UMFA sponsors several major events for its members each year like Flute Fest and Parlor Concerts. Other past events have included Attend a Flute Recital Month, featuring eight performances of flutists with a variety of ensembles and settings, and the Fall Event, which featured a guest artist in a master class and recital and a pedagogy panel covering a variety of issues with prominent regional teachers.
For more information about an event, refer to the contact information included in the listing. To post an event, send an e-mail to Please allow 3 days prior to your event for posting to the Event Calendar.

Upcoming events

    • 04/07/2018
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    Registration is closed

    Application Deadline : February 1, 2018

    Flutists ages 18-30 are invited to compete in the Upper Midwest Flute Association (UMFA) Young Artist Competition. For 2018, the competition is open to flutists or students in MN, WI, IA, SD, and ND only. Preliminary auditions are by audio recording. Finals will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at UMFA Flute Fest. Winners will receive cash prizes of $600, $400, and $200.


    1. All who enter the competition must be current members or must join the Upper Midwest Flute Association. If you are not currently a member, please join UMFA first by becoming a member

    2. The competition fee is $40. This fee is in addition to the membership fee.

    3. For the live final round, an accompanist will be secured by UMFA to be available for rehearsals and the performance, but finalists must pay the accompanist's fees.

    4. The competition is open to flutists ages 18-30, who have not reached their 31st birthday before April 8, 2018.

    5. Finalists must be available to perform on April 7, 2018, at UMFA Flute Fest at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. Travel and accommodations must be paid by the participant.

    Preliminary Repertoire:

    Applicants will submit (via dropbox upload) an unedited audio recording of two works, one from the Baroque era, and one piece from Flute Music by French Composers, ed. Louis Moyse (Schirmer), both with accompaniment where required. Individual movements from larger works will be accepted for the Baroque selection. Total playing time must be a MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES. Recordings will be coded and sent to a panel of judges.

    Please also include a short biography with your recording submission in your dropbox upload.

    Finals Repertoire:

    Each finalist will perform a 25-minute program of his/her choice, live in Minnesota, on April 7, 2018, as part of Flute Fest. Finalists must submit their program to the Young Artist Coordinator by March 1, 2018. The final round is open to the public

    Applicants will receive notification of competition results by February 20, 2018.

    For questions regarding the Young Artist Competition, please contact Barb Leibundguth at

    • 04/07/2018
    • Plymouth Congregational Church
    Registration is closed

    Application Deadline : March 7, 2018

    As a part of the UMFA 2018 Flute Fest, Guest Artist, Rhonda Larson, will present a Masterclass. All flutists are welcome and encouraged to audition. Three performers will be chosen by a panel of judges, based upon a recorded audition. An accompanist will be provided on April 7th with a 20 minute rehearsal time slot.

    Audition Information/Requirements:

    • Application with recordings, biography and Audition/Membership Fee must be submitted by March 7, 2018
    • Your piece/recording should not exceed 8 minutes. Please make cuts as necessary to accommodate this time limitation. An accompanist is required for the recording.
    • Audition with the same piece you will perform at the class. (Rhonda has requested no pieces with extended techniques).
    • You must be a current 2017-2018 UMFA member. If you are not currently a member, please join UMFA first by becoming a member.
    • Masterclass audition fee is $20.

    Click here to start the application. Please submit your recording and biography via Dropbox upload separately.

    Audition results will be emailed by March 14th.

    Questions regarding the Rhonda Larson Masterclass may be sent to Kara Swanson at

    • 04/07/2018
    • Plymouth Congregational Church

    Rising Stars Festival is a non-competitive exhibition for flute students up to 18 years old and all abilities to share music they love with their fellow flutists and receive comments from one of the Twin Cities' outstanding teachers. Whether you are playing Hot Cross Buns or Ibert, you are welcome.

    Apply by completing an online registration form

    Deadline: March 1st

    Eligibility: Any current UMFA Member, ages 0-18.

    Repertoire: Any solo or chamber work. All parts must be present and UMFA provides a pianist if necessary.

    Click here to download a poster of this event
    • 04/07/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

    Guest Artist Rhonda Larson

    Rhonda Larson is a Grammy Award winning flutist who entered the national music scene by winning first prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist competition at the age of 22, including a Carnegie Hall debut.

