Newsletter                                                 November 2013

  Flute Society of Washington

Flute Spa

with Patricia George


Saturday, November 2

The Church of the Good Shepherd

9350 Braddock Road

Burke VA 22015

To register, click here

By definition, a visit to a spa is meant to invigorate you, to make you stop and take time to think, to relax, to reassess why you do what you do. In this case, a Flute Spa is designed to give you some new perspectives on how to approach your flute playing—everything from scales to body position to practice technique. Even though this spa won’t feature massages, manicures or hot tubs, we know that you will come away with a new focus for your performing and practicing skills. Patricia George has presented Flute Spas to rave reviews at flute clubs throughout the United States and at the NFA Convention.



9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30  FUNdamentals (Setup, Articulation, Vibrato and Embouchure Flexibility)

10:30 Building a Warmup and Practice Routine

11:30 Phrasing 101- Down/up and Forward Flow

12:30-2:00 Lunch (bring your own or visit the near by eateries & visit the visiting businesses.

2:00 Scale Game for Technical and Musical Development

3:00 Rules of Phrasing

4:00 Sight reading to put the ideas into practice or How to learn the impossible.

The Flute Spa is free to current FSW members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for non-member students (this amount will be applied as your 2014 membership dues).


Sustaining members The Flutist's Faire & Flute Pro Shop will be displaying during the day.

Click for directions

Save the Date!

Flute Society of Washington’s Annual

Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair

Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2014

Sheraton Reston Hotel

Reston, VA

Amy Porter, guest artist

Tim Carey, Piano

Seven Competitions for all levels:

Young Artist (flute)

Student Honors

High School Flute Choir

Student Master Classes

Guest Artist Master Class

Collegiate Soloist

Adult Amateur Competition

Competition entry deadline: Monday, November 4, 2013

Audition requirements and information available at

Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair: Call for Proposals!

The program committee invites you to submit proposals for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair.

Please email your proposal to:

Flute Fair Program Committee Chair

Deadline: November 1, 2013

Suggestion/Guidelines for submitting your proposals:

  • Name(s) of Performer(s)
  • Program with composers, dates, etc. and length (there are no events over 50 minutes!)
  • Extract or outline of the proposed workshop/lecture
  • A 2-3 sentence description of your program 
  • Equipment needed, if other than music stand (include music stands if more than five)
  • If you are submitting a full performance program, are you willing to play on a shared program?
  • Were you a performer/lecture/workshop at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair?
  • Bio, not to exceed 100 words. Groups should submit a group bio.


FSW Spring Flute Day and Membership Recital

Saturday, April 26, 2014

First Baptist Church of Waldorf (new location--still a lovely sanctuary for performing, but closer to DC than last year's La Plata, MD location)

Presenting Jason Blank in a Master Class & a special class about applying Business principles to making music

Membership Recital, anchored by The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland

More details to follow

CPSB Fall Concert on November 2, 2013

FSW members Kerm Towler, Kevin Gilbert, and Kreig Kitts will be performing with the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band (CPSB) for its fall concert, Epics!, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus Auditorium, 3101 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. The concert will feature selections including the Enigma Variations, Trittico, and Gavorkna Fanfare, just to name a few.


In addition, CPSB is honored to welcome guest conductor, Dan Bassett, of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble. We will also be joined by guest soloist, Brian Wahrlich, from the USAF Band (Clarinet, Solo de Concours by Messager).


Admission for adults is $20, students/seniors is $10, and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available through the online DCDD Box Office or may be purchased at the door.


Please visit to learn more about D.C.'s Different Drummers and its various ensembles.

Patagonia Winds in Concert Nov. 17

The Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church Fall Mini-Concert Series in Ellicott City, Maryland presents the Patagonia Winds in concert on Sunday, November 17th at 5pm.

The "Dances and Folk Songs" wind quintet program features dances by Grieg and Faure, folk-inspired works by Holst and Still, and other treats. The short and sweet concert (45 minutes, without intermission) will be followed by a Meet the Artists reception in Hebron House, and a freewill offering will be taken to benefit MHPC's “Grow our Grand” piano fund.

Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church is located at 2330 Mt. Hebron Drive, Ellicott City 21042

You can find more info at Be sure to check out the Patagonia Winds YouTube channel,, and "Like" them on Facebook,

The Patagonia Winds

Melissa Lindon, Flute

Meredeth Rouse, Oboe

Catina Sweedy, Clarinet

Jay Chadwick, French horn

Tia Wortham, Bassoon

Columbia Flute Choir

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Columbia Flute Choir in Concert to benefit Brother's Brother Foundation in the Sanctuary of Columbia Baptist Church, 103 West Columbia Street, Falls Church, VA, 22046.

Visit for more information about this wonderful non-profit humanitarian aid organization. Highlights of this concert will include the World Premier of a major flute choir work by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, as well as popular favorites by Vincenzo Sorrentino, Catherine McMichael, and a new piece by Vincenzo Palermo. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations for Brother's Brother Foundation will be accepted. Reception to follow.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

Twentieth Annual Columbia Flute Choir Festival, in the Sanctuary of Columbia Baptist Church, 103 West Columbia Street, Falls Church, VA, 22046. Featuring several area flute choirs, the concert is free and open to the public with reception to follow.  

“The Clazzical Project” In Concert at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  8 pm Saturday December 7th.


Photo courtesy of Kathy Stapleson

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, December 7th at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s Hall, come enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by “The Clazzical Project”. 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.

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 gifted jazz and classical flutist, Don 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.  Mr. Stapleson performs on a  Muramatsu  flute with a Drelinger UpRite head joint.

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.

St. Mary's College of Maryland

18952 E. Fisher Rd

Saint Mary's City, MD 20686-3001 Visit College Website 

For more information please email


Richmond Flute Fest Reminder: Be sure to register for the competitions by November 26th! Spaces are limited, so if you want to guarantee a spot early sign up is encouraged.



with guest harpist Cambria Van de Vaarst

Saturday, December 14, 2013   3:00PM


15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville, VA  20181

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:00PM at Greenwich Presbyterian Church located at 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville, VA  20181.  

The concert will feature guest harpist Cambria Van de Vaarst who will perform Fantasy on Coventry Carol by Catherine McMichael and Greensleeves by Bjorn Martin with the flute choir.  Woodbridge members Lisa Sheldone, Zoraya Stern, Ginger Melby and Karen Edwards will be featured as soloists in Vivaldi’s Concerto in e minor. Lon Quinones, music director at Greenwich Presbyterian Church, will play piano with the choir on Silver Winds in the Night by Jackson Berkey, a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night.  Also included will be one movement of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in d minor arranged by John W. Gilbert, Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming arranged by Todd Hayen, plus other seasonal favorites.

The concert will benefit "Farthest Corners," a non-profit organization based in Nokesville and Thailand that provides humanitarian, medical, spiritual and educational assistance to the displaced people of Burma. Admission to the concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken for Farthest Corners to purchase medical kits, rice and other necessary items for refugees along the Thailand/Burma border.

More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir, its 2013-2014 season, and its upcoming commercial CD recording project may be found at

For more information about Farthest Corners Ministries go to


The Woodbridge Flute Choir is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prince William County Park Authority

Opportunities for Piccoloists

by Nan Raphael

Over the last 30 years the movement to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument has resulted in an explosion of new repertoire for this endearing little instrument. Many flutists have taken advantage of the benefits of becoming familiar with the piccolo and thus have enhanced their marketability. At the same time there has been an increase in masterclass and competition opportunities for serious piccoloists.

Some key predecessors of the current movement include Walfred Kujala, William Hebert, and Clemente Barone who included piccolo in their masterclasses or wrote methods for piccolo practice. Laurence Trott, former piccoloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic founded the Piccolo Society and led a couple of summer masterclasses in the early 1980s. Jan Gippo established the Piccolo committee of the National Flute Association in 1988, added a Piccolo Artist competition (which takes place every other year), commissioned several new works for piccolo and added the Let’s Talk Picc feature in Flute Talk Magazine. Other piccolo competitions have since been founded. The National Flute Association also sponsors a piccolo biennial masterclass competition. Nan Raphael founded the first regional competition in 2000 for the Flute Society of Washington. This competition is held roughly every 3 years. The Walfred Kujala Piccolo artist competition open to adult piccoloists over 18 was established in 2006 and is held every 2-3 years.

This past July, the third International Piccolo Symposium took place on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Omaha. The Symposium was established in 2007 by Dr. Christine Erlander-Beard, professor of flute at the university and piccolo partner Lois Herbine. This 4 day workshop focusing on all things piccolo provided a friendly, supportive space for all participants ranging from college students to professionals. Included everyday were warmup sessions, repertoire, orchestral excerpt classes,

miscellaneous classes on specific aspects of piccolo playing and evening recitals by nationally and internationally reknown guest artists. Guests artists this year included Peter Verhoyen, Cynthia Ellis, Jan Gippo, Lois Herbine, Nan Raphael and Kate Prestia-Schaub. Artists/presenters from the past included Jean-Louis Beaumaudier, Nicola Mazzanti, Lois Herbine, Nan Raphael, Kate Prestia-Schaub and Stephani

Kocher. The next piccolo symposium will be held in July of 2015. For more information go to

Nicole Esposito, professor of flute at the University of Iowa inaugurated the Iowa Piccolo Intensive in 2011 and holds this four day workshop every June. She brings in the biggest names from all over the world including Walfred Kujala, Sarah Jackson, Nicola Mazzanti, Matjaz Debeljak, and Zart Domborian-Eby. Next year’s Intensive will take place from June 3-6, 2014. For more information go to

Matjaz Debeljak of Slovenia introduced the two day European Piccolo Festival in 2011 which takes place in Jezersko, Slovenia. Artists included Zart Domborian-Eby, Nicole Esposito, Christine Erlander-Beard, Trond Brekka from Norway, Horacio Massone from Argentina, Milica Milojevic Bogdanovic from Serbia, Gabriel Goni from Costa Rica and Andrea Jelavic from Croatia.

The first Latin American Piccolo Symposium took place this past spring as part of the 8th International Flute Festival of Costa Rica. Guest artists included Jean Louis- Beaumadier, Lior Eithan, Matjaz Debeljak and Christine Erlander-Beard.

For more general information on piccolo events, piccolo players, recordings etc. go to or to” talk a little” go to Taking the Piccolo to New Heights Facebook page. Happy


Woodbridge Flute Choir Sixth Concerto Competition


 The Woodbridge Flute Choir is sponsoring its sixth concerto competition and scholarship for high school students aged 14-18.  The winner will receive a $500 scholarship award and will perform the concerto with the Woodbridge Flute Choir at its March 23, 2014 concert in the Gregory Theater of the Hylton Performing Arts Center located at d at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20109.  The concert will be held at 3:00PM.

  The required repertoire is one movement of a flute concerto arranged and published for flute solo and flute choir.  The entry deadline is January 6, 2014.

Please mail your application and CD to:


Debbie Gilbert

5118 Laurel Lane

Broad Run, VA  20137


For more specific information, suggested repertoire, the audition form and photo/video release form, contact Debbie Gilbert at   or go to our website at


 The Woodbridge Flute Choir is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prince William County Park Authority


21st Annual Hampton Roads Flute Faire

Norfolk, Virginia

March 21 and 22, 2014

Save the Date for the 21st Annual Hampton Roads Flute Faire in Norfolk, Virginia. This year's exciting two-day event will take place on March 21 & 22, 2014 and features Flutronix, the critically acclaimed pair of fresh and eclectic flutists who are paving the way from their classical roots to the future of music. 

Friday night, March 21st, Flutronix will present a concert at the historic Attucks Theater in Norfolk, VA. Saturday's all-day event includes workshops with Flutronix, masterclasses, flute choirs in concert, flute choir reading session, exciting vendors

and more.

The backbone of our event is our flute competition for Elementary, Middle, High School, College and Adult Amateur. Prizes awarded in each division.

Look for more details on our Facebook page and our website Email with any questions.

Asheville Flute Vacation

Member Lea Kibler sent photos of last year's Asheville Flute Vacation, a workshop for adult amateur flutists. Asheville Flute Vacation was created  as a weeklong opportunity for adults to play in small ensembles, learn more about flute, improve their skills and socialize with other flutists outside of the sometimes intimidating summer masterclass format. Participants played trio and quartet literature, had private lessons, open flute choir reading sessions and an "Open Mic." session. Eldred Spell was a special guest, bringing his collection of historic flutes to view, and JL Smith Flute Company exhibited an array of modern flutes. The flutists stayed in a beautiful old bed & breakfast with private rooms and baths, and got to know each other over gourmet breakfasts every morning. Asheville, North Carolina boasts the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, great restaurants and galleries, and a famous Friday night drum circle where many of the flutists were spotted!

Instructors are Lea Kibler and Debby Heller and the tenth season will take place May 26 - June 1, 2014.