Flute Clinics - Atlantic Festivals of Music


Last week was the 2018 Atlantic Festival of Music, held at the gorgeously-situated Mount Saint Vincent University. The view from my workshop room was beautiful.



Having run the flute clinics at the sister-festival in Toronto, I had a good idea of what to expect: I could have 2 students or 60 in a group, and they could be absolute beginners or seasoned pros. Planning is always a challenge!


The students worked on embouchure, articulation, hand position, posture, support (support and more support!) and as a treat, we read through some pieces arranged for flute ensemble - with easy, medium and challenging lines so everyone found a part they could handle. The highlight of the week was when we ended up with a lost cellist in the group; nice to have some bass with all that treble!



It was really wonderful to meet so many flutists from all over the country - there were bands there from Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario and even Saskatchewan! Big thanks go out to their teachers for organizing their travels, the bus drivers who drove them all to the festival (can you imagine driving a bus of 50 students for 24 hours?!?), the Festival organizers and Long & McQuade and Yamaha Canada Music for their support.


Thanks to all the schools who sent their students:


George Street Middle School, NB - Greg Webber & Hilary Ready

Sussex Middle & High Schools, NB - Jeanette Fisher

Quispamsis Middle School, NB - Lorena Rattray

Harbour View High School, NB - Lisa Sanderson

École le Mascaret, NB - Monica Lang

Rothesay Park School, NB - Liv Power & Nick Ashfield


Park View Education Centre, NS - Adam McConnell

Bedford Academy, NS - Nick Gummeson

Citadel High School, NS - Kate Gillis

Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud, NS - Alex Whitty

Memorial High School, NS - Steve MacInnis

EB Chandler School, NS - Kaitlin Conrad

Northside School, NS - Steve MacInnis

Second Chances Concert Band, NS - Chris Ward

Cobequid Educational Centre, NS - John MacLeod

Madeline Symonds Middle School, NS - Emily Cainen

Amherst Regional High School, NS - Stephanie Mizuik

Bayview Community School, NS - Gale Lohnes

Liverpool Regional High School, NS - Chantel Corkum

Bridgewater Junior High School, NS - Scott Leonard

Eastern Shore District High School, NS - Allison Penwell

Cantatrice Ensemble Girls' Honour Choir, NS - Karen Newhook-MacDonald

Vocala Honour Choir, NS - Karen Newhook-MacDonald

South Queens Middle School, NS - Alison Williams

Five Bridges Junior High School, NS - Jackie Crowell

Central Kings Rural High School, NS - Paul Hutten

Shore Vocalz, NS - Melissa Hartery

Pine Ridge Middle School, NS - Holly Merrett

Dartmouth High School, NS - Michael Diabo

Rocky Lake Junior High School, NS - Tobias Beale

Les Mardis Matins Concert Band, NS - Jennifer Wyatt



Gander Collegiate, NL - Jennifer Stanley


Assumption College High School, ON - Brian Zanier

Erindale Secondary School, ON - Laura Jack

Espanola High School, ON - Tracy Mark

Parry Sound High School, ON - Mark Robinson, Nikki Brown

Earl of March, ON - Andrea Lypchuk

Don Mills Collegiate, ON - Cathy Whiteside

Westdale Secondary School, ON - Jonathan Abell

Regiopolis-Notre Dame CHS, ON - Hugh Johnston & Justine Lord

St John's College, ON - Jamie Marriott

Ensemble à vents De La Salle, ON - Micheline Cuerrier-Legault

Thunder's Echo Chamber Choir, ON - Linda Ziemba

The C Flats, ON - Greg Crossett


Montague Intermediate School - Jonathan MacInnes & Christie Beck

Miscouche Consolidated School, PEI - Courtney Mullen

Athena Consolidated School, PEI - Jill Power

Birchwood Intermediate School, PEI - Brian Langille

Charlottetown Rural High School, PEI - Mark Parsons

Kensington Intermediate Senior High, PEI - Angela Profit

Queen Charlotte Intermediate School, PEI - Sylvia Andrew

Souris Regional High School, PEI - Darren Chaisson

Hernewood Intermediate School, PEI - Andrea Ellis

CLSF, PEI - Travis Boudreau

ME Callaghan, PEI - Rory O'Donnell

Kinkora Regional High School, PEI - Peter Wynne

Colonel Gray High School, PEI - Nicole Strum

Summerside Intermediate School, PEI - Carrie MacLellan

Stonepark Intermediate School, PEI - Alison Peters


Trafalgar School for Girls, QC - Kirsten Offer


Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, SK - Jodi Scott


Hope to see you all again next year!



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