    Composing much of her own music, Larson’s visionary force showcase her gold flute and an array of ethnic flutes in a new and refreshing light. Rhonda tours world-wide and has a discography of over 20 commercial recordings. She owns and operates her publishing company, Wood Nymph Music. “My first priority is to artistic authenticity, hoping to better serve the odds of lifting people’s hearts- THAT is why I am a musician.”

    Schedule of events

    8:00 am - Registration open

    9:00 am - Exhibits open

    Flute Fest exhibits will be open until 4:00pm with flutes, flute music and other fun flute related items! We hope you find everything on your wish list at Burkart Flutes, The Flute Shop (Schmitt Music) and Groth Music.

    9:00 am - Final round of the Young Artist Competition - Chapel

    Listen to 3 of the finest college and young adult flutists from the Midwest, as they compete in the final round of competition!

    9:00 am - Midwest Flute Ensembles Recital - Guild Hall 

    The Midwest Flute Ensembles Recital will feature jr. high and high school flute ensembles as well as college groups. In our continual effort to promote geographical outreach, we welcome groups who have traveled a distance to perform on this program.

    10:00 am - Rhythmic Rubric's with Rhonda - Guild Hall

    Join us for a lively and nontraditional Group Participation class. An engaging percussion background rhythm leads us in various physical flute activities, including call-and-response phrase inventing, liberating us from the written page. This fun class is appropriate for all learners of all ages. Be ready to move, be engaged and have a great time!

    10:30 am - The Art of Stolen Time: Incorporating Rubato into Performance - a workshop with Dr. Lauren McNee - Chapel

    11:30 am - Exploring Ethnic Flutes with Rhonda Larson - Chapel

    Learn about flutes from around the globe! If you own any ethnic flutes, feel free to bring them to the class to increase your individual participation. This class is appropriate for anyone who is curious to learn more about non traditional flutes. You do not need to own ethnic flutes to attend, but if you have any, we encourage you to bring them! This will be a great opportunity to explore the wide world of flutes, without leaving "your own backyard".

    11:30 am - Jr. High & High School Masterclass with Dr. Timothy Hagen - Guild Hall

    This masterclass is a wonderful opportunity devoted to our Jr. High and High School Flute students. Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox).

    ​Dr. Hagen is currently on the faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as flutist in the Wingra Wind Quintet. He has previously taught at Oklahoma State University and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as in partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Education, and Dallas Symphony. His teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Jim Walker, Philip Dunigan, Renée Siebert, Tadeu Coelho, Chelsea Czuchra, Felicia McNaught, and Tina Ballard. We are honored to have him with us for Flute Fest 2018.

    11:30 am - 1:45 pm - preordered lunches available - Jackman (lower level, beneath Guild Hall)

    11:30 am - Panel Discussion on Geographical Outreach as UMFA heads into it's 40th anniversary! Facilitated by Dr. Lauren McNee - Jackman lower level

    12:45 pm - Final Round of the 30th annual Laudie Porter Memorial Scholarship Competition for 7th-12 grade students - Chapel

    12:45 pm - Midwest Flutists Recital - Guild Hall

    Hear Linda Chatterton on flute and Dr. Rachel Randwein on harp, performing the Uebayashi Sonate. Dr. Timothy Hagen will be performing POP for solo flute as well as the Martinu Sonata and Dr. Lauren McNee will be performing Dash by Jennifer Higdon, accompanied by Benjamin Cold on soprano saxophone and Seulgee Lee Nelson on piano. This recital will also feature Adam Kuenzel, principal flute of the Minnesota Orchestra! You won't want to miss it!

    1:00 pm - Rising Stars Recital - Fireside Room

    2:00 pm - Winds of the World Performance featuring guest artist, Rhonda Larson- Guild Hall

    "Rhonda's evening of flute music radiated. There was a straightforward positive musicality to what she did and it cheered the listener." - The New York Times

    Rhonda will perform an intimate, multi-faceted solo flute show, taking the listener on a journey around the world with an assortment of ethnic flutes and her Gold flute, woven together by stories. Among the variety of flutes are Indian bansuri, crystal flutes, Pan Pipes, Native American flutes, Celtic whistles, the Chinese dizi, and more. Her virtual band includes piano, acoustic guitar, synth, bass and percussion in a variety of ensemble configurations, while others are Larson's adventurous writing for flute alone. Rhonda's innovative technical abilities include her signature one-person duet of singing and playing simultaneously. Her music merges the most soulful elements of sacred, classical, folk, Celtic and ethnic music. The program consists chiefly of Ms. Larson's original compositions, and is accessible to audiences of all ages and genre preferences.

