Flute Fiesta 2018

Flute Fiesta is coming up soon!

We’ll see you on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church,

Admission is $25. Please register online here

Schedule of events:

9:00am Group Warm-up Class.
Everyone is invited to join this group warm-up class covering long tones and fundamentals. Led by flutist Lauren Harris.

10:00am – 12:00pm High School Competition
High school students perform prepared solos in a solo & ensemble type setting. Judges provide written construction comments, and a winner is chosen for each grade level to perform in an honor’s recital on Friday, April 27th

10:00am – 11:00am Albuquerque Youth Symphony excerpts class
Valerie Potter will give a class on the required excerpts for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony auditions (more info and excerpts available here).

11:00am – 12:00pm Flute repair with Rebecca Wesley
Ever wanted to know more about flute repair? Come watch Rebecca Wesley dissect a flute, and answer all your questions about flute repair.

12:00pm lunch

1:00pm Recital featuring Melissa Colgin-Abeln
Flute and piano recital featuring our 2018 Guest Artist, Melissa Colgin-Abeln.

2:30pm – 4:00pm Masterclass with Melissa Colgin-Abeln and Valerie Potter
ALL are invited to play a portion of their solo piece, youth symphony excerpt, or other prepared piece for feedback. Approximately 10 minutes per student, with group participation throughout.

2:00pm – 4:00pm Elementary and Middle School Competition
K-8 students perform prepared solos in a solo & ensemble type setting. Judges provide written construction comments, and a winner is chosen for each grade level to perform in an honor’s recital on Friday, April 27th

4:00pm Recital featuring the UNM graduate woodwind quintet

5:00pm Awards Ceremony


About Melissa Colgin-Abeln, our guest artist for 2018.

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Melissa Colgin Abeln is Professor of flute and music literature at UTEP and principal flutist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Her education includes the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, one year of private study in Paris, France, and a performance fellowship at the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Sheryl Cohen, Raymond Guiot, Torkil Bye, Karl Kraber, and Bernard Goldberg. Master class coachings include those with Moyse, Rampal, Gilbert, Baker, Hutchins, Baxstresser, and Marion.

Dr. Colgin has held positions with the Sinfonica Orquesta Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, with whom she was featured as a soloist for concerts and subsequent recordings. In 1987, she was a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition. In Europe, she has made recital appearances with the Atelier Series and Concerts Accueil Musical in Paris, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. (Radio Oslo), and the Haydn Festspiel in Einsenstadt, Austria. Orchestral tours include ten performances in Germany with the EPSO in 1996, and in 2000, a summer tour of five cities in Turkey with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has soloed with the EPSO on performances in 1994, 1996, 2001, and in 2010 with harpist Grace Cloutier.

She has published articles with the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, The Marcel Moyse Society, and Flute Talk. Dr. Colgin returned to Paris to give master classes at the Conservatoire Rachmaniov (2006) as well as to perform solo recitals for the Atelier Series and the Cultural Program Series at the American Embassy (2008). Her research on music memorization has resulted in ongoing presentations entitled, “The Memory Map,” at numerous American universities, The Texas Flute Society, the National Flute Association conventions (2007, 2008, 2011), International Society of Music Education in Greece, the College Music Society, Music Educators National Association, Mid-South Flute Society and the Canadian Flute Association. She is a frequent adjudicator, presenter and clinician for Texas Music Educators Association activities.

Under her supervision, the UTEP Flute Studio has a reputation of excellence in solo and ensemble performances. Via competitive audition, The Flautistas have been chosen to perform at NFA conventions (2007, 2014).  Her former students have become professional flutists in orchestras, college professors, and music educators across the country.