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Flute Fest 2019

  • 03/23/2019
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Plymouth Congregational Church


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"Unleash Your Creativity"
40th Anniversary of UMFA
with guest artist Mark Sparks
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN

Join us in celebration of the 40th anniversary of UMFA featuring guest artist Mark Sparks! UMFA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Flute Choir Showcase and Honors Flute Choir will join together with Flute Fest in a special collaborative event. We hope you will join us for a flute-tastic event filled with performances, workshops, master classes, exhibits and more!

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Plymouth Congregational Church 
1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions and Parking
*Parking is free in the Plymouth Church parking lot

$10 Student Member (ages 12 and under)
$15 Student Member (ages 13 and over)
$15 Senior Member (ages 55 and over)
$20 Adult Member 
$60 Non-Member 
$15 Lunch add-on 

*Student members will be able to add family members as guests for free

The registration deadline to order a lunch is March 8, 2019

Please note that dues paid to be a member of a non-profit organization and registration fees paid to attend non-profit events are considered tax deductible donations.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to attend, please contact UMFA at

UMFA offers a financial hardship program for flutists who demonstrate financial need to attend Flute Fest. Please email for more information.

Schedule of Events:

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  Registration Open  Jones Commons
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM   Exhibits & Garage Sale Open  Jones Commons
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Honors Flute Choir Rehearsal  Room 205 
 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM Flute Choir Showcase Concert  Guild Hall
 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Young Artist Competition Finals


10:00 - 11:00 AM  Integrating Multiple Layers of Breath with Tim Lane  Jackman 
 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Rising Stars Festival Session #1  Fireside Room
 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Julia Bogorad-Kogan Workshop Fireside Room
 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM  Lunch Available  Jackman
 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Flute Choir Reading Session  Room 207
 12:00 - 12:45 PM

Swedish Women Composers: Featuring Works by Laura Netzel with Dr. Paula Gudmundson 

Room 205 
 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM  Laudie Porter Competition Finals  Chapel
 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  Mark Sparks Recital  Guild Hall
 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Mark Sparks Masterclass  Guild Hall
3:00 - 4:00 PM  Finding Joy in Piccolo Playing with Stephanie Lupo Room 205
 3:00 - 4:00 PM  Rising Stars Festival Session #2  Chapel
 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM  A Tale of Two Series: "Orchestral Excerpt Practice Books and Exploring Sound" with Mark Sparks  Room 205
 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Awards Ceremony  Guild Hall
 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM  Honors Flute Choir Performance  Guild Hall
 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM  Closing Ceremony Flute Choir Play Along  Guild Hall

Download a printer-friendly version of the schedule here!

Mark Sparks is an American solo flutist, orchestral artist, teacher, and writer. He was appointed Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2000, and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra numerous times, most recently in March 2017.  He has performed with many U.S. orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.  Mr. Sparks maintains an active solo career, having appeared in recital and with orchestras on 5 continents. Recent and upcoming international engagements include solo concerts in Monterrey, Mexico, Beijing, Qingdao, Sydney and London.    

Sparks can be heard as solo recording artist on the Summit and AAM  labels, and with various orchestras on the Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Decca labels.  He recently released his third solo recording, "French Album.”

Mr. Sparks is a faculty member of DePaul University in Chicago, the Aspen Music Festival, and Flauti al Castello in Italy. He has frequently coached at the world’s top orchestral training programs such as the New World Symphony, National Youth Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival.  As clinician, he is a frequent guest at major U.S. music schools and  flute courses.  2018-19 residencies include the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Houston Flute Club annual festival, Aspen Music Festival, Flauti al Castello, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Oberlin.  

Sparks is a Contributing Editor of Flute Talk Magazine, and has also recently published several flute and piano arrangements with Theodore Presser. His books, Exploring Sound:  Tone Development Through Orchestral Repertoire and Orchestral Excerpt Practice Books  are due for release in 2019. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Willoughby. 

Thank you to our Flute Fest Sponsors for their generous contributions in helping to make our event happen!


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