UMFA is moving forward with plans to host Flute Fest in Minneapolis on April 2, 2022, with registration options for both in-person and online participation.
In the event that COVID-19 conditions do not permit us to confidently offer the in-person component, we are prepared to modify all scheduled Flute Fest competitions, workshops, performances, and Guest Artist events to an online format.
Given the success of our 2021 Virtual Flute Fest, we are confident that Flute Fest 2022 will be a wonderful event in either format.
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.
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: Interdisceplinary 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.
Competitions for flutists of all ages
Now accepting Flute Fest Proposals
UMFA Members will be featured in competitions, workshops, and performances at Flute Fest and during the online Prelude series. Proposals will be accepted through January 31, 2022.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Saturday, April 2, 2022
We plan to live stream most Flute Fest sessions via Zoom for those who are unable to attend in person.
An online Flute Fest Prelude series is being planned for Flute Fest attendees on multiple days between March 21 and 31, 2022. The Prelude feature is intended to spread out the festivities over multiple days and make Flute Fest accessible to as many flutists as possible, both as presenters and participants.
Registration Fees (early bird pricing)*
*Register by March 1st to receive the early bird registration pricing. Registration fees will increase by $5 after March 1st.
We plan to live stream most Flute Fest sessions via Zoom for those who are unable to attend in person. You will be asked to select the in-person or online option 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.
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.https://www.hilaryabigana.com/