Newsletter                                                 September 2013


sponsored by Flutes On The Brink Flute Choir

Saturday, October 26, 2013

7:30-8:45 PM

Rosborough Center

409 Russell Ave.,Gaithersburg, MD 20877

20 miles north of the DC Beltway

275 seat theater with stage

tuned piano available

residents, family, friends, and guests of performers invited

free parking lot

If you are interested in performing, please contact:

Linda Crisafulli, coordinator at 


Flute Society of Washington

Flute Spa with Patricia George

Save the Date!

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Church of the Good Shepherd

9350 Braddock Rd

Burke VA

Cost:  Free to members

Non-members: Adults $20; Students $10

The Flute Society of Washington invites you to attend a Flute Spa with Patricia George on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:30-4:30Pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd located at 9350 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA.  The Flute Spa is free to current FSW members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for non-member students (this will be applied to your 2014 membership dues).  

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.  

9:30 - Hour 1---FUNdamentals (Setup, Articulation, Vibrato and Embouchure Flexibility)

10:30 - Hour 2--Building a Warmup and Practice Routine

11:30 - Hour 3--Phrasing 101- Down/up and Forward Flow

12:30 - Lunch - Bring your own bag lunch or visit one of the nearby restaurants

1:30 - Hour 4--Scale Game for Technical and Musical Development

2:30 - Hour 5 - Rules of Phrasing

3:30 - Hour 6 - Sightreading to put the ideas into practice or How to learn the impossible.

Announcing the NEW Arlington Flute Choir

A new flute choir directed by Maria Rohde will begin this fall all levels of amateur adult flutists. The auxiliary flutes such as piccolo, alto flute and bass flute are also welcome. The focus will be on reading and rehearsing mainstream flute choir repertoire consisting of original compositions and arrangements of classical, jazz and pop styles. Performance opportunities will include community concert series, charitable gala events and flute choir festivals. Please bring your flutes.

Semester tuition: $65. Register online at

MU153 Jefferson Music Rm. 09/12 Th 7pm 10 - 2hr

The course # is MU153

The location is the Jefferson School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd, 22204

Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 7-9 pm, 10 classes in the semester

For more information call Maria Rohde, 571-277-1808

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

 information to: 

Celebrate New Orleans!
Saturday, October 12, 2013   7:00PM

Westminster at Lake Ridge

12191 Clipper Dr.

Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Admission:  FREE!

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, under the direction of Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone will “Celebrate New Orleans!” on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:00PM at Westminster at Lake Ridge.  The concert is FREE!

Part of this concert will reprise the concert that The Woodbridge Flute Choir performed recently at the National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans.  They presented a program honoring the music of New Orleans, including the world premiere of a new piece by Greg Lutz commissioned by the group for the convention called A Couple of Scenes from New Orleans.  This piece depicts life in the city, with movements such as “A Busy Day in the Vieux Carré,” “The City That Care Forgot,” and “Stroll Your Feet Down Bourbon Street.”  They also performed a tango-styled piece by Pascal Proust, Naranjada, and a New Orleans style “second line” piece called Pontchartrain in the tradition of brass band parades.

In addition to the pieces performed at the convention they will also perform Fanfare by Deborah Anderson, Solemnities by Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Latin Verbs by Jonathan Cohen and The Girl from Ipanema by Antonia Carlos Jobim and arranged for flute choir by Kelly Via.

More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir, its 2013-2014 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.

Peter Brown Memorial Concert

Sunday, October 20, 2013  4:00PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

4444 Arlington Blvd.

Arlington, VA  22204

The Levine School will be presenting a memorial concert in memory of the late Peter Brown, flutist and Levine faculty member.  It will be a benefit concert to establish a flute scholarship at Levine.  NSO principal flutist Aaron Goldman will be our guest soloist.  He'll be playing "Golden Sunset" by David Heath for solo flute and flute choir accompaniment.  Additionally he will be performing Boehm's "Grande Polonaise" .  We can still use more players for the flute choir (Golden Sunset) on C flute, Piccolo, Alto, Bass, and Contrabass.  Any advanced players interested in playing in the flute choir please contact Karen Johnson ASAP at   Karen will send a PDF of the music.  

The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204 at 4 pm.   Phone: 703-892-2565.  

The rehearsals for the flute choir piece, will be at the Levine School (2801 Upton St., NW, Washington, DC)  on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30.  There will also be a few Sunday rehearsals at Strathmore Hall, dates TBD.

NOTE: rehearsals will begin Monday, September 9!

Body Mapping Workshop with

Lea Pearson

Saturday, October 26, 2013  1:00-2:30PM

Music Loft

1141 Elden Street, Suite 212

Elden Street, Herndon, VA

FSW member Michelle Rubis is sponsoring a Body Mapping Workshop with Lea Pearson on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1:00-2:30PM and she has a few slots open for FSW members. The cost is $30.00 per person.  Lea will also be available for private lessons both before and after the workshop. To sign up for the workshop and/or arrange for a private lesson with Lea, please contact Michelle Rubis at 

Body Mapping is a fun way to explore how your joints and muscles work when you play the flute so that you can play more comfortably without pain and with freer and fuller breaths.

Lea Pearson's book, Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body has received extensive praise from teachers and students alike, and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Lea was a 1998 Fulbright Scholar at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she studied with Liisa Ruoho. Formerly a performer with the South Bend Symphony, she holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. from Stanford University and a D.M.A. from Ohio State University. Her teachers have included Katherine Borst Jones, Frances Blaisdell and Doriot Anthony Dwyer. Lea is a licensed Andover Educator, presenting Body Mapping workshops and masterclasses worldwide.

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.  

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


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