Newsletter                                                   March 2013

Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair

Lost and Found

Lost: Scores for flute quartet music belonging to Flutes de Salon--left behind after a rehearsal please contact Cindy Broz at if you happened to pick them up.


Found: An instrument was found at the flute fair.  If this is your instrument, please contact Lucy Snell at with the details of your missing instrument and we will help you recover it.

Found:  Flute peg--if you are the flutist who asked me about it, please contact Lucy Snell to describe it

Spring FSW Membership Recital

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2:00 p.m.

Christ Church,

112 E. Charles Street

La Plata, MD 20646

Less than 20 miles south of the DC Beltway

Experience a new performance venue for FSW! --

Lush acoustics in a lovely, gothic-style church with wooden interior

Excellent grand piano

Performers already signed up, but there is still room on the program

The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland will perform

If you are interested in performing, please contact

Lucy Snell, coordinator at


A HUGE thank you to all who helped make this year's Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair such a big success.  It takes a village to bring such an event to fruition, and it couldn't have happened without the assistance of so many. Thank you to all the performers and presenters, our registration desk volunteers,  and also to those who volunteered their time and effort in coordinating events or competitions:  

Lucy Snell, program chair; Susan Todenhoft, exhibits and competitions; Keith Hanlon, membership/registration; Jeanette Donald and Jill Thomassen, program book editors; Debbie Gilbert, Festival Flute Choir coordinator; Jonathan Cohen, flute choir showcase coordinator; Nan Raphael, Young Artist Piccolo Competition; Sara Nichols, High School Flute Choir Competition, Kathy Trahan, Masterclass Competition; Linda Kirkpatrick, Student Honors Competition; Tabatha Easley, Adult Amateur Competition;  and Rick Pennington, Wallace Mann Orchestral Competition.  


Laura Benning, Flute Fair Coordinator

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair happen--more than 500 of us had a wonderful time.

Ai Goldsmith, flutist from San Jose, CA, took time to post a glowing review on a California-based flute list. Her last two line say it best!

Lucy Snell, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair Program Chair

This weekend I presented a recital with the marvelous pianist Tim Carey at the

Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, VA. I had such a good time there that I

would like to share my experience with you.

While my own schedule prevented me from attending all the events, I managed to

hear an uplifting presentation by Helen Spielman, a presentation of Marcel

Moyse's teaching principles given and performed expertly by Cate Hummel from

Chicago, and a terrific concert of piccolo and flute repertoire by Kate

Prestia-Schaub (San Diego). Kate performed a work written for her by Daniel

Dorff, titled Flash! (for piccolo and piano), with the composer in attendance.

She gave Flash! a wonderful performance, full of energy and excitement,

accompanied by pianist Tim Carey. Through Kate and Tim, I also discovered a

really beautiful piece written for piccolo and piano titled Timeless by Ken

Benshoof. Kate also performed two newly composed pieces for piccolo and piano

by Martin Kennedy, Four Songs and Desplazamiento. I was fascinated by Martin

and Kate's world-premier performance of a tango-flavored piece, Desplazamiento.

(These works will be performed at the NFA convention in New Orleans.)

My absolute favorite experiences involve the Los Angeles Philharmonic

piccoloist Sarah Jackson and the Swedish flutist Göran Marcusson. Sarah played

the piccolo with a rich, warm sound and made the instrument sing. Her manner of

playing the instrument gave me a new understanding and appreciation for this

high-voiced instrument. She brought out the tenor-like qualities of the piccolo

timber, which took me by surprise. Sarah's playing style was dynamic, and I

might even say that it was "expansive"—as if an orchestra accompanied her. She

and Tim Carey made musical jokes in their performance of Le rossignol de l'opera

by Damare (a piccolo polka), which was really funny and fun. She also performed

the Allemand from J.S. Bach's Partita on the piccolo. The tessitura of the

piccolo actually suited the piece. Sarah was equally engaging in her

masterclass of orchestral excerpts. A wisdom I gained from Sarah is to always

look for what you can do. (For example, to stop yourself from rushing a phrase,

look for other things such as dynamics and articulations to focus on, in order

to divert one's energies in a constructive way.) I found her philosophy

proactive and positive.

