Newsletter                                                              May 2015

9th Annual FSW After Work Summer Flute Camp


A Music Camp for the Busy Adult Amateur Flutist


July 27 - July 31, 2015



Deadline to Register:  July 1, 2015

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

1 Chevy Chase Cir NW, Washington, DC 20015


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.  If your flute choir normally takes a break during the summer, this is a chance to keep up your skills during the break.


The camp will be held at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on Chevy Chase Circle in Washington, DC.  There is ample parking available at the church and the Friendship Heights Metro Station is a short ride away.  Tuition: $135  

Note:  At least 18 adults must sign up in order for us to have the class.

This year we will again offer two tracks:  one for the adult flutist who has been playing 2 years or less and another track for the intermediate or advanced player.  We will primarily work on flute choir music and small ensembles.  Please bring your alto or bass flute if you have one.


As part of your tuition you may take a 30 minute lesson with either David Lonkevich or Debbie Gilbert prior to the start of one 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.


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 25 years and is a seven time winner in the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition. Debbie studied with Max Schoenfeld, Jeanne Timm, Thomas Perazzoli, 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.”


 Click here to sign up on the FSW website 

 The National Flute Association Annual Convention

 in Washington, DC next year

August 13-16, 2015

Calling all volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to help everything run smoothly at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. on August 13-16, 2015. This is a great opportunity for flutists and flute enthusiasts to get more involved with the NFA. Volunteers will earn $10 for every 3 hours worked, and high school students may also receive community service credit hours. Flutist volunteers should be members of the NFA, but non-flutists are welcome to join in the fun, too!

If you're interested in helping, please contact Kelly Sulick at  Thank you!

Karen Johnson and Dancing Heart

“Sounds of Spring”

Saturday, May 2, 2015  8:00PM

Karen Johnson and Dancing Heart present "Sounds of Spring" for flute, piano and percussion.  Music by Scott Wheeler, Carl Vine, the Beatles, Robert Beaser and others.  Saturday May 2, 2015 at 8 pm.  Church of the Resurrection:  3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD 20866.  Tickets: $15/$10 students.  

For more info: 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015   2:00PM


8051 Ashton Ave, Manassas, VA 20109

Admission:  FREE!

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will present its Spring  Concert on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00PM at Bull Run Regional Library located at 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, VA  20109.

The concert will feature two of the four pieces the flute choir will perform at the the NFA Convention this summer on August 14, 2015.  Those pieces are Conversazione by Raymond Guiot and 5 of the movements of The Balcony by Kathleen Mayne.  

The Spring Concert will also include Masques by Anne McGinty, Tarantella by Guidobaldi, Beckett’s Whisper by Ron Korb, Sonnets by David Uber, Summer in the Backyard by Greg Lutz and Flute 66 by Jonathan Cohen.

 More information about the Woodbridge Flute Choir may be found at: 

The Woodbridge Flute Choir is supported in part by funding from NOVEC, Heritage Financial, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation

Bulletproof Musician Workshop with Dr. Noa Kageyama

at the University of Maryland (Part 1)

By Melissa Lindon

I remember, in the moments before I walked onstage for my college senior recital, having the thought, “OMG this is IT! How am I going to do this?!”

Maybe you’ve had a moment like that, too. What does it take to successfully manage the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of performance stress?

In his engaging and informative April 11th workshop at the University of Maryland, performance psychologist and Juilliard graduate Dr. Noa Kageyama asserted that we can quickly and effectively get focused, feel in control, and be able to start each performance with our best foot forward, using a tool called Centering.

Centering is a pre-performance routine that channels your nerves productively and directs your focus even in extreme situations. The seven steps are designed to get you into the zone (optimal “right-brain” mode of thinking) quickly:

1. Select a Focal Point – a fixed point in the distance, something to fix your gaze on that is below eye level.


2. Form a Clear Intention – what you intend to communicate, a clear auditory target.

3. Breathe Mindfully – focus intently on the sensory processes involved in your breathing; feel the pacing become slower and more regular. Diaphragmatic breathing manages the stress response.


4. Releasing Muscle Tension  – scan key muscles for tension; let go of that which will inhibit and impair your performance. We can cultivate increased sensitivity of awareness through techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, releasing a stretch (hold a stretch, have the intention to relax, then go deeper), and asking ourselves, “Where can I release any holding?”


5. Find Your Center – get grounded, find a stable base, and use the support of the ground beneath you. As with martial arts, tai chi, and similar disciplines: use internal sensory processing to find your physical and energetic center of gravity.


6. Repeat Your Process Cue – summon an image/sound/sensation associated with playing well – feelings that cue or activate the technical process entailed in producing exactly the outcome you envision and hear in your mind beforehand. It could be either (1) a word that conjures up the sound/image/feelings of the way you want to sound (like “light fingers” or “smooth” or “easy”), or (2) hear, feel, or see yourself performing exactly as you wish. Make sure you do this until you can hear and feel yourself performing exactly the way you would like.


7. Direct Your Energy – consolidate extraneous energy at your Center, and direct it outwards towards your focal point when ready. The idea is to channel your remaining energy into the performance rather than trying to get rid of it. Release this energy with your clear intention in mind; imagine your sound being carried along this stream of energy.