    3:15 pm - Masterclass with Rhonda Larson - Guild Hall

    Rhonda teaches masterclasses all over the world, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Minnesota. Rhonda strives to bring each individual to a place "within" themselves where they can play their music with technical ease and expressive, bold freedom. Ultimately, to reach the heights of each player's greatest potential. All this with the enduring reminder of why we play our flutes in the first place: because we LOVE it! We are certain you will learn new things and leave this class motivated to continue your journey with your flute.

    3:30 pm - The Well Rounded Artist - yes, you too can record and publish your own work! with Alison Young - Chapel

    3:30 pm - Rising Stars Recital - The Fireside Room

    4:30 pm - Brief awards ceremony followed by A Little Tango in her Blood featuring Dr. Paula Gudmundson on flute, narrated by Alison Young - Guild Hall

    • 06/06/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Koinonia Retreat Center

    Lake Sylvia Flute Institute is thrilled to present a Dalcroze Workshop by Emma Shubin. Ms. Shubin holds a Dalcroze Licensure and Certificate and has years of teaching experience at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in CO, as well as clinics nationwide.

    What is Dalcroze?

    From the Dalcroze Society of America, "In a Dalcroze class, students are freed from the constraints of formal performance to experience the deep musical knowledge and feeling evoked through movement." There are three components of Dalcroze:

    1. Eurythmics (movement of the body through space)
    2. Solfege
    3. Improvisation

    Each interacts with the other to create a method of embodying all aspects of music. Students might move in response to musical cues such as major vs minor or use simple props like balls or hoops to internalize abstract concepts like relative phrase lengths.

    Who is this for?

    This workshop is for all music teachers, whether you are attending other training at Lake Sylvia, give private lessons on any instrument, teach a general music course, or direct a large ensemble. Exact workshop curriculum will be tailored to the needs and experience of those attending. If you've never had the opportunity to explore Dalcroze before, this workshop is the perfect introduction! Those of you with some prior experience in Dalcroze will come away with a great refresher and more new games and ideas to add to your collection.

    Contact us at lakesylviaflutecamp@gmail or visit us at for more information or to register!

