February Newsletter

Parents and Students:

I’m attempting my first ever STUDIO NEWSLETTER! I had a lot of information to tell all of you so I wanted to be sure to cover it in writing as well as verbally this past week.
I have talked to mostly all of you about the upcoming Albuquerque Flute Association Flute Fiesta. This is an Annual Event held in March that gives all Flute Students and Amateur Flute players in Albuquerque a chance to come together, play, learn and see the many things out there in the larger Flute Community. The AFA is a GREAT resource for flutist of all ages and my colleagues and I are working hard to make it better year by year. The organization as been around for about 27 years and the fiesta has always been its major event. We’d like to get our numbers up as an organization and contributing flute community to the larger Albuquerque Community.
Students who are participating in the Fiesta Competition: 
1. If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE call Therese Macali. She will be our Accompanist for this event, if you are invited to play at the Winner’s Recital and our Studio Recital. She has all the piano parts for your pieces already. Her phone number is, 440-344-3011. Her email is trosescharf@yahoo.com.
2. Go to www.abqflute.com to register for the fiesta and pay membership dues. If you want, you can give me the paper copy and I can hand deliver it to our membership chair.
3. The competition schedule will be posted on the website. You can find out all information regarding the guest artist, Jennifer Keeney, and other presenter and performers of the day on the website. ALSO, Jennifer Keeney’s website is,www.jenniferkeeney.com. Check her out there. She is a super cool flute player and person!
  Why? The fiesta is a great day! Fiesta Registration includes admission to the recital the night before….. March 1st and includes the admission of 1 parent. (remaining family members get in at the AFA Membership Price! A super cheap concert for the family!!!)
  Other events include:
Alexander Technique for Flutist (All ages)
Drop-In Duets (All Ages and Levels)
Guest Artist Masterclass (High school participants AND All ages audiences)
Adult Open Masterclass with Valerie Potter (adult/amateur flutists)
Dana Reilly: “The Transformed Flute” (an Albuquerque improvising flutist)
  The Enchanted Flutes Quintet Performance (This is one of my many 
chamber ensembles, so you’ll get to see me play!!) 
Flute Ensemble Reading Session
Also, we have commercial member who will be selling flute accessories, flutes, music. Etc. Our commercial members include local businesses (Music Mart, Apple Mountain, Roberstson’s and Sons) and national businesses (Flute World, Flute Specialists, Inc.)   I will be the table representative for the Flute Specialists, Inc. This means I will have flutes, and accessories available for purchase from the fiesta and a few days before and after. If there is anything you need PLEASE let me know and I can order ahead (Cleaning rods, Cleaning Rags, Cases, a new flute, a piccolo, etc)
Ensemble Groups
The Middle School Ensemble will be coming up with a group name at this week’s class. YES this week Sunday February 17th, 4-5:30.  We will have the second of the M.S. Flutes Masterclass! This was a great meeting last month. All students are welcome even if they missed the first class!
The High School Ensemble was beat out by the Superbowl. But we will meet on Sunday March 3rd, 4-5:30. Yes! this is the day after Flute Fiesta. The next major high school flute event will be AYS auditions. We will work on some ensemble pieces but start looking at orchestral excerpts as well!
Studio Recital 
I’m looking to reserve the room for sometime at the beginning of June for our Studio Recital. If you and your family have any dates that are absolutely out PLEASE let me know ASAP. Father’s day and that weekend might be good, or the weekend before!
Thank you for all you do! and I will see you all this week!
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