FLUTE MUSIC BY WOMEN COMPOSERS: An International Online Festival 2022

 

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PRESENTED BY:

Leading Organizers Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and the Flute 360 Podcast

Partners Association of Canadian Women Composers, Canadian Music Centre, Montana Flute Association, New Jersey Flute Society, and Texas Flute Society

Sponsors – Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 3 “Flute Festival Opening Ceremony” – 7:00 PM Central Time, 8:00 PM, Eastern Time (US and Canada) / Presented by Flute 360 with host Heidi Kay Begay and SPOGreatMusic Podcast host Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh / Click here to register and receive the Zoom link (limited to 100 participants, so don’t delay)

February 4, 11, 18, 25 YouTube video releases – Click here to go to the SPOGreatMusic YouTube Performance Videos Full Directory, which includes additional support materials and biographies

February 19 “Flute Futures” Workshop – Presented by the Association of Canadian Women Composers and the Canadian Music Centre / Click here to learn more / APPLY/REGISTER: https://forms.gle/3ewABiXQi9ufGV7C9

February 28 “Flute Festival Online Social” – 7:00 PM Central Time, 8:00 PM, Eastern Time (US and Canada) / Presented by Flute 360 with host Heidi Kay Begay and SPOGreatMusic Producer Ronald Royer / Click here to register and receive the Zoom link (limited to 100 participants, so don’t delay)

 

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ACTIVITY SCHEDULE: Click here to download a PDF of this Schedule. Click here to download the full Press Release and Schedule.

 

FLUTE FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7:00 pm Central Time, 8pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join us for an overview of the Festival, featuring several participants who will share insights into their music.

The public is invited to the Zoom meeting (100 links maximum).

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqduiqpz8tGNcHBORsyVzXUwBGMHccIRlD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Update February 4, 2022: This was a fantastic evening last night. The SPO and Flute 360 Podcast teams are so very pleased to have been able to meet with you and to socialize. With all the pandemic lockdown, it was really great to have this open and lively conversation and to celebrate this amazing Festival!   — D.S.


PODCAST EPISODES

The Flute 360 Podcast, Heidi Kay Begay, Host (based in the USA) featuring 6 Canadian Composers and/or Flutists

Jan. 1 – Elizabeth Raum, composer = E185 (Episode 185)

Jan. 8 – Amanda Lowry, composer and flutist = E186

Jan. 15 – Nora Shulman, flutist = E187

Jan. 22 – Julia Mermelstein, composer = E188

Jan. 29 – Dr. Cleo Palacio-Quintin, composer and flutist = E189

Feb. 5 – Dr. Laurel Swinden, flutist = E190

Website: https://heidikaybegay.com/episodes/

The host for the Flute 360 podcast, Dr. Heidi Kay Begay can be found on all the socials with the same handle: @heidikaybegay. #flute360 also works well.

SPOGreatMusic Podcast, Ronald Royer, Guest Host

Feb. 4 – Louise DiTullio, flutist and Hollywood recording icon (USA) = S02E03

The Flute 360 Podcast and the SPOGreatMusic Podcast can be found on all the major platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Google Podcasts, and many others.


YouTube VIDEOS

All Festival videos will be posted on the SPO YouTube Channel and can be viewed on this website. Click here to go to the SPOGreatMusic YouTube Performance Videos Full Directory, which includes additional support materials and biographies.

  • 11 videos featuring Canadian Performers and Composers, sponsored by SPO
  • 8 videos featuring United States Performers and Composers, sponsored by Flute 360 Podcast

Share the complete Flute Music by Women Composers: An International Online Festival playlist with your flute enthusiast friends!! As new videos are posted, they will also appear in this full listing. Note: If you are accessing this complete playlist from our YouTube homepage, you may not see all 20 titles. Click the PLAY ALL option at the end of this list’s title to see all videos from this Festival.

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Legend: Composer – Title – Timing – Performers/Instruments

 

February 4, 2022

Kelly Catlin    Because We Couldn’t Get Lizzo, a Drag Flute Music Video (11:37) Mia Zowa (Norman Menzales, actor, singer, flute, and piccolo)

Rebekah Cummings    Embryo, for Flute and Electronics (recorded and processed, mandolin and vocals) (9:41) Laurel Swinden, flute, and Dan Cummings, electronics

Adrienne Albert    Doppler Effect, for Flute, Alto Flute and Piano (6:39) Alcyone Ensemble (Amy Likar, alto flute, Rena Urso, flute, Miles Graber, piano)

Parisa Sabet    The Seville Orange Tree (Movement II), for flute and piano (5:24)  Dr. Laurel Swinden, flute, and Talisa Blackman, piano

Share the full February 4th YouTube playlist with your flute enthusiast friends!!

