Newsletter     October  2012                                              

Fall Flute Flutters and Membership Recital

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Church of the Good Shepherd

9350 Braddock Rd.

Burke VA 22015

10:00AM-11:00AM: Flute Yoga with Melissa Lindon

11:30AM-12:45PM Flute choir reading session

2:00PM: Membership recital

 (If interested in performing contact Susan Todenhoft at: )

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 yoga 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.

Save the Date!

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

7 Competitions: (See requirements at your entry by the deadline, Midnight, Monday, November 5, 2012)

Young Artist Piccolo

Student Honors (final round held at flute fair)

High School Flute Choir

Student Master Classes

Guest Artist Master Class

Wallace Mann Orchestral Excerpts & Master Class

Adult Amateur Competition

The program committee invites you to submit proposals for the 2013 flute fair. Please email your proposal to:

Flute Fair Program Committee 

Deadline: November 1, 2012

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 

Friends of Kelly Via

We are sorry to share with you that our dear friend and colleague, Kelly Via, has been diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma, a non-Hodgkins, grade 2 form of cancer (this number has nothing to do with the stage).  This cancer is not curable however it is treatable, and this particular type is one of the slowest spreading.

Kelly is the flutist and composer who has arranged wonderful music for flute choir including “By Kells Waters”, “Appalachian Suite” and “Fantasia on Red River” among others. He has also been the National Flute Association’s Choirs Coordinator for the last five years, a member of the Professional Flute Choir for many years, and is currently the NFA’s High School Flute Choir coordinator.

Kelly does have some health insurance but there is a high deductible, it will not be covering all surgical and medical expenses, and there will be times when he will not be able to work.

He is still undergoing a series of tests to determine the staging and treatment plan.  Preliminary consultations with the oncologist indicate that Kelly will need radiation therapy and possibly chemotherapy as well as lymphedema therapy due to the removal of the cancerous lymph node.

Kelly has friends nationwide and abroad who know and love him, and who would like to help.  For this purpose a non-interest bearing bank account titled, “Friends of Kelly Via”, has been opened, and non-tax deductible contributions can be deposited.

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.

2012 Woodwind, Piano, String and Voice International Competition

October 27, 2012

The 2012 Woodwind, Piano, String, and Voice International Competition will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church,

The Asian American Music Society's International Competition is a unique competition for Elementary, Middle and High School Students and is open to everyone, not only Asians or Americans. There are three divisions based on grade.  First place winners will receive a small scholarship and participate in a concert at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage.  

This concert will be held in November, 2012.

For more information, please visit

PANTASIA Flute Choir

Celebrating 20th Anniversary

PANTASIA FLUTE CHOIR in Roanoke, Virginia is celebrating their 20th anniversary year with a concert to be held on the stage of the new Roanoke County Library on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm, followed by a reception.  The choir has grown to over 25 players.  The flute choir is led by Gretchen Jensen, music teacher for the Roanoke City School system.

Patagonia Winds

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Join the Patagonia Winds for a free concert celebrating all animals with a performance featuring Prokofiev's beloved “Peter and the Wolf” on Sunday, October 7th at 2:15pm as part of the "Blessing of the Animals" at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St, Herndon, VA.

Please note: this free concert will be video recorded; concertgoers will need to

sign a release form.

For more info, find the Patagonia Winds on Facebook, or see

Emma Resmini In Concert

October 13, 2012  7:30PM

On Saturday, October 13th, FSW member Emma Resmini will perform in the Concerts at  St. Luke’s Young Artists Concert, featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program.  Repertoire will include the Boehm Grand Polonaise and the Casella Sicilienne and Burlesque.The concert will also include music for violin and harp. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.$20 adults/$15 seniors/$10 students & teachers





Flute and Organ Concert

 All Hallows Church, South River

 Friday, October 19th, 2012, at 7:30PM

3604 Solomon's Island Road (Route 2 at Brick Church Road), Davidsonville, MD


DUO MYDO, Myriam Hidber Dickinson, flute, and Douglas Bruce, organ, will perform 18th, 19th, and 20th century music from Albeniz to Venezia.


Douglas Bruce is the organist at the Reformed Church of Biel-Benken, near Basel, Switzerland, and two Lutheran churches in Germany.  Myriam Hidber Dickinson enjoys a very active performing career in various chamber music groups (playing on modern as well as early flutes) in Switzerland, Brazil, Italy, Austria, the U.S.A., and France.  See her website:


All Hallows' concerts feature the church's new David Moore organ

and will be followed by a reception.

Free will offerings are gratefully accepted.

For further information call Lillian Stevens Armstrong, Chairman of the Music Committee, 410-626-1777, or email 

Two Fall Concerts!!

October 20 and October 27, 2013

The Woodbridge Flute Choir, under the direction of Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, will perform two fall concerts this year.  The first concert will be at the Making Joyful Noise Concert sponsored by the Lake of the Woods Church. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7:00PM.  Lake of the Woods Church is located at 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove, VA   22508.

This concert will again be performed the following week at Westminster at Lake Ridge on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:00PM.  Westminster at Lake Ridge is located at 12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge, VA 22192.

Both concerts are FREE!  Please attend the one that is closest to you.  Each concert will include “Faces” by James Christensen, “Pavane” by Faure and arranged by Ben-Meir, “Cosmic Horizons” by Ann Cameron Pearce, “Harlequin Suite” by Ira-Paul Schwartz, selections from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and arranged by John Davis, “Solemnities” by local composer Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, and “Mr. Sanchez” by Peter Senchuk.

For more information and directions go to 

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

Prince William County Park Authority.

Annapolis Chamber Orchestra

Masters of the Late Baroque:  Tradition and Transition

Thursday, October 26, 2012   6:00PM

Please join the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra Players for a concert entitled: Masters of the Late Baroque:Tradition and Transition as a part of the Thursday Concerts at St. Anne's held at St. Anne's Parish, Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM. The concert is free and open to the public. The works include solos, duets and trio sonatas from composers such as C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach,

J.J. Quantz, C.S. Schultze, G.F. Telemann and A. Vivaldi. The musicians performing are: Pam Godfrey Stevens and Kathleen Trahan, flutes; Larry Molinaro, harpsichord and Kari Shae, bassoon. For further information, please call 410-626-2087 or contact

Come hear the flute students of George Mason University perform in a master class for Aaron Goldman, acting principal of the National Symphony Orchestra!  Attend this free event on Sunday, October 28th from 7-10 pm.  The location is the de Laski Performing Arts Building. 

Please email Julianna Nickel, Adjunct Professor of Flute with any questions at 

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"


The Nineteenth Annual Columbia Flute Choir Festival sponsored by the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts and Columbia Flute Choir will be 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 Columbia Institute of Fine Arts can be reached at (703) 534-2508. Participants will include Flutes on the Brink, Frederick Flute Choir, The Musical Offering Flute Ensemble, Woodbridge Flute Choir, DCFlutes, and, of course, Columbia Flute Choir. Each choir will present a short program. The concert is free and open to the public. All are welcome! There will be a lovely reception following the performance.

Online Registration now open for Richmond Flute Fest

Saturday, December 1st 9am-5pm at

Virginia Commonwealth University

               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.

Click here to apply.

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.