The Flute Academy in Salem is an annual event that brings together local students and teachers for a day of performing, workshops, and a masterclass with flutists from our own Oregon Symphony! This is our newest event and aims to engage performers outside of our normal service area. The event takes place in the first or second week of February at Chemeketa Community College.
The Flute Academy is aimed specifically at high school students preparing for the spring competition season. The one-day event gives them a chance to perform for a local professional flutist, learn a new skill in our workshops, network with their peers, enjoy lunch together, even play in a flute ensemble!
Local and regional teachers also find the Academy as a great way to learn new teaching methods from Oregon Symphony musicians as well as gather ideas for their home flute ensembles and studios.
Our inaugural guest artist in 2017 was Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony Martha Long, and she continues to offer her time and expertise at this annual event. Martha's warm and welcoming teaching style is perfect for students or all ages, as well as adult amateurs and professional players.
In the summer Martha teaches at several different camps for middle- and high-school students, and she serves as principal flute of the Oregon Bach Festival. She maintains a small private teaching studio, coaches local youth orchestras, and coordinates the NFA’s Orchestral Audition Competition.
Check out some of Martha's recordings on her website. The GPFS is thrilled to be partnered with such a fabulous musician and teacher for our Flute Academy.
If you are interested in attending the Flute Academy in February 2021, check back here and on our events page for details. Registration is usually announced in the fall.