Dr. Kageyama concluded his first workshop by sharing practical applications for utilizing Centering, including practicing without our instruments (working on integrating the steps so you can Center in 10-15 seconds), as well as simulation training. Workshop participants discovered that jogging a lap or two around Gildenhorn Recital Hall is an effective way to get our heart rates up, as are wall squats and plank/push-up pose. Then, you can practice using Centering to channel that simulated adrenaline rush energy into your playing. Recording yourself and taking notes are an important part of the “Rinse and Repeat” process.

If you are not familiar with Dr. Kageyama’s blog, “The Bulletproof Musician" (, it is a storehouse of practical and interesting information on various aspects of practice and performance.


The National Flute Association presents:




at the 2015 Annual Convention


Sunday, August 16, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Washington, D.C.



The National Flute Association welcomes young flutists, age 9-18, to Youth Flute Day - a day filled with concerts, interactive masterclasses, and workshops let by world-renowned flutists.


Register now while space is still available!


For more information and to register, visit




Pocono Flute Society

2015 Flute Camp

 July 26 - 31

Join other flute lovers at the Pocono Flute camp, a week of workshops, chamber music, and flute instruction in a non-competitive atmosphere. Held at East Stroudsburg University in the heart of the Poconos, the on-campus housing and meals allow for an affordable opportunity for everyone.

Led by energetic and talented flutists Morgann Davis and Lish Lindsey, the daily workshops will give every amateur flutist a great basis for continuing their flute studies. All classes and rehearsals will be held in the East Stroudsburg University Fine and Performing Arts Center. More information can be found at


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Wildacres Flute Retreat

June 20-27, 2015

Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Come join us for the 37th year of the Wildacres Flute Retreat (June 20-27, 2015) in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. The WFR combines the beauty and peacefulness of a natural setting with instruction and inspiration from world-renowned flutists. The course is open to professional flutists, teachers, students and amateurs, each flutist designing a course of study appropriate to his or her level of attainment and interests.

Göran Marcusson, from Sweden, and Stephen Preston, from England, will teach the masterclasses on the solo flute literature and Bradley Garner will teach the orchestral excerpt class.

Afternoon classes include: beginning and intermediate flute repair with Joy Sears, “Have a Go” traverso and Traverso Chamber Music with Amara Guitry, Body Mapping with Lea Pearson, Perform Confidently with Helen Spielman, Extended Techniques with Norman Thibodeau, and Flute Choir with Nora Kile.

Our keyboardists include Tim “Philharmonic” Carey, playing for Göran Marcusson’s class; Lillian Buss Pearson, playing both harpsichord and piano for Stephen Preston’s class, and Vance Reese who will accompany the  five o’clock recitals.

Flute World will be in residence all week, and will have the music being studied available for sale.  

For more information our website is:

We hope you will join us for an amazing week of fluting and fun.

Cheers, Anna Thibeault

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National Flute Workshop and Summer Flute Course

with Jonathan Snowden

July 13-17, 2015 and August 3-7, 2015

Shenandoah Conservatory

Professor Jonathan Snowden invites High School students (ages 13-17, or those who are rising freshmen) to Shenandoah Conservatory from July 13-17, 2015. Activities include: daily master classes and group sessions with Professor Snowden; private lesson with Professor Snowden; chamber groups; flute choir; tone and technique classes; music theory/history; student solo recital; closing concert. No audition required. Same tuition rates as last year!


We welcome college through professional flutists alike a summer course hosted by Madeira School from August 3-7, 2015. Housing is available on-site for $40/night; hotels and shopping nearby at Tyson's Mall. Nature trails and close to DC monuments as well. Four points of entry (from observer to full course participant). Master classes, private lessons, ensembles and group sessions (covering Moyse to orchestral excerpts) are offered.  

All information can be found on and any questions can be sent to Rebecca Collaros: or 703-622-6952.


Flute Magic! 2015 Flute Camp

Now in its 7th Year!

July 6-10, 2015

First Baptist Church, Waldorf, Maryland

Ages 8-18

Maximum 20 students

Flute lessons, Flute ensembles, Music into Art, Recitals

Staffed by all professional flutists & educators

It won't be the same without you!

visit for more information & registration!

Lucy Snell, director

301 751-5029


Fourth Annual International Flute Symposium

West Virginia University

July 15-19, 2015

Nestled in the beautiful hills of West Virginia alongside the Monongahela River, West Virginia University will be hosting its fourth annual International Flute Symposium July 15-19, 2015.  This intensive retreat encompasses a wholistic 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, Lorna McGhee of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Almarza of Carnegie Mellon, Wendy Kumer of the Pittsburgh Flute Academy, 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 Junior High/ High School Flute Camp participants.

Other guest artists include Kelly Wilson, both a flutist and Body Mapping coach, Hope Koehler, vocal professor at WVU, 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, 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, 2015.  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 Junior High/ High School Flute Camp (ages 12 through senior in high school) or the Collegiate/ Amateur/ Professional Category.  Those in the Camp 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.  C/A/P Category 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 Alyssa Schwartz at We hope to see you this summer!

                                                                                                                  Alyssa Schwartz, WVU