LA Flute Guild Flute Fest 2015

Flute Fest March 15, 2015

California State University Long Beach

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Registration Desk opens 8:00am
Visit the Vendors 10:00am – 4:00pm

8:30am – 9:00am Warm-Up! with Heather Clark
9:00am – 11:00am Master Class with Heather Clark
11:00am – 11:45am Alexander Technique with Eileen Troberman
12:00pm – 12:30pm Heather Clark in Recital
12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm – 3:00pm Master Class with Dr. Emily McKay
3:00pm – 5:00pm Master Class with Thomas Robertello
5:00pm – 6:00pm Flute Choir Reading Session with Darrin Thaves
7:30pm – 9:00pm Gala Concert Featuring our Guest Artists and More!
Featuring Guest Artists:

Thomas Robertello
Heather Clark
Emily Hoppe McKay, Darrin Thaves, and Mary Oppermann
Our Staff Accompanist this year is Natalie Dalschaert
Heather Clark will be accompanied by Bryan Pezzone.

Master classes will be offered by Thomas Robertello, Heather Clark, and Emily McKay. Please click here for Master Class Application
and Registration Information.

Our Flute Choir Reading Session this year will be directed by Darrin Thaves. Bring your flutes and come play with us!

Gala Recital featuring our Guest Artists

Please, click here for information about the Los Angeles Flute Guild Artist Competition.

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2015 Festival Presenters


Thomas Robertello is a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has performed as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Houston Grand Opera.

He has toured with the San Francisco Symphony and was guest soloist with that orchestra in Jerod Tate’s “Iholba,” for solo flute, chorus, and orchestra; premiered at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony, which commissioned the work, and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony. He has been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Other solo recordings include the Telemann solo flute fantasies and two forthcoming CDs: all-Bach solo works and a duo recording with harpist Maria Luisa Rayan.

Former faculty positions include Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, Roosevelt University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Professor Robertello has taught master classes and performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, and South America. His many festival performances as a soloist include the Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Grand Teton, Nara, Kirishima, Londrina, Dartington, and Brevard Music Center. He is currently on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Asian Youth Orchestra, and Sarasota Music Festival.


Heather Clark

Heather Clark has established herself as one of Los Angeles’ most sought after flute players. Her orchestral resume includes present and past positions as Principal Flute with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. During her career in Los Angeles, Ms. Clark has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other Los Angeles regional orchestras.

Ms. Clark is also a regular in Hollywood’s recording studios and can be heard on hundreds of major motion picture soundtracks including Rio, Life of Pi, and Frozen. Her resume includes working with the finest film composers including John Williams, Danny Elfman and James Horner.  In addition, she has worked with a variety of recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Josh Grobin, Flea, Michael Buble and Carrie Underwood. In 1994, Ms. Clark was awarded First Prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

In addition to her performing career, she has become a leader in teaching audition skills.  She was a pioneer in creating Flute Audition Bootcamp which specialized in preparing students mentally and technically for their audition.  Ms. Clark is currently teaching at California State University Northridge.


mckay_emily1Dr. Emily McKay is Associate Professor of Flute at Northern Arizona University and flutist of the NAU faculty woodwind quintet, the Kokopelli Ensemble. Dr. McKay performed as Principal Flute of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for six seasons where she was also a featured concerto soloist performing Concerto by Jacques Ibert.

Dr. McKay has performed and presented master classes at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Penn State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Kutztown University, Franklin and Marshall College, Bloomsburg University, Elizabethtown College, Tyler Junior College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Phoenix College, Mesa Community College, and Glendale Community College as well as secondary schools throughout Arizona and California. Additional performances and presentations include guest artist features for the Arizona Flute Society and Great Southwest Flute Fest, and as concerto soloist with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta performing Concert in G Major, K. 313 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Dr. McKay has recorded as the piccoloist of Philharmoia à Vent on the Klavier Records label. Internationally, Dr. McKay performed and taught at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China.

Dr. McKay is an active member of the National Flute Association as a performer at annual conventions in Las Vegas, NV, Albuquerque, NM, and as Assistant Program Chair for the 2006 Convention held in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, she has performed at the International Double Reed Society Conferences (IDRS) in Provo, UT and Tempe, AZ, as well as the International Clarinet Association’s (ICA) Clarinetfest 2011 in Northridge, CA. Other conference performances at the International and National levels include the College Music Society/National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (CMS/NACWPI) in San Diego, CA, International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) in Flagstaff, AZ, and the Society for Composers, Inc. (SCI) in Santa Fe, NM.

