Austin Flute Society Virtual Flute Festival

April 17, 2021

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The Austin Flute Society is excited to announce this year's guest artist for our 2021 Virtual Flute Festival, Flutist, Composer and Chamber Music Pioneer,



Performance Today's 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, and described as one of the "Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music" by critic Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Valerie Coleman is among the world's most played composers living today. The Boston Globe describes Coleman as a having a “talent for delineating form and emotion with shifts between ingeniously varied instrumental combinations” and The New York Times observes her compositions as “skillfully wrought, buoyant music”. With works that range from flute sonatas that recount the stories of trafficked humans during Middle Passage and orchestral and chamber works based on nomadic Roma tribes, to scherzos about moonshine in the Mississippi Delta region and motifs based from Morse Code, her body of works have been highly regarded as a deeply relevant contribution to modern music. Check out some of her work on her website or at

Valerie Coleman-Page Flutist & Composer

We are incredibly excited to have her join us in performance and as a presenter for this year's festival. SAVE THE DATE: April 17, 2021!

12:30 PM

Welcoming Improvisation into practice, teaching, and performance

Dr. Daniel Pardo leads an interactive workshop on improvisation that examines what improvisation is and how it is present in our lives, introduces games and exercises to encourage improvisation, and discusses how the practice of improvisation can lead to a higher level of artistry in classical performance.

1:15 PM

Introduction to World Music to Expand your Flute Technique

Have your flutes handy! Dr. Rachel Woolf will show you how you can improve your scale practice using influences from World Music. She will also perform a selection of flute literature influenced by non-Western traditions and introduce non-Western flutes, including flutes from India and Iran. 

2:00 PM

Studio Safety

How to protect you and your students. I will be talking about how to be respectful to students and as a student being able to stand for your rights. Insurance policies, Licenses, small claims, and needed resources.

Practice Methods

2:45 PM

Dr. Adah Jones will present various ways to dissect your pieces and gain more solid control over technical aspects. A thorough and methodical way to approach analyzing and mastering challenges in our music is a necessity of life for every musician. Breaking down each phrase or passage into manageable chunks and learning how to superimpose various rhythmic patterns will be discussed and demonstrated. Bringing organization to our practicing can produce tangible results and more confidence in our performance.

YAC: Collegiate Division

3:30 PM

The winners of the 2020 YAC Collegiate Division will be featured, and their wonderful performances will be shared.

Match Factors

4:00 PM

Flutistry's Founder, Adam Workman, will lead a workshop on how to leverage your equipment to maximize your artistic potential. Ever wonder why the flute your friend chose is different from the one you fell in love with? Adam Workman's "Match Factors" workshop combines his experience facilitating trials of all levels with expert knowledge of flute construction, repair, and performance that harmonize with the artistic choices we make when selecting equipment.

4:45 PM

Piano as Partner

Allison Asthana will outline the importance of collaboration between performing partners, particularly flute and piano repertoire. The presentation will be aided by a few slides and video examples and will discuss score study, rhythmic relationships, cueing, and more!

5:30 PM

Improvisation Workshop

Alex Coke will lead an improvisation workshop open for all levels of flute players and musicians. We will start by discussing the what, why, when and how of improvising. We will cover strategies for playing freely,  over forms, tonally,  atonally and combinations of these. Bring your instruments and be prepared to improvise.

6:15 PM

YAC Junior and Senior Divisions: Masterclass

A masterclass with the winners of the Junior Division and the Senior Division of the Young Artist Competition will be led by Dr. Rachel Woolf.

7:00 PM

Robert Dick In Concert

Guest Artist, Robert Dick will conclude the festival by performing a few of his pieces, including Piece in Gamelan Style for flute, and Book of Shadows for bass flute.

7:45 PM

Live Closing Ceremonies

Join the AFS Board Members to recap the day, thank the Festival Participants, and learn about future AFS events.

Our Presenters

Sarah Jane Hargis

9:15 AM

Sarah Jane Hargis, artist for Azumi Flutes and Earthquaker Devices, is an internationally-acclaimed performer and composer of classical, modern and improvisational music. She has been teaching flute as a university professor/lecturer, private instructor and guest lecturer in schools and universities around North America for over twenty years. Sarah Jane currently teaches at St Edward’s University in Austin, TX. She holds a Master’s of Music in Flute Performance from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University. 

