2018 New York Flute Fair

New York Flute Fair 2018: Flutists without Borders

Guest Artist: Karl-Heinz Schütz, principal flute of the Vienna Philharmonic 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

8:30 am - 8:00 pm


Guest artist update: Karl-Heinz Schütz is ill with the flu. 
Mozart Masterclass to be taught by Walter Auer, solo flute, Vienna Philharmonic
Gala Concert to be performed by flutists Bart Feller, Susan Palma-Nidel, and Kathleen Nester, with pianist Soyeon Kim
Warm up Viennese Style to be led by Flute Fair program chair Deirdre McArdle

Transportation Alert: #1 trains not running as usual on 2/25. Click here for details.

Join us for a full day of concerts, masterclasses, the NYFC competition, workshops, clinics, exhibits, and more!  Our guest artist is Vienna Philharmonic flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz.

Click here to download a PRINTABLE FLYER. Click here for the SCHEDULE (subject to change).
Click here to register online (deadline Feb 20) or here for mail-in form (deadline Feb 13).

Click here for a preview of the PROGRAM BOOK.

Faculty House at Columbia University
(Enter through Wien Courtyard, off 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive)
New York, New York 10027


    NYFC member $40
    Non-member $60
    Full-time student $25
    Non-flutist family member attending with a full-time student $5
    Non-flutist guest WITHOUT gala concert $15
    Non-flutist guest WITH gala concert $40
    Senior citizen, age 65+ $25

    Unless otherwise noted, the single fee covers the entire day’s events.


Click here to register online (deadline Feb 20) or here for mail-in form (deadline Feb 13).

Featured Guest Artist: Karl-Heinz Schütz

Warm up Viennese Style: 9:00-9:30 am You could have two shots of espresso and lots of whipped cream or save the calories and bring your flute to warm up with Karl-Heinz Schütz.

Masterclass with Karl-Heinz Schütz: 9:30-11:00 am Flutists of any age interested in participating in Karl-Heinz Schütz’s Mozart masterclass should submit a biography and a link to an audio or video performance, including two contrasting pieces or movements, to Yevgeny Faniuk (yevgeny.faniuk@gmail.com) by January 26. Be sure to include contact information in your bio.

Gala Recital: 6:00 pm.  Our guest artist Karl-Heinz Schütz will perform works by Gaubert, Schubert/Boehm, Andersen, J.S. Bach, and Prokofiev at the gala concert.


KHS with the Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Shalev Ad-El. Recorded live at Tel Aviv Museum on October 10, 2013.


From Africa to the Americas: 2:00-3:00 pm A Diasporic Salute to Black History Month: This program will feature African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean music, primarily arranged or composed by Richard Donald Smith, a Fulbright Scholar with extensive experience in Africa. He will perform with assisting musicians.

Winners of the 2018 Young Musicians Contest in Recital: 2:00-3:00 pm Come hear the top players in our competitions for pre-college flutists, the rising stars of the next generation.

Chamber Music for Flute Quartet: 9:30-10:30 am Works of Higdon, Mower, McGinty, Bozza, deLise, and Gershwin performed by the Philadelphia Flute Quartet.

NYFC Ensemble Concert: 4:00-5:00 pm Hear a program by participants in the NYFC's ensemble program, conducted by Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers.

Workshops, Presentations and Special Events

Jazz 101: 11:30 am-12:30 pm Tips on improvising and fitting in: jazz, pop, and more, with Chip Shelton.

Cracking Stage Fright: 2:00-3:00 pm How to Snap from Fear to FUN! with Kristen Gygi

Busting Breathing Mysteries and Myths: 3:00-4:00 pm Alexander Technique expert Lea Pearson shares her top tips: Learn the secret role of the diaphragm, why you really can't get enough air, and how sitting up straight makes breathing worse. If you experience any limitation in breathing, this workshop is a must! Bring your flute and any questions you may have.

Flutes on Fire! 3:30-4:30 pm Join us for a hands-on workshop that explores extended playing techniques, movement, and the spoken word led by integrative-arts flutists Nina Assimakopoulos and Zara Lawler. The workshop culminates in a group improvisation that includes beat boxing and features solo and small ensemble performance demonstrations. Please bring your flutes!

