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Flute Fair Performances, 2023 

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.

9:00-11:30 GPFS Member Performances, McLoughlin Auditorium

    • 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.”
    1:30-2:15 – Guest Artist Recital,  Zart Dombourian-Eby, Principal Piccolo with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 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, performers TBD.

    • 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

    1:30 - 2:15 - 2023 FLUTE FAIR GUEST ARTIST 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.

    Flute Alliance's Friday Nite Flutes! Members: Sam Pearson, Chloe Ganry, Ashton McGlothlin (Tigard High School), Anna Kang, Emily Wen (Sherwood High School)Erin Moriarty (Vancouver School of Arts and Academics)Directed by: Denise Westby, Flute Alliance Founder/Administrator.

    Program (subject to change):

    •    Theme from Star Trek the Next Generation, Jerry Goldsmith/arr. Kelly Hornbarger
    •    A Swinging Safari, Ian Christie
    •    Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid, Alan Menken/arr. Lisa Ochoco
    •    March in Miniature, RH Baptiste
    •    Blue Skies, Irving Berlin/arr. Frank Halferty
    •    Traffic Jam, Ricky Lombardo

    Flute Alliance is a partnership of professional performing musicians and organizations that come together to offer flute education and performance opportunities to enthusiasts of all ages.  From the highly successful Flute Boot Camps for flutists in 8th-12th grades, to the BreakAway Flutist Vacations designed for flute enthusiasts over 18 years old. For the latest information or to register for this June's Flute Boot Camp: or email directly to

    Natalie Van Slyke is passionately immersed and devoted to an array of musical styles. She searches to dissolve any stigmas related to classical music by welcoming a new accessibility to the genre and the flute through her collaborations with Indie music in Boston’s underground or ‘Do It Yourself’ music scene. She has performed with the emerging Berklee band RiverCat, as well as her own project Azula.

    Ms. Van Slyke began her collegiate flute studies enrolled at Schenectady County Community College with Norman Thibadeau. During this time, she also studied with Patricia Spencer at Bard College before transferring to Boston University in September 2015. During her time at Boston University, she has studied with Geralyn Coticone and Renee Krimsier, as well as Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music for a study abroad program. She has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Flute Workshop and ARIA Academy.

    Flutist, saxophonist, composer, improviser,and educator John C. Savage has been compared to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Noah Howard, Ian Anderson, and Colin Stetson. Savage has performed and recorded with, among others, Billy Fox and Mark Dresser, (The Uncle Wiggly Suite) the avant world-jazz duo Cartridge (The Black Heron and the Spoonbill), The Brooklyn Qawwali Party (eponymous release), the Andrew Hill Big Band (A Beautiful Day), The Kitsune Ensemble (The Kaidan Suite and Amanogawa), Point to Line (with flutist Lisa Bost-Sandberg), releases with composer-drummer Ken Ollis on PJCE Records (Demolition Duo and Senses Sharpened), and the poetry and music duo, Thick in the Throat, Honey (Love Letters We Never Sent). Savage has received honors and awards from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, Bandcamp Weekly, The College Music Society, KMHD radio, and the Portland-based Regional Arts and Culture Council. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Flute Performance with emphases in improvisation and theory.


    Program: Appalachian Suite by Kelly Via (1. Wayfaring Stranger, 2. The Bridle and Saddle); Temple of Heaven by Phyllis Avidan Louke (1. Temple of the Sun, 2. Temple of the Moon); and, Innes Glas Mor by Lisa LeMay (1. Lovely But Rugged, 2. Kylemore Abbey, 3. Gogarty’s Pub).

    is a community performing ensemble and non-profit organization, was formed in the fall of 1986 by Treese Kjeldsen. Dedicated to weekly rehearsals and the performance of quality flute ensemble literature, we perform at a variety of community and private functions. The diversity of our programming allows us to reach audiences throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area: we perform annually at metro area Farmers Markets, at Retirement Centers, and at community events such as the Grotto’s Festival of Lights.

    Our membership of approximately 25-35 flutists draws from all walks of life and includes professional flutists, educators, homemakers, business professionals, computer specialists, doctors, nurses, retail employees, and retirees. We have come together for the love of the flute and to provide a performance outlet that some may not otherwise have. Our organization provides valuable performance experience to flutists in our community, as well as a unique concert experience for our audiences. Our repertoire includes music from Bach to contemporary, as well as arrangements and compositions specifically written for us by several of our members. We accept adult flutists of ability levels ranging from advanced-intermediate through advanced.

