4PM – 8:00 – Registration open  – Next to Room 6


8AM – 5PM – Registration open  – Ballroom Foyer

9 AM – 9:30 Ballroom A – Welcome with Festival Director Chris Potter and the Sakura Low Flutes Choir, Debbie Gilbert, conductor. Includes a premier by Jonathan Cohen. See complete program in Program section.

9:45 – 10:35 Room 6 – Flute Choir Concert – Columbia Flute Choir – Sharyn Byer, conductor. A program featuring works of Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, including the premier of Owl Prowl! See program info in Program section.

9:45 – 10:30 Room 4 – Workshop – Peter Sheridan – New Music for Alto Flute. Join Peter for a demonstration/performance of recently composed music for alto.

10:00 – 5:00 Room 5 – Exhibits open

10:45 – 11:30 Room 7 – Open Sight-Reading Session – Phyllis Louke. Hollywood & Broadway themed pieces including Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Addams Family Theme and My Heart Will Go On from Titanic. Bring a stand.

11:00 – 1:00 Ballroom A – Finals of the Alto Flute Competition 

11:15 – 12:00 Room 6 – Flute Choir Concert – Flute Street – Lisa Jack, conductor, Nancy Nourse, director. Program includes Hallelujah by Cohen and Libertango by Piazzolla.

11:30 – 1:00 – BOXED LUNCH PICKUP at Registration Desk

12:00 – 12:45 Room 4 – Workshop – composer Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir – Music from the Land of Extremes. Elín will talk about contemporary Icelandic music with an emphasis on the role of the low flutes in the creation of a national musical identity.

12:45 – 1:30 Room 6 – Solo Concert – Gonzalez and Allred. Pieces by La Monaca and Kvandal, Saariaho and Lazarof.

1:00 – 1:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Suzanne Teng – Inspirations for Creating Music for Low Flutes. Suzanne will share her process for how she creates music for low flutes and will help guide attendees in their process towards creating musical ideas for improvisation.

1:30 – 2:20 Ballroom A – Solo Concert – Gariazzo and Svensdotter. Polofonia Concreta by Toledo, Mirage by Bothen, Alpha Waves by Bang, Tystnad by Page.

2:00 – 2:45 Room 4 – Workshop – Carl Dimow. Klezmer Music for Low Flutes. Carl will teach a few klezmer tunes that work well on low flutes. The attendees will learn about interpretation, ornamentation and understanding the various grooves in klezmer music.

2:30 – 3:20 Room 3 – Flute Choir/Chamber Concert – Scarbrough, and the Aura Duo consisting of Wansitler and Buonanni. Program includes Scarbrough’s Body Alive with Signals, and pieces by Schocker and Dahl.

3:00 – 4:00 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – Bach BeLow – Peter Sheridan, conductor and members of the Professional Low Flutes Choir. Arrangements by Lowe. With Rees and Ryerson, soloists.

3:00 – 3:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Kelly Mollnow Wilson – Big Flutes, Small Hands pt. 1. This workshop will explore some of the ways that our heads, arm structure and spines are designed to support any flute and move efficiently. Kelly teaches Introduction to Body Mapping at Oberlin and is a licensed Andover Educator.

4:30 – 5:20 Ballroom A – Solo Concert – Pamela De Sensi – Music from the Land of Extremes. Program features music by Icelandic composers.

5:00 Room 5 – Exhibits close

7:30 – 10:15 Ballroom A – Headliner Concert. Featuring Suzanne Teng and Peter Sheridan and the world premier of Tides of Breath by Andrea Clearfield performed by the Festival staff, Chris Potter, conductor. This event will include the announcement of the winners of the Alto Competition and the awarding of the prizes.



8AM – 5PM – Registration open  – Ballroom Foyer

9:00 – 9:50 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – The Istanbul Flute Ensemble presents a concert of music by all Turkish composers.

9:00 – 9:45 Room 6 – Workshop – Kate Walsh – An Exploration of the Flute D’amore. This lecture/demonstration will include musical examples of pieces written for flute d’amore and comparing it to concert flute and alto flute. Performance will include d’amores in Bflat and A.

9:00 – 9:45 Room 4 – Workshop – Ali Ryerson will teach us how to improvise! Bring a stand just in case you need one.

10:00 – 5:00 Room 5 – Exhibits open

10:00 – 10:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Phyllis Louke -Tone Development for Low Flutes. Bring your low flutes for a participatory workshop. All facets of tone will be discussed, including vibrato and improving intonation.

10:15 – 10:45 Room 6 – Flute Choir Concert – Woodbridge Flute Choir – Debbie Gilbert, conductor. Includes Groovin’ Low by Ryerson, and Chocolate Mousse by Wood. An adventurous donkey will also make an appearance.

10:30 – 11:20 Ballroom A – Solo Recital – Alexa Still – Program includes Blues at Eleven by Benfall, Three Songs without Words by Benhaim and Black Anemones by Schwantner.

