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IU South Bend Flute Festival for flute players of all ages

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend will host the 2011 IU South Bend Flute Festival on Saturday, March 5 in Northside Hall.  The event will begin at 10 am and include clinics with nationally-recognized flutists, a flute choir session, and a recital to conclude the day. 

The Flute Festival brings together accomplished teachers and performers with flute students of all ages for a day filled with ways to enhance every flutist’s technique. The Flute Festival features four workshop sessions led by nationally recognized flute teachers. These interactive sessions will get you out of your seat and into the music.

9:30 - 10:00 Registration
Fine flutes and accessories will be exhibited 9:30 am to 4 pm
10:00 - 10:45 Innovative Instruction = Terrific Tone (Even in a beginner's first lesson!)
Kathy Blocki

Discover first-hand how amazing a student can sound from the very beginning in this highly unique masterclass setting.  Observe beginning flute specialist, Kathy Blocki, as she teaches a first lesson to a student who has never played the flute.

Kathy BlockiKathryn Blocki is a nationally respected flute clinician, teaching at the National Flute Convention, flute festivals and colleges and universities across the country. She is also creator of the Great Beginnings for the New Flutist DVD, and patent holder for the Pneumo Pro Wind Director (a flute training tool). She has also studied Suzuki Flute, Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. She has performed as a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, and a soloist with the American Wind Symphony and Elkhart Symphony. She graduated with high honors from IU Bloomington, highest honors from Arizona State University, and has had the privilege of studying with Eric Hoover, James Pellerite, Samuel Baron, and Bernard Goldberg. She serves as a member of the National Flute Association’s Pedagogy Committee.

10:45 - 11:15 Visit our exhibitors!
11:15 - 12:30 Flute Choir
Stacey Graham Steele

Explore flute choir music that will enhance the technique of every member in your flute choir, while blending the participants’ instruments to create the 2011 Flute Festival Choir. Attendees should bring their flutes, including alto and bass flutes and piccolos, and play along.

Stacey SteeleStacey Graham Steele is Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her B.M.E. from Wichita State University and a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with Mary Karen Clardy and Sue Calebaugh. Ms. Steele performs frequently in solo and chamber music recitals and has performed as a soloist for numerous national and international conferences. She is Chair of the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee and has  appeared at NFA Conventions on numerous occasions as a soloist, conductor and presenter, including conducting the 2006 NFA National High School Flute Choir

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

If you preregistered, we’ll have box lunches on hand so you can relax with friends and visit with our exhibitors.

1:30 - 2:15 Teaching the Rhythmically Challenged
Rebecca Hovan

This session will explore the root causes for rhythmic confusion.  Participants will be guided through a series of drills, exercises, and concepts that help eliminate confusion in rhythm reading and also serve as preventive measures when used from the very beginning of instruction.

Rebecca HovanRebecca Hovan teaches at Indiana University South Bend and Goshen College. She is a member of the National Flute Association and served as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee for five years. Rebecca is also co-author of several titles in the Blocki Flute Method series. As a performer, she appears regularly in recital and has appeared on programs at several conventions of the National Flute Association. She is a Conn-Selmer artist and has presented numerous pedagogy workshops throughout the United States. She earned a M.M. from the University of North Texas where she studied with Mary Karen Clardy. Recent activities include recording her first CD, A Silver Christmas, and co-authoring  Book III in the Blocki Flute Method series, due for release in August, 2011.

2:30 - 3:15 Double Duty -- Two Mini-workshops
Sherry Kujala

Mini-workshop 1:  Flawless Technique—Engaging the Brain through Daily Exercises
Learn a new scale regimen that engages the brain to develop a solid technical foundation, particularly important for accurate, yet musical, execution of contemporary music.

Mini-workshop 2:  Getting in on the Ground Floor—Working with Living Composers
Gather insight into the process of working with living composers and the excitement of being involved in the creation of the future of music

Sherry KujalaSherry Kujala maintains a career that balances her interests in flute performance, publishing, and arts administration. She received her B.M. from Baylor University where she was a student of Helen Ann Shanley. She completed her M.M. in flute performance at Northwestern University .  Upon graduation, she won a spot in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and took a staff position with the Chicago Symphony. Kujala also studied at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has performed with orchestras throughout the Midwest, and is currently active in orchestras in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Kujala and her husband Walfrid Kujala own Progress Press, a publishing firm devoted to pedagogical materials for flute study and orchestra audition preparation.

3:15 - 4:00 Visit our exhibitors!
Warm up for the Flute Extravaganza Recital
4:00 - 5:30 Flute Extravaganza!

Featuring festival clinicians Kathy Blocki, Rebecca Hovan, Sherry Kujala, and Stacey Graham Steele performing solo and ensemble pieces. The 2011 Flute Festival Choir, directed by Stacey Graham Steele, will perform pieces from the morning session. For those not already attending the Flute Festival, tickets for the recital are available individually through the Arts Box Office for $5-$9 by calling 574.520.4203.

Exhibitors will be on site from 9:30 am-4 pm displaying flutes (from beginner to high-end professional level), music, and accessories.  Sponsors for the event include the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, The Brannen-Cooper Fund, Conn-Selmer, Inc., and The Woodwind and Brasswind. 

The event is open to flutists of any age, flute teachers, band directors, or anyone interested in flute and flute-playing.  

For more information download the 2011 IU South Bend Flute Festival brochure.

To register for the festival contact Michele Morgan-Dufour at or 574.520.4558.

The 2011 IU South Bend Flute Festival was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors

Avanti by Conn-Selmer Woodwind and Brasswind

The Brannen-Cooper Fund
At Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc

Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts
IU South Bend

2011 IU South Bend Flute Festival
10 am-5:30 pm Saturday, March 5
Northside hall
Registration $10 for students/ $35 for adults

Flute Festival Recital
4 pm Northside Recital Hall
Tickets $5-$9