”, and there will be a waiting list. Waiting list people will be expected to show up for the class, in case they will play.

[2/6/09]
Call for Flute Fair performers!

Are you interested in performing at this year's Flute Fair? Soloists, flute ensembles, and other chamber music groups are equally welcome, and we still have room on the schedule for all three! Times are filling up fast, though, so if you'd like to confirm a spot on this year's program, please contact Sarah Tiedemann at e-mail or 503-956-7869 ASAP! E-mail is preferred, if possible.
Time slots are currently set at a maximum of 30 minutes including set-up and take-down, but that may potentially decrease depending on the number of interested performers. Please include information about any other performers (accompanists, other ensemble members, etc.), times you're available to perform, and pieces and timings (for each, if you plan to perform more than one). We look forward to hearing lots of our great GPFS members!

[11/12/08]
Study Grants
The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three lucky students a chance to receive a $300 study grant during this 2008-09 school year and a one-year complimentary student membership that will allow them admission discounts to all GPFS sponsored events during the current year. This grant will be given to an enthusiastic student wishing to study with a GPFS teacher. We will base our selection on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm. Entry deadline is Jan 20, 2009. More information and forms

[10/6/08]
It's Membership Renewal Time!
A new GPFS season is approaching and it is time to renew your membership. Make sure that your membership stays current by renewing in September. Members whose applications are received by the December 1st deadline will be listed in this year’s membership roster. Benefits of membership include receiving the GPFS Newsletter, free admission to Flute Fair, discounts at GPFS events, access to the GPFS Music Library, GPFS Bass and Alto Flutes, and more!

[10/6/08]
GPFS Teachers List
The GPFS Teachers List has been updated and published on the web page.

[10/6/08]
Please welcome the following new members of the GPFS Board of Directors:
Krista Aasland is joining the Board as a Member at Large. Krista has just moved to Portland from Las Vegas, Nevada where she received her Master of Music in Flute Performance. Welcome, Krista!
Andrea Wilson
is joining the GPFS Board as a Student Representative. Andrea is a junior at Portland State University majoring in Marketing and is principal flute in the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra (PYCO). Welcome, Andrea!

[Sep 15, 2008]
GPFS Board of Directors News, from the President (Phyllis Louke):

I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our wonderful GPFS Board of Directors and their hard work in producing quality events for our GPFS members. I think that this was one of our best seasons ever. As our season winds down, we find ourselves with several personnel changes in our board.

Marcy Lohman is stepping down as Vice President, but remaining on the board as Member at Large. Thanks for your hard work in planning our GPFS Events, Marcy!

Christina Savin has moved to Corvallis and is stepping down as Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair, and Librarian. Thanks for doing triple duty and making some terrific improvements to the newsletter, Christina. We’ll miss your energy!!

Michelle Bielicki has moved back to the Seattle area and is stepping down at Commercial Membership Chair. Thanks for doing such a great job and keeping everything running smoothly in the exhibit hall during Flute Fair, Michelle. We’ll miss you!!

I’m pleased to announce the addition of these new board members:

Sam Talluto will be joining the board as Member at Large. Sam is a long time member of GPFS, plays in Rose City Flute Choir and enjoys visiting his grandchildren in New York. Welcome, Sam!

Sara Lasky will also be joining the board as Member at Large. Sara teaches elementary school, plays in various groups around town. Welcome, Sara!

Nancie Thompson will be joining the board as Member at Large. Nancie teaches elementary school, is a skilled photographer and plays in Rose City Flute Choir. Welcome, Nancie!

Liberty Broillet and her husband Aaron Mahony will be taking on the duties of Newsletter Editor. Liberty has been a GPFS Board Member in the past, serving in various capacities and is currently principal flute of the Columbia Symphony. Her husband, Aaron, has a background in advertising and graphic arts and has had previous newspaper and newsletter experience. They have some great ideas on further updating our newsletter. Welcome, Liberty & Aaron!

Denise Wilson will be taking on the duties of Membership Chair and Librarian.  Denise has been a GPFS Board Member in the past, and currently is active musically in her church. Welcome, Denise!

Kristine Parker, a former Member at Large, will be taking on the duties of the Commercial Membership Chair. Kristine teaches a music education program to toddlers and preschoolers as well as being a skilled flutist and singer. Welcome, Kristine!

Sydney Carlson, new flute professor at Portland State, will be joining the Board as a Member at Large. Sydney has just moved to Portland from Austin, Texas. Welcome, Sydney!

Marilyn Shotola, professor emeritus of Portland State, is rejoining the Board as a Member at Large. It’s great to have you back on the board, Marilyn!

We currently have an open position on the GPFS Board for Vice President. The job description can be found by clicking on “About GPFS” above. If you are interested in this position, please contact Phyllis Louke via e-mail or at 503-579-6987.

12/14/07
The Greater Portland Flute Society welcomes Lorna McGhee as our guest artist for the 2008 Flute Fair and Master Class. There will be four performance opportunities for this master class: 
When: Saturday, April 5th, 2008
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: Aloha High School 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd, Aloha
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2008

12/5/07
The Greater Portland Flute Society is offering three lucky students a chance to receive a $300 study grant during this 2007-08 school year and a one-year complimentary student membership that will allow them admission discounts to all GPFS sponsored events during the current year. This grant will be given to an enthusiastic student wishing to study with a GPFS teacher. We will base our selection on financial need, playing ability, and enthusiasm. Entry deadline is Jan 20, 2008.

