Newsletter                                                 July 2013

FSW Members Performing at the

New Orleans National Flute Association Convention

August 8-11, 2013

Friday, August 9

8:00AM  Wayla Chambo - “Fasting Heart” by Judith Shatin - Acadia room

8:00AM  Alicia Kosack - “Aubade” by Libby Larsen &

“Sunswept” by Adrienne Albert - Acadia room

11:00AM The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will perform - Wendell m

, director - Hotel Lobby

12:15Pm  Woodbridge Flute Choir, conducted by Debbie Gilbert - World Premiere “A Couple of Scenes in New Orleans” by Greg Lutz,  “Pontchartrain” by Valerie Coleman - Salon D

2:30PM  Aaron Goldman - Bartok “Suite Paysanne Hongroise” - Balcony L

5:00PM  Wayla Chambo - World Premiere - “Etching NOLA” by Lisa Bost-Sandberg - Acadia room

6:00PM  Joan Sparks - Exhibitors’ Concert - “Crow’s Nest” by Marc Vinci -

Balcony K

Sunday, August 11

10:00Am  NFA Professional Flute Choir Concert - FSW members Laura Benning, Debbie Gilbert, Linda Kirkpatrick and Lucy Snell, performing - Salon D

11:15AM -Gumbo Flute Orchestra - conducted by Aaron Goldman -

La Galleries Foyer

2:00PM - National High School Flute Choir - FSW member Erin Morrow, performing - Salon D

2:15Pm  Alicia Kosack - with Fortunate Trio - “Paris 1987” by Stella Sung & “Serenade en Trio” by Eugene Bozza - Balcony L

FSW Members serving the NFA:

Beth Chandler is President of the National Flute Association

Aaron Goldman serves on the NFA Board of Directors

Joan da Silva Heit is the NFA Flute Choirs Coordinator 

Tabatha Easley is coordinator for the NFA Collegiate Choir.

7th Annual FSW After Work Summer Flute Camp

A Music Camp for the Busy Adult Amateur Flutist

July 15- July 19, 2013


Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

The Adult Summer Camp was designed by the Flute Society of Washington to give the busy adult amateur flutist a summer camp in the evening. You’ll get a chance to play, practice and study with other adult amateurs, meet new flute playing friends and develop further as a flutist..  

The camp will be held at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on Chevy Chase Circle in Washington, DC.  There is ample parking available and the Friendship Heights Metro Station is a short ride away.  Tuition: $125   Note:  At least 10 adults must sign up in order for us to have the class.

New this year:

1. One 30 minute lesson with either David Lonkevich or Debbie Gilbert will be offered as part of your tuition prior to the start of class, either from 6:00-6:30 or 6:30-7:00PM.  Please contact Debbie Gilbert at to select a teacher and set up a time.

2.  Masterclass sessions will be taught by Debbie Gilbert and David Lonkevich on topics such as getting the most out of your practice time, intonation and vibrato.

We will, of course, continue to play flute choir music and chamber music.

This year the camp will again feature two exceptional artists as coaches.

Debbie Gilbert is the artistic director of the Woodbridge Flute Choir and principal flutist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.  She has taught private lessons to youth and adults for over 20 years and is a six time winner in the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition. Debbie studied with Max Schoenfeld, Jeanne Timm, Thomas Perazolli, Toshiko Kohno and Tadeu Coelho.

David Lonkevich received his B.M. from The Manhattan School of music.  He has studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff, and Ransom Wilson.  He teaches at George Washington University and the Washington Conservatory of Music. He has performed with with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and is principal flute with the National Theater Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Opera.  He also performs regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and performs recitals at the Austrian Embassy, and the French Embassy as part of the “Embassy Series.”

Please check the FSW website at to sign up.

“Clazzical Jam” Concert in the Leonardtown Square

Saturday July 6th


What if Mozart had been born in Rio? What would it sound like if Dave Brubeck had written Beethoven's Symphony No. 9?

