Kincaid Centennial Challenge


William Kincaid, the founding vice-president of the New York Flute Club, served as principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 40 seasons. A student of Georges Barrère, founder of the NYFC, he played side by side with his teacher in the New York Symphony. Kincaid grew up in Hawaii and as a boy dove for pennies in Honolulu Harbor. A swimming protégé of Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahamamoku, he credited his underwater swimming for his magnificent breath control on the flute. Later, at his summer home on Little Sebago Lake in Maine, he took a bracing pre-breakfast swim in the lake each morning.

In honor of Kincaid, the NYFC kicks off the run-up to its centennial with a challenge: Several members of the board and advisory board—Pat Zuber, Wendy Stern, Nancy Toff, and Carol Wincenc—are dedicated lap swimmers, and they each have committed to swim 100 miles for the club. Members and friends are invited to sponsor their laps at the rate of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per mile, beginning in the spring of 2017, and continuing for approximately the next year. Our completion goal is October 31, 2018, Barrère’s birthday. Other members are invited to join the project as swimmers or participants in other activities—running, bicycling, walking, practicing the flute, or anything else that can be measured in units of 100. Progress updates will be posted on the NYFC website.

Proceeds from the Kincaid Centennial Challenge will fund several centennial projects, including the digitization of the NYFC program archive, the commissioning of a new piece, and a series of public events to be announced. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you!

For more information, please contact Nancy Toff at


  • Fill out and mail the printable participant registration form OR complete the online form, both available here.
  • Ask your friends and colleagues to sponsor your participation and register as a sponsor. Sponsor payments are expected at the time of registration. Each sponsor needs to complete a Sponsor Registration Form, and either mail the printable form with a check or complete the online form and pay by PayPal. Signup begins now and extends through October 31, 2018. If 50 participants each recruit five sponsors and raise $500, we can raise $25,000.


  • Fill out the printable form and mail with your check to OR fill out the online form and pay by PayPal. Both forms are available here. Track the progress of your participant online and cheer them on all year!