    Cost: $65, option to have lunch or dinner on-site for additional fee

    Registration Deadline: May 1st

    Location : Koinonia Retreat Center - 7768 Pilger Ave NW, South Haven, MN

Past events

02/10/2018 Flute Choir Showcase
11/16/2017 St. Thomas Chamber Winds Symposium
11/16/2017 Give to the Max Day
11/01/2017 UMFA Student Scholarship Deadline
10/28/2017 2017 Marathon Flute Concert
10/21/2017 Bemidji State Woodwind and Piano Day 2017
09/30/2017 Deadline for Marathon Flute Concert Applications
08/10/2017 National Flute Convention
08/09/2017 William Bennett Pre-NFA Convention Master Class
05/07/2017 Parlor Concert (05/2017)
03/25/2017 Flute Fest 2017
03/25/2017 2017 Young Artist Competition
03/25/2017 2017 Laudie Porter Competition
03/15/2017 UMFA Student Scholarship Deadline
01/29/2017 Parlor Concert (1/29/17)
11/21/2016 University of Minnesota Faculty & Guest Recital: Immanuel Davis
11/05/2016 2016 Flute Choir Showcase/Honors Flute Choir
10/29/2016 UMFA Marathon Flute Concert 2016
10/27/2016 FluteSpiration Quartet
10/23/2016 Encore Wind Ensemble - 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert
10/20/2016 Trudi Anderson & Bethel Chamber Orchestra
10/16/2016 Parlor Concert (10/2016)
05/24/2016 Paul Edmund-Davies
05/01/2016 Spring Parlor Concert
04/17/2016 Julia Bogorad-Kogan Recital
04/09/2016 Flute Fest 2016
04/03/2016 FluteSpiration
02/21/2016 Winter Parlor Concert
02/20/2016 February Fiesta
11/07/2015 Flute Choir Showcase
10/11/2015 Fall Parlor Concert
07/27/2015 Flute and Clarinet Camp
07/18/2015 Hopewell Music presents Alexander Technique with Tully Hall
07/13/2015 The Whole Flutists (High School)
07/13/2015 "Complete Flutist" at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
06/22/2015 The Whole Flutists (Middle School)
06/17/2015 Lake Sylvia Suzuki Flute Camp
06/17/2015 Flute Workshop at University of Minnesota Duluth
06/12/2015 Free Flute and Clarinet Master Classes
05/30/2015 Alexander Technique with Tully Hall
05/17/2015 "Vernal Voices" with the Esperanza Ensemble
05/17/2015 Spring Parlor Concert
05/10/2015 Saint Paul Civic Symphony: Annual Mothers' Day Concert
04/25/2015 Flute Fest 2015
04/24/2015 "Nordic Journey" featuring Schaafritz
04/14/2015 Guest/Faculty recital: Christina Smith and Immanuel Davis
04/11/2015 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders Day
04/10/2015 FluteSpiration Quartet on Music at Wayzata Concert Series
03/21/2015 Scotty Horey's "Signs of New Vitality"
03/21/2015 Laudie Porter Competition: Prelims
03/15/2015 Winter Parlor Concert
02/28/2015 Flute Choir Showcase
02/26/2015 Recital: Paula Gudmundson, Flute and Tracy Lipke-Perry, Piano
02/20/2015 Recital: Catherine Ramirez and Eva Beneke
02/20/2015 Esperanza Ensemble: February Fancies
02/07/2015 Flute Choir Day at the University of Minnesota Duluth
01/31/2015 Flute Marathon Concert
11/18/2014 Flute Masterclass: Greg Milliren
11/15/2014 Hopewell Music Flute Concert
11/14/2014 Lowertown Classic No. 7
11/09/2014 Fall Parlor Concert
11/02/2014 The Esperanza Ensemble presents: Surprises Old and New
10/25/2014 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents the 3rd annual "Bach and Chocolate"
10/24/2014 Recital: Linda Chatterton, flute, and Matthew McCright, piano
07/16/2014 2014 World Flute Society Convention
07/10/2014 Sir James Galway in Recital
06/26/2014 Adam Kuenzel performs with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble
06/10/2014 Flute Spa, a week with Patricia George at Lake Sylvia Flute Camp
05/11/2014 The Esperanza Ensemble presents Music of Today
05/02/2014 Echoes of History: Osmo Vanska and The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra
04/27/2014 Parlor Concert
04/12/2014 Cavatina Duo, Classical Guitar & Flute
04/12/2014 UMFA Flute Fest with guest artist Jim Walker
04/10/2014 Pedagogy Chat
04/05/2014 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders' Day Funder
03/27/2014 Composer Master Class I: Brian Ferneyhough
03/11/2014 Wilbert Hazelzet and Immanuel Davis, Baroque Flutes in Recital
03/08/2014 Deb Harris with the Concordia Choir and Excelsior! Trio
02/23/2014 Central Lakes Symphony presents Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
02/22/2014 Flute Choir Showcase Day / Honors Flute Choir
02/02/2014 Parlor Concert
02/01/2014 Nominations due for Honors Flute Choir
