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 International Low Flutes Festival will include:

  • Performances by international artists
  • An alto flute competition
  • Performance opportunities for soloists, chamber ensembles and choirs
  • World premiers of newly commissioned pieces
  • 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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Proposal Guidelines and the Proposal Form for performances and workshops and are now available, for the full details see Proposal Guidelines. Information about the Alto Flute Competition is also now available, see Alto Flute Competition for details.

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.

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

Professional Low Flutes Choir

The International Low Flutes Festival will feature a Professional Low Flutes Choir open by recorded audition. To apply please fill out the Application Form and submit a recording of the one of the audition pieces. The first round can be an mp3 file attached to an email or, a link to a video recording on YouTube or to a dropbox. There is also a $25 application fee (see the paypal link below). Submit form and mp3 or link to video to Submission deadline is October 10th. For more information see Professional Low Flutes Choir.

Submit A Proposal

To submit a proposal please read the Proposal Guidelines then fill out the Proposal Form, available as a Word Document or a PDF (if you have problems with the documents please email us). Submit completed proposals to

Proposals will be accepted in three areas: Coaching Sessions, Performances, and Workshops/Lectures. Please note, if your proposal is accepted, you will appear at the Festival at your own expense, including paying the registration fee and all hotel fees.

The proposal deadline for low flute choirs outside the U.S. and Canada is May 15th 2017. The proposal deadline for all other groups and individuals is October 10th, 2017. For choirs outside the U.S. and Canada, decisions will be made by May 20th to allow time for fundraising and visa approvals.For all other groups and individuals, decisions will be made by November 15th.

For Full Proposal Details go to Proposal Guidelines. We also have these guidelines in Spanish and Japanese:

Alto Flute Competition

IMG_8488The Alto Flute Competition Application Form and link to Paypal Payment are now available, for Paypal link and more information see Alto Flute Competition.

There will be three prizes awarded. First prize is $1500US, second prize is $1000US and third prize is $500. Our sponsors are Gemeinhardt Flutes (First Prize sponsor), The Flute Pro Shop, Flute World, Theodore Presser, Di Zhao Flutes & Altus Flutes, Eva Kingma Flutes, Flute Specialists, Carolyn Nussbaum Music, and Tetractys Publishing.

The Deadline for the first round recordings is October 10th, 2017. Send submissions to:

1st round, recording  –

  • Alexandra Harwood – Sonatina for Alto Flute and Piano – 3rd mvmt only (Buyou). publ. Progress Press.
  • G.P. Telemann – 12 Fantasias for solo flute Fantasia No. 6 in D Minor  – Dolce and Allegro mvmts. Many publishers.

For More details see Alto Flute Competition.

Festival Registration

We will have details on festival registration and fees in September 2017.

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

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