UMFA Flute Fest 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017
8 AM-6 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403 

Mimi StillmanFlute Fest 2017 will take place on March 25, 8am - 6pm, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis.  This centrally located venue has plenty of free parking, a great exhibit area, and beautiful performance spaces.

Ms. Mimi Stillman, internationally known flutist and Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, will be our Guest Artist. She will play a recital, offer a masterclass, and present a chamber music workshop.

In addition to Ms. Stillman’s masterclass, Leonard Garrison, current Program Chair for the 2017 National Flute Association’s Annual Convention, will be presenting a masterclass especially for intermediate-level players.  The repertoire will focus on lesser known works from the French Romantic repertoire - a wonderful opportunity for both students and teachers to get better acquainted with some new pieces!  He will also be joined by several other folks from the NFA office for a discussion about the NFA Convention to be held in Minneapolis, August 10 - 13.

In other performances during the day, several of our own Midwest flutists (Wendy Williams from the Minnesota Orchestra and Alicia McQuerrey from the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Carol Hester from Luther College, Deb Harris from Concordia College, and Amy Morris from Hamline University to name a few) will perform in recital, and we will also hear from several of our home-grown flute ensembles in our second Midwest Flute Ensembles Recital.

The final rounds for the Laudie Porter Competition and the Young Artist Competition will be held and, for a less competitive experience, there will be the opportunity to participate in the Rising Stars Festival.  Another event offered with our younger members in mind will be a session with age-appropriate activities, including an opportunity to try UMFA’s low flutes!

An exciting new recital has been added to this year's event - All in the Family Recital. Do you have a sibling, parent or grandparent, maybe even an aunt, uncle, or spouse who shares your love of music? Would you like to have a chance to take the stage with them? All in the Family will be an opportunity for UMFA members to perform with other family members. Share your musical heritage and family talent with us! Interested performers should contact Joy Isakson, UMFA VP, at

To expand your horizons, plan to attend a jazz flute demo/workshop with Paul Schimmer and Julie Johnson. Wendy Williams, assisted by Amy Morris and Alicia McQuerrey, will discuss the joys of playing 2nd Flute.  Carol Hester will present a Body Mapping session for young and old, and remember to dress comfortably so you can participate in Yoga for Flutists with Deirdre Murnane.

As always, there will be flute choir reading sessions and a number of vendors displaying their wares.

Online registration is now closed, you can still register in person at the event.

Volunteers:  If you are interested in volunteering for Flute Fest, either beforehand or the day of, please contact Kara Swanson at

Events (download detailed schedule)

·         Mimi Stillman Recital and Masterclass
·         Chamber Music Workshop
·         Parisian Impressions Masterclass for intermediate-level players (pre-selected students)
·         Young Artist Competition
·         Laudie Porter Memorial Competition
·         Rising Stars
·         Midwest Flutists Recital
·         Midwest Flute Ensemble Recital
·         Flute Choir Reading Sessions
·         All in the Family Recital
·         Flute Zoo
·         Jazz Flute Improvisation Workshop
·         Geographical Outreach discussion
·         NFA Panel Discussion
·         The Joy of 2nd Flute Panel Discussion
·         Body Mapping for Young and Old
·         Yoga for Flutists
·         UMFA Garage Sale
·         Flute Exhibits


·        Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.
·        Flute Specialists, Inc.
·        Flute World Company
·        Groth Music
·        Burkart Flutes and Piccolos
·        National Flute Association
·        The Flute Shop (Schmitt Music)

This program is made possible by a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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