Our Story

Flute Frenzy was born in May 2000. It began as an outgrowth of Margaret Carlson's flute studio. The students loved it and wanted to include their friends.  In January 2003, Flute Frenzy became a 501(c)3 non-profit association.  Here are some of the highlights of our history:

  • August 2002 --  Showcase performance, National Flute Association annual convention.
  • January 2003 -- Attained 501(c)3 non-profit status
  • November 2004 --Presenter/performer Virginia Music Educators annual convention
  • March 2007 -- Premiered "James Towne Trilogy," composed by Catherine McMichael, commissioned by Flute Frenzy in honor of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, VA
  • May 2007 -- Performer Jamestown 400th Anniversary Weekend
  • September 2007 -- Featured performer, inaugural fundraiser, Elizabethan Gardens, NC
  • 2009 -- Performer General Federation of Women's Clubs VA State Convention
  • February 2010 -- Premiered "Flute Frenzy," composed by Jonathan Cohen, commissioned by Flute Frenzy, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair
  • May 2010 -- Premiered "The First Music," composed by Cory Kasprzyk, commissioned by Flute Frenzy, based on the book by the same name by renowned Williamsburg storyteller, Dylan Pritchett
  • August 2011 -- Performer, National Flute Association annual convention--one of only 2 youth flute choirs among the 16 flute choirs invited from an international competition
  • 2013 -- Adult Fantasia choir established
  • September 2013 -- Featured in Williamsburg's Next Door Neighbor Magazine pg. 48-50

Mission Statement

Flute Frenzy is organized and operated solely to carry out charitable and educational goals by providing an ensemble experience for flutists in the area.  Its mission is to offer students a chamber music opportunity where they can improve their musical skills, play the different instruments in the flute family, and interrelate with peers who share a common interest.  In addition to the rewarding experience of the performing members, Flute Frenzy exposes the public to a wealth of wonderful music written specifically for flute ensembles.

 

Flute Frenzy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Our Philosophy

  • Students learn valuable cooperative skills by participating in a chamber ensemble.
  • The ensemble will be enjoyable and educational and allow the participants to experience music in a different way than they can in band or orchestra.
  • Each student is an important member of the ensemble and brings to it both individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Each student will be encouraged to share strengths and improve weaknesses.
  • Students accept and appreciate critical analysis when it is presented in a constructive way, and learn to understand its importance to the final product.
  • Students gain self-confidence when they support the group by playing their part well.
  • Students will improve musical skills and build self-confidence by working together in a supportive way.
  • Working together by listening to each other's ideas is important to the cohesiveness of the group and the quality of the final product.
  • Students learn the cooperative ensemble skills necessary to perform successfully.
  • All parts of the music are important to form a complete ensemble.
  • Each student will play a variety of "parts" and be offered the possibility of playing the piccolo, C, alto, and bass flutes.
  • Experiencing ensembles of various sizes is important to refining and developing skills. (For example, self-directing leads to a better understanding of ensemble skills and also improves listening skills.)
  • Music is an avenue of expression and communication.
  • Sharing music with the community is an important goal of the preparation process.
  • Music will be shared in public community performances, and also taken to those community residents who are not able to travel to the public performances.
  • Students will be encouraged to augment their education by participating in music workshops of different types.
  • Community cooperation will be promoted by encouraging membership of students from many different schools.

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