2023-2024 Season Events

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

Sept 24, 2023   Alexander Technique with Rachel Niketopoulos
Sept 24, 2023   Irish Flute 101 with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
Nov 5, 2023   Review and Contest
Nov 10-11, 2023   RAFA Artist Competition
Nov 11, 2023   RAFA Flute Fair
March 10, 2024   Flute Choir Day
April 20, 2024   Solo and Ensemble Fest
May 5, 2024   RAFA Members’ Recital
Aug 2023 – May 2024   Flute choirs

Alexander Technique class with Rachel Niketopoulos

Sunday, September 24, 2023
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Jones Chapel at Meredith College

3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC

Come dressed for movement and bring your flute and a yoga mat.

Irish Flute 101 with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham

Sunday, September 24, 2023
4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Jones Chapel at Meredith College

3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC

Bring your flute and music stand and explore the Irish traditional style while learning tunes from airs to reels (with all the cuts and rolls!).

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Review and Contest (39th annual)

Sunday, November 5, 2023
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC

Flutists of all ages perform solos for judges’ comments. Contest winners receive scholarships and participate in the Student Showcase recital at the RAFA Flute Fair on Saturday, November 11.

See Review and Contest for the guidelines, repertoire lists, and registration.

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RAFA Artist Competition (8th annual)

Friday-Saturday, November 10-11, 2023
Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

National-level competition for advanced flutists age 17 and above; $1750 in prizes. Friday evening’s Semi-final round is open to the public. The Final round will be held during the Flute Fair on Saturday, November 11.

See RAFA Artist Competition for details.

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RAFA Flute Fair (35th annual) with guest artist Nina Assimakopoulos

Saturday, November 11, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Highland United Methodist Church

1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

Guest artist Nina Assimakopoulos* will join us for a day of workshops and concerts.

“It is often difficult to maintain the interest of an audience with a recital of solo works for monophonic instrument. Assimakopoulos overcomes that hurdle by her savvy repertoire selections, collected over years of seeking outstanding new works for her instrument, and by the intensity and beauty of her playing. She has remarkable technique, and a lovely core tone that she is able to manipulate to great effect in this dazzling array of novel, even exotic, works.”
Fanfare magazine, 2016

The day’s offerings will also include the Final round of the 8th annual RAFA Artist Competition and the Student Showcase recital featuring winners of the 2023 Review and Contest. Vendors will be on site with flutes and accessories for sale.

* This appearance of Altus Flute Artist Nina Assimakopoulos has been made possible, in part, through an educational grant from Altus Flutes. Nina Assimakopoulos performs exclusively on Altus Flutes.

Flute Choir Day with guest artist Nicole Chamberlain

Sunday, March 10, 2024
1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Glenaire Retirement Community Theater
4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC

Award winning composer and performer Nicole Chamberlain will lead each of the RAFA flute choirs in a masterclass followed by Chamberlain in concert.

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Solo and Ensemble Fest (20th annual)

April 20, 2024
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (new time)
Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC

Graded repertoire examinations for all ages; participants can choose to enter the solo and/or ensemble category. Each solo participant prepares a solo and etude from their chosen division, as well as specific required scales. Ensemble participants prepare one ensemble piece; no etude or scales are required for ensembles.

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RAFA Members’ Recital

Sunday, May 5, 2024
3:00 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park, Beech Shelter
1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC

This end-of-year recital features RAFA members performing in solos, small ensembles, and flute choirs. Invite family and friends, and enjoy an afternoon of music.

Interested performers should send an email to Amy Holt (amybholt@gmail.com) by April 29. A piano is not available, but feel free to be creative and include other instrumentation (such as guitar). All participating flutists must be current (dues-paying) members of RAFA for the 2023-2024 season. Other participating instrumentalists do not have to be RAFA members.

Directions to the Beech Shelter: The entrance to Lake Crabtree County Park is .3 mile south of I-40 on Aviation Parkway. From the entrance, go .6 mile and turn right into the Beech Shelter parking lot.

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Flute choirs

August 2023 – May 2024

RAFA offers six flute choirs in the Triangle:

Carolina Flute Choir (beginner/all levels, all ages)
Triangle Flute Orchestra (intermediate level, all ages)
Durham Flute Choir (intermediate level, all ages)
Flutastix (intermediate level, high school junior through adult)
City of Oaks Flute Ensemble (advanced level, all ages)
Flute Cocktail (intermediate/advanced level)

See Flute Choirs for information.

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