2018-19 Season Events


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
4/27/19 Solo/Ensemble Fest
5/19/19 Members’ Recital

Practical Matters: mind, body, and spirit with Flute4

flute4 members
(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

The results of the 2018 Review & Contest have been decided and posted! Thanks to all the students and teachers who participated, as well as the teachers and parents who volunteered their time and effort. Thanks especially to event coordinator Kathleen Hancock for running the whole operation so smoothly!

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Artist Competition Semifinals

Friday, November 9, 6:30pm

Highland United Methodist Church

Construction Alert: Highland United Methodist Church’s walkway into the building is currently under construction. Park toward the lower end of the main parking lot (off Ridge Rd) and follow the orange fencing to enter the building. Look for “RAFA Flute Fair” signage to direct your way!

1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh

Come out to hear and support these 6 semi-finalists, who will each perform a 20-min. program. This concert is open to the public at no admission charge.

  • Alyssa Baranski
  • Jovana Damnjanović
  • Jenny Davis
  • Allison Hamilton
  • Joanna Kim
  • David Le


  • Jennifer Gosack Darwell
  • Corinne Mona

Saturday: Finals Concert, 1:00pm during the RAFA Flute Fair

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

Laurie Sokoloff
Laurie Sokoloff

with guest artist Laurie Sokoloff

Saturday, November 10, 2018; 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Highland United Methodist Church

Construction Alert: Highland United Methodist Church’s walkway into the building is currently under construction. Park toward the lower end of the main parking lot (off Ridge Rd) and follow the orange fencing to enter the building. Look for “RAFA Flute Fair” signage to direct your way!

1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh

Don’t miss it! Exhibits of flutes, music & accessories; Artist Competition Final Round; Review & Contest Showcase Recitals; Piccolo Masterclass; Workshops; Gala Recital; Lunch is provided for $5 donation.
Free for RAFA members; $16 general admission.

8:30am Registration Opens; Visit Exhibit Hall (open 8:30–4:00)

9:00 – 9:50am 2017 Artist Competition Winner in Recital: Krisztina Dér

Krisztina Dér
Krisztina Dér

Come hear the First Prize winner of last year’s RAFA Artist Competition as Ms. Dér and pianist Robert Rocco perform works by Copland, Bartok, Foss, Petrovics, Rieding, Rich and Ungar.

10:00 – 11:15am Piccolo Class – Led by Laurie Sokoloff

All are welcome to sit in on this coaching session by Dr. Sokoloff as four performers present piccolo orchestral excerpts and Vivaldi concerti.

11:15 – 1:00pm Lunch (provided on site for $5 donation)

11:30 – 12:30pm Review & Contest Student Showcase Recital (part 1)

The recital will feature winners of the Nov. 4 Review & Contest.

11:30 – 12:20pm Workshop: The Prepared Flute: A Hands-on Experience

Stacey Russell
Stacey Russell

Led by Stacey Lee Russell, this hands-on workshop will focus on music written for the prepared flute (adding objects on or inside the flute or subtracting parts of the flute to alter its sound). Objects will be available for participants to prepare their own instrument and explore new possibilities of tone color.

1:00 – 2:30pm Artist Competition Finals

All are welcome to sit in on the final round of this competition. The three competing finalists will be selected from Friday evening’s semi-final round.

2:45 – 3:45pm Review & Contest Student Showcase Recital (part 2)

The recital will feature winners of the Nov. 4 Review & Contest.

2:45 – 3:45pm Workshop: Performing Bach

Dr. Kelly Nivison
Dr. Kelly Nivison

Led by Kelly Nivison, the class will provide valuable tips for preparing Baroque repertoire for next year’s Review & Contest. All ages welcome!

4:00 – 5:00pm Gala Concert/Lecture by Laurie Sokoloff (piccolo)

Artist Competition awards will be announced prior to the start of the concert, which will feature works by Telemann, CPE Bach, Donjon & Casterede.

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Concert & Class with Baroque Flutist Kathie Stewart

Kathie Stewart
Kathie Stewart

Sunday, February 3, 2019

First Presbyterian Church

305 E Main St, Durham

2:00 – 4:00 PM Concert

4:15 – 6:00 PM Masterclass

Presented in partnership with Mallarmé Chamber Players. 

  • Free for RAFA Members, $15 for Friends of RAFA Members online only: Use the code LL15 when checking out. Please note that this discount rate will NOT be available at the door; only online, in advance.
  • $25 general admission at the door or in advance.

Music by J.S. Bach’s contemporaries with a Leipzig connection featuring Kathie Stewart from Apollo’s Fire on Baroque flute with cellist/gambist Jaap ter Linden. Joining in the program are Baroque violinist Nicolas DiEugenio and harpsichordist Elaine Funaro.


  • Christoph Graupner, Trio Sonata in B Minor, GWV 219
  • Johann Gottfried Müthel, Flute Sonata in D Major
  • J.S. Bach, Sonata in E Minor for violin and continuo, BWV 1017
  • Carl Friedrich Abel, Sonata for solo viola da gamba in D Major
  • G.P. Telemann, “Paris” Quartet in A Major, TWV 43:A1

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Annual Solo/Ensemble Fest

April 27, 2019

1:00 – 5:00pm

Meredith College, Wainwright Music Building

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

Registration deadline is March 30.

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Members’ Recital

May 19, 2019
3:00 PM
Carswell Recital Hall, Meredith College
Open to the public at no admission charge

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

Want to perform? Contact coordinator Kathy Hancock (hancockkathy@msn.com) to sign up.

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