 

February 11

Shreya Jha    Forgetting (SPO Commission and Premiere), for Flute and Piano (6:16) Mor Shargall-Bisson, flute, and Talisa Blackman, piano

Yuko Uèbayashi    Town Light, for Two Flutes and Piano (5:37) Alcyone Ensemble (Amy Likar and Rena Urso, flutes, Miles Graber, piano)

Emily Doolittle    Three Summer Pieces (1. Chasing, Hiding; 2. Dreaming; 3. Humming Tune), for Two Flutes (10:10) Dr. Laurel Swinden and Amanda Lowry, flutes

Nicole Chamberlain    Asphyxia, for Solo Flute (5:48) Julie Baker, flute

Diane Berry    Calling, for Flute and Recorded Loon Calls (5:28) Jaye Marsh, flute (Meghan Cheng, video artwork, https://www.pinginteractive.studio)

Share the full February 11th YouTube playlist with your flute enthusiast friends!!

 

February 18

Amanda Lowry    Fight, Flight, Freeze (SPO Commission and Premiere), for Flute and Electronics (5:24) Amanda Lowry, flute

Elaine Ross    The Distant Light, for Flute, Horn and Piano (5:21) Jennifer McElroy, flute, Dr. Candace Neal, horn, Biliana Dimitrova, piano

Elizabeth Raum    Conversations, for Flute and Piano (revised 2021 for the Flute Festival) (14:47) Lesley Duff, flute, and Talisa Blackman, piano

Katherine Hoover    Spirit Flight, for Solo Flute (6:48) Eric Tapia, flute

Nova Pon    Wrenegade, for Solo Flute (7:26) Mark McGregor, flute

Share the full February 18th YouTube playlist with your flute enthusiast friends!!

 

February 25

Sarah Shugarman    Taking Breath, for Two Flutes (SPO Commission and Premiere) (4:13) Dr. Laurel Swinden, flutes

Lawren Brianna Ware    Three Norse Goddesses, for Flute and Piano (8:12) Dr. Colleen White, flute, Amanda Arrington, piano

Laura Pettigrew    Pink Moon, for Two Flutes and Piano (6:59) Dr. Laurel Swinden and Lesley Duff, flutes, and Talisa Blackman, piano

Meira Warshauer / Binnette Lipper    Bati l’Gani (I Have Come Into My Garden) / Four Glimpses of Night, for Solo Flute (13:42) Carol Rena Shansky, flute

Anna Höstman    Fern, for Solo Alto Flute (8:53) Dr. Laurel Swinden, flute

Share the full February 25th YouTube playlist with your flute enthusiast friends!!

 


Flute Futures (Workshop), February 19, 2022, 12:00-4:00PM, EST

FLUTE FUTURES: Composing for/with Flutists is an online workshop on February 19, co-hosted by the Association for Canadian Women Composers (ACWC/ACC), Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO). The workshop provides a space for Canadian gender-expansive and women composers to workshop pieces or ideas involving flute, with artist mentors Sophie Lanthier and Anh Phung. Sessions will be streamed publicly on February 19, and participants will receive recordings of their work.

APPLY: https://forms.gle/3ewABiXQi9ufGV7C9. Application deadline: February 1, 2022.

WATCH: Below is the “Flute Futures” presentation from February 19, 2022, hosted by Sara Constant and featuring artist mentors Anh Phung and Sophie Lanthier. Participating artists gained insights into writing for flute through workshopped pieces. Also includes interviews with composers, Coreen Morsink and Diana Cotomon. This presentation also includes information from Camille Kiku Belair and Jingchao Wang.

 

 


Flute Festival Online Social, February 28, 2022 (8-9:30pm, EST)

Hosted by Flute 360 Podcast Host Heidi Kay Begay and Scarborough Philharmonic Music Director, Ronald Royer

The public is invited to the Zoom meeting (100 link maximum).
February 28, 2022, 7:00 PM Central Time, 8:00 PM, Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdu-grDgrEtchJEOPZfBXyH7TbbIBCeB8 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Artists from Canada and the U.S., who were involved with the Flute Festival, including performers, composers, and more, will come together online to share their perspectives on flute playing, music by women composers, and the Festival. Members of the general audience are welcome to sign up to gain access to this zoom meeting.

 


MORE ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL: The Scarborough Philharmonic is excited to partner with the U.S. based Flute 360 Podcast to present Flute Music by Women Composers: An International Online Festival. Other partners include the Association of Canadian Women Composers, the Canadian Music Centre, the Montana Flute Association, the New Jersey Flute Society, and the Texas Flute Society.

Activities include 19 music videos posted on the SPO YouTube channel, a Flute Futures workshop, a Flute Festival Opening Ceremony, a Flute Festival Online Social, 1 episode of the SPO Great Music podcast, and 6 episodes (featuring Canadian artists) by the Flute 360 Podcast. This online content is free and available to the general public. The podcasts are being posted from Jan. 1 through Feb. 5, and the rest of the activities from Feb. 3 through Feb. 28. All the content will continue to be available after February.

