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 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.
Venue TBD

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.

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Flute Choir Day with guest artist Nicole Chamberlain

Sunday, March 10, 2024
Time and venue TBD

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 2024
Date and venue TBD

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
Venue TBD

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.

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Flute choirs

August 2023 – May 2024

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)

See Flute Choirs for information.

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