Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Website Updates and the Next Newsletter

We have recently updated our Flute Instructor page. Don't see your name? Make sure you have paid your dues for the current year. Let us know if any corrections need to be made:

By the end of the week, we will have several other updates on the website including the 2012 Young Artist Competition application and rules. Check the website throughout the week to get the most up to date information!

Finally, the next issue of our Newsletter will go out at the beginning of January. Do you have an article that you've been itching to write, or is there something that you think should be included?

Email your ideas to Bryan Kennard at

Submissions for the next newsletter are due Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

French Food and Flute Ensemble

Please join us for our next Creative Community event as we sample French delicacies and read through flute ensemble music. Food will be prepared by board members, Fran├žois Minaux and Katie Larue. Please bring a stand and any duets, trios, quartets, etc. In the spirit of the season, we will read through an original arrangement called Greensleeves Adrift for flute octet by Bryan Kennard.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP at as space may be limited. As always, all of our monthly Creative Community events are FREE for members, so please take time and complete your membership information here if you have not yet done so!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pictured above are Austin Flute Choir members Danelle Sasser, Sally Grant, Penny Griffy, and Dana Prater. The quartet had the wonderful opportunity of helping the Austin Lyric Opera Co. celebrate its Silver (25th) Anniversary on Saturday, November 5th. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous opera, The Magic Flute, was performed that weekend as it had been one of the first operas produced in the ALO's infancy. Our flutists performed several selections from the opera itself plus other famous works by Mozart such as "The Marriage of Figaro," "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," and "Divertimento." They were featured during the cocktail hour in the Kodosky Lounge of the Long Center.

Interested in participating in the Austin Flute Choir? Click here to learn more!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Creative Community Meeting, Nov. 6th at 7:00pm

We would like to invite you to our November Creative Community Meeting, happening this Sunday, November 6th, 7:00PM at the home of Penny Griffy:

6806 Pioneer Place
Austin, TX 78757

As an added bonus, this weekend we will be hosting the first workshop in our season's workshop series: Expressive Articulation with Dr. Francois Minaux.

The workshop will happen directly after our short meeting and is only open for current members of the club. All are encouraged to attend this informative workshop. Dr. Minaux will look closely at where to put the tongue and lips, and how to shape the air to articulate. He will demonstrate excerpts from the repertoire and will compare the French and American techniques of articulation while guiding you toward your most expressive articulation. Bring your flute!

We hope you and your students will be able to attend this exciting workshop! See you there!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Do you have or know of a Local Flute Performance?

Hello Austin Flutists!

Do you have a local performance or know of a flute performance coming up? If so, we want to know! AND, if you are a member of the Austin Flute Society, we will post it on our local performance calendar.

Simply send an email to with a subject: "Performance Calendar". Please include date, time, admission cost and a summary about the performance.

Look forward to hearing from you and hearing you soon!

Friday, August 12, 2011

AFC 2011-2012 Season Kickoff Meeting!

Calling ALL Austin Flutists:

Your presence is requested at the Austin Flute Club 2011-2012 Season Kickoff Meeting! Join to be part of the AFC CREATIVE COMMUNITY. Bring a buddy. All ages welcome.

What: Your time to meet, greet, collaborate, create, and serve our community with fellow flutists. We'll be holding elections for our organization, finalizing our calendar, rolling out a masterclass series (teachers, you don't want to miss this!), and more. This is your golden opportunity to GET INVOLVED.

When: Mark your calendars for the 3rd Sunday of each month at 3pm. August meeting to be held August 21, 2011 at 3pm.

Where: Location each month will rotate between homes of hosts/hostesses.
Fran├žois Minaux has graciously offered space for our first CREATIVE COMMUNITY meeting at the following location:

4600 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

Park: Street
Enter the complex through the lobby. Go past the leasing office and take a right down the hallway. Head to the conference room located in the Business Center (first door on your left). Feel free to bring your laptops as there are computers, a printer/copier and internet access.

Would you like to host? Great! We'll select the location for the September AFC CREATIVE COMMUNITY on August 21.

See you then,

Katie Kuersteiner LaRue
AFC Interim President 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Frappes and FLUTES - for Austin Teachers

The Austin Flute Club sincerely hopes the Austin heat has been treating everyone well. In the summer months the oppressive weather tends to makes people languid and lazy, but do not fear, for the AFC is here to help motivate and energize your teaching and playing! Please join us on Saturday July 30th at Austin Java (12th and Lamar).

Frappes and Flutes - July 30, 2011 @ Austin Java (12th and Lamar)

8:30am - Arrive and grab a drink
8:35am - Icebreaker
8:40-9:10am - Round table discussion

Three words: We need you. The Austin Flute Club is at a crossroads and we need you to make the club the very best it can be. We want to tailor the club to serve our teachers and students as effectively as possible but we can’t do it alone. We have several board positions open for the new school year and will be discussing how to get involved.

We realize that time is tight for teachers, but we also know how important it is to provide a forum to share ideas, develop new creative ideas, and expand your circle of friends and colleagues. We look forward to Frappes & Flutes being the perfect blend of education (a brief presentation on a topic by a teacher just for our teachers), relationship building, and of course a cup of “joe”… Frappes & Flutes is open to flute teachers of all levels and experience.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Guest Artist Kelly Via and the Austin Flute Choir Are Featured on KGSR and KMFA Sites

This weekend Kelly Via joins the Austin Flute Choir in an extravaganza of flute ensemble fun. Check out the press at local Austin radio stations, KGSR and KMFA!

