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39th Annual GPFS Flute Fair 2023, In-Person this year!

Reserve Sunday, April, 23rd.

Guest Artist - Flutist/Piccolist Zart Dombourian-Eby will perform, conduct a masterclass and a workshop.

Location and details to be announced in the coming months!

Vendors will be in attendance. And, a set of performances and workshops by members will offered.

All the usual activity and excitement!


Zart Dombourian-Eby is the Principal Piccoloist (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.’”

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.

More details about the event coming soon!

Learn more about Zart from her interview with Principal Chairs<Link to Interview>


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:

Saturday Admission

  • GPFS Members: Free!
  • Non-members: $20 per person. You can join GPFS anytime for free entry to Flute Fair! Click here to learn about the benefits of joining.

Register:

Friday Evening Recital

  • GPFS Members: $10
  • Non-members: $15 per person

See What's On!

Workshops

Exhibitor Information
& Program Advertising

Vendors

Young Artist Competition

Check out Performances!

Performances

Plan Your Flute Fair!


Schedule

Sara Lasky Masterclass

Next year's Flute Fair is scheduled for April 23, 2023.

What is Flute Fair? This is the GPFS flagship event that includes an internationally celebrated guest artist recital 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."

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).

Cost? Sponsored by the Greater Portland Flute Society access to all Saturday's activities are FREE for GPFS Members! Non-members can attend for a low fee of $20 or join GPFS for a lesser or similar amount, knowing that this gives them access to other benefits and helps to support other activities of GPFS such as Student Study Grants. Admission to the Friday evening recital is only $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

What else does Flute Fair have to offer? When Flute Fair is held in person, 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 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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

Manager:
All GPFS Board Members

Volunteer Coordinator:
TBD

Workshops:
TBD

Exhibit Hall:
Details coming.

Flute Fair Program:
BJ Nicoletti

Performance Coordinator:
TBD

Masterclass:
TBD

Guest Artist Recital Coordinator:
TBD

Guest Artist Reception:
TBD

Guest Artist Master Class:
TBD

Guest Artist Recital Program:
BJ Nicoletti

Stage manager/Zoom Facilitators:
TBD

Signs:
TBD

Photographer:
TBD

Membership Table & Roster:
TBD

Admission Table:
TBD

Young Artist Competition:
TBD

Food & Refreshment:  TBD

GPFS would like to offer special thanks to:

  • Flute Fair Workshop Presenters

  • GPFS Business Members for their ongoing support of GPFS.

  • Facility - TBD

  • 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!

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