Congratulations to students who recently played in Orange and Osceola All-County. Check out the Student Accomplishments page for more details.
The 2016 Florida Flute Convention was a great success with headliner Paula Robison, international recording artist, soloist and faculty member of the New England Conservatory, giving a stupendous performance and masterclasses. Our Florida Friday night soloists Associate Professors Kim McCormick, (University of South Florida) and Kristen Stoner (University of Florida) presented a wonderful concert, as did the numerous Florida and out of state performers and presenters. Thanks to all for making this convention the largest and most successful ever. We are already looking forward to the 2017 event, which will be held January 27, 28 and 29, once again at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel. Our headliner will be Leone Buyse, Professor of flute at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and a National Flute Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Our Friday evening soloists are Colleen Blagov, Principal Flute of the Orlando Philharmonic and faculty member of Florida Southern College and International jazz flute soloist and recording artist Ali Ryerson. Please note that the deadline to enter one of the 7 competitions or to submit a proposal to perform or present is October 1, 2016. See the FFA website http://floridaflute.org/FFA/
Summer will soon be here and it is an opportunity for students to attend a flute and/or band camp. There are some wonderful musical opportunities available for middle and high school flute students in Florida. Locally in Orlando, the University of Central Florida has two camps. The Flute Boot Camp which includes both physical fitness and flute skills is three days long. The Flute and Piccolo Institute has two sessions each of which is a 5 day intensive program that includes All-State audition preparation and flute ensembles, including a flute choir. At both camps campus housing is available. I will be teaching at all of UCF's summer flute camps.
UCF Flute Boot Camps for High School and Middle School Students: June 10-12, 2016. Tuition: $150 ($120 before March 31). On-campus housing is available for an additional $100 ($80 before March 31). https://music.cah.ucf.edu/camps/flutebootcamp.php
UCF Flute and Piccolo Institute for High School and Middle School Students TWO Sessions June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2016. Tuition for each camp: $375 ($325 before March 31). On-campus housing is available for an additional $220 ($200 before March 31). http://music.cah.ucf.edu/camps/flute.php
To attend both the UCF Boot Camp and a Flute Institute, Tuition: $500 ($400 before March 31). On-campus housing is available for $300 ($250 before March 31)
The other flute camp in Florida is at Stetson University in Deland July 12-16. Tuition (resident): $495 (includes instruction, room and board). http://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/flute-workshop.php
Irene Pruzan's Flute Studio students range from age 7 through adults. Irene loves working with students of all ages and levels with different personal goals and aspirations. She has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. As a professional flutist she has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Forum, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has been a member of the Crocus Hill Trio, and the Aurora Woodwind Quintet. In addition, Irene has served as the Public Relations Director for the National Flute Association, Program Director for Young Audiences of Minnesota, and was the owner and past President of Music on the Move MN, Inc. Since taking up residence in Florida she has served as a Board Member, Program Chair, Vice President, and is currently President of the Florida Flute Association.