    Music Director - Phyllis Avidan Louke

    Flute Choir Members: Jamal Baghdadi, Julie Campbell, Kathy Collins, Janet Garland, Elaine Goldsmith, Karen Hansen, Elicia Harrell, Ken Heichelheim, Deborah Johnson, Kacey Jones, Karen Koehler, Jamie Martin, Donna Schmidt, Susie Seyer, Lisa Steinkamp, Sam Talluto, Nancie Thompson, Sandy Ulam

    11:00 - VoxaNova Trio plays light-Jazz and Bossa Nova emphasizing beautiful melodies, lush harmonies, exotic rhythms, and original arrangements. Enjoy performance of creative music in a relaxed setting with Dave Griffith on alto flute, Steve Funk on baritone quitar, and Al Martin on percussion & flute.

    Adam Eccleston - As a performer, Adam has appeared with orchestras such as the Oregon Symphony. At 19 years old, he made his solo debut in New York performing Borne Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra. Adam has been awarded top prizes in competitions for which he was featured at Carnegie Hall. He was the Artist in Residence for All Classical Portland radio station for two years and currently sits as Chair of the Recording Inclusivity Initiative, which brings to light music of underrepresented composers. This initiative has been featured on KGW news and the album, AMPLIFY is available on all platforms.

    A firm supporter of arts education, Adam Eccleston has worked extensively with many social change organizations such as, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, where he is the Program Director. BRAVO is an El Sistema inspired music program based in Portland, Oregon that serves over 600 students. He is a faculty member with the Global Leaders Program that empowers arts changemakers to grow organizations that impact communities.

    Adam studied with Paula Robison, Tara Helen O’Connor, Eric Lamb and Thaddeus Watson, retired piccolo player of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. He currently holds two master degrees and enjoys baking.

    Mr. Eccleston plays on a 14K White Gold Powell flute and a handmade Tigerwood Powell piccolo.

    Gail Gillespie - Second flute and piccolo player Gail Gillespie moved to Portland in 2009, shortly after retiring as principal flute of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, D.C. During her 30-year tenure there, she served 26 years as principal flute, and was often featured as a soloist with both the band and White House chamber orchestra. Born in Hawaii, Gail received her Bachelor of Music in Performance, with honors, from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Her primary flute instructors include Jean Harling, Paula Robison, James Pappoutsakis, and Toshiko Kohno. Since “retiring” to Portland, Gail has been an active freelance musician, subbing with the Oregon, Newport, and Vancouver symphonies, as well as other groups in the area. A member of the Portland Columbia Symphony since 2013, Gail also teaches flute lessons in a studio in NE Portland.

    Gail sings alto in the choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in NE Portland, and often plays flute during services there. The kindness and beauty of Oregon bring her great joy.

    Gail Gillespie’s chair is sponsored by Col. Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret.)


    Caewithe Miller: Caewithe attends Camas High School and has played the flute for 9 years. She studies with Rebecca Olson Towers and participates in school ensembles. She qualified for the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest and will be performing for that occasion. 

    Molly Duggan: Molly is a senior undergraduate flute performance major studying at Portland State University with Dr. Sydney Carlson. She is also a Co-owner of Canter Flute Repair, a flute repair business in Beaverton, with Darren Cook. Molly currently holds repair certifications from both Straubinger Flutes and Muramatsu America. She was previously principal flute of Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and was a winner of their 2019-2020 Young Artist Concerto Competition on piccolo. She was a finalist in the Beaverton Symphony Young artist competition in 2020 for flute. Molly continues as a freelance flutist in the area, having played with the Beaverton Symphony, Portland Wind Symphony, and in the Vancouver Symphony Chamber music series. Molly has previously studied with Darren Cook, Corrie Cook, and Dawn Weiss, and has performed in masterclasses with Molly Barth, Martha Long, and Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington. She has also studied flute repair with Paul Rabinov, Gary Lewis, and Darren Cook.

    Elaine Martir: Elaine is a freelance flutist, educator and director, residing in Eugene with her two cats, chinchilla and human partner. She is a second year DMA student and holds the position of Graduate Employee for the flute studio at the University of Oregon, where she studies with Dr. Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington. As a community educator and flutist, Elaine is the current director and conductor of the West Winds Flute Choir and is an active sub with the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Concert Choir and Oregon Mozart Players.

    Natalie Van Slyke: While taking time off her graduate studies, Natalie has been studying with Jeffrey Barker and recently joined Diana Morgan’s virtual flute studio. After completing the first year of her Master’s degree at the University of Oregon, Natalie attended the Atlantic Music Festival this past summer. She performed second flute and piccolo with Orchestra NEXT (Eugene Ballet Company) for their 2021-2022 season and has been called to substitute for the Eugene Symphony. Before moving to Oregon, Natalie received her Bachelors in Flute Performance from Boston University and studied abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. In addition, she has started sharing personal flute improvisations which can be found on her Instagram @fluteconscious.

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