Many years ago, I read an article in Flute Talk about Göran Marcusson, which

made me curious about him enough to hunt out a recording of Göran. I found a

recording and loved his open, bel canto style playing. It was a thrill to hear

him play in person at Mid-Atlantic. His playing was even more memorable in

person than in the recording. Göran and Tim Carey gave a recital of music by

Burton, Gaubert, Borne, Alfvén, Stenhammar and Peterson-Berger. In addition to

his beautiful sound, what made this concert extra-memorable were Göran's relaxed

but engaged playing, the playfulness with which he and Tim performed the

humorous aspects of the pieces, and the sheer joy with which Göran played the

flute. I had arrived at the festival last week a bit tired, ill and exhausted;

Göran and Tim's performance reminded me why I was there and why I too love to

play for people. Göran's concert was a timely inspiration.

Boxwood Williamsburg (Virginia) is back!  

March 7-10, 2013. 

This will be the 2nd annual event.  The featured artists will be Kim Robertson, Celtic harp; Chris Norman,flute and small pipes; and Eamon O'Leary, song, guitar and banjo. You will find individual bios below.  Boxwood is an established non-profit organization which holds workshops worldwide to "celebrate and share musical traditions through annual gatherings. Boxwood aims to help individuals achieve their artistic potential and build stronger communities through music."  


There are several activities throughout the weekend, with opportunities for musicians of all ages and ability levels.

  • Thursday afternoon beginning penny whistle class with Chris Norman, 4-5 p.m., Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church;  $15.  D whistles can be purchase for $10.
  • Friday evening concert featuring all three artists, 7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Regional Library; $15/$10 kids, seniors, active military
  • Saturday workshop classes with the artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Road; $90
  • Saturday evening traditional jam session with the artists, 8:00 p.m., DoG Street Pub, Merchant's Square;
  • Individually scheduled private lessons Thursday and Sunday; $60/hr; $35/half-hour.

The penny whistle class is for beginners.  Bring D whistles, or purchase one at the class.  Saturday workshop attendees will be more comfortable if they have played the instrument for a couple of years or more. Standard C flutes or traditional flutes can be used for the workshop.

For more details and to register:, or contact Margaret Carlson at 757-253-0850.

Kim ROBERTSON is a renowned performer, arranger and recording artist who has stretched the boundaries of the harp for a new generation of performers and audiences. As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument. She regularly tours the USA, Canada and Europe, and is still recognized as one of the most popular folk harpists performing today. Her work encompasses numerous recording projects, published harp arrangements, and an international itinerary of workshops and retreats.

Chris NORMAN's influential work for the past 30 years as performer, composer, recording artist and teacher has won him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on the Oscar winning soundtrack of Titanic and other Hollywood films including, Soldier, and the Stone of Destiny.

Eamon O’LEARY has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, performing with many of Irish music’s greatest players, including Paddy Keenan, Mick Moloney, Tommy Peoples, and James Keane, and has recorded with singer Susan McKeown and flute player Emer Mayock. In addition to his performance schedule, Eamon has taught at numerous music programs including the Augusta Heritage Center, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and the Alaska Irish Music Camp. In 2004, he and Patrick Ourceau released a live recording, Live at Mona’s, documenting their many years hosting a Monday night session on New York’s Lower East Side.

Julianna Nickel will be performing on Irish whistles and the flute on a program called "Hearing the World"  created by  bassist Barry Green (author of The
Inner Game of Music
), Irish
dancers, and many musical friends on March 8th at 8:00PM.  The performance
is free, and will take place in Harris Theater on the George Mason University
Campus. See the attached
link for more performer information:,%202013%20Paul-Barry.pdf

Sir James Galway in Concert

Saturday, March 16, 2013

7:30 PM

University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra

Fredericksburg, VA

Sir James Galway and his wife, Lady Galway, will be appearing with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM


The “Man with the Golden Flute”, Sir James Galway, is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.  Galway’s virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision.  Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold, and frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.

Sir James will perform the Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major, and then will be joined with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, in a flute duet entitled The Magic Flutes- a medley of great Mozart numbers. Also on the program is Sergei Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije’ Suite, Ron Nelson’s Rocky Point Holiday, and Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite.


