The International Low Flutes Festival

Join the Low Flutes community for the International Low Flutes Festival in Washington D.C.
Featuring international guest artists, workshops and an Alto Flute competition.
The International Low Flutes Festival
April 6-8, 2018 Sheraton Reston, Reston, VA.



The 2018 International Low Flutes Festival will bring together people from many countries and cultures to celebrate the sounds of low flutes. Come join the festivities!

The Festival starts on Friday, April 6th at 9 AM and concludes Sunday, April 8th at approximately 3 PM at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The rehearsal for those in the Sakura Choir is 7 PM Thursday the 5th, and the people assigned to the Bach BeLow Concert will rehearse at 8:30 PM also on the 5th.

We are reopening registration for the Farewell choir for a limited time. If you would like to participate please sign up by February 24th 11:59pm EST. See the registration form on the Festival Registration page to sign up.

The Festival Schedule is now available, see the link to view the schedule of events.

The International Low Flutes Festival will include:

  • World Premier of A New Commission by Andrea Clearfield for Low Flutes Choir
  • Performances by international artists
  • An alto flute competition
  • Performance opportunities for soloists, chamber ensembles and choirs
  • Workshops
  • Professional Low Flutes Choir
  • Coaching sessions for amateur and professional ensembles and choirs
  • Jazz performances
  • Meet the composer round tables
  • Sight-reading sessions for low flutes choirs
  • Opening Flute Choir, open to all players

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Festival Registration is Open, for the full details see Festival Registration. And don’t forget about The Farewell Flute Choir, for more information see Farewell Low Flutes Choir.

We now have an updated list of guest artist, see the Featured Artists Section. We also have announced the Finalists for the Alto Flute Competition and the list of workshop topics and presenters. And The Festival Schedule is now available, see the link to view the schedule of events.

If you would like to be notified about further festival information please send your email address to: or you can Subscribe to our Mailing List.

–  Chris Potter, Festival Director

Featured Artists

Matthias Ziegler

matthias-ziegler-2Matthias Ziegler is one of the world’s most versatile and innovative flutists. He is committed both to the traditional literature for flute as well as to contemporary music and concepts that cross the boundaries between classical music and jazz. His performances take place in a vast range of contexts: he plays principal flute with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, has toured with the percussionist Pierre Favre and performed with the pianist George Gruntz as well as with the American contrabass player Mark Dresser. He is also a member of the ”Collegium Novum Zurich“, where he has worked with Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger and George Crumb.Concert tours have brought him to the US, Japan, Australia, South America and Israel.

Ali Ryerson


Ali Ryerson, who ranks among today’s top jazz flutists, grew up in a musical family. Her father, jazz guitarist Art Ryerson, played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, then became a top studio player in NYC. Ali has become an internationally renowned touring & recording artist and educator. Former NFA Jazz Chair, current Low Flutes Chair, founder of NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is Flute Professor at Sacred Heart University, and conducts master classes worldwide. Ryerson, a Hartt School of Music graduate, studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion, and is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes.

Peter Sheridan


 Peter Sheridan is a creative performer, educator and passionate supporter of new music whom has commissioned over one hundred works for the low flutes. A native of New York City, he studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts), Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Further graduate studies were undertaken at London Goldsmith’s College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sheridan currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble.

Suzanne Tengsuzplay

Suzanne Teng, M.Mus., is a flutist, recording artist, composer, educator and YAMAHA artist.  She specializes in low flutes and world flutes and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings of her own compositions as well as having played on hundreds of recordings, film and television soundtracks and commercials.  Her alto playing is featured on a Kleenex commercial and she appeared on the television show  “Survivor” performing on bass flute.

IMG_8452The Los Angeles Times called her a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.”  She is a recipient of the Los Angeles Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards and two-time winner of the Independent Music Awards.  Suzanne teaches clinics around the country and as a recognized music educator, served on the panel for Music Education for the National Endowment for the Arts for three years. For more information see her website

Japan Jazz Flute Big Band (JJFBB)japan-jazz-flute-big-band

JJFBB has been formed by Yuko Hoshi (flutist) since 2015 as the first jazz flute big band in Japan. They play jazz standards and Japanese traditional songs that mixes jazz. JJFBB invited Ms. Ali Ryerson and had concerts and master classes in Tokyo in 2016.

All Featured Artists

World Premier of A New Low Flutes Choir Compositionimg_3463

The International Low Flutes Festival is pleased to announce the premier of a new low flutes composition by award-winning composer Andrea Clearfield to be performed at the Festival. Commissioned by the Blessing Foundation, this piece will emphasize the lowest of the low flutes and the unique tonal colors of those instruments.

Andrea Clearfield has been praised by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Opera News. Her 150 works include a cantata commissioned by the Philadelphia orchestra. She received a Pew Fellowship in 2016 and has held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome and the MacDowell Colony. Her website is

Festival Registration

Registration for the Festival is now open! Registration for the Festival is $140 U.S. Please note Online Festival Registration is only available till March 26th, 2018 and room rates at the hotel go up in March 2018.

To Register for the Festival please

  1. Fill out the Registration Form
  2. Email the form to
  3. Pay the registration fee through the PayPal link
  4. Book your hotel room

See the Festival Registration page for links and more details.

Sakura Opening Low Flutes Choir & Farewell Low Flutes Choir

The Sakura Choir is full, so consider being part of the Farewell Choir instead. Because of the overwhelming interest in the Sakura Opening Low Flutes Choir we are pleased to announce an additional choir, the Farewell Low Flutes Choir.


  • The Choirs are open to all players
  • The Sakura Choir rehearsal will be Thurs April 5th from 7-8:30 PM and the performance will be Friday, April 6th at 9 AM at the Festival’s opening event
  • The Farewell Choir rehearsal will be Sunday, April 8th from 12:45 PM and the performance will be Sunday, April 8th at 2:30 PM at the Festival’s closing event

To be part of either Flute Choir see the section on the festival registration form and indicate which instrument you will be playing.

Our Sponsors

  • Sue Blessing
  • The Blessing Foundation
  • The Flute Pro Shop
  • Gemeinhardt Flutes
  • Flute World
  • Carolyn Nussbaum Music
  • Theodore Presser
  • Di Zhao Flutes
  • Ogura Flute Works
  • Altus Flutes
  • Eva Kingma Flutes
  • Flute Specialists
  • Tetractys Publishing


If you want to donate to the festival and become one of our sponsors please contact us at

More About Washington, DC – Cherry Blossom Festival

The Washington D.C. area is full of museums, memorials and other attractions. See the page About the D.C. Area for more information and links to attractions.

Don’t forget the National Cherry Blossom Festval, which will also be happening in early April.