Composers  Connection Concert
Sunday,  April 23, 2017 at 7pm
1890 E 107th Street in Cleveland

free and open to ​the public!

​This concert showcases works
​of Northeast Ohio composers and their compositions performed by members of the GCFS Board.
Works include flute solos, flute choir, and chamber ensembles featuring the flute. This year's featured composers are Eric Ewazen, Larry Baker, Jeremy Piper, Miki Saito, Ryan Charles Ramer, Matthew Saunders, John H.C.Thompson, and Dolores White.

​In April 2017, GCFS presented its 12th annual Cleveland Composers Connection Concert. Here are some impressions of past concerts:

​"As a member of the audience, I loved the variety and freshness of this year's CCC program. Richard Rayer, a frequent winner of the Cleveland Composers Connection, kicked off the concert with his lovely Prologue and Appassionata for two flutes and piano. I enjoyed hearing flute in combination with clarinet in Kevin Wilson's Weepers and Daniel Shell's Trio for Flute, Alto Flute, and Clarinet. The many members of the flute family from bass flute all of the way up to piccolo were featured in Andrew Frederick's inventive Six Note Suite. Mark Lochstampfor expertly combined flute and marimba in his Theta Images with the middle movement's alto flute scoring as a real highlight. The flute and piano combo is always a winner, as in Nick Underhill's evocative Beach at Time's End and David DeBoor Canfield's stunning and substantialSonata for Flute and Piano. Everyone around me commented on the expert deliveries by the performers and were impressed by the camaraderie within our group! One of the most enjoyable aspects of the concert (after sitting on the listening committee) was to hear the pieces that we had heard on midi files played on the real instruments, and to see the enthusiasm with which all the concert participants had prepared their compositions."  M. Somach

"I loved working on David Canfield's Sonata after many years of performing atonal works and several years of playing alto flute solos. In this performance during the opening statement of mvt. 1 (and after Jane Berkner's visualization flute class), I tried to visualize the busy city streets of Taiwan where the traffic of cars and scooters appears to be utter confusion yet is all carefully orchestrated. The ensuing section and the Toroko Gorge highway which cuts through Taiwan's midsection with its lean curves followed by a scene of swooping swallows were more of the thoughts that I played with during the performance. There were many piano parts that effectively brought the piece to life. It was a pleasure to play with pianist Rei Sakurai." - B. Chen  

"Rehearsing Six Note Suite:  A Hexatonic Adventure for Flute Quintet felt as if we were constructing a jigsaw puzzle for which we had no photograph. With much perseverance, the movements of the composition started to make sense and in the end was very satisfying to play and perform."  - J. Zielke 

Student Flute Festival
Saturday, February 27, 2016

This year's artist and clinician is the wonderful
Kelly Mollnow Wilson
This one-day event for high school and middle school students includes a warm-up session, intermediate and performing flute choir, masterclass, a final concert,
time to browse with local vendors, and an opportunity to play alto and bass flutes.

Kelly Wilson (MM, Ohio State; BME, Baldwin-Wallace) is a freelance flutist, teacher and licensed Andover Educator. She has taught Body Mapping to flute students at local colleges, the International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, and at NFA conventions in Chicago and Las Vegas. She has nine years of teaching experience as an instrumental music educator in the Wooster City Schools and regularly performs with the Aella Flute Duo. Her flute teachers include Mary Kay Fink and Katherine Borst Jones.
WOW--Look who's coming!
Fall Recital & Masterclass
Sunday, October 8, 2017

Greg Pattillo
Recital and Masterclass at
The Music Settlement 11125 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland

Doors open at 12:30

1:30 Recital

2:30 group workshop

3:30 Masterclass

Free for all GCFS members!
Non-member admission is
$15 for adults and $10 for students with ID.

​​Vendors will have many different flutes and piccolos available to demo!

“Just  Us” Recital

January 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm Lakewood Congregational Church 1375 W. Clifton Blvd, Lakewood

​This annual event and outreach
to the community gives members
of the GCFS an opportunity to perform recital pieces (solos, duets, small ensembles) and also provides an opportunity for flutists to participate in a flute choir.
​ This event is free and open to
the public, but you must be a member of the GCFS to perform.

Members may play up to 7 minutes - solo or ensemble.  There is a piano at this venue.

The GCFS Flute Choir  will rehearse at 12:45, just prior to the recital.  Flute Choir participants should bring a music stand and arrive by 12:30, ready to rehearse from 12:45 to 2:00.  The recital will begin at 2:30.

If you are interested in performing - solo, ensemble, and/or flute choir - contact Ann Droste at  

The last day to sign up is January 12.  

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