39th Annual GPFS Flute Fair 2023, In-Person this year!
Sunday, April, 23rd, 2023
Co-sponsored by Clackamas Community College,
See the full schedule below.
Link to the digital version of the full program booklet.
Guest Artist, Zart Dombourian-Eby is co-sponsored by Keefe Piccolo Company.
Zart, principal piccolo with the Seattle Symphony, will teach a workshop, perform a recital, and conduct a masterclass.
Vendors will be in attendance and performances and workshops by members will offered.
All the usual activity and excitement!
Guest appearance by flutist Jill Felber - "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition"
Zart plays a Brannen flute with a Jack Moore head and a Keefe piccolo. She is a Keefe Piccolo Artist.
Learn more about Zart from her interview with Principal Chairs: <Link to Interview>
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See the schedule and program below.
Zart Dombourian-Eby is the Principal Piccolo (Robert and Clodagh Ash Chair) of the Seattle Symphony and is regularly featured as both a flute and piccolo soloist and clinician in Seattle and across the world. Her performances have consistently received highest praise from both critics and audiences: the Seattle Times review of her performance of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for Flute and Piccolo bore the headline "It was a night for flute/piccolo artistry,” and described her playing as "spectacular" and "phenomenal.” Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote that she “crystallized Varèse's ‘Density 21.5.’” She is a Keefe Piccolo Artist.
A native of New Orleans, she received her B.A. and M.M. degrees from Louisiana State University. After a year of study with Albert Tipton she attended Northwestern University earning a Doctor of Music degree under the tutelage of Walfrid Kujala. She has been a member of the New Orleans Pops, Baton Rouge Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed with the Chicago Symphony, and has served on the faculties of the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. She was the founding editor of Flute Talk and is on the Editorial Board for The Flutist Quarterly. She has served as both Program Chair and as President of the National Flute Association, and been a featured soloist and presenter at numerous NFA conventions.
Zart has commissioned numerous compositions, including two works for piccolo and piano by Martin Amlin, and sonatas by Gary Schocker and Levente Gyongyosi, and a chamber work by Ken Benshoof. She can be heard in over 150 recordings of the Seattle Symphony, and her solo CD, in shadow, light, is available on Crystal Records. Her award-winning editions of the three Vivaldi piccolo concertos and the Teleman duo concerto are both published by Theodore Presser.
Zart will collaborate with pianist Li-Tan Hsu.
Dr. Li-Tan Hsu, Doctor of Musical Arts. Currently playing with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Li-Tan Hsu was a prize winner from the Lizst Garrison Competition. She is a former collaborative pianist faculty and staff for the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Aspen Music Festival, and international competitions such as Washington International Competition, Metropolitan Opera Audition, and Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition. Dr. Hsu has collaborated with distinguished soloists from the USA, Europe, and Asia as well as musicians from Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Learn more about Li-Tan: Pianist
A Quick Look at the Program
Link to full program booklet.The doors will open at 8:30. Sign in at the Gregory Forum building. The vendor area will be open 9:00 - 4:00. The events of the day run from 9:00 - 4:30.
The fair will be held in two buildings - Gregory Forum and McLoughlin Hall. Link to a map of CCC Campus: Campus Map
9:00-11:45 Young Artist Competition, Gregory Forum Stage. Competition adjudicators are Adam Eccleston and Gail Gillespie.
9:00-11:30 GPFS Member Performances, McLoughlin Auditorium. Details: Flute Fair Performances
9:00-11:45 GPFS Member Workshops, Classroom M229 in McLoughlin Building. Details: Flute Fair Workshops
11:45 – 12:30 Open time/lunch break. Enjoy more of the music vendor booths and the two food awesome foodtrucks there. Click to see menu: Smokin John's Bar-B-Que and Bayou Bros Cajun
12:30 -1:15 – Guest Artist Workshop, Gregory Forum Stage - Zart Dombourian-Eby presents on the piccolo The Three T's of AlTernaTe Fingerings: Technique, Timbre, and Tuning!
