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Some GPFS event dates to remember!

We hope that you are enjoying this year’s programming so far, both in person and online. We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events.

  • 12/6/22 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Donna Maebori works us through an exercise for “jaw relaxation.”
  • 12/30/22 – December issue of The Portland Piper.
  • 1/3/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Donna Maebori presents on sitting tall via a “pelvic clock” lesson.
  • 1/28/23 – GPFS Mid-Valley Flute Academy, in-person, featuring Zach Galatis, flutist with the Oregon Symphony and more.
  • 2/7/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Alexis Evers and Robert Wakely share a performance of 20th and 21st century music for two flutes.
  • 2/11/23 – GPFS Wellness Webinar: Calming the Performance Anxiety Beast – Changing the Way We Think, Act and Play (two workshops and a panel)
  • 2/28/23 – February issue of The Portland Piper.
  • 3/7/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Dr. Sydney Carlson will introduce us to a few pieces inspired by poetry by or about women.
  • 4/4/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Meet the Composer Deena Grossman who will introduce you to her pieces for flute.
  • 4/23/23 – GPFS 39th Annual Flute Fair. Guest artist flutist/piccolist Zart Damborian-Eby will perform, conduct a masterclass and provide a workshop.
  • 4/30/23 – April issue of The Portland Piper.
  • 5/9/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, TBA – Save the date!
  • 6/6/23 – First Tuesdays Online with GPFS, Flutist Camila Oliveira presents on Brazilian music for flute, and more.
  • 6/30/23 – June issue of The Portland Piper.
First Tuesdays
Flute Academy, Salem
Flute Fair
Newsletter – The Portland Piper

Flute Academy - Registration Open


January 28th, 2023. Salem Building 1, Room 204.

Time: 9:00 - 3:00. 

How to Register: Use this link to register for the event as a potential masterclass performer or as a general participant. Note - There will be four masterclass performers - registration limited to first four applicants so register soon!

Registration Link: Mid Valley Flute Academy

This is a great opportunity to hear a great recital, learn from Zach, hear Zach's feedback for the student masterclass performers, pick-up some warm-up tips, and play with others in a flute choir. See the schedule below.

ALL LEVELS and AGES welcome to participate in the event. There is something for everyone.

  • 8:30 - 9:00 - Doors open, get yourself setup, visit with each other, etc.
  • 9:00-9:45 - Warm-ups with Sandy Norman and Emily Stanek 
  • 10:00-10:45 - Molly Duggan from Canter Flute Repair Presentation 
  • 10:45-11:30 - Flute Choir with our guest, Zach Galatis 
  • 11:30-12:15 - LUNCH 
  • 12:30-1:00 Zach Galatis in recital with Debra Huddleston on piano 
  • 1:00-3:00 Masterclass with guest artist, Zach Galatis  (4 students)

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

  • Reserve Sunday, April, 23rd, 2023. 
  • At Clackamas Community College
  • 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.
  • A set of performances and workshops by members will offered.
  • All the usual activity and excitement!

Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby is regularly featured as both a flute and piccolo soloist with the Seattle Symphony. A native of New Orleans, she has performed on concert series and given master classes throughout the United States and internationally.She recently gave the first piccolo recital ever performed in China. Her solo CD, in Shadow, light, is available on Crystal Records, and her edition of the three Vivaldi piccolo concertos is published by Theodore Presser. Dombourian-Eby is the incoming President of the National Flute Association, the professional association of over 6,000 flutists from all over the world. She has served on the faculty at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. Learn more about Zart from her interview with Principal Chairs<Link to Interview>

Our Feldenkrais Lesson Continues! The next two First Tuesdays will feature Donna Maebori.

Register through buttons above or from the GPFS webpage for the First Tuesday events - First Tuesdays

Cost: Both sessions are free for GPFS Members, $5 each for Non-Members

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Zoom link sent upon registration

December 6, 2022 – Donna is a retired physical therapist, flutist and Feldenkrais certified practitioner. First Tuesdays for December and January will be the remaining two sessions of an introductory triad of Feldenkrais experiences. This past  June was a lesson on breathing more specifically and fully, learning to choose where to direct one's breath. In December, "Jaw Relaxation" will be the theme where we will gain more in-depth sense of tongue and jaw movement.  This lesson will be done sitting.

