The Club's ensemble program consists of scheduled, informal get-togethers of amateur and professional Club members who meet for the pleasure of playing the considerable body of music written for multiple flutes. A professional flutist coordinates activities and every effort is made to match players of similar abilities. The participants, who must be members in good standing of the Club, perform at least one concert per year.
Meetings are held approximately monthly, typically on weekend afternoons. In most years, the rehearsals have been at Studios 353, 353 West 48th Street, 2nd floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Photos and reports of the NYFC Ensemble's activities in past seasons, starting with 2016-17, may be found here.
Rehearsal Schedule for the 2017-18 Season
353 West 48th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
|Saturday, September 16, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, November 18, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, December 17, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, January 13, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, February 18, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, March 10, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, April 22, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
Annual Meeting and Concert (pending confirmation):
Sunday, May 6, 2018, Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Avenue, between 35th &36th Streets, NYC), 4th floor, room 414, 3:00 pm (set-up at 2:00 pm)
There are also informal ensemble reading sessions prior to many of the season's regular concerts. Watch the Newsletter for details.
Our September 16, 2017 Meet-up
Participants at the September 16 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz
A record number of NYFC flutists (5 new and 23 returning) met at Studios 353 on West 48th Street on Saturday, September 16. Co-directors Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers led the group through several pieces new to our repertoire and a neglected movement of an old favorite (Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances). The new pieces were Kelly Via's Fantasia on Red River Valley, Gluck's Dance of the Blessed Spirits (with soloist Mark Vickers), Jonathan Cohen's Flutes and Vegetables, David Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, a Ricky Lombardo arrangement of Simple Gifts, and a Bill Holcombe arrangement of selections from The Sound of Music.
At intermission, the two most common responses to "Tell us what you will miss most about the summer" seemed to be "I won't miss it at all" and (from the teachers) "Not having to work."