Tickets are available starting at $35.00 at or by phone at (540) 654-1324.

Master Class: Sir James Galway, flute

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10am

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

600 I Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

Sir James Galway leads a master class with local flute students. Hailed as "the living legend of the flute," Sir James is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses musical boundaries.

Tickets: $10. For more information click here or call (202) 785-9727. 

This event is free to WPAS Members. RSVP to Helen Aberger at (202) 533-1877.

Sir James Galway appears in recital on Sunday, March 17 at 4pm at the Kennedy Center. $10 student tickets are available by phone only at (202) 785-9727.

Space... The Final Frontier!

FSW members Kevin Gilbert and Kerm Towler will be playing in the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band's spring concert, A Space Odyssey, which will feature works from Star Wars, Star Trek, Holst's The Planets, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more! The concert starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus Auditorium, 3101 16th Street NW, Washington, DC. Tickets are available from the online box office. For more information, visit

Two Special Events in March

Featuring Guest Artist Dr. Chris Potter and

High School Concerto Winner Katja Kochvar

Masterclass: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:00-3:00PM

Concert:  Sunday, March 24, 2013 3:00PM

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, under the direction of Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will sponsor a masterclass with Guest Artist Dr. Chris Potter on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 1:00-3:00PM.  The masterclass will be held at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Dr., Burke, VA.  Dr. Potter is an expert on low flutes and is the chairperson of the National Flute Association’s Low Flute Committee.  You are invited to attend at no charge but please RSVP by clicking here.  

The masterclass will be followed the next day by a concert on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in the Gregory Theater of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors/active duty military and $10 for students.

At the concert Dr. Potter will perform “Stone Suite” by Sonny Burnette  with the Woodbridge Flute Choir.  This piece requires that the soloist perform on piccolo, C flute, alto flute and bass flute.  She will also perform “March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, arranged by Peter Senchuk for bass flute soloist and flute choir.  Dr. Potter will also conduct the Woodbridge Flute Choir’s performance of “Voices from the Deep” by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda featuring only alto, bass and contrabass flutes.

The concert will also feature Katja Kochvar, winner of the Woodbridge Concerto Scholarship Competition.  She will perform “Scherzino” by Joachim Andersen with the Woodbridge Flute Choir.  Katja is a ninth grader from Export, Pennsylvania and attends Franklin Regional Senior High School.  Her teacher is Dan Parasky.

For further information go to our website at


 Partial funding of all Woodbridge Flute Choir events has been provided by the

Prince William County Park Authority.



The Potomac Native American Flute Festival Proudly Presents

Mary Youngblood


Two-Time Grammy Winner on the Native American Flute

In Concert

Saturday, March 23, 2013

7:30 pm

With an Opening Tobacco Ceremony from

Montgomery College’s Dawn Avery (Mohawk)

Also at Festival:

- Vendor Hall (open to the public)

- Workshops (open to the public; registration required)

- OPEN MIC, Friday, March 22, 2013, (open to the public, space permitting); 7:30 pm, Best Western Plus Ballroom, 1251 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD / Tickets: $10 at the door

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD

Tickets: $20 adults / $15 students/seniors

At the door or in advance (use “Registration” form at Festival website) 

The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present

The Fourth Wall

in residency at the University of Virginia on

April 5 and 6, 2013. 

The Fourth Wall, which explores a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors, will provide the following series of recitals and masterclasses throughout the weekend:

Chamber Music Masterclass: Friday, April 5, 1:00 pm

The Fourth Wall in Recital: Friday, April 5, 8:00 pm

Interactive Hybrid Arts Workshop: Saturday, April 6, 3:00 pm

 All events are located in Old Cabell Hall on grounds at the University of Virginia,

and free and open to the public.

Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall commissions new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage. The ensemble is comprised of flutist and dancer, Hilary Abigana; bass trombonist and choreographer, C. Neil Parsons; and percussionist and narrator, Greg Jukes. Founded in 2010, The Fourth Wall has been inspiring and delighting audiences all over the country with their hybrid arts performances that combine music, theater and dance.

Members of The Fourth Wall have attended The Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Ohio University and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

The Fourth Wall Residency is supported by the Eleanor Shea Music Trust and all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 434.924.3052.