On April 9th, in celebration of 20 years of the Austin Flute Choir, the Austin Flute Club has organized the opportunity for young area flutists to play under accomplished flute choir director Kelly Via. Students will be given the fantastic opportunity for hands-on experience playing alto and bass flutes, not generally seen in a student band setting, under the tutelage of AFC members. Those in attendance will have the chance to meet and greet with other flutists, students and teachers from across the Austin area. Adult flutists welcome!

Free for Austin Flute Club Members!

April 9, 1:00PM-4:00PM; (1:00-2:30 Student Workshop Flute Choir with Kelly Via. Adult flutists welcome! 3:00-4:00 Austin Flute Choir Recital led by Lisa Lamb and Kelly Via Reception to follow)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Announcing Austin Flute Club Young Artist Competition Winners

Thank you to all teachers, parents, sponsors, volunteers, and participants who helped make the 2011 AFC Young Artist Competition event a success. The level of playing this year was very high, and all contestants are to be commended for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to our winners:

Junior Division
First place - Crystal Kim
Second place - Courtney Regester
Third place - Daniel Smarda
Honorable Mention - Kaysie Tam

Senior Division
First place - Jay Cho
Second place - Rebecca Teng
Third place - Anisa Wakil
Honorable Mention - Hannah Grounds, Carlyn Hendler, Michael Nguyen

Piccolo Division
Honorable Mention - Jacquelin Reyes

If you missed the winners' recital this past Saturday (April 2), we look forward to seeing you at our next AFC event:

Saturday, April 9 -

Student Workshop and 20th Anniversary Flute Choir Celebration with Kelly Via.

For more information about the Austin Flute Club, including how to join and to view our upcoming events, please visit our website:

Flute CHOIR Opportunity - this Saturday!

The Austin Flute Club presents:

2011 BRANNEN BROTHERS Grant winner

Student Workshop and 20th Anniversary Flute Choir Celebration

Adults and students (8th grade and up) will be given the fantastic opportunity for hands-on experience playing alto and bass flutes, not generally seen in a student band setting, under the instruction of guest composer and conductor, Kelly Via!

Free for Austin Flute Club Members!

*Image to the right does not represent actual flutes available to play on Saturday.


1:00-2:30 Student Workshop Flute Choir with Kelly. Adult flutists welcome!
3:00-4:00 Austin Flute Choir Recital led by Kelly Via in collaboration with AFC Flute Choir Director, Lisa Lamb.

Reception to follow

@ St. John’s United Methodist Church

2140 Allandale Rd., Austin, TX 78756

Kelly Via currently teaches flute at Mercer University, Agnes Scott College, Carere Music and the Atlanta Music Academy. He also directs the Mercer University and Atlanta Music Academy flute choirs.. Kelly plays piccolo with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Macon Symphony Orchestra. For many years he was principal flutist of the former Atlanta Pops Orchestra and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Augusta Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras.

For more information about the Austin Flute Club, including how to join and to view our upcoming events, please visit our website:

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: Brannen Brothers Flute Makers

Thursday, January 20, 2011

JAMMIN...Masterclass Participants Announced

The air is buzzing with excitement! WHY????
Because, of course, the Austin Flute Club January Flute JAM is on Saturday (yes, THIS Saturday)!

Thank you to all students who have sent in their applications for the JAM...the AFC is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the Masterclass:

Neha Mulpuri - Mouquet Pan et les Bergers
Sara Gravely - Perilhou Ballade
Nagarama Pratapa - JS Bach Partita in a minor
Caitlin Hall - Presser Rondo
1st Alternate: Courtney Regester- Enesco Cantabile et Presto

We look forward to seeing all masterclass participants, recital participants, and AFC members at the Flute Jam on Saturday, beginning at 9:00am. Morning sessions and reception are members only.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
9-9:50am - Jazz Flute Masterclass led by Bryan Kennard
10-12 - Solo Masterclass featuring Rachel Lopez
12-12:30 - Reception
12:30 - AFC Student Recital * free and open to the public!

St. John's United Methodist Church
2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX 78756

Please check our website for directions and more information.
Happy Fluting, and see you on Saturday!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flute JAM next Saturday (1/22/11)

The Austin Flute Club FLUTE JAM is quickly approaching (next Saturday, January 22!). AFC is pleased to share the opportunity for Austin flutists and teachers to attend back-to-back classes lead by Rachel Lopez and Bryan Kennard.

Mr. Kennard will kick off the morning with an introduction to jazz improvisation class, for all in attendance to participate. No experience in jazz is required!
Ms. Lopez is teaching a solo repertoire class highly recommended to any flute student preparing for solo and ensemble, especially those preparing piccolo pieces as Ms. Lopez is an accomplished piccolo player.

A short reception will follow the masterclasses, as well as a recital for any student wanting extra experience performing in front of an audience. Na Wang Flute Company will also have flutes on display and available for trial at the event.

Masterclass applications and recital registration forms are available online:

This event is FREE for Austin Flute Club Members - membership forms and online payment are available:

Saturday, January 22, 2011
9-9:50am - Jazz Flute Masterclass led by Bryan Kennard
10-12 - Solo Masterclass featuring Rachel Lopez
12-12:30 - Reception
12:30 - AFC Student Recital

St. John's United Methodist Church
2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX 78756

Look forward to seeing you there!