Fall Flute Festival

Flute Festival 2014


Welcome to Memorial University’s Fall Flute Festival, a celebration of flute playing and pedagogy! No matter what your age or ability level, if you are a flutist this day has something for you. Check out our great list of workshop leaders and our schedule to see what the day will offer. Flute Fest will also be a great opportunity to do a little shopping for instruments, accessories, and music, too, as local vendors will be in attendance.

If you are a non-flutist music educator we would also like to welcome you to the Flute Festival. We are offering some workshops specifically designed to enhance your professional development and help you solve some of those vexing questions about your flute section.

Register now for the Flute Festival by filling out this form and sending it to us with your registration fee of $25. Walk-in registration on the day of the Flute Festival will be $30. Bursaries are available; contact Michelle Cheramy at mcheramy@mun.ca to inquire.


What will I do at the Flute Festival?

Lots of stuff! All participants will be placed in a flute ensemble according to their level of development (music will be sent out in advance to registered participants) and there will be two ensemble rehearsals during the day coached by experienced flutists. Your band section never sounded this good! Flute Fest will end with a participant concert featuring these ensembles! You will also be able to choose from a variety of workshops to attend – everything from traditional flute to breathing to improvisation to using your computer for composition and looping with your flute.

Participants who would like to take a 30-minute flute or piccolo lesson with a flute specialist can indicate that on their registration form. There will be an additional small charge for lessons.

New this year!
Woodwind expert Greg Bruce will be leading a "jam band" session, just for us flutes! Greg will also be leading our looping workshop.

I have only been playing the flute for a few weeks. Can I still come to Flute Fest?

Absolutely! We have special workshops just for you. Our Jumpstart Flute program will speed your flute progress, and you’ll even get to play in a flute ensemble! Bring your band teacher, too; he or she can sit in on your sessions for valuable professional development.

Will lunch or snacks be provided?

No. Participants should pack a healthy lunch and two healthy snacks for our morning and afternoon nutrition breaks. There is a water bottle filling station in the School of Music. Most businesses in the food court in the University Centre are unfortunately not open on Saturday, so packing a lunch is really the best option.

How will my child be supervised at Flute Fest?

While in workshops and rehearsals your child will be under the supervision of the workshop leader. At lunch and on nutrition breaks we will be monitoring participants, but we will not be providing continuous supervision. We will provide a responsible escort for students who would like to walk to the student centre to purchase lunch. If you have concerns about your child’s participation in the day, consider attending for all or part of it with your child, at no additional cost.

I’m an adult flutist. Is this day just for kids?

Not at all! Most of the workshop sessions will be run twice, once targeted to younger or less experienced players and once for more mature musicians. We also hope to have a flute ensemble of adult-only players. So rustle up your flute friends and join us!

I want the whole flute section from my band to come. What can you do for us?

We can help you sound great! If you are a music educator and would like to bring your whole band section, we will run a sectional rehearsal just for your students, led by an experienced player who can help clear up nagging flute-specific problems in the section.

Allergy Alert!

Please do not pack nuts in lunches or snacks, as there are many individuals with serious allergies to tree nuts. Please also refrain from wearing scented products (including hand creams, shampoos and other personal grooming products) into the School. Memorial is a scent-free campus.


Memorial University Fall Flute Festival Workshop Leaders

  • Laurel Swinden
  • Michelle Cheramy
  • Johanna Jabora-Scott
  • Sarah Comerford
  • Grace Dunsmore
  • Greg Bruce
  • Gillian Shepperd
  • Lori Shortall
  • Donna Spurvey



School of Music

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000