A Tribute to Paul Dunkel (1943-2018), hosted by Ed Joffe. 10:00-11:30 am Paul Dunkel, longtime principal flutist of the NYC Ballet, was one of the last direct links to the American tradition of flute playing created by William Kincaid. He was also a champion of contemporary music as both flutist and conductor. The program will include a video interview and a performance of Dunkel's Quatre Visions, a humorous musical summary of many of the great works, both solo and orchestral, for flute performed by Laura Conwesser, Susan Palma-Nidel, Rie Schmidt, and Tanya Witek.

Illuminate the Creative Process: 9:00-10:30 am Composers Evelyn Simpson-Curenton and Amanda Harberg will offer an accessible glance into how composers create and construct an emotionally and spiritually communicative piece of music. Flutist Julietta Curenton will emcee the panel discussion and will perform each piece that is discussed.

#WeBringFlowers:11:30 am-12:30 pm Cobus du Toit, flute professor at the UMass, Amherst and the Longy School of Music, will perform six socially conscious commissions that either directly revolt against or courageously confront the violence that is prevalent in modern society.

Flute and Electronics: 12:30-1:30 pm A lecture-recital and demonstration of basic equipment and software to incorporate the use of electronics in flute performance, including a brief introduction to extended techniques. With Patricia Cardona,who studied at IRCAM and the Ecole Normale de Musique via NYU Paris.

How to make your performance more HIP: 2:30-3:30 pm Baroque flutist Mili Chang and harpsichordist Dongsok Shin demonstrate the concept of HIP (historically informed performance) in Baroque performance practice and show how to apply appropriate styles to performance on the modern flute.

Guilio Briccialdi at 200: 12:30-1:30 pm Flutist Ginevra Petrucci will present a lecture-recital on Briccialdi (the Paganini of the flute, b. 1818) and his four flute concertos, which she has edited for Ricordi/Universal.

William Kincaid: Principles of Phrasing. 12:30-2:00 pm A masterclass with flutist-composer Katherine Hoover, who studied with Kincaid at Curtis, on his legendary teaching, in particular the phrasing of the Kincaid-Tabuteau school.

The Business of Music: 1:00-2:00 pm Cosmo Buono and Barry Alexander help flutists better understand the business aspects of working as a classical musician. How to choose repertoire, build a website, and do marketing, publicity, and strategic career planning.

The Flute on Broadway: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm A panel discussion chaired by Broadway veteran Sheryl Henze.

The Voice and History of the Flute in Jazz: 4:30-5:30 pm Flutist Andrea Brachfeld and Insight perform newly composed music made possible through Chamber Music America’s 2017 New Jazz Works program.

Our Flute Fair Presenters

Annual Flute Fair Events

New York Flute Club Competition: The NYFC Competition has been recognizing rising artists for more than four decades. Previous winners have gone on to distinguished solo careers and positions in major orchestras, and they teach in top conservatories and colleges. Preliminary and final rounds of our 2018 competition for flutists ages 18-27 will be held at the Fair. The winners will receive a cash honorarium and will be featured on the March 18 concert of the regular NYFC concert series. Information and application forms are available at our website, www.nyfluteclub.org. For further information, contact competition chair Kaoru Hinata at kaoruhin@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by January 26, 2018.

Exhibits: 9:00 am-5:30 pm Flute vendors and makers, music publishers, and other members of the music industry will exhibit their products. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for a new flute or look for newly published music. 

NYFC Table & Tag Sale: 9:00 am-5:30 pm Visit the NYFC table for CDs and publications by NYFC members and guest artists. NYFC members may sell up to 10 items at the exhibit table. We'll also have a Tag Sale of used music and flute-related items; contact Nancy Toff at nancy.toff@oup.com or bring them the morning of the fair and pick up unsold items by 6:00 pm.

Ensemble Program Reading Session: 10:30-11:30 am Bring your flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes and join in! with guest conductor Jayn Rosenfeld. 

Venue Information

Directions: Click here.

Parking: Street parking is readily available in the area. For further details on blocks available for street parking and rates at local parking lots, check www.nyc.bestparking.com.

Food: There are delis, restaurants, and coffee shops on Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. There will be coffee service at the Faculty House. For a more detailed list of food options, click here.

Flute Fair Program Chair: Deirdre McArdle

Flute Fair Volunteer Coordinator: Malcolm Spector


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