On Saturday, July 6, in historic Downtown Leonardtown, come enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by the “Clazzical Jam” jazz group. Guests will hear Don Stapleson on flute and his fellow St. Mary’s alum Peter Fields on guitar. Stapleson and Fields will be joined by Fred Lieder on the cello. The concert will be held outdoors on the Town Square, starting at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Sample Playlist includes the following:

 - Bachbird (combining the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major with Bye Bye Blackbird)

- Blueberry Madigan (Mozart’s Elvira Madigan meets Blueberry Hill)

- Havana Nacht Musik (The Rondo from Mozarts Eine Kliene Nachtmusik as an Afro-Cuban piece)

- Nocturne in F Minor (One of Chopin’s beloved miniatures as a swing tune)

Don Stapleson, director of the St. Mary's College Jazz Bands, is well-known locally and in the Washington metropolitan area. A master jazz saxophonist and gifted flutist, he performs with his own group, “The Don Stapleson Quartet,” as well as with the popular classical/jazz crossover group, “Clazzical Jam.” Stapleson currently performs on flute and piccolo with the Chesapeake Orchestra.  He has performed with Ray Charles, Dexter Gordon, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Newton and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves. He has also appeared on MTV with Danny Gatton.


Peter Fields has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his mastery of diverse musical styles and unique approach to guitar techniques. In addition to his sophisticated original compositions, his repertoire ranges from classical guitar, jazz and Latin music masterpieces, to extraordinary arrangements of R&B classics, and interpretations of ethnic music from various parts of the world. He can be heard on numerous recording projects on Polygram and various independent labels and on television programs for Fox, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and others. In January of 2003, Fields released “Stillness of the Heart,” an evocative collection of compositions for classical guitar which has received rave reviews and airplay throughout the country.

Fred Lieder has been a fixture on the Washington area music scene for 25 years. He plays classical, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic on his cello. He has arranged many rock tunes for solo cello including works by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana. He may be the only cellist in the D.C. area who has played at such diverse places as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, but also Blues Alley, Rams Head, The Birchmere, Iota Club & Café, and the State Theater. His current release is "Cello Blues" and he has recently released his first book, "MY Cello Has the Blues," an instructional book on playing the blues on cello.


The “Leonardtown Square” is located in the heart of historic downtown Leonardtown, MD.

Free Visitor Parking!

To find the square on your GPS or Mapquest, use 22720 Washington Street, Leonardtown MD, 20650.

Summer flute-guitar concert at the Sandy Spring Museum

features the premiere of a locally inspired composition


On Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 PM the Friedman-Wysong Duo will present a summer concert of flute and classical guitar music from Europe, South America, and the U.S. at the Sandy Spring Museum.

                The concert features the world premiere of Putuxent Walk for alto flute and guitar by Glenwood, Maryland composer Jonathan Cohen. Commissioned by the Duo, the composition reflects the composer’s impressions from a walk along the Upper Patuxent River, which forms a boundary between Montgomery and Howard Counties in Maryland.

The Duo’s program also includes selections by Georg Friedrich Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francisco Tárrega, Gaspar Sanz, South American composers José Luis Merlin and Marcos Valle; a medley of tunes by 18th century Irish harpist-composer Turlough O’Carolan, as adapted by Garth Baxter; plus arrangements of traditional English, American, Bolivian, and Jewish folk songs.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for Museum members); children under 12 are free.  A reception of light refreshments will follow the performance.

Comprised of flutist Noreen Friedman and classical guitarist Bob Wysong, the Friedman Wysong Duo is dedicated to the exploration of worldwide music with a focus on music inspired by folk traditions.  In addition, the ensemble actively promotes the composition of new works for the flute-guitar repertoire. Friedman and Wysong perform music ranging from Baroque and 20th century classical music to tango, bossa nova, klezmer and folk songs of Asian, European and South American traditions.  The ensemble has performed at a variety of venues in the Washington DC area.

 resident of Brookeville, Maryland, Noreen Friedman studied flute at UCLA and has performed with chamber ensembles, orchestras and concert bands in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Maryland. Gaithersburg resident Bob Wysong received his Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar performance from Catholic University and has been actively involved with teaching, arranging and solo and ensemble performance.

The Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, across from Sherwood High School on Route 108. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact, or call 301-774-0022.

