2020-2021 Season Events

Due to growing concerns of COVID-19 and the exposure to people at community and group events, RAFA has decided to suspend all in-person activities until larger health risks caused by this issue are resolved. RAFA is dedicated to reducing risks and keeping our members healthy.

See our COVID-19 Update page for the newest information.

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

You can download our season brochure here.

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9/20/20 Laura Stevens
11/8/20 Review & Contest
POSTPONED: Artist Competition
11/14/20 Flute Fair
2/21/21 Pedagogy Colloqium
4/24/21 Solo & Ensemble Fest
5/16/21 Members’ Recital

Laura Stevens

Concert & Class featuring flutist Laura Stevens

Sunday, September 20, 2020


This is a VIRTUAL EVENT. The performance will take place via our YouTube page. The class/presentation will be hosted on Zoom.

Laura Dangerfield Stevens, flute professor at UNC Chapel Hill, member of Elektra Winds and Salisbury Symphony, and principal flutist of Western Piedmont Symphony, will perform a live-streamed concert with pianist Yumi Kita, followed by a presentation on how to make a great video and recording on any budget. 

1:00 – 2:15 PM Concert: #trendingladies

Watch LIVE on YouTube.

The concert by flutist Laura Stevens and pianist Yumi Kita will feature works by Eugénie Rocherolle, Katherine Hoover, Valerie Coleman, Anne Boyd, and Yuko Uebayashi.

2:30 – 3:30 PM Class/Presentation: “Making Audition Recordings in the Age of COVID: Tips on how to make a great video and recording on any budget” 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 945 2069 1388
Passcode: 672859

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Review and Contest (36th annual)

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Virtual Event

Review and Contest (36th annual) Sunday, November 8, 2020 1:30 – 5:30 PM Scholarship competition for local flutists of all ages. Contest winners will have the option to submit a pre-recorded solo as part of the virtual Flute Fair on Saturday, November 14. 

See R&C Page for full rules and registration.

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POSTPONED: RAFA Artist Competition (6th annual)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th annual RAFA Artist Competition is postponed until the Fall of 2021.

More information

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Molly Barth, courtesy of Continuous Motion Productions 
INSTAGRAM: @continuousmotionproductions
WEBSITE: www.cmotionproductions.com

RAFA Flute Fair (32nd annual) with guest artist Molly Barth

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Virtual Event; 9:00am – 5:00pm

All events to be held virtually on Zoom. All current RAFA members will receive access links through the Flute Fair landing page* in advance of the event. You can renew/join RAFA here.

*Active members will be given a password when the page is made active.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 – Masterclass with Molly Barth 

Join in learning as two performers, who have submitted pre-recorded videos in advance, screen-share their pieces during the class and receive valuable feedback from our guest artist and veteran teacher.

Clara Kempter is a senior Music Performance major in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, studying with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham. She has studied baroque flute and Irish traditional flute in ASU’s Study Abroad program in Irish Traditional Music. Piece: Charanga (1993), Michael Colquhoun (b. 1953)

Katie Grischow is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Flute Performance and Arts Administration while studying with Dr. Erika Boysen. She has participated in masterclasses for Marianne Gedigian, Nathalie Joachim, and Aaron Goldman, among others. Piece: Jim and John (2015), Michael Fiday (b. 1961)

10:00 – Participatory Class on Extended Techniques – led by Molly Barth 

All are invited to participate in this online session; have your flute & notepad at hand!

11:00 – Town Hall for Teachers: “How to keep teachers and students engaged” 

Coordinated by Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham & Catherine LeGrand.
Join a virtual gathering to share what we’ve learned about teaching during a pandemic – ideas, resources, and thoughts for the future.

12:00 – Lunch 

This is an opportunity to connect with one another in an informal online setting; feel free to “bring your lunch” while engaging in conversation. Break-out rooms will be available for those wishing to connect with specific persons.

1:00 – Flute Choir Meet-up 

The session will begin with a virtual flute choir performance, coordinated by Amy Holt and featuring members of RAFA’s flute ensembles! Break-out rooms will be available for open conversation with one another.

2:00 to 4:00 pm – Exhibitor Showcases 

RAFA’s corporate sponsors will lead 25-minute sessions on a variety of topics. Details TBA.

4:00 – Concert by Molly Barth (flute) and Heather Conner (piano)

The pre-recorded concert will feature unaccompanied music of women and black composers (Katherine Hoover, Shulamit Ran, Andre Myers, and Adolphus Hailstork) and a flute & piano work by Mexican-American composer Samuel Zyman. Engaging music videos will showcase each piece, and the use of poetry (Emily Dickinson, Katherine Hoover, and Shel Silverstein) will provide evocative segues from one piece to the next.

Student Showcase Recitals

Pre-recorded performances of Review & Contest winners will be available to view at your convenience throughout the day/weekend.

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Pedagogy Colloquium

February 21, 2021 

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Three RAFA teachers share their wisdom and experience. Each segment will
conclude with Q&A and discussion opportunities.

Zoom login info will be sent to RAFA members the week of the event.

Catherine LeGrand
Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
Dr. Kelly Nivison

2:00 pm The Brag System: The far-reaching and unexpected benefits of in-studio masterclasses presented by Catherine LeGrand

2:45 pm Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) presented by Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham

3:30 pm The Cadenza: A Brief Historical Perspective and Pedagogical Considerations presented by Dr. Kelly Nivison

For program descriptions and teacher bios, please visit the Event Page.

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Solo & Ensemble Fest (17th annual)

April 24, 2021This is an online event.

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

New for 2021, two ways to participate!

Video submission: send us your repertoire recording by April 17th. This is a good choice for people with performance anxiety and/or connectivity issues. You will receive digital comment sheets after the judges review your performance.

“Live” virtual performance: join us on Zoom on April 24th to perform in real-time for our judges. This is a good choice if you prefer to perform directly for the judges and/or you have access to Zoom and a stable internet connection. You will speak with the judges directly, but will also receive a digital comment sheet after the event concludes.

Registration due by March 15, 2021.

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RAFA Members’ Recital

May 16 2021 3:00pm

This is an online event.

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

This year, since we are still social distancing, we have chosen to offer a virtual event, compiled of member submissions that we will livestream as a concert program, letting us listen together from our own homes.

Please contact us if you are a RAFA member who would like to be included in the program!

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