11:30 – 1:00 – BOXED LUNCH PICKUP at Registration Desk

11:15 – 12:00 Room 6 – Solo Recital – Louke and Wilson. Includes Castle in the Mist and ContraBasie Blues by Louke, Skywriting by Lee and Morocco by Giovannini.

11:45 – 12:30 Room 4 – Workshop – Nancy Nourse – Tessitura and Colours: Writing for the Modern Flute Choir – When writing original works, the colours produced by the individual instruments should be at the forefront. The colour of the alto flute’s second octave D may match the concert flute for tuning purposes, but its colour is distinctly more intense.

12:00 – 12:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Mariana Gariazzo – Performance Anxiety Demystified. This workshop will provide exercises and techniques to increase the ability to tolerate mental and physical discomforts associated with performance anxiety.

12:00 – 12:50 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – The Works of Sophie Dufeutrelle – Sophie Dufeutrelle, conductor. Includes the world premier of Celestial Mammoths commissioned by Peter Sheridan and Nocturne from the Aurore Concerto with Matthias Zielger, contrabass flute soloist.

12:30 – 1:15 Room 6 – Open Sight-Reading Session with Ali Ryerson and her rhythm section! Bring a stand for this jazz-focused reading-session that includes Stolen Moments by Nelson, and In Your Own Sweet Way by Brubeck.

1:00 – 1:45 Room 4 – Meet the Composers Session #1:  Composer Round Table Discussion, Phyllis Louke, moderator. Composers will discuss various aspects of the composition process when writing for low flutes. Composers include; Clearfield, Cohen, Dimow, Gunnlaugsdóttir , Long, Louke, Molnar-Suhajda, Sazli, Scarbrough, and Teng.

1:30 – 2:20 Ballroom A – Solo Recital – Carla Rees – includes Sleeping Lions by Thomas, three Bach Inventions and, Attitudes by Grier with movement titles Flirty, Pouty and Antsy. Assisted by Bogdanovic.

2:00 – 2:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Alexa Still – Improve Your Breathing Skills. This most fundamental skill for flute players will receive an in-depth analysis.

2:30 – 3:20 Room 3 – Solo/Chamber Recital – Soloist Lisa Cella and, Jacques Castérède, Composer for ALL Flutes. Lisa plays Knot Theory by Burns and Light in Each One by Smith. Troy Paolantonio and his friends Sharyn, Pam and Sonia play music of Castérède who wrote 14 pieces for flute.

3:00 – 3:50 Ballroom A – Chamber Recital – The Music of Houston Dunleavy. Houston has a knack for great titles! This concert includes Music for Foul Play, Six Clumsy Dances and Monster Triptych. Performers include Sheridan, Steffen, Bailey and Bowen.

3:00 – 3:45 Room 4 – Open Sight-Reading Session – Paige Dashner Long will treat us to Flutenado, Contrafusion!, Dogs Among the Bushes and her arrangement of London Trio No. 1 by Haydn. Bring a stand.

3:30 – 4:20 Room 6 – Chamber Recital – Duo Hybrids – Buck and Schwerzmann present Ascèses 1-5 of Jolivet and Suite Provençale, Mensch Blue and Blue, Red, Green by Schnyder.

4:00 – 4:50 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – Desert Echoes Flute Project – Christina Steffen, director, Peter Sheridan, guest artist. Program includes Temperaments and Symphony in Gold by Kessner, and On the Other World by Freedman.

4:00 – 4:45 Room 7 – Workshop – Kelly Mollnow Wilson – Big Flutes, Small Hands, part 2. Self-massage, stretching and whole body movement explorations are part of a daily self-care routine. Participants should wear comfortable clothes suitable for movement activities. A yoga mat would be nice to have.

5:15 – 6:00 Room 6 – Chamber Recital – Bull and du Toit. Catherine will play Luci by Donatoni and two pieces by Mignone. Cobus will play A Room for Quiet by Nathan Hall, Loess by Redmond and Misinterpreted Cries by Adams.

5:15 – 6:00 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – The Japanese Jazz Flute Big Band, Yuko Hoshi, director with Ali Ryerson, guest artist. Program includes Opus de Funk by Silver, Moonlight Serenade by Miller and Blue Rondo a la Turk by Brubeck. The kimonos are a bonus!

8:00 – 10:00 – Ballroom A – Headliner Concert – Ali Ryerson and Matthias Ziegler will announce their selections from the stage. Ali’s rhythm section is Wade Beach, piano; Victor Dvoskin, bass; Frank Russo, drums. Matthias Ziegler will dazzle us with his unique language of subtle and powerful low flutes sounds.



