Events

ICU Compassion Concert with BETA Quartet

On March 19, BETA Quartet will be hosting an ICU Compassion Concert. This concert will be a benefit concert to raise funds for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. They will be premiering 20 new pieces written for flute quartet, all of which are dedicated to ICU workers around the globe in the midst of the pandemic. In the summer of 2021, partnering with long-time sponsor Mr. Jon Cummings and feeling the heartache and difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, BETA Quartet...

Teacher Appreciation Event

At Flute Specialists, Inc. we understand that this is a particularly difficult year for flute teachers at all levels and we want to help! Sign up for our FREE teacher appreciation event on Sunday November 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm on Zoom. This event will feature a panel discussion led by Marianne Gedigian, Melissa Mashner and Callie Brewer PLUS a free workshop with Lea Pearson titled “Helpful strategies to empower your students to ease tension and nurture expression”. One lucky attendee will...

Flutes by the Sea Masterclass Q & A

by Viviana Guzman Q: How did the Flutes by the Sea Masterclass get its start? A: The San Francisco Flute Festival was born in 2012. We started offering summer masterclasses in 2013 in the beautiful oceanside village of Half Moon Bay here in the San Francisco Bay area. Q: What is one of your favorite memories from the class? A: Our guest artists through the years have included Carol Wincenc, Amy Porter, Jill Felber, Julien Beaudiment, Alice K. Dade, Erika Boysen, Fluterscooter, Maxim Rubtsov,...

A Four Day Flute Escape: Beach-style By Melissa Grey

A Four Day Flute Escape: Beach-style By Melissa Grey How many times have you shared your career as a musician and heard, “I used to play the flute in high school!” or, “My grandchild plays the flute,” or my favorite, “So what is your real job?” As a musician, a genuine concern that I had was becoming someone who would also set aside the flute, turning my back on the music that touched my heart throughout my life. Yet, I found, growth opportunities...

FestivalSouth by Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo

Mississippi may not be a place you consider to have a significant cultural economy, but in south central Mississippi, the city of Hattiesburg boasts a vibrant and quickly growing arts scene. About to begin its sixth year, FestivalSouth®, June 6-20, 2015, will again be the platform upon which several educational institutes will take place, including the Southern Flute Festival, presented by Dr. Danilo Mezzadri.  Thanks to the healthy partnership between FestivalSouth® and the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music,...

New Caliendo Flute Ensemble Piece by Julie Stone

New Caliendo Flute Ensemble Piece Premiering at the 2014 NFA Convention   by Julie Stone, Professor of Flute, Eastern Michigan University   “How about a new premiere?! Let's really celebrate!” These were the words in an email from Christopher Caliendo responding to my inquiry about a piece for the Eastern Michigan University Emerald Flutes to perform at the NFA Convention in Chicago. Needless to say Dr. Penny Fischer and I (co-directors of the ensemble) were speechless!! We are fans of his compositions for flute ensemble...

Building a Program for the NFA Convention by Alice Dade

Building a Program for the NFA Convention by Alice Dade - Assistant Program Chair 2014 NFA Convention   Phil Dikeman and I became friends when I started subbing with Detroit Symphony in 2009, where Phil was Assistant Principal as well as Acting Principal. We were known to shop together, dine at the glamorous Sonic, and bond over our enjoyment of cooking. We also figured out that Phil was a judge when I competed in the NFA High School Soloists Competition in 1998!   In 2011,...

Robert Dick Presents the Glissando Headjoint

Robert Dick Presents the Glissando Headjoint   NFA 2013 was a blast!  This year's National Flute Association Convention was   held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Great concerts. Fantastic master classes. Exquisite food.  Celebrity flutists. A fun time was had by all!  Check out our pictures on facebook.   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...