August 2010 Convention
Anaheim, CA

High School Flute Choir

They came from as close as California and from as far away as New Jersey, and from many other states in between. The two dozen members of the 2010 High School Flute Choir converged on Anaheim for their first rehearsal on Wednesday, the day before convention began, having never played together or even met. By Sunday, under the guidance of conductor and former NFA president John Bailey, they performed in concert as a cohesive ensemble, presenting an interesting concert of challenging repertoire. As Taylor Weary, a high school senior who commuted to the convention daily from Santa Monica, California, put it: "I love that we can come from all over the country and in five rehearsals seem like we've been playing together for eons."

High School Flute Choir

Students who will be in high school during the 2010-2011 year are invited to audition for the 2011 High School Flute Choir, which will perform at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next August. The deadline for submitting recordings is February 12, 2011. All students must audition on C flute, but they may also audition on piccolo and are especially encouraged to consider auditioning on alto and bass flute. See the competitions flyer at nfaonline.org/pdfs/competitions/2011Flyer.pdf for complete rules and repertoire requirements.

—Jenny Cline

 

John Bailey conducted a varied and ambitious program with this auditioned group of high school students. The program included "Flourish for Flutes" by William Ballenger, Sonata Pian’e Forte by Giovanni Gabrielli, arr. Arthur Ephross,

"Cassation" by Jindrich Feld, Songs of the Ocean by Ryohei Hirose, arr. Ann Cameron Pearce, "Monochrome I" by Peter Schickele, and Serenade, Op. 11 by Dag Wiren, arr. Shaul Ben-Meir. My favorite piece of the program was Songs of the Ocean.

—Phyllis Avidan Louke

photo by Brian Covington