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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>


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 Flute Alliance's Friday Nite Flutes! Six talented young flutists from the region will play an energetic program of flute choir music. A great way to kick off the day! 
  • 9:30 Natalie VanSlyke - Program will include: Spirit Flight by Katherine Hoover; Memory by Chen Yi; Le Vent À Travers Les Ruines by Yuko Uebayashi; Syrinx by Claude Debussy; Syrinx by Claude Debussy (a second time from memory); Improvisation of her own.
  • 10:00 John Savage - A short performance and Q & A session on improvisation and contemporary flute techniques.
  • 10:30 Rose City Flute Choir – This flute choir will perform three pieces: Appalachian Suite by Kelly Via; Temple of Heaven by Phyllis Avidan Louke; and, Innes Glas Mor by Lisa LeMay.
  • 11:00 VoxaNova Trio - Dave Griffith: alto flute, Steve Funk: baritone quitar, Al Martin: percussion & flute - light-Jazz and Bossa Nova emphasizing beautiful melodies, lush harmonies, exotic rhythms, and original arrangements. Voxanova is excited to present several new original songs and a relatively unknown theme song from a soap opera popular in Latin America many years ago: Ripples composed by Steve Funk; Instant Samba by Steve Funk; Sanddollars Don’t Lie by Dave Griffith; Coffee at Five by Steve Funk; Into the Wind by Steve Funk; Levante Os Olhos by Sergio Cuevas.”

9:00-11:45 GPFS Member Workshops, Classroom M229 in McLoughlin Building. Details: Flute Fair Workshops

  • 9:00-9:45 Cassie Maloney presents Flutists & the Alexander Technique -  in music and living your daily life.
  • 10:00-10:45 Guest Artist Jill Felber, Professor of Flute at University of California at Santa Barbara, presents Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition!
  • 11:00-11:45 Gabriela Gimenes presents The Flute in Brazil: Exploring the integration of classical and popular compositions with the most prominent flute genre in Brazil, the Choro. Gabby will talk about the Choro and Nossa . Choro da Alegria will join the session to demonstrate and accompany. Joining in will be Cláudia Nascimento, Principal Flute at São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. 

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

  • Rima, for piccolo and piano, by Marilyn Bliss (b. 1954)
  • Concerto in C Major, R. 443, on piccolo with piano - Allegro, Largo, Allegro molto, by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • Timeless, for piccolo and piano, by Ken Benshoof (b. 1933)
  • Tango Etude No. 3, piccolo alone, by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • Nightclub 1960,  on piccolo with piano, from Histoire du Tango, by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)        

2:30-4:30 – Guest Artist Masterclass, Gregory Forum Stage

  • 2:30 - Fanmi Imen, composed by Valerie Coleman, performed by Caewithe Miller senior at Camus High School
  • 3:00 - “Dialogues with Àxel," Concerto for Piccolo, Op. 126, second movement, composed by Salvador Brotons, performed by Molly Duggan a senior at Portland State University
  • 3:30 - Trail of Tears Concerto for Flute, first movement Where the Wind Blew Free, composed by Michael Daugherty, performed by Elaine Matir, University of Oregon
  • 4:00 - Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra Op. 50, first movement Andante comodo, composed by Lowell Liebermann, performed by Natalie Van Slyke a masters student at the University of Oregon

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 


  • GPFS Members: Free! Students can have an adult accompanying them to fair for no charge, free.
  • Non-members: $25 per person, the same price as membership. You can join GPFS anytime for free entry to Flute Fair! Click here to learn about the benefits of joining.
  • Non-Member Students: $15 for full time students, the same price as membership. Includes one adult accompanying them free as well.  Click here to learn about the benefits of joining.

See What's On!


See the Exhibitors


Young Artist Competition

Check out Performances!


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


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 vendorsworkshops, performances, and scheduling

Flute Fair includes: 

  • Workshops on various flute-related topics in the morning, including a workshop taught by our Special Guest Artist and local professionals.
  • Performances and workshops by GPFS members.
  • A Masterclass taught by our Special Guest Artist.
  • A Young Artist’s Competition for junior and senior high school students.
  • Vendors in our exhibit hall selling flutes and flute-related merchandise.

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

All GPFS Board Members

Volunteer Coordinator:
BJ Nicoletti & Sue Bonfeld

Exhibit Hall:
Deborah Johnson

Flute Fair Program:
BJ Nicoletti

Communications & Advertising:

BJ Nicoletti

Performance Coordinator:
Amy Norton

Workshop Coordinator:

Sydney Carlson and Sue Bonfeld

Guest Artist Recital Coordinator:
Phyllis Avidan-Louke

Guest Artist Master Class:
Sandy Duffy Norman

Guest Artist Recital Program:
BJ Nicoletti, Sue Bonfeld

Stage manager:
Sam Louke & company

BJ Nicoletti, Cheryl Thompson -Merrill, Deborah Johnson, Sue Bonfeld

Sam Louke

Membership Table & Roster:
Adrian Dee

Admission Table:
Adrian Dee and Rebecca Towers Olson

Young Artist Competition:
Emily Stanek

Food & Refreshment:  Cheryl Thompson-Merrill

GPFS would like to offer special thanks to:

  • The Oregon Arts Commission for their Small Operating Grant award to GPFS!
  • The GPFS Board of Directors and Flute Fair organizers extend their gratitude to the cadre of volunteers who generously give their time and energy. In typical years, our volunteers get up early, stay late, miss a workshop, schlep food, shuttle instruments, lug chairs, peddle merchandise, advocate membership, and many other duties graciously accepted to create harmony and bring success to this annual event. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

This program makes it easy for you to donate to the GPFS with the shopping you do every day!

To  connect your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the GPFS,  CLICK HERE

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