Sep 26, 2007
From the GPFS President
: We have a new Board Member, Kristine Parker. Kristine just moved here from Utah a couple of weeks ago where she served on the Board of the Utah Flute Association. Kristine has a doctorate in flute performance and while in Utah, she performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I'm sure you'll all join me in welcoming Kristine to Portland and to the GPFS Board.

Sep 8, 2007
Both of our Fall 2007 guest artists, Gary Schocker and Helen Spielman, have graciously provided time for private lessons while in Portland.

July 30, 2007
Deborah Johnson, Commercial Membership Chair, is leaving the Board. We want to thank Debbie for doing such a fabulous job with Commercial Membership during the past year! Replacing Debbie as Commercial Membership Chair will be Michelle Bielicki. Michelle has just relocated to Portland from Seattle and is excited about getting involved with GPFS and musical activities here in Portland. Welcome, Michelle!!

Jul 30, 2007
Dr. Marilyn Shotola
, Member-At-Large, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the Board for next year. After many years of service to the Board in various capacities, she is taking a well deserved break. Hopefully, she’ll be back with the Board soon!! Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf, Marilyn!!
Liberty Brolliet is leaving the Board after serving several years as Librarian. Thanks for all your efforts, Liberty!! Liberty is being replaced by Christina Savin, who, in addition to being our new Newsletter Editor, will be housing the GPFS Library at her home in Hillsboro.

Jan 31, 2007
Assistant Newsletter Editor, Christina Savin, will be transitioning into the role of Newsletter Editor over the new few months, eventually replacing David Dahl, who has served as GPFS Newsletter Editor for many many many years (and has done a fabulous job). David will continue on the Board as GPFS Membership Chair.

Jan 31, 2007
We’d like to give our sincere thanks to Publicity Chair, Rose Wood, who is stepping down from the Board. Thank you, Rose, for your many years of service to GPFS!! In the same vein, we’d like to welcome, Donna Schmidt, who is joining the GPFS Board as Publicity Chair, replacing Rose Wood. Donna is a magazine editor and has a background as a journalist. She is also a member of Rose City Flute Choir and has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Flute Fair in 2006. Welcome, Donna!

Dec 31, 2006
The Commercial Sponsors, Calendar, and Membership Plus pages have all been updated with current information. Also, the GPFS Accompanist List is now on-line. Please check them out.

September 5, 2006
The Oregon Symphony will have an audition for its substitute flute list on Sept. 30.  Read more 

July 30, 2006
We have recently had several changes to our GPFS Board of Directors line-up.  We’d like to welcome new Board Members Marcy Lohman, Deborah Johnson and Christina Savin, and thank LeeAnn Sterling for her hard work and input to our organization as she leaves. Read more 

July 30, 2006
A new GPFS season is approaching and it is time to renew your membership. Make sure that your membership stays current by renewing no later than September 1st.  Read more 

June 20, 2006
Portland State University has substantial scholarship money available for a flutist next fall. If you have students that might be interested in trying for the scholarship, or if you know of someone outside your own studio, please have them contact GeorgeAnne Ries.

Nov. 1, 2005
Student Study Grants Offered - Deadline December 15, 2005. The purpose of this Study Grant is to financially assist young flutists to secure ongoing private musical training. The award is based on financial need, ability and promise. Eligible students must be in high school or middle school, with at least one year of flute performance with a musical group or private teacher. The recipient(s) will be awarded financial assistance to pursue private study with a GPFS flute teacher. In addition the recipient(s) will receive free membership in GPFS, discounted admission to GPFS sponsored events for one year and the use of a flute(s) if one is not already available to them. There will be three scholarships awarded this year. No audition is necessary, however the student application and parent financial form must accompany a letter of recommendation from the student’s current music teacher or music professional. Read more 

Oct. 31, 2005
Membership Plus Page is now on line. Follow the link above for more information. If you paid for Membership Plus please contact the GPFS Webmeister to get your information posted.

Sep. 23, 2005
Its time to renew or join GPFS. More 

Sep. 22, 2005
GPFS board member update. More 

Apr. 6, 2005
Images from Flute Fair 2005 are available now. See them here 

Jan. 26, 2005
Images from the concert by Adrianne Greenbaum & FleytMuzik Klezmer Band are available now. See them here 

Sept. 12, 2004
GPFS welcomes Kathryn Brallier as a new Board Member.

Sept. 8, 2004
GPFS welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors: LeeAnn Sterling and Liberty Broillet. More 

July 26, 2004
Bob Frymire, Mary Raetz, and Marc Sackman retire from GPFS Board. More 

Feb. 27, 2004
On April 1, 2004, two new publications by composer Phyllis Avidan Louke will be available from ALRY Publications. More 

Feb. 3, 2004
The GPFS Accompanists List is coming soon. Interested accompanists are encouraged to apply. More 

Nov. 19, 2003
Images from Bernard Z. Goldberg's Nov. 2 Etude Master Class are now on the Pictures page. See album 

Oct. 31, 2003
RoseWynde releases their third CD on Nov. 5, 2003. See press release 

Oct. 24, 2003
Images from the Oct. 12 Members Recital are now on the Pictures page. See album 

Oct. 22, 2003
The GPFS Flute Teachers’ List is here! More 

Mar. 7, 2003
We are pleased to announce that the GPFS Lending Library (all six boxes) will now be housed at the home of GPFS Librarian, Mary Raetz. GPFS owns an extensive collection of flute music: flute solos, etudes, orchestral excerpts, duets, trios, quartets, flute choir and mixed ensemble chamber music, including flute and strings and woodwind quintets. The inventory of the GPFS Lending Library has been recently updated and reorganized to make it easier than ever to use. The music is available to be checked out to GPFS Members at no cost.


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