2018-19 Season Events

Important Announcements:

Review & Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for Review and Contest has been extended to September 28.

Artist Competition Deadline Extended

Out of consideration for flutists who will be affected by Hurricane Florence, the RAFA Artist Competition committee has decided to extend the 2018 RAFA Artist Competition entry deadline one week. The new deadline is 11:59 pm, Friday, September 21, 2018. Competition details here.

Wishing everyone safety and calm during this time,
Rosene Rohrer, RAFA President

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for another exciting season of flute events!

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9/16/18 Flute4 Event
11/4/18 Review & Contest
11/9/18 Artist Competition
11/10/18 Flute Fair
2/3/18 Kathie Stewart Event
4/?/19 Solo/Ensemble Fest
5/19/19 Members’ Recital

Practical Matters: mind, body, and spirit with Flute4

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(L to R): Caroline Ulrich, Carla Copeland-Burns, Erinn Frechette, Amy Orsinger Whitehead

Sunday, September 16, 2018

This event has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Florence.

12:00 – 6:00 PM

Duke University East Campus

Co-sponsored by RAFA and Duke University Music Department, the afternoon features a recital by Flute4 and participatory workshops on a variety of practical matters including ensemble skills, musicians’ health, mind-games, teamwork, and author Sarah Robinson with her book “Clubbing for Musicians”.

Schedule for the Day:

12:00 – 1:00 Panel Discussion: Performance Prep, Mind Games & Team Spirit with Flute4

Biddle Music Bldg, Rm. 104

Open to all musicians. Explore the varied approaches to a fulfilling life in music with the members of Flute4. A lively discussion on finding your musical opportunities and the myriad of challenges of music preparation, including finding your groove as a team.

1:00 – 2:30 pm Clubbing for Musicians with Author Sarah Robinson

Biddle Music Bldg, Rm. 019

Author and flutist Sarah Robinson shares how to design, book, market, and fund alternative venue shows. This interactive workshop will include exercises to learn how to talk about music with a general audience and create a show that can rock in any setting.

1:00 – 1:30 pm How to Buy a Flute

Biddle Fountain/Exhibit area

Alex Xeros serves as Flute Sales Manager at Flute World and JL Smith & Co. His presentation clarifies the many aspects of finding just the right instrument for you! Alex will be available throughout the afternoon in the exhibit area.

2:00 – 3:30 pm Alexander Technique Participatory Workshop and Masterclass with Eric Pritchard

Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

The Alexander Technique provides a structured method of self-inquiry which has helped performing artists improve their skills for over 100 years and it is now an established part of the curriculum at all major conservatories of music, dance and theater. By uncovering and transforming previously unconscious movement patterns and mental habits, performers can significantly improve their skills by increasing freedom and ease of movement. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome to participate or observe – bring your instrument and a short excerpt if you’d like!

3:00 – 4:40 pm Flute Ensemble Reading Sessions

Biddle, Rm. 019

Join us in reading flute ensemble repertoire representing a range of levels, including new compositions and publications by Ali Ryerson and Nicole Chamberlain. Instrumentation includes piccolo, C flutes, Alto, Bass, and Contrabass flutes. This session will be conducted by Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, with assistance from RAFA flute choir directors Amy Holt & Maureen Kelly. Some practice parts are available in advance; email c.copelandburns@duke.edu with any questions.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Recital by Flute4

Baldwin Auditorium

Presented by Flute4 members Carla Copeland-Burns, Erin Frechette, Caroline Ulrich, & Amy Orsinger Whitehead, this colorful program includes the North Carolina premiere of Thomas McColley’s Behind the Eye, NC Native Charles DeLaney’s Night Thoughts, and Flocks by Marilyn Bliss.


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34th Annual Review and Contest

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Highland United Methodist Church

1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh

1:30 – 5:30 PM

Scholarship competition for local flutists of all ages. Contest winners will perform at the Flute Fair on Saturday, November 10.

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Annual RAFA Artist Competition

Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 2018

Highland United Methodist Church

1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh

Friday: Semifinals Concert

Saturday: Finals Concert

The deadline for this contest has been extended to 11:59PM, September 21, out of consideration for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

National-level competition for advanced flutists age 17 and above; $1750 in prizes. Friday evening’s semi-final round is open to the public. Final round will be held during Saturday’s Flute Fair (Nov. 10).  

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Annual Flute Fair

with guest artist Laurie Sokoloff


Laurie Sokoloff

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Highland United Methodist Church

1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The day’s events include a class and concert by guest artist Laurie Sokoloff (former piccoloist with Baltimore Symphony & Peabody Conservatory faculty); exhibits of the latest flutes and accessories; recitals showcasing RAFA Contest winners; participatory workshops; and the final round of the RAFA Artist Competition!

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Concert & Class with Baroque Flutist Kathie StewartKathie Stewart

Sunday, February 3, 2019

First Presbyterian Church

305 E Main St, Durham

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Co-sponsored by RAFA & Mallarme Chamber Players, Ms. Stewart will present a concert, followed by an interactive class on Baroque performance practice.

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Annual Solo/Ensemble Fest

April 2019 (date TBD)

Graded repertoire examinations for all ages; participants can choose to enter the solo and/or ensemble category.

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Members’ Recital

May 19, 2019

3:00 PM

Featuring RAFA members performing in solos, small ensembles and flute choirs.

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