Join the JMU Flute Club for our special upcoming guest flutist event!


Paula Robison, flutist

“An absolute wonder” -  The New York Times

thursday, April 11- Saturday, April 13, 2012

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Called “the first lady of the flute,” Paula Robison is “a rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure.” (The New York Times) Robison has enjoyed a career that has spanned over four decades, performing at the United Nations, the White House, on television’s Live from Lincoln Center and The Today Show, and at major concert halls and music festivals in the U.S. and abroad.


In residence at James Madison University:

In recital

Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Concert Hall

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia


For tickets:

(540) 568-7000.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts


For additional information:

(540) 568-6836


See updates on the JMU Flute Studio FACEBOOK page!

This very special event is being held in lieu of our annual Flute Fling! this year. Please join us again in spring 2014 for Flute Fling 2014!


Session 1: Flute-a-rama July 15-19, 2013

Session 2: Back-to-school Flute Boot Camp Aug. 19-23, 2013

Monday - Friday, 9am-3pm


Melissa Lindon and Carrie Rose present a workshop for fun-loving flutists in grades 5-9 in historic Takoma Park, MD.

Each day will feature a variety of music and flute-related topics, as well as coached ensemble practice. Carrie and Melissa bring a fresh approach to music theory, rhythm, scales and warm-ups, group playing, music vocabulary, body awareness and breathing. The final day includes a performance featuring the Flute-a-rama Ensembles.

For more information and to download a brochure, visit or contact Melissa at

Note: a half day Flute-a-rama program will also be offered at Howard Community College July 22-26. See under The Music Institute/Summer Programs or contact Melissa for more info.

Ohio Flute Competition

April 13, 2013

Ohio State University

The Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) at The Ohio State University will sponsor its thirtieth annual flute competition on April 13th, 2013 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  The purpose of this competition is to encourage excellence of performance and recognize outstanding flutists.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place winners of each division as follows: Junior High: $150, Senior High: $250, Collegiate: $350 and Young Artist: $450.

Winners will be invited to play in the guest artist masterclass at the 2014

COFA Flute Festival.

Applications, eligibility requirements and audition procedures may be found at or requested by email to

Application materials must be postmarked by February 12th, 2013.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to me at or to the COFA Director, Katherine Borst Jones, at

Happy competing!

Flute Magic! 2013 Flute Camp

Now in its 5th Year!

July 8-12, 2013

Christ Church, La Plata, Maryland

Ages 8-18

Maximum 20 students

Don't Miss Out!

Flute lessons, Flute ensembles, Arts & Crafts, Recitals, Optional Piano Lessons

Staffed by all professional flutists & educators

visit for more information & registration!

Lucy Snell, director

  301 751-5029      

Asheville Flute Vacation

May 27-June 2, 2013

Asheville Flute Vacation is taking registrations for the 2013 session, to be held May 27-June 2. Asheville Flute is for the avid adult amateur player. Join us in the cool mountains of Western North Carolina for a week of great playing, friendships, food and fun. Activities include small flute ensembles, flute choir, private lessons and special topics. Instructors are Lea Kibler and Deborah Heller, with a visit from Eldred Spell. The lodging is in private rooms and baths at a beautiful bed & breakfast - spouses and partners are welcomed too. All the information can be found at , 828/650-6666.

Wildacres Flute Retreat

Little Switzerland, North Carolina

June 22-29, 2013

Those of you who attended this year's Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair heard a lot about Wildacres Flute Retreat, where Goran Marcusson, Tim Carey, Helen Spielman & others are in residence for a week.

Here is more information about Wildacres from the director.  I've been attending for many years--feel free to contact me, Lucy Snell, at 

Come help us celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Wildacres Flute Retreat, June 22-29, 2013 in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Our masterclass teachers are Göran Marcusson, from Sweden and Stephen Preston from England. Brad Garner will again give his orchestral excerpt masterclass and classes in flute repair, body mapping, performing confidently, traverso playing, extended techniques and flute choir are also offered. Please check out our website at:

Here is a link to our promo video:

Yours, Anna Thibeault, Director, Wildacres Flute Retreat