Newsletter                                                   November  2012

This Saturday

Open Event

FSW Fall Flute Flutters

Yoga and Flute Choir Reading Session

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Church of the Good Shepherd

9350 Braddock Rd.

Burke VA 22015

10:30AM-11:30AM: Flute Yoga with Melissa Lindon

11:45AM-12:45PM Flute choir reading session

Click here for a flyer to email to your students and friends

Directions: Google Maps

Yoga for Flutists: Freedom in Your Body, Joy in Your Playing

A Workshop with Melissa Lindon

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Practicing yoga enables us to make music with more freedom, ease, and enjoyment. Whether you’re a novice or a more experienced yoga practitioner, in this workshop you’ll learn practical tools to help take care of your body, breathe more freely, and sharpen your mental focus.

No experience required. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in, and bring a yog mat if you have one, or a towel. Optional: bring a firm blanket.

Melissa Lindon is certified yoga teacher (RYT500) and a freelance flutist in the Washington, D.C. area. She shares how yoga can benefit musicians in a practical and fun way, bringing special attention to breathing, body awareness, and alignment principles. An instructor at the Yoga Center of Columbia, Maryland since 2006, she has presented Yoga for Flutists workshops at Trevor Wye’s Flute Masterclasses at Boston University, for the Flute Society of Washington, and at Howard Community College. Flutist and founder of the Patagonia Winds (wind quintet), she serves on the flute faculty at Howard Community College and is co-director of “Flute-a-rama” Flute Camp in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Update Information!

Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Terrific As Always!

Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17, 2013

Sheraton Reston Hotel

Reston, VA

Headline Guest Artists:

Goran Marcusson, Swedish flutist

Sarah Jackson, Piccoloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Tim Carey, Piano

Other special guests:

Clyde Mitchell, flute choir conductor

Patricia George


We are delighted that Helen Spielman, Performance Anxiety Coach, will be our Special Guest

She will present two powerful workshops:

10 Pearls of Wisdom: Vibrant Activities to Boost Confident Performing

The Flutist's Best Friends: Persistence and Resilience

She will also be available for private lessons.

Please contact Helen at to schedule your confidential private lesson.  It is likely that her time will fill up fast.

Call for Flute Choirs for the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair Showcase

Would you like your flute choir to perform at one of the nation's biggest regional flute gatherings? If so, the Flute Society of Washington invites you apply to play in the Flute Choir Showcase of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, which will be held on February 16-17 in Reston, VA, a short drive from the Washington, DC beltway. No audition is necessary, but preference will be given to groups that have not performed recently at the Fair. Applications close December 1. To apply, or to get more information, contact Jonathan Cohen at General information on the Fair can be found at 

Fairfax Symphony, The Flute Society of Washington and George Mason University


A Master Class with flutist Christina Jennings

Free Admission With RSVP encouraged by 1/16/2013

            (703) 563-1990        |

SPONSORED BY: The Flute Society of Washington, Inc.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

George Mason University

DeLaski Performing Arts Building, DeLaski Room

4400 University Drive, Fairfax VA

If you wish to perform in the masterclass, please submit an mp3 recording and application by December 1.  Please go to   and click on FSW events for more information


Christina Jennings is the featured soloist (Leshnoff's Flute Concerto) for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra concert!

$20 Adult Tickets | $5 Student Tickets

Saturday, January 19, 2013

George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Fairfax VA

8:00 p.m. | Pre-concert lecture at 7:00

Visit, click to purchase tickets to this performance, and enter the following Coupon Code:  FSW


Kelly Via Update

Hi Everyone,


We would like to thank all of you for the kindness and generosity that you continue to show. Kelly has a long way to go but he is fighting hard, and because of you he was able to pay, in full -  after insurance, two of his quickly accumulating health bills. He is so grateful, and moved.


Because many of you have inquired about his health, we have asked Kelly for a written update which we have included below.


The contributions made online or deposited at a local bank are anonymous because there is no way of knowing who made the contributions when viewing the bank statements. Please know that we are so grateful. If you do not wish to be anonymous you could email Joan at with your name and date of your contribution, and she will pass along that information to Kelly.


You have been wonderful,

Joan and Sharyn


from Kelly:



Dear Friends,


As you know, the last few weeks have been filled with scans, tests and biopsies.  Two weeks ago the results of the PET scan revealed that the cancer had spread to two more lymph nodes.  I was prepped for radiation therapy yesterday morning and began radiation treatment this morning; five days a week for four to five weeks.  The radiation oncologist thinks that I will respond very well to this treatment.  The good news is that the cancer is not in my bone marrow.


