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This free flute fingering chart app includes every note, trill, and hundreds of alternate fingerings. It may be downloaded at: www.fingercharts.com or type in fingercharts at phone app stores. (7/17)

Flute News
Gemeinhardt Teaching Artists
Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, Inc. announces the launch of a Teaching Artist Program as the first step in establishing its new Educational Outreach Department. The company will be partnering with selected teacher-performers to promote high-quality flute instruction and performance. Sponsored masterclasses, clinics, and performances are just a few of the activities currently in the works.
     Leadership for the program will be provided by Rebecca Hovan, a teacher and performer, who recently spent two seasons as the flutist for the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is co-author of several titles in the award-winning Blocki Flute Method series and remains active composing and arranging music for a variety of instrumental combinations. As a performer, she has appeared in recital as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the United States, and she has presented numerous pedagogy workshops for the NFA, colleges and universities, professional conferences, and flute festivals.
  http://www.gemeinhardt.com/news-events/teaching-artist.html (7/17)

Music Publishers’ Association
The Music Publishers’ Association awarded Daniel Dorff's Serenade for flute and harp the first prize engraving award for the Solos with Accompaniment category. This Serenade will be performed at the NFA Convention on Friday, August 11 at 5:00 PM by Joan Sparks and Anne Sullivan.  The piece was commissioned by them. For more information: mpa.org. (7/17)

2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winner
Flutist Victor Hernandez Ramirez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has won the 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. He is currently studying at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University with Andrée Martin. Ramirez has performed as a member of the Juan Pablo Duarte Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music, Alfredo de Saint Malo Orchestra Festival in Panama, National Youth Orchestra, Young Philharmonic Dominican Republic and Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music of Dominican Republic. He was named winner of the 2017 Grand Prize Virtuoso International “London” Competition, first prize winner in the American Protégé International Competition and second prize winner in the Golden Classical Music Award Competition. http://4wrd.it/YYPA (7/17)

Avery Fisher Prize
Claire Chase has been awarded the $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize. She is the first flutist to win the Fisher Prize which is awarded every few years to recognize musical excellence, vision, and leadership. Previously Chase was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant in 2012. (7/17)

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)

Festivals, Fairs and Competitions

Flute New Music Consortium Flute Artist Competition
    The Flute New Music Consortium Flute Artist Competition seeks to recognize and encourage high standards of flute playing in the performance of contemporary music. Contestants should submit entries to the recorded round by November 15, 2017. Up to four finalists will be invited to the final round of the competition, which will take place at Carter Pann’s Residency at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 3. The final round repertoire will feature the premiere of a newly commissioned work for flute and recorded sound. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the winner. This competition is open to FNMC members of all ages. www.flutenewmusicconsortium.com

Hercules Video Contest
Hercules Stands, distributed in North Americ by KHS America, is giving away several high-dollar prizes to musicians around the world who submit a video telling the story of their musical journey. There are over $8,000 in prizes for the top finalists. The first place winner gets the choice of a Jupiter Band Instrument, Mapex Drum Set, Gibson Acoustic or Electric Guitar, or Korg Keyboard/Synthesizer valued at or below $2,600. The first 100 entries submitted will receive a Hercules DG305B All-in-one Tablet Holder, valued at $69.99. The panel of judges includes tubist Patrick Sheridan, YouTube sensation Walk Off the Earth, Lance LaDuke of Carnegie Mellon University, drummer Russ Miller, and John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown band. The top four entries will be chosen by the judges, and winners will be announced on November 30th, 2017. For full details, visit the promotion home page at www.herculesstandsevent.com/ 

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