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Asheville Flute Vacation, for the avid adult amateur flutist. NEW SESSION July 24-30, 2017. Vacation and play in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. www.ashevilleflute.com

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New Moyse CD Release
Lyrichord and Multicultural Media are proud to release a seven CD set of never-before released recordings of the legendary flutist, composer, and teacher, Louis Moyse. The first six of these recordings are Moyse playing with many different musicians, primarily at the Marlboro Music Festival which he was instrumental in founding and leading for many years. For information contact: Stephen McArthur, [email protected] (2/17)

Flute News
National Youth Orchestra NYO2
Carnegie Hall has announced the names of 78 young musicians selected from across the country for the second season of NYO2, a three-week intensive summer program for outstanding instrumentalists ages 14-17. NYO2 is an extension of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Flutists selected for NYO2 are Khoi Dinh, (Los Angeles), Scott Quirk, (Simi Valley, CA), Shreya Narayan, (Cottage Grove, MN). After a residency in Purchase, NY, the group will perform in New York City and Philadelphia. (5/17)

New York Flute Fair
    The 2017 New York Flute Club’s Flute Fair was held March 12 at the Faculty House at Columbia University. The theme The Notation is Not the Music was based on the book of the same title by guest artist Barthold Kuijken. Kuijken gave a masterclass on Bach with three students playing on modern flutes and presented a concert featuring the works of Bach, Handel, C.P.E Bach, and Telemann with harpsichordist Dongsok Shin. Leela Breithaupt, Sandra Miller, Keith Underwood, and Boaz Berney joined Kuijken to perform the Boismortier Concerto No. 3 for five flutes.
    Following the early music theme of the Fair, there was a workshop, “Lean on Me: Baroque Ornamentation for Kids” led by Leela Breithaupt, a Baroque Flute workshop and Petting Zoo with Adrianne Greenbaum, and a Baroque Dance for Musicians class with Thomas Baird. Other highlights of the day included a recital by Demarre McGill and Erik Gratton, principal flutists of the Metropolitan Opera, a Flute Ensemble Celebration featuring 72 performers and ensembles from all over the Northeast, and a concert with flutists Wendy Stern, Gergely Ittzés, and Mindy Kaufman.
    Keith Underwood gave a masterclass featuring ideas from the legacy of Thomas Nyfenger, and longtime flutist of the Dorian Woodwind Quintet Karl Kraber was honored in a panel discussing his career. Other workshops included “Efficient Practicing” by Alberto Almarza, “Deeper Musicianship through Improvisation” with Lori Bell, “What You Don’t Know About Anxiety” with Kristen Gygi, and “Balance, Breathing and Tone: with Kim Clark.
    The New York Flute Club Competition for young artists aged 18-27 was also held. Winners are Denis Savelyev, first prize; James Blanchard, second prize; and Matthew Ross, third prize. Savelyev is a student at the Mannes College The New School for Music studying with Judith Menden-hall. Blanchard is a master’s student at The Juilliard School in the class of Robert Langevin and Matthew Ross is a free-lance musician in New York
City. (5/17)

Wisconsin Flute Fair
The Madison Flute Club hosted the Wisconsin Flute Fair on March 4 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pittsburgh Symphony principal flutist Lorna McGhee was the guest artist. The day featured masterclasses by Cate Hummel, Danilo Mezzadri, Cecilia Piehl Price, Patricia George, Tim Lane, and Brian Allred and recitals by Linda Pereksta, the UW-Madison Flute Studio, the UW-Whitewater Flute Choir, Jonathan Borja, Iva Ugrčić and Tim Lane. The 2017 Wisconsin Flute Festival Lifetime Achievement Award was given posthumously to Robin Fellows (1949-2015), long time professor of flute at UW-Whitewater. (5/17)

Happy 100th Birthday to Walter Haedrich
Quad City flutist Walter Haedrich celebrated his 100th birthday on December 15, 2016. Haedrich grew up near Leipzig, Germany, the youngest of eight children in a coal miner’s family, and was a prized student of the famous German flutist, Gustav Scheck at the State Academy of Music in Berlin. In 1946 he was hired as principal flute in the Weimar State Opera Orchestra and in 1948 won the position as principal flute in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 35 years. During this time, he taught flute, performed regularly with his wife Harriet Mason, a pianist and fellow student in Berlin, and launched a piano tuning and repair business. He started the local Piano Technicians Guild, is a Registered Piano Technician, and led the Friends of Chamber Music for nearly 50 years. He was honored at the 5th Annual Piccolo Christmas where he was serenaded by the 72-member Festival Flute Choir in a fanfare arrangement of Happy Birthday. He then took out his flute and said, “Some think at this age I am slow. I’ll let you decide.” Then he wowed the audience playing Donjon’s Elegie with a radiant sound and beautiful technique.     –Lynn Stukart (5/17)

New Second Flute in Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Emma Gerstein has been named second flutist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gerstein is presently principal flute of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.  Previously she has performed with the New World Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She was a student of Susan Levitin, Robert Langevin, Thomas Robertello, and Nadine Asin. (4/17)

Utah Flute Association 30th Anniversary

   The Utah Flute Association celebrated its 30th Anniversary in February with a Flute Fair held on the campus of Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Over 200 flutists enjoyed a weekend devoted to French music. Guest artist Nicholas Duchamp presented a recital of works by Gaubert and Taffanel played on Gaubert’s flute, a Louis Lot N 1886.
   Other events included the annual Sonata Competition, workshops on breathing, beatboxing, and cutting a headjoint, and exhibitors. Karen Perkins, Elaine Jorgensen, and Joyce Bennett, founding members of UFA, were in attendance. The day was capped off with a mass flute choir playing Happy Birthday, arranged by Luke Pfeil, and a birthday cake.
   The Utah Flute Association is a non-profit organization was created to foster great flute music in the community and beyond. Activities include sponsoring concerts featuring prominent national flutists as well as local performers and supporting music education through the sponsorship of masterclasses, competitions, and workshops. www.utahflute.org  (4/17)

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