12/21/2013 Riverside Chamber Orchestra/Young Musicians of Minnesota Orchestra Concert
12/14/2013 Eiji Oue and the Musicians of the Minnesota present "A Tchaikovsky Spectacular!"
11/23/2013 Sandra Statz in Concert
11/16/2013 Patricia George "Flute Spa" and Concert featuring the Flutists of the Minnesota Orchestra
11/16/2013 Flute Choir Day at the University of Minnesota-Duluth
11/09/2013 2nd Flute and Clarinet Day at the University of Minnesota
10/27/2013 Winona Symphony Orchestra with Bethany Gonella, soloist
10/25/2013 Chamber Music Concert: Trio Matisse at Good Shepherd
10/19/2013 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents "Bach and Chocolate"
09/28/2013 Dick Reed Memorial Concert
09/18/2013 Rhonda Larson in Concert
09/15/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet in Concert
09/13/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet in Concert
08/20/2013 Community forum hosted by Orchestrate Excellence
08/01/2013 Inspiration: Notes from the Head, Music from the Heart
07/27/2013 Riverside Chamber Orchestra/Young Musicians of Minnesota Orchestra Concert
06/07/2013 Drelinger Headjoint Company Annual Visit
06/02/2013 The Esperanza Ensemble presents Chamber Music of Justin E.A. Busch
06/01/2013 Ensemble 61, with Linda Chatterton flute
05/19/2013 Spring Parlor Concert
05/19/2013 Ladyslipper Baroque, with Barbara Leibundguth flute
05/11/2013 Minnesota Bach Ensemble Spring Concerts
05/10/2013 Minnesota Bach Ensemble Spring Concerts
04/20/2013 Flute Fest 2013: Stars & Rising Stars
04/14/2013 FluteSpiration Quartet Recital
04/13/2013 Hopewell Music Cooperative North: Founders' Day Funder
04/12/2013 J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
04/07/2013 Instruments for Peace - a Benefit Concert for Bright Stars of Bethlehem, featuring The Legacy Ensemble
04/07/2013 A La Carte Soloists, with Barbara Leibundguth flute
04/04/2013 The Schubert Club: Immanuel Davis and Tim Lovelace in Concert
03/10/2013 Flutist Shantala Subramanyam/ Indian Music Society of MN
03/02/2013 Flute Flash Mob!
03/02/2013 Flute Choir Showcase Day
02/21/2013 James DeVoll, Gustavus Friends of Music at the American Swedish Institute
02/20/2013 St Olaf College Dept of Music presents the International Contemporary Ensemble
02/17/2013 Bell'Alma Duo in Concert
02/17/2013 Barbara Leibundguth Recital
02/17/2013 Winter Parlor Concert
02/10/2013 The Isles Ensemble in Concert
01/24/2013 Musicians of the SPCO Concert
12/21/2012 A Slightly Wigged-out "Last Day on Earth" Holiday Concert
12/21/2012 Handel's "Messiah" - Musicians of The SPCO, MN Opera Soloists, MN Chorale, Hugh Wolff
12/20/2012 Handel's "Messiah" - Musicians of The SPCO, MN Opera Soloists, MN Chorale, Hugh Wolff
12/20/2012 (LO)MOMO perform at Cadenza Music
12/15/2012 Ode to Joy – Special Holiday Concert!
12/06/2012 Pedagogy Chat
12/05/2012 Haynes Day with Alan Weiss
12/02/2012 Pinchas Zukerman and the Musicians of the SPCO
11/16/2012 James Hall Recital and Master Class -- UMN
11/15/2012 James Hall Visiting Artist --UM Duluth
11/04/2012 Fall Parlor Concert
11/02/2012 Barthold Kuijken and Friends Concert
11/01/2012 Barthold Kuijken Master Class
10/19/2012 Hopewell Music Cooperative North presents "Bach and Chocolates"
10/16/2012 CANCELLED: "La Folia" Music for flute and harpsichord
10/13/2012 Native American Flute Workshop with Suzanne Teng
09/30/2012 Linda Chatterton, Flute, and Matthew McCright, Piano
09/12/2012 St. Olaf "Fundraiser Flute Concert"
09/01/2012 Time to renew your membership!
07/18/2012 UMFA Board Meeting (open to all members)
05/12/2012 Bell'Alma Duo Concert (Flute and Harp)
05/09/2012 UMFA Board Meeting (open to all members)
04/22/2012 Spring Parlor Concert
04/21/2012 Honors Flute Choir (Concert at 3:30 pm)
03/24/2012 PROJECT Trio and The Orange Mighty Trio
02/19/2012 Winter Parlor Concert
12/04/2011 Encore Wind Ensemble "Sounds of The Season" concert
12/04/2011 Flute and Clarinet Clinic and Concert
11/05/2011 2011 Flute Fest
10/23/2011 Parlor Concert
10/07/2011 Flute Recital - Dr. Melissa Krause, St Cloud State University
09/28/2011 Flute Recital - Catherine Ramirez, St Olaf College
05/15/2011 Parlor Concert
03/19/2011 Flute Choir Showcase
01/30/2011 Parlor Concert
10/03/2010 Parlor Concert
03/20/2010 Flute Recital presented by the Leibundguth/Witt Duo
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