Newsletter of the Raleigh Area Flute Association
Tune In

May 2008 

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Sunday, May 18 ● 3:00 pm
Jones Chapel, Meredith College
(at left) Two of the Silver Fantasy flutists who will be playing at the annual Member's Recital
Be sure to check out this exciting (and varied) program

Sneak Peak at the 2008-2009 Season
2008-2008 RAFA Season
Benjamin Boone, Composer
Mary Jo White, Flutist
Sunday, September 28 from 2 to 5 pm
This concert & masterclass will feature the flute solo and flute choir compositions of this internationally-recognized, dynamic composer. Both artists are native North Carolinians!
Sunday, November 2, 2008. 2 to 6 pm
Winners of this annual scholarship competition will perform in a recital on
Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm
Ian Clarke, Flutist at the Annual RAFA Flute Fair
Saturday, November 15, 2008 from 9 am to 5 pm
Laura Gilbert, Flutist

Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 1 to 3 pm

The afternoon workshop with New York flutist Laura Gilbert will focus on Marcel Moyse's Tone Development through Interpretation.
Solo Fest
Saturday, March 14, 2009 (tentative date) from 2 to 5 pm
Collaborations Concert
Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Chamber works performed by RAFA's professional members.

Members' Recital

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm
A concert of solos, small ensembles and flute choirs featuring RAFA members.

Raleigh Flute Choir
Spring Concert

"A Celebration of American Music"

Friday, May 16

7:30 pm

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

1520 Canterbury Rd, Raleigh

Donations accepted toward the church's new organ fund.


The concert will feature an eclectic mix of American music by composers Irving Berlin, Jack Jordan, Austin Alan Scott, Kelly Via, Arthur Frackenpohl, and Catherine McMichael.  Since 1986, the Raleigh Flute Choir has been delighting audiences with its unique performance blend of concert flutes,  piccolos, E-flat, alto, bass, and contrabass flutes. Later this month, the ensemble will present a concert at  the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Review & Contest

RAFA's 24th Annual Review and Contest will be held November 2, 2008. Music list, rules and guidelines are now available online. Please contact coordinator Lauren Robbins Pollack with any questions ( or 919-557-2272).

2008-2009 RAFA Officers' Slate

The Nominating Committee has submitted this slate of officers to be voted
upon at the RAFA Members' Recital on May 18.



President.....Rosene Rohrer
Vice-President.....Tammy Schmidt
Treasurer.....Kimberly Allemang
Corresponding Secretary.....Lauren Robbins-Pollack
Recording Secretary.....Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
Ami Allgeier ('06-'09)
Joanna Sisk-Purvis ('07-'10)
Mary Croghan ('08-'11)


Appointed Positions

Membership Chairperson.....Rosene Rohrer
Student Representative.....Sindhu Ravishankar
Second Winds.....Ami Allgeier
Review & Contest
.....Lauren Robbins-Pollack
Assistant.....Heidi Sue Iseminger
Solo Fest.....Anne Dyke
Fundraising.....Ann Pearce
Flute Choirs
Silver Fantasy
.....Emily Orr
Silver Winds & Silver Pipes.....Twila Kelly
Website.....Twila Kelly

Tune In.....Tammy Schmidt & Twila Kelly



Summer Opportunities

Blue Mountain Arts
Blue Mountain Ensemble with flutist Carla Copeland-Burns
Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 pm
NC Museum of Art (auditorium)
Sponsored by Raleigh Chamber Music Guild
Music by Kuhlau, Brahms, Prokofiev, Foss, and others
Tickets: General public-$10; students and NCMA members-$8
Available by phone 919-821-2030 or at the door. 

National Flute Association (NFA) Convention
August 7-10 at Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri
Workshops, competitions, exhibits, masterclasses, pedagogy sessions, jazz improvisation sessions (including the amazing beatbox flutist Greg Patillo), flute choirs, and Gala Concerts featuring some of the world's leading flutists, such as Marco Granados, Venezuelan Flutists, Marianne Gedigian, Amy Porter, Jim Walker, Alexa Still, and many more! Details.


Asheville Flute Vacation
with flutists Kate Steinbeck and Lea Kibler
September 8-14, 2008
For the adult flutist-vacation and play in the North Carolina mountains!

Lea Pearson Workshop Huge Success (and Tons of Fun)!

On April 19, body-mapping specialist Lea Pearson presented insightful sessions to help us understand how our bodies work, especially when we play flute. Her concert with pianist Barbara Lister-Sink, also a specialist in the field, featured a delightful collection of music by African-American women composers. Additional work with the members of Silver Winds and Silver Pipes choirs on Sunday afternoon was also greatly appreciated. Check out these photos!
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Flute Wanted

Looking to buy a used flute with curved headjoint, with or without an additional straight headjoint. Contact Kim Allemang at (919) 946-2283 or

It's Time to Renew

Your Membership

All RAFA memberships expire June 30. Renew your membership to stay connected and informed by sending in the membership application and membership dues ($15 students, $25 adults).  Since 1985, RAFA has established itself as one of the most successful and active flute associations across the country, and it is all because of your participation and involvement. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to several fabulous opportunities to learn and share the great art of flute playing! As you fill out the membership application to renew your membership, we encourage you to especially consider:

1)      A tax-deductible donation. Your financial support of RAFA allows us to continue to plan high-quality events featuring world class artists. 

2)      A commitment to volunteer in at least one category. RAFA relies solely on volunteer efforts. Since RAFA has no paid staff, we need everyone to make our events run smoothly! Please consider how you might be able to help. Perhaps you could staff the registration table at an event, offer to be a room monitor at the Flute Fair or Solo Fest, provide refreshments, take photos, or write an article for the newsletter. Thanks for being involved!

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We invite you to visit our website for additional information about upcoming events.

Raleigh Area Flute Association is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, who in turn receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.