I have also been diagnosed with lymphedema in my right leg – an unexpected and permanent condition caused by the surgery to remove the initial cancerous lymph node.  This news was especially devastating.  I have been in lymphedema therapy to learn how to manage it primarily with lymphatic massage (now a daily routine) and have been fit with compression "garments" for both day and night wear.


I have been trying to stay as normal as possible but here lately it seems that the disease has started taking over daily life.  Your kind and generous assistance to help with my medical bills has been overwhelming.  Mere words cannot express the measure of my gratitude.  Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers my way.


Most sincerely,



If you wish to contribute towards Kelly’s medical costs there are three different methods:

  1.    at a Wells Fargo branch anywhere in the country
  2.   online
  3.   send a check

 *The following information will be needed*

1. at a Wells Fargo branch anywhere in the country:

    The title of the account is “Friends of Kelly Via”.  

                The bank will need to know that it was opened in Maryland to find the account quickly. (Tell the bank teller you would like to make a contribution to “Friends of Kelly Via”, an account opened in MD, and make sure the spelling of Kelly Via’s name is correct.)

 2. Online:

        You can transfer from your account to “Friends of Kelly Via” account

# 2146999533             

         You will need the Routing number, 055003201

3. Send a Check:

 Please make check payable to: “Friends of Kelly Via”,

 Write on the back “for deposit only”

 and send to:

“Friends of Kelly Via”

   C/O Joan da Silva Heit

2604 Amanda Court

         Woodstock, MD   21163

If you encounter a problem when making a contribution please inform Sharyn Byer ( or Joan da Silva Heit ( so that it can be resolved.

Columbia Flute Choir Festival

Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:AM

The Nineteenth Annual Columbia Flute Choir Festival sponsored by the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts and Columbia Flute Choir will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 am. The event is held at Columbia Baptist Church, 103 West Columbia Street, Falls Church, Virginia. The church main telephone number is  (703) 534-5700.  The Columbia Institute of Fine Arts can be reached at  (703) 534-2508.

Participants this year include Flutes on the Brink, Frederick Flute Choir,  The Woodbridge Flute Choir, DCFlutes and, of course, Columbia Flute Choir. Each choir will present a 15 minute program.  

The concert is free and open to the public with a lovely reception to follow. All are welcome!!

The Southern Maryland Chamber Music Society


Lucy Snell, flute

Takako Mato, clarinet

Stephen Johnson, piano

Will present two free concerts, November 9 & November 11, 2012

"Americana" Celebrating Veterans' Day:

Program includes

the Maryland Premier of Daniel Dorff's recently published Perennials for flute, clarinet in A & piano

and Daniel's new arrangement of Charles Ives' light-hearted Variations on "America" for flute & piano

Friday Night, November 9, 7:30 p.m.

Christ Church

112 East Charles Street

La Plata, MD 20646

benefiting two local causes--

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (supporting wounded veterans)


the Christ Church Food Bank 

Concert will be repeated as part of the

Ward Virts Recital Series

Sunday, November 11, 3:00 p.m.

College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus

115 J. W. Williams Road

Prince Frederick, MD 20678-3709

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Johnson and Garth Team Up for Riveting Musical Performances



Join Flutist Karen Johnson and Pianist Eliza Garth, both members of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland music faculty, for an evening of special musical performances on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall. It is free and open to the public.


The program features mostly modern repertoire, ranging from the dramatic “Sonata” by Robert Muczynski to the haunting "Azerbaijani" folk songs of Fikret Amirov. There is even a nod to pop music with Elena Ruehr's (of Massachusetts Institute of Technology) piece “Jane Wang Considers the Dragonfly” for flute and digital loop, and Judah Adashi's “Nina,” a solo piano tribute to the singer, composer and civil rights activist Nina Simone.


Garth has achieved international distinction as a performer of the music of our time as well as the standard repertoire, through her recordings and her appearances in major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  Widely regarded as an artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. (


Johnson, co-principal flutist of the Chesapeake Orchestra, combines instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in her distinctive and memorable performances. (  


For more information, contact the St. Mary’s College music department at or  240-895-4498

Chamber Music Festival in Gettysburg, PA

Accepting Applications for Flutists

"Southcentral MusicWorks was founded by violist and teaching artist Adam P. Cordle to bring chamber music opportunities to students in the south central regions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  Students study with regional and nationally renowned faculty members in coachings, masterclasses, and workshops in weekend festivals that culminate in a Saturday student performance.  The festival is open to students of violin, viola, cello, flute, and piano.  The festival will run Friday, November 14 - Saturday, November 15.  Tuition is $60 for the full two day festival.  A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need.  

For application information and materials, contact Adam P. Cordle at  or 717-479-3700.  

The 2012 flute faculty member is Mary Matthews.  