Hilary Janysek

10:45 AM

 Flutist and educator, Dr. Hilary Janysek has been featured as a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Texas State University Orchestra, the West Fork New Music Festival, and the Victoria Bach Festival as the Young Artist. Dr. Janysek currently teaches music history and flute at Texas Lutheran University, flute at Schreiner University, and is the flute instructor for Lake Travis ISD. Prior to that, she was the Graduate Assistant of Music History and Music Education at Ball State University (BSU) and was the adjunct instructor of flute at Purdue University. D.A., M.M., and Entrepreneurial Music Certificate from Ball State University; B.M. in Music Education from Texas State University.

Robert Dick

11:15 AM

7:00 PM

Robert Dick has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play.  More than any flutist ever, Dick has reshaped the musical possibilities of the instrument, creating many thousands of new sonorities. Robert’s music carries this vision of continuous transformation into his approach to aesthetics and style. His compositions, striking in the intensity and originality of their emotion, structures and sound, have been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Composers Fellowships and very many grants and commissions.

Daniel Pardo

12:30 PM

Daniel Pardo, works regularly as a studio musician in orchestral and commercial settings, fusing Western Classical traditions with ethnic sounds and technology. Daniel holds music performance degrees from Texas State University (B.M.), and the University of North Texas (M.M. and D.M.A.); and music business and production certificates from the Berklee College of Music. Daniel’s principal mentors include Fabio Londoño, Greg Patillo, Pedro Eustache, Adah Jones, and Mary Karen Clardy.  Daniel Pardo is Assistant Professor of Flute at Prairie View A&M University and a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician.

Rachel Woolf

1:15 PM

Dr. Rachel Woolf is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught at Brookhaven College and extensively across the DFW metroplex. She is a member of Dallas based symphonic pop rock band, The Polyphonic Spree, and has toured with them all over North America. Not one to be boxed in by notes on a page, she has sought out an array of opportunities to improvise—from freeform to jazz to Indian ragas. Notably, she was selected to perform traditional Hindustani North Indian flute during the Dalai Llama’s visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Belinda Brouette

A native of Chicagoland, AFS Vice President, Belinda Brouette has been a flutist and educator for over 15 years. She lives in Austin where she gives private lessons flute at Ann Richards and Austin Waldorf. She is an active volunteer and member of Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Adah Jones

2:45 PM

Adah Toland Jones, Professor of Flute at Texas State University, is also Principal Flute with the Austin Opera and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and plays frequently with the Austin Symphony. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Citation.  Dr. Jones has performed and conducted masterclasses at flute festivals and universities throughout the U.S., in the U.K., Bulgaria and Dominica, West Indies. Dr. Jones is an artist for Burkart Flutes and Piccolos.

Adam Workman

4:00 PM

Flutistry Boston President and Founder Adam Workman was raised in Vergennes, Vermont and moved to Boston to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from Boston University where he studied with Marianne Gedigian, Jacques Zoon, and Linda Toote.  Adam has appeared on recordings and in performances in Boston and beyond and was previously a member of the Boston-based Commonwealth Chamber Players and the Fensgate Chamber Players. Flutistry Boston was founded in 2011 providing products and services with the singular goal of helping flutists to sound their best. Adam, representing Flutistry, recently started a residency in Austin Texas with a beautiful showroom and full repair workshop.

Allison Asthana

4:45 PM

Allison Asthana is an emerging flute performer and educator based out of Central Texas. She spent three seasons as second flutist and piccoloist with the Waco Symphony from 2013-2016, and has performed in many capacities at venues across the country, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Harvard Sanders Theatre, and Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. Allison is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio, studying with Marianne Gedigian. She also holds degrees from Boston University and Baylor University, 


Alex Coke

5:30 PM

Alex Coke, born in Dallas, Texas, received his B.A. from the University Of Colorado at Boulder in 1976, with emphasis on flute performance. He began a rich musical partnership with composer, pianist Rich Harney in 1975 with whom he collaborated with  until his death in 2020. An improvisor at heart, Coke's eclectic attitude has led him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter. His flute studies have ranged from Eric Dolphy to Indian ragas on the bamboo flute and extended flute techniques such as those researched by Robert Dick, Ann LaBerge and Wil Offermans.

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