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Flute Choir Performances

6:00-6:30 pm

Enjoy Flute Choir performances from around the world. Performers to be announced.

Donald Peck International Flute Competition


What a phenomenal night of performances!

6:30-8:30 pm 

Join us for what is certain to be an exciting concert featuring the four finalists. Previously commissioned by the Chicago Flute Club, Birds of Paradise for flute and piano by Shulamit Ran will be featured as the required piece in addition to the performer’s chosen piece.

Sponsored by the Flute Center of New York


Flute Industry Showcase: Keefe Piccolos

9:30-10:00 am

Learn more about the power and beauty of the Keefe Piccolo from one of the finest piccolo makers in the world himself, Jim Keefe. Keefe Piccolos is proud to be sponsoring CSO Piccoloist, Jennifer Gunn, in her Piccolo Masterclass immediately following this presentation.

Keefe Piccolos

Piccolo Masterclass with Jennifer Gunn 

10:00-11:30 am

Hailed as “a dazzling piccolo virtuoso,” Jennifer Gunn was appointed to the position of Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005. In demand as a clinician, Gunn has taught masterclasses around the world. Dive into the piccolo world and challenge yourself to see and hear the expressive possibilities of this beautiful instrument.

Sponsored by Keefe Piccolos

The Self-Sufficient Flutist with Hadar Noiberg

11:45am-1:15 pm

Hadar Noiberg has developed a method that teaches flutists how to discover and apply their own, unique, creative insights, regardless of their musical genre. Whether you are a Classical, Jazz, Latin, or World Music flutist, Noiberg will explore interactive exercises that deepen a connection to harmony and rhythm to gain freedom and confidence in all playing situations. Have your flutes ready for this interactive class.

Read Hadar Noiberg's Bio

Masterclass with Emma Gerstein

1:30-3:00 pm

Emma Gerstein, second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, Gerstein servedas the section Principal Flute of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in NewZealand. Ms. Gerstein will share her expertise focusing on orchestral repertoire.

Read Emma Gerstein's Bio

Explore the Deep Core: Embodying Your Music with Valarie Samulski

3:15-4:15 pm

Valarie Samulski’s workshop will integrate principles from Pilates, Yoga, and Qi Gong to help participants embody their music. A strong focus on anatomy, alignment, and breath mechanics will increase core support, clarity of pitch, and range of expression. Musicians will experience their bodies as their primary instrument, cultivating a physical conduit where music flows from the inside out. 

Please bring a yoga mat or large towel to practice. You will need enough floor space to rest on your back with arms and legs fully extended.

Read Valarie Samulski's Bio

Vocal Function Exercises with Dr. Kathleen Wilson

4:30-5:30 pm

Dr. Wilson will share her research and strategies used with singers, as crossover techniques that could be useful for flute players. She has had demonstrated success withsingers focusing on anatomy, physiology, and acoustics, in addition to imagery and other concepts to improve vocal technique. Her work on breathing could be especially applicable for flute players. The session is highly interactive and will provide opportunities for practice/application of concepts as well as discussion.

Read Dr. Kathleen Wilson's Bio

Flute Choir Performances

5:30-6:00 pm

Enjoy Flute Choir performances from around the world. Performers to be announced.


Solo Repertoire Masterclass with Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

12:00-1:30 pm

Principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, was appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti in 2015. Mr. Höskuldsson, who is also a distinguished soloist and chamber musician, served as principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2008-2016. A native of Iceland, Höskuldsson has been praised for “masterly and thrilling performances” on his solo CDs. Discover effective ways to bring the solo flute repertoire to life.

Read Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson's Bio

Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards

1:45-2:00 pm

In Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Chicago Flute Community and Flutists throughout the World, the CFC 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to: Paul Edmund-Davies and Sam Gordon. 

Read Paul Edmund-Davies's Bio

Read Sam Gordon's Bio

Curiosity, Connection, Communication, and Celebration:

Exploring the Parallel Worlds of Space and Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Cady Coleman

2:00-3:30 pm

Astronaut Cady Coleman and renowned flutist, Paul Edmund-Davies, will discuss and explore the unique parallels between Space and Music. Focus will be placed on how these unusual and extraordinary relationships can be brought to center stage, guiding us to a better sense of how to Communicate, Connect, and Celebrate the joy of life with one another now and in the future, both on earth and on planets far away. 

Read Paul Edmund-Davies's Bio

Read Cady Coleman's Bio

NFA’s 50th Anniversary Chicago Convention: A Sneak Peek!

4:00-4:30 pm

Get an inside look at some of the exciting plans for this summer’s 50th Anniversary Convention taking place in Chicago from August 11-14, 2022. The event will be hosted by NFA Program Chair, Aaron Goldman. 

NFA 50th Anniversary Convention 2022

GALA Concert featuring: Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Emma Gerstein, and Jennifer Gunn

4:30-6:00 pm

Celebrate our journey from Chicago to the Cosmos and Beyond with our very own “out of this world” flutists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in recital together! What a perfect way to conclude this energizing weekend: your launchpad from which to soar!

Read Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson's Bio

Read Emma Gerstein's Bio

Read Jennifer Gunn's Bio

Gala Concert Artists Sponsored by Dinah Jacobs Castle

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