Proposal Guidelines

Thank You for your interest in presenting or performing at the festival!

To submit a proposal please read the guidelines below 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 lowflutesfestival@gmail.com. Please note that by submitting this form, you agree to appear at the Festival at your own expense. This includes paying the Festival Registration Fee.

International Low Flutes Festival

Proposal Guidelines

Submit completed proposals to lowflutesfestival@gmail.com.

The proposal deadline for all groups and individuals is October 10th, 2017.

For all groups and individuals, decisions will be made by November 15th.

*A low flute choir is defined as a group of six or more with or without a conductor where 50% or more of the group is an alto flute or lower.

There will be a low flutes choir open to everyone with no audition that will play at the Festival. Details will be available in September 2017. Send a message to lowflutesfestival@gmail.com if you want to be notified when information about the Festival Choir becomes available.

We also have these guidelines in Spanish and Japanese

Proposals will be accepted in three areas:

Coaching Sessions, Performances, and Workshops/Lectures

If your proposal is accepted, you will appear at the Festival at your own expense, including paying the registration fee and all hotel fees.

By submitting the proposal form, you agree to appear at the Low Flutes Festival in April 2018 at your own expense.

For repertoire ideas, go to lowflutesfestival.org/suggested-repertoire/

 

1. Coaching Sessions

For all coaching sessions – send the Proposal Form via email and include on the form the 1) title of the piece; 2) composer; 3) publisher; 4) an mp3 or mp4 file, or, a YouTube or FaceBook link to a performance; 5) a 30-word bio; 6) names of all people in the group, including any conductor; 7) your email address if different from the address you used to send the proposal.

Solo performers – amateur and professional low flutists are encouraged to apply to be considered for a 25 minute public coaching session on the piece of their choice.

Chamber groups – amateur and professional groups of any instrumentation are encouraged to apply to be considered for a 25-minute public coaching session on the piece of their choice. 50% or more of all flutes in the group must be an alto flute or lower.

Low Flutes Choirs – choirs of any level are encouraged to apply to be considered for a 25-minute public coaching session on the piece of their choice. 50% or more of all flutes in the group must be an alto flute or lower. In your proposal, include a 30-word bio of the group, not individuals.

2. Performances

On the Proposal Form, include 1) your name or the group’s name; 2) the composer’s names; 3) the titles and timings of the pieces; 4) individual movements if any; 5) the names of any assisting personnel; 6) publisher’s names or composer contact details.

For Solo performances, submit a Proposal Form via email that includes the pieces in your program of between 15 but not more than 20 minutes worth of music. A solo performance can include a low flute alone or with piano. A pianist will be available for an extra fee. Send a 4 to 8 minute recording that includes one of the pieces on your program and a second piece of your choosing as an mp3 or mp4 file, or, provide YouTube or Facebook links that contain 4 to 8 minutes of a performance of one piece on your program and a second choice piece. Describe your technical needs such as any amplification. Include a 50-word bio with your proposal. This can be combined with a chamber music proposal.

Chamber Music performances can include any number of other instruments, but 50% or more of all flutes in the group must be an alto flute or lower. Chamber Music performances can be combined with the solo performance described above to make a complete program. Submit a proposed program via email of 15 but not more than 20 minutes of music. Send a 4 to 8 minute sample that includes one of the pieces on your program and a second piece of your choosing as an mp3 or mp4 file, or, provide YouTube or Facebook links that contain 4 to 8 minutes of a performance of one piece on your program and a second choice piece. Describe your technical needs, including chairs and any amplification. Include a 30-word bio for each flutist.

Flute Choir performances can be a choir that consists of at least 50% alto flutes or lower, or a traditional choir of c flutes and low flutes that features a low flute as the soloist. The performance can include several pieces or movements where a low flute is the featured soloist, or some combination of soloist with low flutes choir pieces. Submit a proposed program of 25 but no more than 35 minutes of music. Send an 8 to 12 minute sample that includes one of the pieces on your program plus a second one of your choosing as an mp3 or mp4 file, or, provide YouTube or Facebook links that contain 8 to 12 minutes of a performance of one piece on your program and a second choice piece. Programs that feature the works of one composer will be considered. Describe your technical needs, including chairs and any amplification. Include the name of the conductor in your proposal. Include a 30-word bio of the group, and a separate 30-word bio for any soloist.

 

3. Workshops/Lectures

Submit via email a 200-word or shorter description of your workshop and your 50-word bio. Tell us what other workshops you have presented and where. Workshops/lectures will be 25 or 50 minutes in length, including time for questions from those attending. Please indicate which length you would prefer. If you request 50 minutes, it may be shortened to 25. You can propose two workshops/lectures.

Suggested topics include: tone development, alternate fingerings, vibrato, a survey of available repertoire, jazz improvisation, special musical effects, tips on setting up and holding the instrument, articulation, improving finger technique, orchestral excerpts for alto, improving breath control, a survey of music by one composer, arranging tips for low flutes, recording low flutes, multi-phonics, historical origins of low flutes, low flutes in film scores. Come up with your own topics and surprise us!

 

Send questions and proposals to lowflutesfestival@gmail.com