To learn more about Ms. Matthews, visit"

DC’s Different Drummers

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kerm Towler and Kevin Gilbert are performing with DC's DIfferent Drummers on Saturday November 17 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (2 blocks from the Columbia Heights metro station) at 8 PM.  The program, American Salute!, includes "Quiet City" and "Old American Songs", "Slava" by Bernstein, well as works by David Mslanka and Grantham and more!  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 students aged11+, and children below age 11 free with a parent.  Tickets available at the door as well at


Online Registration now open for Richmond Flute Fest

Saturday, December 1st 9am-5pm at

Virginia Commonwealth University

Competition Registration & the Early registration fee deadline is

Friday, November 9th

To register online or for more info visit:

               A day of competitions, classes, and workshops for middle school through adult flutists.

For more info visit: 

or contact 

Guest Artist: Brooks de Wetter-Smith



Brooks de Wetter-Smith, is in great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass teacher, having performed in more than 20 nations (Eastern- and Western-Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, and South America) and nearly all 50 states. His recordings have been released on the Albany, Aurophon, Centaur, Christophorus, Crystal, and Paulinas labels, spanning baroque, romantic, twentieth-century, and jazz-inspired repertoire; and his live performances has been featured on broadcasts in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  A number of his music editions have been published by International Music Company and Southern Music. He is an internationally recognized authority on extended performance techniques. Dr. de Wetter-Smith was awarded a Fulbright Senior Professorship to teach at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Cologne, and at the Music Conservatory of Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to his music accomplishments, he is a published photographer who has worked in the Himalayas above Mt. Everest base camp, the Peruvian Andes, Lebanon, the deserts of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt, the Amazonian jungle of Brazil, Antarctica, and the high Arctic. A former president of the National Flute Association, he is the James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches flute and a course on the history

 of jazz.


“A Kinda Blue Christmas”

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012   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 8, 2012 at 3:00PM at Greenwich Presbyterian Church located at 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville, VA  20181.  

The concert will feature some unusual arrangements of some holiday favorites, such as Scott MacRae’s arrangement of “Pat-a-Pan”, Steve Sample’s arrangement of “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and Peter Senchuk’s arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Three Kings” titled “Kinda Blue Christmas.” They will also play new original music for flute choir including   “A Little Joy” by Jonathan Cohen, and “Snowfall” by James-Michael Sellers.

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.

For more information and directions go to 

For more information about Farthest Corners Ministries go to

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

Prince William County Park Authority.

Ohio Flute Competition

April 13, 2013

Ohio State University

The Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) at The Ohio State University will sponsor its thirtieth annual flute competition on April 13th, 2013 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  The purpose of this competition is to encourage excellence of performance and recognize outstanding flutists.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place winners of each division as follows: Junior High: $150, Senior High: $250, Collegiate: $350 and Young Artist: $450.

Winners will be invited to play in the guest artist masterclass at the 2014

COFA Flute Festival.

Applications, eligibility requirements and audition procedures may be found at or requested by email to

Application materials must be postmarked by February 12th, 2013.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to me at or to the COFA Director, Katherine Borst Jones, at

Happy competing!

Woodbridge Flute Choir to Sponsor Concerto Competition


 The Woodbridge Flute Choir is sponsoring its fifth 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 24, 2013 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 5, 2013.

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.

Join the JMU Flute Club for our special upcoming guest flutist event!


Paula Robison, flutist

“An abloulute wonder” -  The New York Times

thursday, April 11- Saturday, April 13, 2012

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA



Called “the first lady of the flute,” Paula Robison is “a rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure.” (The New York Times) Robison has enjoyed a career that has spanned over four decades, performing at the United Nations, the White House, on television’s Live from Lincoln Center and The Today Show, and at major concert halls and music festivals in the U.S. and abroad.


In residence at James Madison University:

In recital

Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Concert Hall

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia


For tickets:

(540) 568-7000.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts


For additional information:

(540) 568-6836


See updates on the JMU Flute Studio FACEBOOK page!


This very special event is being held in lieu of our annual Flute Fling! this year. Please join us again in spring 2014 for Flute Fling 2014!


 How Your Flute Works

By Jeff Dening


 1:  The Head Cork


Inside the head joint of your flute is a very important, yet often misunderstood and ignored component: the head cork.  The position of this cork is vital for your instrument to play in tune with itself as it was designed.  While moving the position of the cork one way or another will have minor or even negligible effect on a single pitch, it can have a dramatic effect on the tuning of the octaves and other large intervals in relation to each other.


