2021-2022 Season Events

Because of continuing concerns about COVID-19, RAFA is evaluating whether 2021-2022 season events will be in-person or virtual. Details about each event will be available on this page as these decisions are made.

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

Nov 7, 2021   Review and Contest
Nov 2021   RAFA Artist Competition
Nov 13, 2021   RAFA Flute Fair
Feb 6, 2022 (rescheduled from Sept 19, 2021)   MasterSession: Music of Daniel Dorff
May 7, 2022   Solo and Ensemble Fest
May 14, 2022 (new date)   RAFA Members’ Recital
Sept 2021 – May 2022   Flute choirs

Review and Contest (37th annual)

VIRTUAL EVENT – Sunday, November 7, 2021

Flutists of all ages submit video recordings of solos for judges’ comments. Contest winners receive scholarships and have the opportunity to submit video recordings for the Student Showcase recital at the virtual Flute Fair on Saturday, November 13.

See the Review and Contest page for a list of 2021 Review and Contest winners.

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RAFA Artist Competition (6th annual)

November 12-13, 2021
Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC

National-level competition for advanced flutists age 17 and above; $1750 in prizes.

See the Artist Competition page for details.

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RAFA Flute Fair (33rd annual) with guest artist Jennifer Grim

Jennifer Grim

VIRTUAL EVENT – Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All current RAFA members will be emailed Zoom access information on November 11; please check your inbox at that time. If your RAFA membership has lapsed, please renew or join RAFA at the Membership page by noon on November 11 to receive the event access details in time. Not sure if your membership is up-to-date? Contact us at info@rafaflutes.org.

This virtual event will feature guest artist Jennifer Grim (Associate Professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Program Chair of the 2021 NFA Convention) in a workshop (“Baroque Performance Practice on the Modern Flute”), masterclass, and concert. The day’s offerings will also include the Final Round of the 6th annual RAFA Artist Competition (live, in-person — see below) and the pre-recorded Student Showcase recital featuring winners of the 2021 Review and Contest.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Baroque Performance Practice on the Modern Flute – led by Jennifer Grim (via Zoom)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Masterclass – led by Jennifer Grim (via Zoom)
Carl Reinecke, Ballade – Performed by Kamerin Hull (UNC Greensboro)
Carl Nielsen, Concerto, Mvmt 1 – Performed by Sarah Tan (Duke University)
Georges Enesco, Cantabile et Presto – Performed by Divya Narayanan (UNC Chapel Hill)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – RAFA Artist Competition Final Round (in person at Highland United Methodist Church)
Three semi-finalists will each perform a 20-minute program of their choice.
Note: This 1:00 event is IN PERSON at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Concert (via Zoom)
Jennifer Grim (flute) and Michael Sheppard (piano)
Alma, Tania León (b. 1943)
Argoru III, Alvin Singleton (b. 1940)
Klatka Still, David Sanford (b. 1963)
Wish Sonatine, Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)
Suite, William Grant Still (1895-1978)
     African Dancer
     Mother and Child

Program and performer biographies

Student Showcase videos featuring 2021 Review and Contest winners will also be available for viewing throughout the day.

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MasterSession: Music of Daniel Dorff

Sunday, February 6, 2022 (rescheduled from September 19, 2021)
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

Featuring clinicians Ruth Washington Mayhew and Cindy Anne Broz and composer Daniel Dorff

Please join us for this fun MasterSession featuring the music of Daniel Dorff. Get to know this wonderful composer and his flutist colleagues working with RAFA members on several of Daniel’s compositions.

Musical MasterSessions offer unique masterclass-style opportunities to learn and musically develop through the study of choice pieces by a featured composer. Flutists Ruth Washington Mayhew (Bloomington, IN) and Cindy Anne Broz (San Diego, CA) join composer Daniel Dorff to lead virtual sessions for advanced musicians, amateur adult flutists, and younger students.

Repertoire list

The Zoom link will be emailed to all current members a few days in advance.

2:00 p.m. – MasterSession on the music of Daniel Dorff (advanced musicians)
Rosene Rohrer – Trees
Emma Morris – August Idyll
Cortney Morley – Woodland Reverie
4:00 p.m. – Session for younger students: How to practice a new piece of music
4:30 p.m. – Session for amateur adults (selected participants performing a section from the repertoire)
Helga Fasciano – Nocturne on Cantique de Noël
Sun Hazel – August Idyll
Ruth Levitsky – Tweet

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Solo and Ensemble Fest (18th annual)

May 7, 2022
Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh

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

This will be an in-person event with an option to submit videos for those who choose not to appear in person. Stay tuned for additional details as they are determined.

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

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RAFA Members’ Recital (outdoor event)

Saturday, May 14, 2022
4:00 p.m. (new date and time)
Ritter Park Pavilion, 301 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary

This end-of-year recital features RAFA members performing in solos, small ensembles, and flute choirs. Invite family and friends, bring a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of music in this beautiful park!

Interested performers should contact Rosene Rohrer at drohrer123@pobox.com by March 15. Please note that 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 2021-2022 season. Other participating instrumentalists do not have to be RAFA members.

RAFA has reserved the large 250-capacity pavilion from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Restroom facilities are adjacent to the pavilion, with nearby playground, climbing wall, basketball court, baseball field, and walking trails.

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Flute choirs

September 2021 – May 2022

RAFA offers five flute choirs in the Triangle:

Silver Fantasy (advanced level in Raleigh)
Flutastix (intermediate level in Raleigh)
Silver Winds (multi-level in Raleigh)
Flute Cocktail (multi-level in Chapel Hill)
Durham Flute Choir (multi-level in Durham)

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