January 3, 2023 - Donna returns! Per above, we continue our Feldenkrais sessions. January will be a classic "Pelvic Clock" lesson that ends with finding one's most easily-tall sitting posture. Donna Maebori, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and fellow flutist, will again be the presenter for these sessions. This lesson will be done sitting.

GPFS Publication Release Update - The October, 2022 issue of The Portland Piper, news and information from GPFS, has been released. The August Issue is still available for you to view as are other past issues. To enjoy the issue, members must simply login to the Members Area of the website using their email and password. The Portland Piper is published six times a year with the next issue available in December, 2022.

All the articles for each issue are archived in the same area and are easily downloaded for you to keep or share.

Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission

GPFS is proud and grateful to have received a grant for $2400 from the Oregon Arts Commission. This award will help support the many activities for GPFS including, for example, Student Study Grants, masterclasses, workshops, performances, The Portland Piper publication, the annual fall event,  Flute Academy, middle and high school competitions, and the annual Flute Fair.


    September began the new program year for GPFS and here’s the scoop - see the "save the dates" above! It promises to be another interesting and active year to look forward to.

    • First Tuesdays Online: New to GPFS last year, this online series will continue, beginning in October and running through June.  Watch email, Instagram and/or Facebook for ongoing information. This page is also kept current and has the full year's First Tuesdays Online with GPFS listed - First Tuesdays
    • Performance Anxiety/Wellness: There will be a bit of a performance anxiety and performance wellness theme running through the activities of the year and in The Portland Piper! Share your ideas/interests At the turn of the new calendar year, there will be a half day online webinar focused on performance anxiety and wellness which will include a workshop providing information and strategies for managing anxiety, a panel presentation and participant discussion, and a refreshing workshop on the benefits of Alexander Technique and keeping those practices alive in our musical and regular life, including a review of constructive rest practice.
    • Youth Outreach and Support: Supporting the new generation, we will continue with Flute Academy as well as providing Student Study Grants - you can help by donating. The more we build this fund to be robust and sustainable the greater the impact we can have – Please Donate to Student Study Grants via this GPFS webpage. You can consider a one-time donation of any size or a small monthly donation. Every bit helps.
    • Flute Fair: The GPFS Annual Flute Fair will be held in April again this year - 4/23/2023 (a Sunday this year) and as far as we can tell so far it will be in person. Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, piccolo player with the Seattle Symphony. will be our guest artist. More details to come as we firm them up! We can look forward to a performance, workshop, and masterclass by the guest artist as well as workshops and performances by members. Vendors will be here in person and there will be the middle school competition and high school competition. Here is an interview – Principal Flute Interview with Zart.
    • GPFS Publication: There will be six new issues of The Portland Piper including all the familiar readership columns and one new column called “Noteworthy” conceived and developed by GPFS member Sue Bonfeld. This will be a short list of curated videos, interviews, podcasts and performances of interest to musicians of all levels, but outside the scope of GPFS’s curated Flute Resources webpage, a webpage that is updated regularly and all suggestions are welcome – please just email us at  

    All of this depends on volunteers. Most importantly, thank you to the many volunteers who lend a hand on and off and sometimes year after year after year. To all, please consider lending a bit of your time and talent when you can. Send your ideas. Share a performance. Conduct a workshop. Write a short article or two for publication. Review a piece of music or an album. Donate to support the work of GPFS, particularly our support of youth through the Student Study Grants.

