- Umoja Flute Institute, July 19 - 30th, 2021. Join us for a comprehensive series that is designed to foster and celebrate young flutists of African descent. Masterclasses will include a variety of topics and novel group learning formats. Each class will also include a Q&A session by our esteemed clinicians. Participants must complete an applicant form. Performer and Auditor applications are now open! For questions regarding masterclasses contact Christian Lampkin at email@example.com. Further, the deadline for proposing workshops has been extended. Please consider submitting a workshop idea.
- Noteworthy List to Watch - The National Flute Association has a listing of Events on their homepage, scroll down to the bottom of that page. However, please note that not all country or global events are listed there. GPFS will use this listing below to make sure our membership is aware of as many opportunities as possible, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest and from our membership.
- National Flute Association (NFA): The 2021 NFA Flute Convention will be online again this year. Save the dates of August 12 – 15. Registration is now open and the whole schedule is available. Register by Thursday, June 17th to qualify for early bird registration rates. Registration information and the whole convention schedule may be found at: https://www.nfaonline.org/convention/registration/2021virtualconvention. Convention scholarships are available. To be considered, fill out the application form by June 4 -registration scholarship application.
- New Jersey Flute Society – While transitioning to in-person events, this club continues to hold online events. They are holding a "2021 Summer Mini-Masterclass Series" Saturdays @ 11:00 to 11:30, twice a month June, July and August. No registration deadline for auditors. $45 for members, $15 for non-members. The events are live, but a link will be sent for those wanting the option of observing online. The sessions are short - one guest artist and performer focused on one piece. One of the guest artists is Oregon's Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington. Keep your eye on their events page as they tend to add events fairly consistently.
- Fabulous Flute Music Company - This outstanding duo of Phyllis Avidan Louke and Patricia George continue to offer one hour performance and pedagogy classes on Sunday afternoons with upcoming dates of June 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Muramatsu - The Muramatsu flute community is offering a masterclass series and opportunity for learning, connection, and growth happening virtually from August 2 - 4, 2021! They are accepting performer applications to perform in a masterclass for our Muramatsu Artists Guy Eshed, Trudy Kane, or Brandon Patrick George. Apply by July 18, 2021 before 11:59 p.m. EDT by clicking here. To attend all masterclass sessions and our virtual Cocktail Hour and Q&A with the artists, register as an auditor by clicking here.
Floot Fire - flootfire.com is offering three Virtual Floot Academys for student flutists grades 2nd through 12th - June 28-July2, July 5-9 and July 12-16. They are also holding a Virtual Flute Inferno on July 23-24 -"a class specifically designed for adult flutists! This event is open to all college students, adult amateurs, teachers, and professional musicians. Come as you are, ready to learn. There is no required level of playing, just a genuine love for the flute and a desire to improve. Floot Inferno is an uplifting and positive learning environment for all types of flutists!" And, for GPFS members that missed our body mapping class held during the third annual GPFS Flute Academy back in February, here is a session by a different presenter - Body Mapping Workshop.
- British Flute Society – Our European friends from the British Flute Society are offering an online series for their members with periodic (not weekly) episodes called: Masterclass Mondays - guidance on all aspects of playing from top flutists; Technique Tuesdays – top players share their tips; and, Warm-Up Wednesdays - an opportunity to warm-up (live and on-demand) with a range of outstanding flutists.
- Flute Center of NY: Keep an eye on this company’s events website, YouTube Channel and Instagram. They have been holding concerts with featured artists on Facebook. There are still a couple online events coming up in June - Carlos Malta 6/10 and Noemi Gyori on 6/24.
- Miyazawa Online Summer Flute Festival: While this series has passed, some of the individual events can still be found on their YouTube Channel - Miyazawa Flutes. This is a good reminder to be on the lookout for outstanding educational and performance opportunities from the flute makers and their performance artists. Consider subscribing to the social media and newsletters of this maker and others.
- Simply Flute – In honor of GPFS’s fall guest artist Paul Edmund-Davies, we remind you here of his web presence www.simplyflute.com: “a platform dedicated to providing instruction and exercises to help flute players of all stages and ages on their respective musical journeys. Content for the site is regularly created and updated. Subscribers have access to more than 1750 pages of music and text and in excess of 370 performance/teaching videos, all for the price of less than two coffees a month!”
- Podcasts Galore! – Feeling adventuresome, maybe you want to connect with new flutists, fresh fluting ideas or simply find tidbits of good company and perspective during these more personally and musically isolated times? Consider trying some of the podcasts listed on the GPFS Flute Resources webpage. Simply scroll down to the Podcast heading and take a look at your options. They are all quite different in purpose and tone so try them on for size and maybe pick a favorite one to listen to in 2021!
SOME RECORDINGS TO ENJOY
- Oregon Symphony Essential Sound Bites: For your enjoyment, Martha Long, principal flutist with the OR Symphony, plays Debussy’s “Syrinx” for solo flute – YouTube link to performance. Keep your eye on their webpage for future performances of interest - OR Symphony Essential Sounds.
- 45th Parallel, Flute Duo: A pleasant recording of duets from OR Symphony flutist Martha Long and her friend and fellow flutist extraordinaire, Chicago-based Tim Hagen – YouTube link to performance. “The Portland Social Distance Ensemble presents Flutes Across the Distance, featuring Oregon Symphony principal flutist Martha Long and Chicago based flutist Tim Hagen in a cross-country collaboration. Their program includes Duet in D Major by W.F. Bach, Duos for Flutes by Robert Muczynski, and Grand Duo in D Major by Friedrich Kulau.”
- 45th Parallel, Arcturus Wind Quintet: This “live stream concert features the Arcturus Quintet performing August Klughardt’s brilliant “Wind Quintet in C Major.” Five stellar wind virtuosos will performing from five different places will be combined into an integrated ensemble, featuring clarinetist James Shields (New Mexico), flutist Martha Long (Hillsboro), bassoonist Steve Vacchi (Eugene), hornist Joe Berger (Milwaukie), and oboist Karen Wagner (Portland) - YouTube link to performance.
- 45th Parallel, Zach Galatis: - Another recording for your enjoyment is “This week’s Fridays With 45th Parallel features Oregon Symphony piccolo player and singer extraordinaire Zach Galatis, joined by pianist Maria Garcia in a program of Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Sondheim” – YouTube link to performance. The program also includes a CPE Bach piece.
- Seattle Flute Society (SFS): “Inspiring and serving the Pacific Northwest flute community since 1979,” announces their new SFS Online Series - https://www.seattleflutesociety.org/. They also released their “first ever digital exclusive content: 8 for August, a unique collaborative performance of Paul Hindemith's Acht Stücke. Eight brilliant Seattle flutists have each taken on one of the movements of this masterpiece for solo flute; the resulting compilation is a wonderful showcase of the vibrant artistry of our Seattle flute-playing community! Featuring performances by Zart Dombourian-Eby, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Sarah Pyle, Christina Medawar, Rose Johnson, Jeffrey Barker, Merrie Siegel Parmley, and Paul Taub!” Listen to the release of “8 for August” here, scroll down to see the video link!
- Sophia Tegart, Assistant Professor of Flute at WSU, Yamaha Performing Artist and a GPFS member has released an album of works for flute and piano with pianist Michael Seregow. “Palouse Songbook,” features compositions inspired by nature, art, and poetry by women composers. Released on Centaur Records, the album contains both newly commissioned and previously written works by Emily Doolittle, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ingrid Stölzel, Nadine Dyskant-Miller, Jessica Rudman, and Jean Ahn. The project was funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant and is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon – Spotify Link for Palouse Songbook.