The condition of the cork is also important.  Being a natural material, the cork can swell and shrink, be damaged by moisture, and may separate from the bottom plate of the carriage assembly.  A bad head cork can cause performance issues with an otherwise great playing flute.  A gap between the cork and the bottom plate can cause unpredictable anomalies in a flute.  Such a gap can render a piccolo largely inoperable.  You should have the cork checked for proper fit and damage every year at your annual check up.  I have clients who need a new cork every year and others who have their corks last multiple years.  There is no way to determine the absence of a potential problem without having it checked.


What do you mean “cork”?  All I see is metal.

Modern flutes have head corks mounted onto a carriage that has a metal plate on both sides of the cork.  When you look into the head joint you will not see the cork unless you have a flute of about 100 years old or more.  The modern cork carriage allows for relatively trouble-free extraction of the cork, and provides a hard reflective surface that matches the rest of the instrument.  The metal plate also provides protection for the cork against moisture and cleaning rods.



Where should the cork be positioned?

Many flutists are familiar with the line that is found on the handle end of the cleaning rod.  When this end of the rod is inserted into the head joint the line should appear near the center of the embouchure hole.  This is the quick and easy way to see if the cork is near the correct position.  You may ask, “But what does this mean?”


This is where some trivia involving the dimensions of flutes is useful to impress your friends.  On a conventional C flute the diameter of the bore at the center of the embouchure hole (not counting the lip plate and riser) is about 17 mm.  This measurement will vary slightly between heads.  It just so happens that the distance from the center of the hole to the base of the cork needs to match that number for perfect theoretical performance.


The difficulty comes in with the makers of the cleaning rods not putting the line in precisely the right place.   I have seen lines marked on rods anywhere from 15mm to 19mm.  I recommend noting where the line on your cleaning rod appears on your flute when it is playing well.  If the line is not centered you may make a mark on your rod where the center should be (please do not insert anything sharp through the embouchure hole!) or just remember that the line is a little to the left or a little to the right of center.


Piccolos tend to follow a different set of rules.  Marks on cleaning rods are all over the spectrum and the position of the head cork on piccolos tend to be quite variable as well.


In reality every player is different in a physiological sense.  To “fine tune” the position of the cork, the player should tune a series of pitches to their corresponding harmonics based off other notes.  For example, matching 3rd space C with the long C fingering up an octave (1st harmonic), or matching C3 (2nd ledger line above the staff) with the 2nd harmonic of the fundamental F (which is the same C).


If my cork is in the wrong place what do I do?

As with any repair or modification you may decide to try with your instrument you must ask yourself the following questions before beginning:

1.     Do I need to do this now?  If you are performing tomorrow and just read this article, it may not be wise to follow the impulse to tinker with your flute.

2.     Can I undo or reverse anything I do in case the flute plays worse?

3.     If I proceed regardless of the answers to 1 and 2 is my repair tech available for an emergency rescue?

3a.  Does my repair tech prefer cookies or brownies?


Having asked yourself those questions, you may proceed to the crown at the end of the head joint.  The crown is threaded on to the cork carriage and turning it clockwise will pull the cork towards the crown end of the head.  If the cork is already too far to the crown end then the crown needs to be loosened about a full turn and then pushed in.  This will move the cork towards the tenon end of the head.  Remember to take note of your starting point in case that is the optimum position.


If the cork does not move in either direction initially, do not force it to move.  Visit your technician for assistance.


Once the cork is set in the optimum position for the instrument and player it should not need to be moved.  Many technicians will seal the cork with paraffin wax to protect against moisture.  The wax has an additional quality of creating a weak adhesive bond with the head joint to help hold the cork in place.


For players with a great deal of sensitivity towards their instruments, the fit of the cork can make a difference in response or resonance.  There is no definitive “right or wrong” for all flutes and it actually can become a Goldilocks situation where one cork is too tight, one is too loose, and the ultimate elusive goal is the one that is just right.  This fact has created a small market for companies fabricating aftermarket head corks of synthetic materials, devices using o-rings, and other creations designed to make your flute “play better”.  These options may or may not make a difference for you.  The more important thing is having the fundamental knowledge of how the head cork contributes to the functioning of the instrument.  This will allow you to make an informed decision on how your flute needs to play for you.

Jeff Dening has been repairing flutes professionally for nearly 2 decades.  His repair shop, Jeff’s Woodwind Shop, is now operating in the Baltimore area.  Details can be found at


On the right is a new head cork. It is replacing the one on the left which had serious water damage after only a year.

The gap between the cork and the plate can cause problems.

This is a head cork assembly from a 19th century Badger flute.  The obvious differences from the modern parts are the large wooden screw to make adjustments and no bottom plate.  Also of interest is the indentation on the exposed face of the cork.  This is not a hole as on modern corks, but a modification theorized to aid the upper register on older wood flutes.