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  • Flute Choir Fun by Paula Buermele

    January 2014 Flute Choir Fun by Paula Buermele We are all familiar with musical ensembles ranging in size from the duet to the symphony orchestra. We listen to many combinations of instruments and vocalists creating beautiful sounds that please our ears, lift our spirits, and stir our emotions. The flute choir is an often hidden treasure…
  • Robert Dick Presents the Glissando Headjoint

    A highlight of the convention was our product showcase. Robert Dick presented his Glissando Headjoint along with Flute Specialists President Robert Johnson. On Saturday August 10, a packed room heard all about the sound opportunities created for flutists and composers by this innovative headjoint. The Glissando Headjoint telescopes and slides creating sounds more similar to…
  • A Flutist’s Guide to the Fall Season by John McMurtery, D.M.A.

    A Flutist’s Guide to the Fall Season John McMurtery, D.M.A. Autumn is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and football games contribute to its unique appeal. If you are in school, you might be preparing for marching band shows and competitions, but it’s not too early to start thinking about concert…
  • An Interview with Amanda Sparfeld

    I met up with flutist Amanda Sparfeld at a local trendy restaurant.  While eating deliciously messy burgers, we discussed her beginnings in music, her evolution as a flute player, her career at the Michigan Opera Theatre and as a private teacher, and future projects and goals.  Below are some highlights from this inspirational afternoon. FS:…
  • Performance and Audition Tips by Sharon Sparrow

    February 2014 It’s that exciting time of year again filled with auditions, solo and ensemble presentations and competitions! There are many things I’ve learned in my many years of teaching, coaching, and judging events and chose these following tips to help you succeed and do your best in this exciting month! PREPARATION is the key!…
  • A History of Muramatsu Flutes

    Muramatsu Inc. Japan The Muramatsu flute company has been making professional flutes for nearly a century, and is still family owned. The founder of the Muramatsu company was an artist, who became enamored when he heard a Boehm system flute for the first time. This sound was new to Japan, and inspired the young Koichi…