World Flute Society


2018 Convention Presenters

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Dr. José Valentino

Presentation: Cultivating Creative Identity: Learning to Improvise in Different Styles of Music


Clint Goss and Vera Shanov

Presentation: Creative Flute Circle Facilitation Techniques

Creating a supportive, non-critical environment is key to facilitating gatherings for flute players. Clint and Vera will use basic world-music song forms and group facilitation techniques to build a session of live, improvisational music-making that includes all players. Bring your flute! Flute circle leaders will get a first-hand look at basic facilitation techniques that can be used to enrich your next gathering.


Suzanne Teng

Presentation: World Flutes and Low Flutes

This is a presentation detailing Suzanne's collection of flutes from China, Indonesia, West Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. She will introduce and play 15 to 20 flutes from her collection, as well as how she learned to play them. Suzanne will discuss how she acquired her world flutes and where others can obtain these flute types. She will detail her use of world flutes in her career as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator, and session player.


Joanne Lazzaro

Presentation: The Art and Technique of Breathing and Vibrato

Take a deep breath! Breathing is key to flute playing, yet many players have difficulty with taking in enough air and using if effectively. In this presentation, Joanne will cover the optimal way to breath, as well as dispel some common myths. In addition, she will explore coloring your sound with vibrato. Joanne will also demonstrate techniques used by famous flutists to learn and teach a beautiful vibrato that is controlled by your musical choices. Hint: Laughing is involved.


Rona Yellow Robe

Presentation: Storytelling with the Native American Flute/Sound Healing

Listen as Rona shares how she communicates with her audience through stories. She uses the Native American flute to enhance the stories which helps the listener to delve deeper into the story being told.


Dr. Andra Bohnet

Presentation: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Celtic Flute And Whistle, but Were Afraid to Ask!

Dr. Andra Bohnet explains how to play Celtic music in a way that will keep you from sounding like a faker. Bring your flute or whistle (D/concert pitch) and your ears, and have some fun. Slanté!


Bobb Fantauzzo

Presentation: Native Roots of Jazz

Jazz has always been recognized as being rooted in both African and European music. And, this is true. However, another overlooked root exists, namely Native American music. Like the delta blues, jazz grew out of the interactions between European, African, and Native American cultures.

This presentation explores the influence of Native American music on jazz and the contributions made by jazz masters with Native American roots including Dave Brubeck (Modoc), Don Cherry (Choctaw), Miles Davis (Cherokee), Duke Ellington (Cherokee), Dizzy Gillespie (Tuscarora), and Charlie Parker (Choctaw).


Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman)

Presentation: Playing Rim-Blown Flutes and the Creative Process


Ángel Sampedro del Río

Presentation: Acoustics of World Flutes

In this workshop, Ángel Sampedro del Río will discuss his acoustical and scientific approach for constructing instruments like the the South American quena. Angel will also do a show-and-tell about the acoustics of other world flutes, such as the shakuhachi, bansuri, bamboo saxophone, and more. He will also discuss important aspects of the woods he uses to build instruments. 


Dr. Tim Lane

Presentation: Music as Energy


Jonny Lipford

Presentation: Discovering Your WHY

Curiosity or passion? The "why" center of our mind controls that deep knowing or "feeling" part. Let us explore your "why" center, so that you can better communicate what it is that you are trying to convey with your music. Finding your own voice with an instrument is a personal journey, but you do not have to travel it alone. We will also discuss key factors such as motive, perseverance, and brand. 


Joshua Geisler

Presentation: The Chromatic Bansuri

The bansuri is a bamboo flute traditionally played in North Indian classical and folk music, but it is capable of much more. In this lecture, Joshua Geisler will explore the unique cross-cultural approach to the instrument detailed in his book, The Chromatic Bansuri. He will share his innovative techniques for playing different scales on the same flute, strategies for creative “world music” improvisation, and insights gleaned from a 20-year career as a performer.


Jon Norris

Presentation: History and Evolution of Flutes in North America

The modern Native American flute that we all know and love is a fairly new creation. In this seminar, we will explore the origins of wind instruments in North America, starting with primitive bone instruments and the rim-blown flutes of Ancestral Puebloan cultures. Then, using replicas of several historical instruments as well as some more recent flutes, we will take a look at how the Native American flute has evolved to become the instrument that we play today.


Gary Stroutsos

Presentation: Remembering the Songs: The Enduring Legacy of the American Indian Flute


Bob Rhychlik

Presentation: Amazing Overtone Flutes: Fujara and Koncovka


Kevin Locke

Presentation: Indigenous Flute Workshop with Kevin Locke, Lakota Native from Standing Rock, South Dakota

Maximum of 50 flute-making participants. Learn history, culture of the Indigenous flute, build your own from flute kits, practice breathing, and learn to play basic and Native songs both solo and together in unison. Free to all participants. Participants can purchase flute that they build. Book and CDs are available directly from Kevin. Sign-up required to make flutes. All observers are welcome. One-hour session offered twice during the convention, for great opportunity for convention participants.


David Rogers

Presentation: Using the Gift to Uplift Others: the Positive Effects of the Native American Flute in the Nursing Home Setting

Gifts are to be shared. We are all created with special gifts, abilities, and talents. These gifts, like all blessings, are not to be hoarded; rather, they are to be shared with others. David will share how the beautiful tone of the Native American flute can be uplifting and can address some of the important physical and spiritual needs of seniors living in a nursing-home setting. Throughout David's presentation, you will be encouraged to ask questions and share your own personal experiences.

Part of the Lunch-and-Learn Series