Feel Good Stories

Announcing PRFS Competition Winners

Flute Specialists, Inc. is happy to sponsor the Puerto Rico Flute Symposium Young Artist Competition. This competition was open to all flute players from age 18 to 35. The first place winner received a $500 cash prize sponsored by Flute Specialists, a solo performance with the Puerto Rico Festival Orchestra, and a full scholarship to the 2022 symposium. The second place winner received a $200 cash prize sponsored by Flute Specialists, a 45-minute recital at the 2022 symposium and a...

Announcing 2021 Scholarship Recipients

We happily announce the recipients of the Flute Specialists of Michigan scholarships to the Robert Dick Contemporary Flute Week at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, June 27 - July 3. Flute Specialists is delighted to support the Robert Dick Contemporary flute Week with two $250 scholarships. Candidates were required to submit a short statement and also a video of their playing. Sarah Curtiss is going into her second year of her Master of Music in flute performance at...

How the DSO flute section was able to #keepthemusicplaying (and more!) during the pandemic

This past year has been like no other and flexibility, creativity, and patience have been more important than ever. Through all the challenges and many concert cancellations that the COVID-19 pandemic forced upon all of us, various musical projects have helped us stay inspired. Many of these projects were through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and we are so grateful to the DSO for the opportunities they’ve created for the musicians. Additionally, we are in awe of the inventiveness of DSO...

UPDATE ON THE CHINESE ORPHANS PROJECT AND HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING THE ORPHANS

Flutists from all over the US have participated in the annual Chinese Orphans Benefit Concerts at First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin to help us support and send hundreds of rural Chinese orphans to school for the last 15 years. How much this has meant to these children, whom the rest of the world seems to have forgotten, is shown in a recent message I received from Dong whom we sponsored for many years. He was one of our very...

What a Flute Concert Can Do by Linda Mintener

What a Flute Concert Can DoBy Linda MintenerIn 2007, flutist Linda Mintener organized a flute concert at her church to support two desperately poor Chinese orphans that did not have funds to get an education. Linda learned about the orphan children from her longtime friend who was a missionary in China for many years. When that first concert generated enough donations to send five orphans to school for a year, Linda and her church decided to make the concert an...

Dolphin Serenade by Linda Sue Boehmer

Dolphin Serenade:aka My Kingdom for a Cameraby Linda Sue BoehmerOff season adventures await visitors and locals who are willing to think outside the seasonal box. Weather on Hatteras island is unpredictable in every direction, including unseasonably warm, calm days after Thanksgiving.On one such day I found myself fulfilling long held dream of playing my flute for the dolphins I so often admire from our deck. I am an enthusiastic amateur flutist, playing my flutes in concert and in unusual venues. I purchased a waterproof Nuvo...

The Joy of New Beginnings

  by Amy Rever-Oberle, Band Director   Whether direct or indirect, there are many musical representations of the concept of “joy.” You can probably think of a few of either example quickly. Pieces or moments that you can’t help but smile. That raise the hair on the back of your neck. Maybe they even bring about stealthy onion chopping miscreants and you suddenly find yourself with teary eyes. Sometimes, all of these things hit you at once. I’d like to submit another example...

Music, Healing, and Our Communities- January 2017

Music, Healing and Our Communities:   An Empowering Partnership Michelle S. Lynch, PsyD, LP Detroit Medical Orchestra Since its beginning in 2010, the Detroit Medical Orchestra’s mission of “Bringing Healing Through Music” has been realized by presenting high-level symphonic performances in the heart of downtown Detroit performed by Detroit-area medical students, nurses, resident and attending physicians, allied-health professionals, professors/academics, and well as any other musicians who are passionate about the healing power of music.  The orchestra members are all volunteers, giving generously of their time...

Flute Lessons to Lesson Plans: My First Days as a Teacher by Ashley Hagadon

Flute Lessons to Lesson Plans: My First Days as a Teacher by Ashley Hagadon First year teacher, that’s what I’m labeled. It seems to be a terrifying phrase because every time I mention it, I get responses like ‘hang in there’ , ’just focus on surviving’ and ‘next year will be better’. Straight out of college I entered a world of seasoned educators, interviews, staff meetings, and more emails than I could keep up with. Among all the chaos I felt completely overwhelmed...

Stars and Stripes Forever by Nan Raphael

Stars and Stripes Forever by Nan Raphael   The first time I played Stars and Stripes was with my high school band. It was tradition that whoever was playing solo flute got to play the solo in Stars and Stripes. It was quite an honor. I prepared by playing along with a recording from an LP of Sousa Marches.  During the course of my 26 year career in the US Army Field Band I had the honor of playing the solo in Stars and...

Have Flute… Will Travel! by Katherine Calvey

  Have Flute…. Will Travel! by Katherine Calvey   I intended to compose (not music, but rather this article) in the sierra mountain village of Mexiquillo Durango, Mexico last week, until a power outage left me with my thoughts to ponder in the darkness.  Although the glow from the fireplace lit by my fellow campers (motorcycle aficionados- not classical music devotees) only softly illuminated the paper on which I had been notating adventures lived while devoted to playing the flute transnationally, the warm jovial conversation...

Flute Benefit Concert for Chinese Orphans

FLUTE CONCERT PROVIDES EDUCATION FOR 85 CHINESE ORPHAN CHILDREN by Linda Mintener Flutist Linda Mintener, through her church, organizes an annual flute concert to raise funds for more than 85 Chinese orphan children to go to school.  The concerts are free with a free-will offering taken, all of which goes to support the orphans.  The 9th annual Chinese Orphan Benefit Concert will be on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:30 at First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  All are invited to attend. Linda began...

Happy Holidays by Amanda Sparfeld

  Happy Holidays        by Amanda Sparfeld     It's that time of year again, when the colorful lights twinkle on the trees and cozy little houses all around the world. Snowfall, snowmen, menorahs, Christmas trees, singing carols-- all of the beautiful holiday events for the month of December.   As I write this, I am in-between performing two shows of Wicked which is currently at the Detroit Opera House. Though not necessarily a Christmas story, it is a fun show the whole family can enjoy!   Previous to this, I performed Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" with...

Back to School: Back to Work by Blake Bard

Back to School: Back to Work It’s that time again; time to stock up on school supplies, time to dust off the instrument, time to buy more sheet music, time to start lessons again, and most of all, time to get back to work.  Summer stock is over, and the regular performing season is beginning to take full swing. Now that schooling is over for me, it’s time to find work.  This fall season, I can be seen on the Detroit Opera...

How to Get Started in the Music Business by Althea Rene

How to Get Started In the Music Business: I was born in Detroit, Michigan and came from a musical family.  My Father (Dezie McCullers) was a part of the Funk Brother’s horn section with Motown and my two brothers are musicians as well.  I am excited to be the first flute player to Hit # 1 on both the Billboard and Smooth Jazz charts with my most recent CD “In the Flow”.  I spent much of my early career successfully meeting...