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North Bridge Flute Academy
    Anthem Musical Instruments and North Bridge Winds have teamed up on a new music education project. There are various systems to evaluate the progress of flute players including the Trinity Exams and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. These precise and thorough methods help chart advancement and become more demanding with each new grade. The North Bridge Flute Academy is designed to give flute players a clear impression of how far they have traveled in their musical journeys and the next steps for the future. The NBFA draws on repertoire from the examining systems and specifically selected works of similar standards. Flutist Paul Edmund-Davies and pianist John Alley are currently working on video performances, play-along piano tracks, video analysis, and teaching notes for the entire Trinity catalog. They have recorded 21 pieces so far to be released in coming months. This initiative will be valuable for students, private teachers, and band directors. 
www.northbridgewinds.com (4/18)

Yamaha Donation

    Yamaha has donated a large number of band and orchestral instruments that have been damaged in shipping to the Western Iowa Tech’s Band Instrument Repair Program. Yamaha is committed to investing in the music education program by providing these instruments for students to learn repair. Mark Sorlie, Yamaha national warranty manage, said, “A number of us at Yamaha periodically go to these schools to teach and the instructors we worked with were always looking for instruments to provide hands-on experience for the students.” The Band Instrument Repair program at Western Iowa Technical Community College is the oldest of its kind in the country and focuses solely on the repair and restoration of woodwind and brass instruments. (3/18)

Flute Research

    Jane Gottlieb, Vice President for Library and Information Resources at The Juilliard School, announces the completion of the archiving of flutist Samuel Baron’s Music Collection. 
weblibrary.juilliard.edu/pathfinders/baron/baron_folderlist.htm (2/18)

Mary Kay Fink Recital and Masterclass – Chicago Flute Club
    On February 18, 2018 the Chicago Flute Club will host Mary Kay Fink in a recital and masterclass at the Merit School of Music, 
38 S. Peoria Street in Chicago at 2:00 PM. Admission is free for all Chicago Flute Club members and a guest. www.chicagofluteclub.org (2/18)

Civic Orchestra of Chicago

    Application and audition materials for all instruments are due on Friday, February 16, 2018. A $90 nonrefundable application fee applies. Live auditions will be held for flute in Boston (Feb. 6,7), Chicago (Feb. 10, 12, 13), Los Angeles (Feb. 16), New York (Feb. 8), and San Francisco (Feb. 14,15). For more information: 
https://cso.org/institute/civic-orchestra-of-chicago/ (1/18)

New York Flute Club
    On January 21, Mindy Kaufman will present a piccolo recital at the Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY at 5:30 PM. The recital is free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for students/seniors. For more information: 
nyfluteclub.org (1/18)

Powell 90th Anniversary Celebration
    Verne Q. Powell Flutes celebrated its 90th anniversary with a two-day celebration in Boston on October 17 and 18. The event brought in the entire Powell family of dealers, artists, players, and teachers from around the world. The first day was dedicated to tours of Powell’s Boston workshop and conversations with flute makers. Visitors had the opportunity to learn how Powell instruments and headjoints are made and observe the flute makers in action. The first day was capped with cruise of the historic Charles River. Day two began with sightseeing at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Freedom Trail. The highlight of the celebration was a reception atop the Sixty State Street skyscraper with views looking over Boston Harbor. Francois Kloc, President and CEO of Powell parent company Buffet Crampon, called the event “an amazing celebration of music, unparalleled craftsmanship, and a remarkable history of flute manufacturing.” (
powellflutes.com) (12/17)

Festivals, Fairs and Competitions
Concert Artists Guild
    The Concert Artists Guild has announced The Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition for instrumentalists and ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. First prize is $5,000, a management contract with CAG, and a New York debut recital. Save $25 by applying by March 31. Deadline to apply is April 14. The semifinal rounds will be held in NYC on October 9-12, with the final round on October 16. For more information go to: 
[email protected] or 212-333-5200, ext. 118. (3/18)

Louisiana Flute Society

    The Louisiana Flute Society will host their annual flute festival on April 7 from 8:00 AM-6:30 PM at the LSU School of Music in Baton Rouge. The guest artist will be Jim Walker. A piccolo masterclass will be taught by Patti Adams and Rachel Ciraldo will teach an orchestral excerpts masterclass. For more information go to: 
www.louisianaflutefestival.org. (3/18)

Musicfest Northwest

    Musicfest Northwest will host a young artist competition for flute May 13-18, 2019. The deadline to enter is March 10. The required repertory is the Fantasie by Georges Hue. There is a $500 cash prize and a performance opportunity with The Spokane symphony.  
www.musicfestnorthwest.org (2/18)

Jasmine Choi, Guest Artist
    The South Carolina Flute Society will host its spring festival on April 6-7, 2018 with international flute soloist Jasmine Choi as guest artist. The festival, held at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, will also host several competitions, masterclasses, and concerts. 
www.scflute.org (2/18)

Kentucky Flute Festival

The 2018 Kentucky Flute Festival will be held March 16-17, 2018 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. For information: 
www.FSKentucky.org (2/18)

Asheville Flute Vacation, May 28-June 3, 2018, for the avid adult amateur flutist. Vacation and play in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Job Listings
The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position as VISUAL (COLORGUARD) COORDINATOR / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE MINUTEMAN MARCHING BAND.This is a part-time (60%) nine-month non-tenure track position at the Lecturer level to begin on September 1, 2018.  The initial appointment is for one year, renewable.
•    Coordinate all aspects of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band Colorguard including recruiting, training staff, managing equipment and uniform needs, choreographing and producing routines as required (coach student ensembles, recruit guest performers, create educational clinic, coordinate logistical arrangements for staging), and assist Marching Band Director as needed and requested.
•    Teach Marching Colorguard Techniques or other courses as assigned in accordance with areas of expertise; maintain weekly office hours, scheduled in coordination with the Director.
•    Assist with selecting student leaders for fall marching band, for both the colorguard and the band; recruit new members for the colorguard; assist in logistical planning for the marching band, in conjunction with the Director.
•    Participate in Summer Band Camp (for additional compensation).

•    Bachelor’s degree in music performance or related field required; master’s degree preferred.
•    Equivalent professional experience considered.
•    Potential for or an already established reputation as a colorguard coordinator.
•    Evidence of excellence in teaching as well as a high potential for recruiting at the university level.
•    Ability to work effectively within the department.

Salary is commensurate with Lecturer rank, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) links, preferably through YouTube and in a separate document, to high quality video recordings of performances (please include dates of performances), and 4) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses.
Submit all application items to:


Review of applications will begin January 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists.  Application materials will not be returned.
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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