This is the first time the SPO has been involved in an international music festival. Our organization is thrilled to be able present world-class flutists, women composers, and other musicians from the SPO community, as well as from cities across Canada and the U.S. The content has been developed to be enjoyable for a broad range of music lovers, not just flute enthusiasts.

Canadian performers involved in the festival include flutists Laurel Swinden, Lesley Duff, Amanda Lowry, Mor Shargall-Bisson, Mark McGregor, Jaye Marsh and pianist Talisa Blackman. Three Canadian women composers (Shreya Jha, Amanda Lowry and Sarah Shugarman) were commissioned by the SPO to create new flute music for the festival. The other Canadian composers include Diane Berry, Rebecca Cummings, Emily Doolittle, Anna Hostman, Laura Pettigrew, Nova Pon, Parisa Sabet, and Festival composer-in-residence, Elizabeth Raum.

The Festival is highlighting the work of SPO associate principal flutist, Dr. Laurel Swinden, by featuring her in 6 YouTube videos and a Flute 360 podcast episode. Dr. Swinden has spent years researching flute music by women composers (in Canada and beyond) and has recorded 2 commercial albums, Celebrating Women! and Celebrating Canadian Women! The festival is also highlighting the composition Embryo by Rebecca Cummings, a Canadian composer and artist who passed away from cancer in 2019 at the age of 39. The composer-in-residence is Elizabeth Raum, a noted Canadian artist who is a member of the SPO community.

A highlight of the U.S. videos is an inspiring music video/short film called Because We Couldn’t Get Lizzo, a Drag Flute Music Video, showcasing flutist and actor Norman Menzales and the music of Kelly Catlin.

The Festival is excited to present 12 excellent performers and 8 accomplished composers from the U.S., including flutists Julie Baker, Amy Likar, Jennifer McElroy, Norman Menzales, Carol Rena Shansky, Eric Tapia, Rena Urso, and Dr. Colleen White; pianists Amanda Arrington, Biliana Dimitrova, and Miles Graber; and hornist Dr. Candace Neal. The U.S. composers involved are Adrienne Albert, Nicole Kelly Catlin, Nicole Chamberlain, Katherine Hoover, Elaine Ross, Yuko Uebayashi, Lawren Brianna Ware, and Meira Warshauer.

The Flute 360 Podcast, with host Dr. Heidi Kay Begay, is a U.S. presenter with a large worldwide audience and is presenting 6 episodes dedicated to Canadian artists, including flutists Nora Shulman and Dr. Laurel Swinden, composers Julia Mermelstein and Elizabeth Raum, and flutists/composers Amanda Lowry and Dr. Cleo Palacio-Quintin. The SPO Great Music podcast will feature noted Los Angeles flutist Louise DiTullio, interviewed by her nephew and SPO music director, Ronald Royer.

Another activity is FLUTE FUTURES: Composing for/with Flutists. This is an online workshop on February 19, co-hosted by the Association for Canadian Women Composers (ACWC/ACC), Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO). The workshop provides a space for Canadian gender-expansive and women composers to workshop pieces or ideas involving flute, with artist mentors Sophie Lanthier and Anh Phung. Sessions will be streamed publicly on February 19 (12-4pm, EST).

The Flute Festival Opening Ceremony will be on February 3, 2022 (8-9pm, EST). Led by Flute 360 Podcast host Dr. Heidi Kay Begay and SPO Great Music Podcast host Daniel Mehdizadeh, an overview of the festival will be presented, and several participants will share insights into their music. Members of the general public are welcome to sign up to gain access to this zoom meeting through the Flute 360 website or the SPO website.

The final event is the Flute Festival Online Social, February 28, 2022 (8-9:30pm, EST). Artists from Canada and the USA, who were involved with the Flute Festival, including performers, composers, and more, will come together online to share their perspectives on flute playing, music by women composers, and the Festival. Members of the general public are welcome and will be given an opportunity to participate during the second half of the event. Go to the Flute 360 website or the SPO website to sign up and gain access to this Zoom meeting.

The SPO is thrilled that many excellent Canadian and U.S. musicians and composers will receive substantial exposure in Canada and the U.S. from the festival.

The Canadian portion of the festival is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation.

FESTIVAL CONTACTS: Ronald Royer, SPO Music Director/Conductor and SPOGreatMusic Producer. The host for the Flute 360 Podcast, based in Texas, is Dr. Heidi Kay Begay.


The Association of Canadian Women Composers/l’Association des compositrices canadiennes (ACWC/ACC) is the only professional association of women composers and musicians in Canada. It actively supports music written by Canadian women, maintains a website for the promotion of its members (www.acwc.ca) and publishes a bi-annual journal highlighting activities and articles of interest. It supports educational activities and maintains an archive of over 120 years of materials related to the music of Canadian and other women composers.


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