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Flute Fest

UMFA is moving forward with plans to host an in-person Flute Fest in Minneapolis in April 2023. To view COVID policies for this event, visit our COVID page.

UMFA is pleased to announce that The Fourth Wall Ensemble will be the featured guest artist for Flute Fest 2022. The Fourth Wall is a hybrid performing arts ensemble in which the musicians are also dancers. The ensemble is comprised of flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons, and percussionist Greg Jukes.


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Fruit Flies Like a Banana! Variety Show

The Fourth Wall’s mission is to create programming that engages everyone from elementary school children to classical performance connoisseurs through a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also actors, dancers, and acrobats. In a theater, breaking the fourth wall brings the world on stage directly into the audience; as an ensemble, The Fourth Wall, breaks the barrier between serious art and serious fun. In their award-winning variety show, Fruit Flies Like a Banana, this trio of musicians creates new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets classic repertoire - all performed in an order chosen by the audience - to make music that leaps off the stage. Time flies like an arrow... Fruit Flies Like a Banana!

The Games: Interdisciplinary Activities for Inspired Performance

Interdisciplinary learning accommodates students’ varied needs. Rather than siloing learners into categories of learning styles, The Fourth Wall’s hybrid arts approach to presenting and creating work embraces many modes of expression simultaneously, putting a different spin on music education. We have over 50 years combined experience performing and building shows for young audiences and believe that making high-quality work for kids is an essential skill for all artists. This workshop introduces a variety of activities that combine music, theatre, and dance: musical concepts of tempo and dynamics can be taught through dance activities, exercises from drama and theatre improv explore ways to communicate and connect within an ensemble, sounds evoke setting, character, and movement choices.

Masterclass with The Fourth Wall's Hilary Abigana

Flutist Hilary Abigana will conduct a 90-minute masterclass featuring three performers at Flute Fest. Apply to be one of three performers in this masterclass. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2022

Competitions for flutists of all ages

Cash prizes will be awarded for the Laudie Porter (grades 7-12) and Young Artist (ages 18-30) competitions. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2022

Rising Stars Masterclass

Bring any polished piece, etude, or excerpt (no accompaniment required) and receive live coaching from Roma Duncan! For students under 18 and with at least 1 year of playing experience.  Register by March 15, 2022.

Flute Fest Proposals

UMFA Members will be featured in competitions, workshops, and performances at Flute Fest and during the online Prelude seriesProposals will be accepted through February 1, 2022. 

Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Saturday, April 2, 2022


Fruit Flies Like a Banana! Variety Show

April 2, 12:30–1:30 PM

(UMFA membership not required to attend the show)

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Registration Fees (advance registration)
  • Adult Member – $25.00
  • Senior Member (ages 55 and over) – $20.00
  • Student Member (ages 12 and under) – $15.00
  • Student Member (ages 13 and over) – $20.00
  • Fourth Wall Show Single Event Ticket (UMFA membership not required)  – $20.00

*Register by April 1st to receive advance registration pricing. Registration fees will increase by $5 on the day of the event.

We plan to live stream most Flute Fest sessions for those who are unable to attend in person. You will have the option to select remote participation when you register.

All Flute Fest events require a current UMFA membership plus event registration. Click below to learn about all the benefits of membership, or to renew.

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UMFA will continue to monitor the COVID situation and update masking and vaccination/testing policies as appropriate.

To view the current policies, visit the COVID-19 page.  

For Exhibitors:

The exhibit hall will be open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The fee for exhibitors is $50 (includdes one 8-foot table). Additional tables are available for $25. You can register and pay for space at: https://www.umfaflutes.org/corporatepartners

Please contact development@umfaflutes.org with any questions.

Hilary Abigana is at home in the orchestra as well as in front of it. She has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras with the "music-telling" ensemble, Tales & Scales; with the Evansville Philharmonic in a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; and was the winner of the 2003 Eastman Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition, performing with the Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra. Before moving to Boston with The Fourth Wall, she held positions as the second flutist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and solo piccolo player of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Hilary was the first-prize winner of the 2008 Houston Flute Club's Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, was a silver medalist at the 2014 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Céílí Band Competition, and a silver medalist at the 2008 Fischoff Competition (with Trio Destino). Passionate about teaching, Hilary is on faculty at Floot Fire in Texas, the International Flute Symposium (with The Fourth Wall), co-founded the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, and continues to inspire young flutists with her hybrid arts performances.

Hilary received her Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from The Eastman School of Music, where she also was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in Flute. She received her Masters Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studied with Leone Buyse. Together with previous teachers Bonita Boyd and Timothy Day, these three musicians have been the greatest influence on her playing.


Flute Fest is an annual UMFA event dedicated to our love of the flute. Each year we feature an inspiring guest artist, and host the final rounds of the Young Artist Competition and Laudie Porter Memorial Scholarship Competition for junior high and high school students. There are also masterclasses, discussions and workshops, as well as opportunities for participation, so bring your flute! It is a fabulous day to shop for flutes and flute music from our many knowledgeable exhibitors. Those who prefer to spend the day listening, will delight in the concerts and recitals, including our Rising Stars Recitals, dedicated to our youngest students. Join our flute community! We welcome all ages and ability levels to join us!

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