To submit your events on the Regional Calendar of the Flute Society of Washington website, please forward your

 information to: 

Peter Brown Memorial Concert

Sunday, October 20, 2013  2:00PM

Advanced flutists needed to perform

October 20, 2013, at 2 pm, the Levine School of Music will hold a very special concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of former Levine flute faculty member, Peter Brown.  The concert will not only be a tribute to Peter but a benefit for a flute scholarship in his name.  The program will feature NSO principal flutist AARON GOLDMAN, who will be the soloist on David Heath's "Golden Sunset" for solo flute and flute choir accompaniment.  He will also perform another solo work on the program.  Karen Johnson will be directing the flute choir and needs more advanced flutists to join.  Please contact her ASAPat if you'd like to perform with Aaron Goldman!  For more information email Karen or call the Levine School at 202-686-8000.

Performing with a Migraine

by Joan Sparks

I stood there, on the small dais in the church, just into the last piece of a long concert which contained two new works for me. It was the second page of the Rodrigo "Fantasia para un gentilhombre".  Looking at the number of the bars rest I was about to count; the number was not there.  Just a small blind spot.

And then I understood why my hands had been "off" for the previous hour of the concert, why I felt a little dizzy, why my eyes were not taking in the music as they normally do.

It was a "no caffeine" migraine.

I hadn't had my usual 2 to 3 cups of coffee last Sunday morning... In fact, all I'd had was white tea.  And now, at about 4:10 PM the migraine struck.

My migraines are not the normal ones.  I don't have much of a headache, but I feel like I am wrapped in cotton, off-center, dizzy and often have pins and needles in my hands.  I am photo-sensitive, and definitely not at my best.

But, there was no turning back at the moment of realization.  Turning my head slowly, I saw that the number was a 3, lifted my flute quickly and just barely made the entrance.

I actually played almost all of the notes in the rest of the piece (which has 2 high D's on the last page) and my husband didn't notice anything was amiss.

It led me to think about one bond all of we musicians have in common: we must play on time, in tune, expressively when called upon to do so, regardless of how we feel.  No matter if we have had an upset in the day, are hungry, thirsty, tired, and so on.  The musical imperative calls us to overcome any of those discomforts and give the best we can.

This certainly lends drama to the situation.  The audience does not want to see us sweat.  They want to be transported for just those few minutes, and leave daily concerns behind.  For we who are performers, it makes us hardy, and proud when we are called a trouper.  It means we can overcome whatever ails us and get the job done.

When Anne Sullivan and I toured frequently, I had a special bag I called "the pharmacy" which included all the remedies that we should need were an emergency on the road come up.  Among all the medicinal supplies, I learned to pack duct tape (essential for hems, rips, electrical cords)safety pins, needle and thread, extra bottled water, nail files, and more.  These essentials came in handy when needed.

So, keep this in mind the next time you see a performer, no matter the genre, stand up and deliver a fine performance night after night.  Everyone of them has a story like this one.  Probably several.

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Senior Flute Choir

The 2012-13 Senior Flute Choir, under the direction of Janese Sampson, has just completed it’s 4th year as a Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Chamber (MCYO) Ensemble with a stellar performance at the Rockville Retirement Home on Sunday, May 12th! Performing a variety of literature spanning 4 centuries of music written either specifically for flute choir/ensemble (or which has been adapted, arranged or transcribed to suit the needs of the choir) has made for a very productive and satisfying season.   In addition to our regular venues, this season we were able to perform at the newly built state-of-the-art Recital Hall of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Bowie State University in April. It was a very gratifying and thrilling experience for the students.


The senior group is comprised of students who are in grades 8-12. The instrumentation includes Piccolo, C Flute, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute, which gives the ensemble its unique sound. Occasionally other instruments are used depending on their availability or the needs of a particular arrangement.  The students, usually numbering 12-16, are excellent and highly motivated  students who receive specialized ensemble training while rotating parts from piccolo to bass flute.  Audition requirements are the same as the ones for the YA/SYM/PHIL  Check the MCYO website for age and ensemble appropriate requirements.  Any students who are interested in auditioning specifically for this ensemble should indicate it on their application in August.  In addition to the Senior Flute Choir, MCYO also has a Junior Flute Choir (gr. 5-8), and a Clarinet Choir (gr.6-12)


Thank you 2012-13 Senior Flute Choir for a really great season and best wishes for the summer.


