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Flute Fest 2021

  • 02/20/2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • 02/21/2021
  • 5:30 PM
  • Zoom [links will be emailed]


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Guest Artist Christina Jennings: Masterful Musician, Collaborator and Mentor

This first-ever Virtual Flute Fest will take place over three flute-filled days in February. Christina will be preparing a recital exclusively for UMFA members, which will conclude a full day of virtual events on Saturday, February 21st. On Sunday, Christina will present a warm-up class and then work with flutists selected to perform in a virtual masterclass.

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Official Schedule (all times CST)

Flute Fest digital program and Zoom links will be emailed to registered participants by February 18th. Ensure you can receive emails from

Most events will be recorded and available for later viewing by participants through March 9th, if you are not able to watch live.* 

Friday, February 19th, 2021

6:00–7:00 pm CST  Social Hour Meetups*

  • All Flute Fest attendees are invited to participate in this informal social hour. Participants will navigate to breakout rooms for college students, teachers, or adult amateurs. This is your chance to say "hi" to familiar faces, get to know more flutists in your community, and discuss any and all things flute. This event will not be recorded, so participants are encouraged to speak freely to foster connections with your peers!

7:15–8:00 pm CST   Flute Choir Virtual Play-Along with composer Zachery S. Meier

  • Participants will explore a recently-composed piece for flute choir, Broken Pieces (2014), and gain performance insights from composer Zachery S. Meier and rehearsal director Dr. Paula Gudmundson. Bring your flutes! Sheet music will be provided for participants to play along, as Janelle Mueller DJs the click-tracks in this one-of-a-kind virtual rehearsal. Following Flute Fest, the sheet music will be available for rental (free) through the UMFA sheet music lending library.

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

10:00–11:00 am CST  Body, Mind, and Flute: Warm-up with Melanie Sever

  • Warmup your mind, body and playing in this warm-up session with Licensed Body Mapping Educator and Northland flutist, Melanie Sever. The class will focus on constructive self-talk, body awareness, and strategies for warming up tone and technique, setting you up for productive practice. Learn about the power of intention in movement to help achieve your goals and overcoming challenges.

11:15 am–12:15 pm CST   Beating the Bugs! with Paul Edmund-Davies

  • An interactive session for all flutists, Beating the Bugs! is designed to help attendees feel engaged and reconnect with the flute community. Beginners, flute instructors, band directors, college students, or passionate enthusiasts - ALL attendees will feel included, and involved, in a combination of instruction, exercises, duets, and play alongs. 2020 did its best to push us down and beat us up - now it's time to fight back with Beating the Bugs!

11:30 am–3:30 pm CST  Rising Stars Masterclass with Alicia McQuerrey

  • For 2021, Rising Stars will take place as a live, online masterclass opportunity for students under 18 and with at least 1 year of playing experience. Our clinician is Alicia McQuerrey, flutist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra! Bring any polished piece, etude, or excerpt (no accompaniment required) and receive live coaching! Space is first-come/first-served. Masterclasses will be held in 1-hour slots between 11:30-3:30, with students grouped by age/level. Approximately 4 students will play each hour, with more time given to advanced students as time and space allows. All Flute Fest participants are invited to audit.

12:20–12:50 pm CST  Lunchtime Roundtable: Meet the UMFA Board*

  • The Upper Midwest Flute Association thrives from its diverse membership of flute enthusiasts. Please consider joining our board! Come meet current board members and learn more about the UMFA board and share feedback. We are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces. This is an informal gathering—eat your lunch or grab a coffee, if you wish, while enjoying the conversation!

1:00–1:45 pm CST  Raise Their Voices: Celebrating Women Composers with Allison Parramore and Hayley Grainger*

  • Join us to celebrate the beloved works of female composers throughout our flute repertoire. This recital will feature performances by Allison Parramore and Hayley Grainger including pieces by Allison Loggins-Hull, Valerie Coleman, Rhonda Larson, Katherine Hoover and Cecil Chaminade.

2:00–2:45 pm CST  A Flutist's Guide to the Voxman Etudes with Rose Bishop and Lizzy Darling

  • Interactive and engaging, this demonstrative lecture-recital offers music educators, flute instructors, and high school/collegiate flutists the opportunity to engage in the learning process. This lecture-recital will consist of an overview of the text, brief performances, and a Q & A.

3:00–3:45 pm CST Giving Your Practice Session A Wellness Makeover by Francesca Leo and Janice Ying, DPT, PT

  • Join Francesca Leo and Dr. Janice Ying in a workshop for flutists on how to integrate exercises and stretches for injury prevention and efficient and healthy habits into their practice sessions. This session will include a discussion and demonstration about common misconceptions of overuse injuries, injury prevention regimens and an exercise routine for flutists. Attendees will learn ways to implement positive self-talk, the impact of affirmations and radical acceptance, and how to cultivate a safe environment in the practice room. Flutists will come out of this workshop feeling confident, empowered, and motivated to integrate wellness into the

4:00–5:00 pm CST  Presenting Christina Jennings in Recital

  • Sit back and enjoy a recital by Powell Artist Christina Jennings. Featuring music old and new, Jennings will perform works for flute alone, and for flute and viola by Devienne, Marais, Telemann, as well as pieces by living composers Allison Loggins-Hull, Annika Socolofsky, Jonah Sirota, and Reena Esmail. The conclusion of the program will feature Celtic Pieces, to be announced.

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

12:00–12:45 pm CST  The Inspired Warm-up with Christina Jennings

  • Bring your flute to this colorful session where Ms. Jennings will use inspiring images to help bring resonance and tonal agreement to all ranges of the flute!

1:00 pm–2:00 pm CST   Midwest Performer's Recital: New Year, New Repertoire

  • A highlight of every Flute Fest, this year’s Midwest Performer’s Recital, New Year, New Repertoire, features a delightful bevvy of pieces that includes voices and styles from around the world.  Flutists Alicia McQuerrey, Ming-Hui Lin, Catherine Ramirez, and Jennifer Kennard perform some of their favorite pieces, showcasing a vast conglomeration of viewpoints and voices.  From lyric melodies to extended techniques, from expressions of home to impressions of deserted landscapes, the pieces explore the varying expressive possibilities of the flute as created by a diverse group of composers.  Let’s make some room at the table this year for new friends, new composers, and new pieces in our repertoire.  

2:15 pm–3:45 pm CST  Christina Jennings Masterclass

  • Winners of the 2020 Flute Fest Masterclass Competition perform for Christina Jennings in a masterclasses. The performers selected for this event are Levi Gregg, Chris Lampkin, and Caitlin Oliver.

4:00 pm–5:30 pm CST  Competition Winners Recital and Closing Ceremonies*

  • Three finalists present their final round repertoire. The finalists of the 2021 Young Artist Competition are Blair Francis Paponiu, Allison Parramore, and Yidi Song. The winners of the Young Artist and Laudie Porter Memorial Competitions are announced. Stick around after the competitions to participate in a live flute ensemble performance of Margaret Lowe's Dawn Carol—featuring you and other UMFA flutists live with microphones on!

*some conversations and copyrighted material will be presented live only and will not be available for future viewing.

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