1:15-1:30 – Brief GPFS Annual Business Meeting for Election of Officers and Members-at-Large, Vote to Amend Bylaws, Honoring Outgoing Board Members. Gregory Forum Stage
1:30-2:15 – Guest Artist Zart Dombourian-Eby Recital, Gregory Forum Stage
2:30-4:30 – Guest Artist Masterclass, Gregory Forum Stage
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Oregon Arts Commission as well as through the loyal and generous support of our Commercial Members and Sponsors. Please consider giving them your business and recommending them to others!
Register for Sunday Flute Fair, 4/23/23
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Plan Your Flute Fair!
Sara Lasky Masterclass
Flute Fair is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2023.
What is Flute Fair? This is the GPFS flagship event that includes an internationally celebrated guest artist recital typically on Friday night, open to the community, and followed by a Saturday full of workshops by local pros, masterclasses, competitions, a seminar by our guest artist, and of course flutes, music, and gear for sale! Flute Fair is your chance to spend a weekend enjoying "all things and all people flute." THIS YEAR THE ENTIRE EVENT WILL BE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023 AT
CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (OREGON CITY CAMPUS).
In the past, as example, our special guest artists have included Lorna McGee (2008), PROJECT TRIO (2009), Marianne Gedigian (2011), Jim Walker (2013), Ian Clarke (2014), Jasmine Choi (2015), Peter Sheridan (2017), Julien Beaudiment (2018), Trudy Kane (2019), Valerie Coleman (2021), Gareth McLearnon (2022), Zart Domborian-Eby (2023).
Cost? Sponsored by the Greater Portland Flute Society and sponsors, access to all Flute Fair Day activities are FREE for GPFS Members! Non-members can attend for a low fee of $25 or $15 for non-member students, similar to the cost of membership. Learn more about the benefits of membership - Membership. When the annual event includes the Guest Artist Recital on the prior evening to Flute Fair, admission to the recital is typically $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
What else does Flute Fair have to offer? At Flute Fair, you have the rare opportunity to find all of the flutes and flute items you've been wanting—and then some! Conveniently see and play the many options for test flutes and headjoints, both new and used. There are flute accessories galore such as music stands, flute stands, tuners, metronomes, flute swabs, cleaning cloths, gig bags, etc. You can even have your flute checked by an expert repair person! How about flute music? We've got you covered. Need a flute gift? There are also flute T-shirts, flute notepads, flute pencils, flute coffee mugs, flute jewelry, and other flute items available for sale.
We also encourage you to visit our GPFS Commercial Members webpage for easy access to their offerings. Check the above links for specific information on vendors, workshops, performances, and scheduling.
Flute Fair includes:
What kind of merchandise?
Flutes in all price ranges from student flutes to professional flutes and everything inbetween, including used instruments. In the market for a piccolo or low flute? We’ve got you covered at Flute Fair! Flute Fair is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about different brands and models, and play-test a variety of flutes side by side and possibly find a flute that’s just right for you! Most major flute manufacturers are represented, including Altus, Burkart, JL Smith, Jupiter, Haynes, Miyazawa, Muramatsu, Pearl Flutes, and Sankyo. Flute headjoints from many of the flute manufacturers, as well as companies that only make flute headjoints, that you can try. There are many reasons you might want just a headjoint: you like your flute, but want to improve the way it sounds; if you can’t afford to upgrade the quality of your flute, it is a less expensive way to improve the way your flute sounds. Flute accessories for sale, such as music stands, flute stands, tuners, metronomes, flute swabs, cleaning cloths, gig bags, etc. There will be flute t-shirts, flute notepads, flute pencils, flute coffee mugs, flute jewelry and other flute items to buy. And of course music!
Staffing & Credits
GPFS Flute Fair Committee
Communications & Advertising:
Sydney Carlson and Sue Bonfeld
Guest Artist Recital Coordinator:
Guest Artist Master Class:
Sandy Duffy Norman
Guest Artist Recital Program:
BJ Nicoletti, Sue Bonfeld
Sam Louke & company
BJ Nicoletti, Cheryl Thompson -Merrill, Deborah Johnson, Sue Bonfeld
Membership Table & Roster:
Adrian Dee and Rebecca Towers Olson
Young Artist Competition:
Food & Refreshment: Cheryl Thompson-Merrill
GPFS would like to offer special thanks to: