Newsletter                                                 May 2013

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

Free and open to the public

Experience a new performance venue for FSW! --

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

Excellent grand piano

Performances by flutists from the DC Area, featuring

Brianna Busch, Charles County’s own, accompanied by Steve Erickson

Kerm Towler

Troy Paoloantonio, FSW Young Artist Competition Winner 2010 and

Barbi Risken, members of the world-renowned US Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corp

Emma Resmini, 13-year phenom from Fairfax, Virginia.

The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland

                           Free & Open to the Public

Lucy Snell, coordinator

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

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 at 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 in the next

couple of days to sign up.

Job Opening for Flute Choir Director

Arlington County, VA (adult education) is interested in starting a flute ensemble/choir

and is seeking a director. This position would be paid on an hourly basis. The conductor would be compensated for the time of rehearsals which would be once a week for 1.5 hours, and meet for 10 to 12 weeks. 

Please contact Raul Matos, for more information at:

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

 information to: 

Baltimore Flute Choir and Flutopia in Joint Concert

Saturday, May 11, 2013

St. John’s Lutheran Church

8808 Harford Road

Parkville, MD


The Baltimore Flute Choir will be presenting a joint concert with Flutopia on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 8808 Harford Road, Parkville, MD. The concert begins at 10:00am. Admission is free and there will be a reception following the concert.

Proposals for National Conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors due May 15.

The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) is accepting proposals for the national conference to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on October 18-19, 2013.  The deadline to submit proposals is 11:59 PM EST May 15.

For more information please visit:  or contact


SUNDAY MAY 5, 2013  3PM






performing the music of Bach, Mozart and Haydn




FOR MORE INFO:  or 703-635-2770

And join us for an upcoming chamber music party:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

2PM to 5PM





Sign up to play along with Eclipse Musicians ($75 to play along)


or email 

Spring Concert

Sunday, May 19, 2013 2:00PM

Chinn Library

13065 Chinn Park Drive

Woodbridge, VA  22192


The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC), directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its family-friendly spring concert at the Chinn Library in Woodbridge, VA on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.


Two of the works featured on this performance were composed for and dedicated to the Woodbridge Flute Choir and will be recorded on their fourth commercial CD in the fall of 2013.  Butterfly, composed by Russell Nadel, was inspired by the story of a family-friend’s experience with a Red Admiral Butterfly.  The story was published in the Washington Post Magazine on August 24, 2008, with the title page headline, “A near-miraculous encounter with a butterfly changes a man’s life.”  In this piece, the butterfly is represented by a solo piccolo, performed by Woodbridge member, Tara Nadel.  Butterfly was also  just selected as the Division III, Class A winner in the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest.

 Afternoon with the Kiddo, by Greg Lutz, with movements such as “Daddy, Where’s my Cape,” and “The Great Cookie Jar Caper,” depicts quality time Mr. Lutz spent with his child.   The WFC performed this composition at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in 2011, and it was subsequently performed at the 2012 convention by the NFA’s Professional Flute Choir.


Other works on the program include Balcony by Kathleen Mayne, Ball Games by David Wells, and Russian Sailor’s Dance by Glière and arranged by Ricky Lombardo.


More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir, its 2012-2013 season, and its upcoming commercial cd recording project may be found at


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

Prince William County Park Authority.


Emma Resmini in Recital

June 1, 2013, 7:30pm

Music at Penn Alps

Grantsville, MD (near Cumberland, MD)


13-year old flute phenom Emma Resmini will present a solo recital on June 1st with the Music at Penn Alps Chamber Music Series.  Repertoire will include works by Jolivet, Schubert, Martin, Clarke, and Sarasate. She will be joined by pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki.  Concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15.


FSW member Erin Morrow, junior at Bruton High School and student of Dr. Tabatha Easley was accepted into the NFA's High School Flute Choir and will be performing at the National Flute Association Conference in New Orleans in August. Congratulations!

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)


International Flute Symposium

July 16-21, 2013

West Virginia University

Nestled in the beautiful hills of West Virginia alongside the Monongahela River, West Virginia University will be hosting its second annual International Flute Symposium July 16-21, 2013.  This intensive retreat, four full days and two half days, encompasses a holistic approach to artistic flute playing and music making, offering the widest variety of performances, workshops, and master-classes as well as the largest roster of world-renowned flutists and university professors from the orchestral, classical and jazz fields of any summer flute symposium in the United States.  Due to the generous support of sponsors, this is the lowest-priced event of its kind in the country!  IFS is creative, eclectic, fun and all-encompassing.


Guest flutists include Nina Assimakopoulos of WVU, Alberto Almarza of Carnegie Mellon, Matej Grahek, principal flutist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, composer and jazz flutist Jamie Baum, Pamela Murchison, piccoloist with West Virginia, Akron, and Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestras, and Baroque flute specialist Amara Guitry.  Daily master-classes will cover Classical, Contemporary, Orchestral, Baroque, Piccolo, and Jazz flute-playing.  Participants will be given the opportunity to perform for and/or audit these master-classes and every evening will conclude with a Gala Concert performed by world renowned flutists, followed by fun activities back at the dorm for high school honors division students.


Other guest artists include Kelly Wilson, both a flutist and Body Mapping coach, Hope Koehler, vocal professor at WVU, Wendy Kummer of the Pittsburgh Flute Academy and Hybrid-Arts Ensemble The Fourth Wall.  IFS workshops will cover a wide array of topics, including Flute Pedagogy, Movement and Body Mapping, Extended Techniques, Sight Reading, Audition Preparation, Stage Presence and Performance Success, Theory, American Indian Flute, Career Shaping, Music Composition, Building a Home Studio, and more!  Participants will also have the opportunity to practice, perform with small and large flute ensembles, visit flute vendors and exhibits, work with instrument repair, and enjoy recreational activities with other talented and ambitious flutists.


IFS hosts three competitions for which candidates may audition: High School Artist, Emerging Artist, and Orchestral Audition Competitions.  Candidates must register as full participants and submit a recording for the first round by June 28, 2013.  Finalists will compete in the live final round in front of a panel of judges.  All finalists will receive written judges’ comments and scholarships will be awarded to the top three places of each competition.

Participants may register for the Honors Youth Division (ages 12 through senior in high school) or the Professional Division.  Those in Youth Division will have the opportunity to participate in a project with The Fourth Wall incorporating movement and acting with flute playing.  This hybrid arts ensemble will perform at the culminating concert on the last day for parents and friends.  Professional Division members may apply and audition to participate as auditors, workshop performers, or master-class performers.  Day passes are also available for auditors and parents!  Housing is provided on campus and hotel accommodations are available for adult participants.  Many tuition waivers and scholarships are also available based on need and merit.  Any teacher attending with two students or more will receive a discount, and all Flute Society of Washington and Pittsburgh Flute Club Members receive an automatic discount of 25%.


For more information, registration, scholarships, deadlines and more, visit the International Flute Symposium website at: or contact Nina Assimakopoulos at We hope to see you this summer!

                                                                                                                  Alyssa Schwartz, WVU

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.

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

A few openings are still left!

June 22-29, 2013

There are still have a few openings at the Wildacres Flute Retreat in the beautiful North Carolina mounatins. June 22-29. You could play in Stephen Preston’s masterclass, or have private lessons with Amara Guitry or Brad Garner. There are still places in all of the afternoon classes:

        Body Mapping with Lea Pearson

        Extended Techniques with Norman Thibodeau

        “Have A Go” Traverso - Amara Guitry will loan you a traverso for the week

        Traverso Chamber Music with Amara Guitry

        Flute Repair - Beginning and Intermediate

        Perform Confidently with Helen Spielman

New this year is Sun Rise Yoga with Amanda Taylor at 7AM for all you early birds. And the Flute Choir Class has been ressurected and will be taught by Nora Kile. Amy Blumenthal will organize the Gala Concert and conduct all the Wildacres flutists for the grand culmination of this glorious week.

 Visit the website at

For more information contact Anna Thibeault 478-237-4464