There will be four sight-reading sessions at the festival. A Jazz Session with Ali Ryerson, sessions from Paige Dasher Long and Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, and a Broadway & Hollywood Sight-Reading Session directed by Phyllis Avidan Louke.
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.
Paige Dashner Long – Low Flutes Choir Coordinator
Paige Dashner Long is an internationally recognized contrabass flutist. Currently Ms Long, an Altus Artist, directs the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in summer residence at New England Conservatory, the Daytona State College Flute Choir, and the Florida Flute Orchestra. As an active guest artist and flute clinician, she has presented concerts, led workshops and directed ensembles for music schools in France, Germany and Mexico, as well as for universities and flute associations throughout America. She serves on the Low Flutes Committee of the NFA, performs with the International Flute Orchestra, and is a former coordinator of the National Flute Association’s (NFA) Flute Choir Composition Competition, and past president of the Greater Boston Flute Association. Her composition, Eventide Soliloquy, was a winner of the 2012 NFA Newly Published Music Competition.
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Phyllis Avidan Louke – Reading Sessions and Composer/Arranger Workshops Coordinator
Phyllis Avidan Louke, an Altus Artist, is principal flute with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Symphonic Band, Music Director of Rose City Flute Choir in Portland, Oregon, and is in demand as a clinician. A low flute specialist, primarily on bass and contrabass flute, she has performed with the NFA’s Professional Flute Choir since 1993, and the International Flute Orchestra since 1997. In addition, she played bass flute and contrabass flute on the 10 CDs recorded by the National Flute Choir. Phyllis, a member of ASCAP, is an award-winning composer of music for flute choir, smaller ensembles, and solo works, including several compositions for bass and alto flute. With over 70 published pieces, her music is published by ALRY Publications, Falls House Press, Nourse Wind Publications, Fabulous Flute Music Company, and Theodore Presser Company. She has also co-written an award-winning series of pedagogical publications with Patricia George published by Theodore Presser Company.
Alexandra Molnar–Suhajda Baldwin is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. She studied flute with Wendell Dobbs, Beverley Rajnes, and Judith Lapple, harp with Jeanne Chalifeaux and Elizabeth Blakeslee, and composition with Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. She has written many wonderful pieces for flute choir and low flutes choir that have been performed all over the world, including “Voices from the Deep,” “Moonlight,” and “Alchemy of Earth.”