Upper Midwest Flute Association

2017 Marathon Flute Concert

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (10am-6pm) at the Mall of America Sears Court
Proceeds directly benefit UMFA’s student scholarship program.

Our second Marathon Flute Concert was a great success!  Now we're working on the details for our 2017 concert.  Applications will be available by summer 2016, but you can email to reserve a spot sooner!

About the Marathon Flute Concert

In spring 2015, the UMFA board created a new scholarship program to support local flute students in their musical studies.  We began a tradition of inviting all flutists to help the fundraising effort by participating in an 8-hour Marathon Flute Concert at the Mall of America!  We held successful concerts in January 2015 and October 2016, and we are looking forward to our 3rd one in October 2017!

In addition to featuring fantastic performers of all ages and levels, these concerts have brought in significant donations for the scholarship fund, and they have helped to spread the word about our scholarship program!

Here were our 2015 Performers and 2016 Performers.

Thank you so much to all of our performers, volunteers, and donors for your support, participation, and generosity.

Join us for the 2017 Marathon Concert!

How you can participate: 

  • Perform: All ages and levels are invited to play, from beginner students to professionals.  We would love to have ensembles as well as soloists, and any instrumental group is welcome as long as at least one flute is involved.  Non-"Western" flutes are welcomed as well.  Register below.
  • Volunteer: We have a variety of jobs to be done before, during, and after the concert.  Any amount of time you're willing to share is appreciated! Please submit this volunteer availability form if you're willing to help.
  • Donate: UMFA is accepting monetary donations for the scholarship program and instrument donations for its partner organizations--see below.  Our fundraising goal for this year is $5000!
  • Spread the word by telling people about it and liking/re-sharing UMFA's facebook posts and printing/sharing our concert flyer!
  • Watch the show! 

Monetary Donations If you would like to help support the scholarship program, you may donate via check or online.  Checks should be made payable to Upper Midwest Flute Association (Please write "scholarship donation" on the memo line, and if you are giving in honor of a performer on the marathon concert, please include their name as well.). Checks can be mailed to Upper Midwest Flute Association, 6324 Decatur Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428.  You may also donate online on our GiveMN page.  Thank you for your generosity.

Instrument Donations
Instrument donations are welcomed at any time throughout the year.  UMFA’s partner organizations, the MusicLink Foundation and Hopewell Music Cooperative North, will be taking instrument donations of any kind (flutes and non-flutes) at the Marathon Flute Concert on Saturday, January 31st.  A designated number of flutes will be reserved for MusicLink students to be available to those with UMFA scholarships, and the rest of the instruments will go to Hopewell Music Cooperative North.

Online Performer Registration

Deadline: TBD.  For questions, please email umfascholarships@gmail.com.  For details about performing in the event, see first page of performer application.

  1. UMFA membership renewal
  2. 2017 Marathon Performer Applications will be uploaded later. [For details about performing in the event, see 2016 Performer Application.]
  3. Mandatory minimum fundraising amount of $25/performer to go directly into scholarship fund (donation info below).  Additional donations are welcomed after the application deadline and throughout the year.
  4. (Optional) Volunteer availability form:  If you would like to volunteer to help before, during, or after the event, please let us know.
Need a collaborative pianist? We will provide a list of available pianists willing to play with performers in the marathon concert.

 Halloween costumes/decor are welcome at the event! 

Help us to reach our annual goal of raising $5000 for the scholarship fund!

Monetary Donations

If you would like to help support the scholarship program, please visit our Giving page and designate the "scholarship fund" option in your check or online payment.  Thank you for your generosity!

Instrument Donations

Instrument donations (flutes and non-flutes) are welcomed at any time throughout the year through UMFA’s partner organizations, the MusicLink Foundation and Hopewell Music Cooperative North (see below). Instruments will be available to recipients of UMFA scholarships through participation in these programs.

Contact: To discuss questions about the program or potential donations (including corporate donations and named scholarships), please contact the scholarship finance committee at umfascholarships@gmail.com. [For questions related to eligibility or applications, email umfa.scholarship.apps@gmail.com.]

About UMFA: UMFA is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in the Twin Cities that aims to promote all aspects of flute-playing across the region.  All donations are tax-deductible and will go directly into the UMFA Scholarship Fund.

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