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Flute Academy, Salem

Flute Academy 2024! Rhythms from Around the World

Chemeketa Community College - Easy to get to off of I-5 and park!

Building 6, the auditorium. Park in purple or brown lot.

Link to - Campus Map

February 3rd, 2024 - 9:00 am -12:00 pm

This event is focused on middle and high school youth.

Click here to register: Flute Academy 2024 - Middle and High School Youth

Guest Artist

Gabriela Gimenes

Co-sponsored by Casa Della Zisa Collegium Musica


  • Doors open at 8:15. Please try to arrive a half hour early to check-in and get your flute ready for the first session.
  • 9:00 am - Warm-ups with Gabriela!
  • 10:00 -11:00 am - Flute choir with Gabriela!
  • 11:00 -12:00 - Performance with Gabriela along with two guitarist and a percussionist.
Concert Program: FluteAcademy2024ConcertProgram.pdf

Flute Academy 2024! Rhythms from around the World

  • 9:00 - Gabriela will coach us through a fun and educational warm up using underlying rhythms such as Jazz, Choro, Tango and Cuban Clave. In this exercise, she'll introduce octaves and long notes with the underlying percussive rhythm for each genre as well as the introduction of parts of a triad, assigning a note and a body movement for each student. In a circle, with the same underlying rhythms, students will be asked to play one note at a time with its specific body movement. Simple body movement and collaboration is a great way to learn new styles and rhythms!
  • 10:00 - We will work on these two Flute Choir pieces: Tico Tico no Fubá and Four Cuban Dances. Music will be provided at the event. However, those interested in having the music in advance can message:
  • 11:00 - There will also be a recital with two guitars, flute and percussion. Gabriela will play a concert with Peter Ziza and Pam Beaty that introduces the rhythms covered in the warm up as well as bring a connection to the music of J. S. Bach.

Introducing Guest Artist Gabriela Gimenes

Gabriela Gimenes holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas, Master of Music from University of Central Arkansas, and Bachelor of Music from Sao Paulo State University. Her primary teachers are Marcia Guedes, Jean Noel Sagahaard, Jose Ananias, Marcus Kiehl, Carolyn Brown, and Mary Karen Clardy. Gabriela was an adjutant professor at University of Mobile, Harding University and Brookhaven College, as well as chair of the Online Music department at Universidade Metropolitana de Santos. She has played with Sao Paulo Youth Wind Symphony, Conway Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Academica do Estado de São Paulo, Fiddler on the Roof Production in São Paulo Brazil, as well as flute substitute for Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, USP Symphony Orquestra, and Theatro São Pedro Symphony Orchestra. At UNT, she was also a member of UNT woodwind quintet and teaching assistant for 4 years. She is a winner of Arkansas 2004-05 MTNA Competition state division and honorable mention at region division. She also won the 2005 Concerto competition at University of Central Arkansas. In 2016, she was featured as a soloist with Cubatão Symphonic Band and São Paulo State Wind Symphony. She has also worked as woodwind teacher at Bravo Youth Orchestras in Portland, OR.

She is an artist for Sopro Novo Project at Yamaha Musical do Brasil. Gabriela has published a Flute notebook through Ricordi for Yamaha Musical do Brasil in 2013. Currently she is performing with Choro da Alegria, Peter Ziza flute guitar duo, and Sexteto Brasil in Portland, OR. Gabriela actively helps Global Missions Project, an non-profit that takes Christian musicians all over the world.

What is Flute Academy?

The GPFS sponsored Flute Academy in Salem is an annual event that brings together local students and teachers for a day of performing, workshops, recitals, playing together and a masterclass with a guest artist. The event will be held in-person again this year. Location is Chemeketa Community College, Building 6, Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305. Click here for campus map.

The Flute Academy is aimed specifically at mid-valley middle and high school students, particularly those preparing for the upcoming solo and ensemble competition/adjudication. However, Flute Academy is open to all interested flutists of all ages and levels - you are invited to attend and learn!

The one-day event gives students a chance to perform, receive feedback from a professional flutist, learn a new skill in the workshops, network with peers, enjoy lunch together, and play in Flute Academy Flute Ensemble.  

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