A few audition tips:


1)  Choose a solo that is appropriate for your ability level.  Playing  a  solo that is too difficult for you to manage at this time (or more notes than you can control) will result in a poorly performed  audition . This will only result in a  lower audition score.


2)  Tone quality, Scales and Sight reading must be exemplary…facile and fluent.  It is expected that your solo and the excerpts will be well prepared.  The difference in 10ths of points often comes down to whether the player can sight read! Spend a few minutes everyday on this necessary skill. It can make or break you.


3)  Practice daily and isolate difficult sections that need work and play them, not until they can be played right, but until they cannot be played wrong.


Alicia Kosack will be performing at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans at two events:

Friday, August 9th, 8am (Acadia, 3rd Floor)

Sunrise Concert

Libby Larsen - Aubade

Adrienne Albert - Sunswept


Sunday, August 11th, 2:15pm (Balcony L, 4th Floor)

Chamber Concert

performing with Fortunata Trio (

Stella Sung - Paris 1987

Eugene Bozza - Serenade en Trio

Powell Sonaré Flute Sales Position

Powell is looking for a passionate musician who can use that positive energy to expand the network of music stores who sell our various lines of Sonaré flutes and piccolos. By adding this new position, we will be able to provide more attention and better service to our flute dealers.


The Sonaré Flute Sales person will be part of our sales team and participate in meetings of sales and marketing staff for all Powell products and brands. This is primarily an inside position which utilizes the telephone and CRM systems. Expect to travel about 1 week a month.


High energy, passion and a sales personality are the most important requirements. If you have prior sales experience in music, entertainment, consumer products/services, and/or selling to retail establishments that would be beneficial. Flutists are preferred but we will consider musicians who play other wind instruments.


Compensation is roughly 2/3 base salary and 1/3 commission. Powell's benefits include 401(k), health, dental, life and disability insurance (majority of insurance premiums are company paid).


The Powell Sonaré Sales position is based in our Maynard, Massachusetts location. Please send your resume and a cover letter, by e-mail or US mail, to:


Steven Wasser


Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc.

1 Clock Tower Place

Maynard, MA 01754  

Woodbridge Flute Choir to perform at NFA


Friday, August 9 12:15PM

Salon D

The Woodbridge Flute Choir has been selected to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans.  They will be performing the World Premiere of Greg Lutz’s four movement work “A Couple of Scenes from New Orleans.”  They will also perform Valerie Coleman’s New Orleans inspired piece “Pontchartrain” and “Naranjada” by Pascal Proust.


More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir may be found at


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

Prince William County Park Authority.


Flute Magic! 2013 Flute Camp

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      

2013 Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp

July 22 – August 2 (daily from 10:00-4:00)

at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, VA

 (just down the road from George Mason University!)  

Room and board is available during the camp at George Mason University  

The camp welcomes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and French horn, with special positions available for brass in the wind ensemble (see website for more information). There are three levels of instruction ranging from beginner to high school graduates preparing for college.  Daily activities include ensemble playing, chamber music, private lessons, and specialized workshops and master classes in performance anxiety, instrument repair, sight reading, taking better auditions, technique class, orchestral excerpts and more!  Electives are offered in jazz and dance!  For more information, please visit our site at 


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.

2013 Summer Flute Course with

Jonathan Snowden, Rebecca Collaros

 Matthew Van Hoose, resident pianist

Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA

July 29, 2013-August 2, 2013

This summer flute course is for graduating high school students, collegiates and professionals.  It will focus on the standard classical and orchestral flute repertoire and on flute choir.  The number of performers is limited to 15 but an unlimited number of participants are accepted.  The cost is $600 for performers and $400-$500 for participants (there are 4 points of entry - auditor ot performer.  The number of auditors is unlimited and the cost for auditors is $100 per day.  This course is not residential; hotel information is available upon request.  The deadline to register is June 1, 2013.  For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Collaros

(t) 703-622-6952

(f) 202-686-9733 (not direct line)