      • GPFS Annual Report 2020 - 2022 - Much to be proud of, this is a reflection on the GPFS's activities, challenges and successes of the last couple of years - Message from the Board April 2022.pdf.
      • Annual Meeting and Nominations - The following list of GPFS officers and members-at-large were approved during the annual meeting held 4/9/22 - Nominations for Board 2022 Members Meeting.pdf.  GPFS particularly welcomes newest board member Tony Merrill as our new, very experienced Treasurer. 
      • URGENT - Volunteer Position Needed, Commercial/Sponsor Membership Coordinator - This position is responsible for reaching out to a narrow set of potential vendors to renew their membership annually as well as respond to any specific requests for advertising with GPFS. Maintains the GPFS commercial membership webpage to keep it current. Works closely with GPFS Membership Communications. Approximately 2 or 3 hours a month on average. 
      • Here are some specific, short-term volunteer opportunities that can be done at your own pace:
      o Short reviews (your choice) of sheet music, instructional methods, books or albums. This is an especially good option for the teachers among us, but open to all with an interest in sharing your thoughts and suggestions with fellow membership.
      o Help us keep this GPFS flute resources page current and relevant by reviewing it and making suggestions for additions, subtractions or other adjustments. This page was recently featured in the notes for one of the Flute 360 podcasts! Let's work together to keep it vibrant!
      o Interested in the above or other volunteer opportunities, message
      • Flutist Friends Worldwide - Upcoming Opportunities: As a benefit to our members, we keep track of some of the upcoming events and other opportunities from our flutist friends across the country and world. To peruse these, go to this GPFS Webpage: Opportunities Country and Worldwide. Flutist Amelia Lukas has upcoming events. And, the International Low Flutes Festival is online this year - very accessible and affordable if you are interested.
      • Keep us Posted on You and Others - Share What You Know: Remember, as a member, you can ask to have your upcoming events, publications or recordings posted to membership via our calendar, webpage, and ENew and/or The Portland Piper publication. Contact Generally, information provided by the end of a given month will be posted in the next month’s GPFS communication. Please too let us know what you are aware of going on anywhere in “the fluting world” that you think members might like to know about.


      • GPFS Annual Report 2020 - 2022 - Much to be proud of, this is a reflection on the GPFS's activities, challenges and successes of the last couple of years - Message from the Board April 2022.pdf.
      • The Fall 2022 Event: The fall GPFS event was a romping success - Speed Duetting. Fun was had by all. The consensus was let's do this at least once a year! See some pics above! Thank you to Sandy Duffy Norman for coordinating the event, PSU and Sydney Carlson for the facility and the entire volunteer effort that went into it.
      • Flute Fair 2022, Online - Another success despite not being able to conduct this event in person again this year. Read about Flute Fair 2022 here, including links to other learning material from the event - Flute Fair 2022 What to Know April 2022.pdf. Login to The Portland Piper website for access to all of this material and summary articles on the workshops, performance, masterclass and more! 
      • NEW WEBSITE - A BETTER RESOURCE EVERY DAY: Please remember to visit the new GPFS website as it continues to fall into place - Most importantly, please pass the link on to your flutist friends and encourage them to join GPFS. Check out our Flute Resources webpage, and help us make it even stronger by sending your suggestions.
      • GPFS ONLINE PUBLICATION/NEWSLETTER: Login to your GPFS Members Only site to enjoy the  new fully online newsletter featuring a range of new readership columns and links to resources nearby and around the world. Provide your feedback, content ideas, news, articles, pictures or other input through We also welcome your contributions.  This member benefit is now published six times a year.
      • LENDING LIBRARY/NEW PIECES: New pieces are added to the library routinely. These new additions are communicated in the GPFS newsletter The Portland Piper.  Remember too that borrowing sheet music from the library is easy and free.


      • Growing Student Memberships in GPFS - For this membership year (2021-22),  the GPFS board challenges itself and membership to sponsor 30 youth memberships - value $15 each. These memberships can be "purchased" at the time individuals join or renew their membership by simply choosing that membership option on the form. Or, one can similarly "donate" a Student  Membership by going to the "Donate" option on this GPFS website - Donate

      • Help Support GPFS Scholarships for Youth and Other Activities: Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation to GPFS. Even a small monthly donation of $5 to $10 significantly supports the GPFS mission! Consider donating here: Donate

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