8AM – 1:30PM – Registration open  – Ballroom Foyer

9:00 – 10:15 Ballroom A – Flute Choir/Chamber Concert – ContraBand and Friends. Paige Dashner Long, director. The low flutes sections of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra and the Florida Flute Orchestra will present: Metropolitan Contrairians by Cohen, Prayer to the Guardian Angels by Liszt, Basin Street Blues by Williams, Flutenado by Paige and a Dresner premier among other pieces.

9:00 – 9:50 Room 3 – Workshop – Sophie Dufeutrelle – Contemporary Techniques with Low Flutes. Singing while playing, flutter tonguing, multiphonics, double tone trills, breathy sounds will all be discussed and explored in this session.

9:30 – 10:20 Room 6 – Flute Choir Concert – rarescale Flute Academy, Carla Rees, director. Come enjoy a Handel Concerto Grosso, Battalia by Biber, Crucifixus by Lotti and a Bach Concerto in C Minor.

10:00 – 2:00 Room 5 – Exhibits open

10:00 – 10:45 Room 4 – Open Sight-Reading Session – Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda will let you try Sacrae Silvae from her Alchemy of Earth, her newest piece Owl Prowl and (drum roll please) three compositions that are currently unpublished and NOT being performed at this Festival! Ou la la! Bring a stand.

11:00 – 11:30 Ballroom A – Solo Concert – Gavin Stewart plays it cool with Antarctica by Elizabeth Brown and Glacier by Dai Fujikura, plus Trapset by Meltzer and Clutch by Tassie.

11:00 – 11:50 Room 6 – Flute Choir Concert – DC Flutes Low Flutes Ensemble. Sandra Ragusa and Aaron Goldman, conductors. Program includes: Caprice #17 by Karg-Elert (!), the iconic Low Flutes at High Tides II by Ziegler, and Aaron as soloist on the Fauré Morceau de Concours.

11:30 – 12:15 Room 4 – Workshop – Sophie Dufeutrelle – Sound Painting/Group Improvisation. Come let your imagination soar!

11:30 – 1:00 – BOXED LUNCH PICKUP at Registration Desk

12:00 – 12:40 Ballroom A – Flute Choir Concert – Lower Realm Low Flutes Ensemble, Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick, conductor. Includes, Mood Swings and Hurry Up Already! by Cohen, African Market by Denhard and Ali is in there with Yankee’s Doodlin’ and Greensleeves.

12:15 – 1:00 Room 6 – Workshop – Matthias Ziegler – New Sounds Workshop. Come find out what Matthias has been up to in Switzerland and how he makes all those interesting sounds.

12:45 – 1:30 Ballroom A – Chamber/Choir Concert – The Music of Jonathan Cohen. World Premier of Ali’s Stowaway Caper, followed by Patuxent Walk for alto and guitar, then find out how Agent McSquirrel fits into the program in the World Premier of One Ann Arbor Morning. Members of the Lower Realm and friends play the Legend of Llyn Lech Owain and Deep Space Heatwave.

1:15 – 1:45 Room 3 – Coaching Session – Alexa Still will coach Mary Norris and Beth Devlin in Sauntering Down the Boulevard by Dresner.

1:30 – 2:20 Room 4 – Meet the Composers Session #2: Excerpts from New Compositions. Phyllis Louke, moderator. Attendees of the festival are invited to participate and read through a short excerpt of each composition for low flutes. Composers will be present to provide a short description of the piece and conduct the read-through of an excerpt. Bring your low flute(s) of choice and your music stand to be a part of this sight-reading group. Composers: Ryerson, Carter, Dimow, Dunleavy, Long, Sazli, Louke.

1:45 – 2:20 Room 6 – Chamber Concert – du Toit and, Below the Stratosphere with Parasky. Cobus and guitarist Sutton will perform Takemitsu’s formidable Toward the Sea. Dan is assisted by Morrison, clarinet, Kuhn, flute and Eisenreich, alto flute, in works by Kahkonen, Danzi, and Cohen.

2:30 – 3:00 Ballroom A – Closing Ceremonies – Bring your stands. To facilitate the performance of Alex’s Valse de Bravoure as our closing number, altos, please sit on the right hand side of the hall as you face the stage, and, in the back on the left hand side. Basses, please sit on the left side of the hall towards the front. Contrabasses and lower, sit/stand on the far left of the left side as you face the stage. You will find parts for the Valse on chairs. Please share parts when possible, especially altos and contrabasses.

Farewell Choir members, please sit on the stage. Syrinx players will stand in front of the Farewell players to perform.

We will first hear the performance of Ali Ryerson’s arrangment of Syrinx for low flutes. Syrinx players will then be seated in the audience area. Chris will have a few brief closing remarks, followed by Elise Carter conducting the Farewell Choir in Ricky Lombardo’s arrangement of Ashokan Farewell. Farewell Choir members remain seated on the stage. After a brief but spectacular rehearsal of Valse de Bravoure by all attendees, we will give it our best shot at a straight-through performance for ourselves.