Education & Enrichment

Wendy Stern

The New York Flute Club sponsors a multifaceted program designed to include students of all ages and levels who study flute in the greater New York City area. We have been developing relationships with schools, teachers, and music outreach programs. Special events have included pre-concert workshops and demonstrations, opportunities for students to meet the performers, and career development seminars. In addition, we offer scholarships for recommended students to attend the annual flute fair free of charge.

NYFC offers FREE masterclasses and workshops exclusively for NYFC members.

Information about education and enrichment events in past seasons may be found here.

We thank the Friends of Flutes Foundation, Lifetime NYFC member Ardith Bondi, and other anonymous donors for their generous contributions to the Education and Enrichment Program. If you would like to support our education and enrichment efforts, click here.

Past Event: Gergely Ittzes Masterclass

  Sunday, April 9, 2017
  1:00 - 4:00 pm
  Mannes School of Music
  Room 350 (3rd floor)
  55 W 13th St (between 6th and 5th Avenues), NYC




On Sunday, April 9, 2017, the Mannes School of Music collaborated with the New York Flute Club to present a masterclass with Hungarian flutist Gergely Ittzés. Accompanied by pianist Vladimir Rumyantsev, the performing flutists were Jackie Traish, Simona Donovan, Elena Tsachtani, Daphne Sasson, Minji Seo, and Elliot Roman. The class was held at the Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th Street, NYC.

Throughout the class, Mr. Ittzés encouraged the performers to capture the meaning of the music through its structure. He advised them to play the music chord by chord, rather than note by note, illustrating this point dramatically, as he gently displaced Vladimir at the piano in order to 
realize the implied harmonies of the CPE Bach Solo Sonata in A Minor. Another highlight of the class featured him dancing the Csárdás while playing the third movement of Franz Doppler Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise. Through both visual and verbal imagery, those of us in attendance were reminded that although the flute is a melodic instrument, there is much more involved in performance than just playing the melody. We were all treated to a most entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking musical experience.

Past Event: Mark Sparks Masterclass

  Sunday, April 2, 2017
  12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
  Mannes School of Music
  Room 750 (7th floor)
  55 W 13th St (between 6th and 5th Avenues), NYC


St. Louis Symphony prinicpal flutist Mark Sparks presented a masterclass co-sponsored by the New York Flute Club and the Mannes School of Music. Accompanied by pianists Vladimir Rumyantsev and Artyom Pak, the performing flutists were Denis Savelyev, Petra Rivero, David Ostrovsky, Amelia Libbey, Samuel Levine, and Hunter Green. The class took place in Elebash Hall, Mannes School of Music, 55 West 13th Street, NYC. There were 25 people in attendance.

Mr. Sparks' approach to the masterclass was focused on what the performers were doing well. He used each performance as a vehicle to share with the people in the audience what specifically the performers were doing to make their performances so good. He pointed out that in performing, intent is the key. Whether the concept is a certain tone, phrase shape, character, or overall architecture, the quest for the communication of this idea involves and engages the audience in a certain way in real time. It was a wonderful way to describe the artistic process as an experiential event. Mark Sparks was supportive of the masterclass performers, and inspirational to those in attendance.


Past Event: Sarah Frisof Pre-concert Clinic

The Competitive Flutist: Entering International and Domestic Flute Competitions

Sunday, December 4, 2016
4:00 - 5:00pm
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York

Equally at home in the solo, chamber, and orchestral stages, Sarah Frisof is a passionate flutist and educator. As a soloist, Ms. Frisof won second prize in the 2008 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition. Ms. Frisof has concertized throughout Europe and Asia, including a 2014 concerto performance of the Mozart Flute Concerto in G Major with the Cheongju Symphony Orchestra in Cheongju, Korea.

Past Event: Adrianne Greenbaum Pre-concert Workshop
Baroque and Klezmer Improvisation: They're a lot alike!

Sunday, November 6, 2016
4:30 - 5:00pm
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York

A discussion and demonstration of the similarities between baroque and klezmer flute performance, plus petting zoo of early flutes, including traverso and 19th century flutes.


Past Event: Ruth Cunningham Sound Healing Workshop

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, The New School
Arnhold Hall, 4th floor
55 West 13th Street, NYC

Ruth Cunningham is a classically trained musician, a sound healing practitioner, and a founding member of Anonymous 4. She combines these skills to improvise music that connects people to the healing and spiritual power of music. She specializes in early music performance as well as improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. With Anonymous 4, she performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and made 13 recordings. Ms. Cunningham’s most recent CD releases are Light and Shadow: Chants, Prayers and Improvisations and Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and Harp. She has released two CDs of multi-faith chants with colleague Ana Hernandez: Blessed by Light and  HARC: Inside Chants. She has also performed and recorded renaissance music with Pomerium and is a regular member of the choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch in New York City. Ruth received a bachelor of music in performance of early music from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught recorder and renaissance flute at the Amherst Early Music Workshops for 16 years.