Previous to her appointment at NAU, Dr. McKay served as Associate Instructor of Flute and Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellow at Indiana University where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra. In addition, she served as Applied Faculty of Flute at Elizabethtown College and York College of Pennsylvania, and as Interim Faculty of Flute at West Chester University. She performed with the Harrisburg Opera Association, Lancaster Opera Company, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, and as the featured soloist of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. McKay has served on adjudicating committees for the Music Teacher National Association, National Flute Association, Arizona Flute Society, and Arizona Music Educators Association performing competitions. She has presented workshops for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and is published in American Music Teacher, The Flutist Quarterly, and Flute Talk magazines, as well as serving as the Technical Review Editor for Flute for Dummies and as a member of the Board of Directors for Astraios Chamber Music. Dr. McKay is a graduate of Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and received her Doctor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Literature degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her teachers include Thomas Robertello, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Jeffrey Khaner, and Eleanor Duncan Armstrong.


Mary Oppermann enjoys a versatile and active career as an orchestral, chamber, studio musician and teacher in the Southern California area.  She has performed in many orchestras and ensembles including Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, South Coast Symphony, Long Beach Chorale Orchestra, Bel Canto Singers Orchestra, and Culver City Chamber Orchestra among others.  She has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Randy Travis, Mannheim Steamroller, Roger Williams, James Ingram, and Amy Grant, just to name a few.

Mary received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she studied with the world-renowned flutist Julius Baker.

In addition to thoroughly enjoying being a member of the Da Capo Players for over 10 years, Mary loves to teach.  She currently teaches flute at California Baptist University in Riverside where she maintains a large studio of private students.

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Darrin Thaves is currently Instructor of Flute at California State University, Long Beach and principal flute with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a 1999 Deans List Graduate of California State University of Long Beach with a Masters in Flute Performance. Darrin maintains a large private studio in Long Beach CA and is co-director for the Long Beach Flute Institute Summer Camps. Darrin was asked to give the North American premier of Emil Vicklicky’s Concerto for Flute, Harp, and String orchestra at the World Harp Congress in July 2010 and was the winner of the 2000 Seattle Ladies Music Club Young Artist Competition the 2005 National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, as well performing in the 2005, 2010, and 2012 NFA Professional Flute Choir.

He is the coordinator of the annual CSULB Flute Competitions and past-coordinator for the NFA High School Soloist Competition. An active teacher and adjudicator, he has judged for Orange County Musical Arts, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, CSULB Middle School Flute Competition, MTAC Western Regionals, SCSBOA High School and Middle School All-Southern Honor Group Auditions, Seattle Ladies Music Club Young Artist Competition, National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, and the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition. Mr. Thaves will be a judge for the 2015 NFA Flute Choir Competition.

As the founder and conductor of the Pacific Flute Ensemble, he has lead three featured recital performances at NFA Conventions, as well as fourteen seasons of concerts in Long Beach and numerous other annual public performances. The PFE has currently commissioned three original works for flute choir, to be premiered over the next year. As a conductor, he has been asked to lead Flute Choir Sight-reading Sessions at two National Conventions and will conduct the National High School Flute Choir at the 2016 NFA Convention in San Diego, CA.

Darrin has appeared as a featured artist on the 2nd City Chamber Music Series, P.U.M.A Series, and the Tacoma Art Museum Chamber Music Series, as well as concertos with the Tacoma Community College Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, and the Northwest Sinfonietta.


Natalie Dalschaert is a sought after pianist and accompanist for recitals, competitions, master classes and social events. She is a frequent guest performer at the Rancho La Puerta Resort in Mexico, where she presents her “Concert and Conversation” programs. these concerts include interesting and entertaining commentary about the composers’ lives, pieces of music performed and her own experiences as a performer.

Ms. Dalschaert has performed on many concert series with her husband, flutist Brice Martin. Performances include the Sundays at fiour radio broadcasts at the Los Angeles county Museum of Art, Redlands Bowl, Cal Poy San Luis Obispo, Cal Tech and for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee concerts.





A Big Thank You to Dr. John Barcellona and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music for hosting this year’s festival!New Seal Master

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