Flute Choir performs at 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention

Pam Youngblood, DMA, professor and chair of the TWU Department of Music, conducts the 10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra.

Faculty, staff and student flutists from the Texas Woman’s Department of Music were featured at the 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention, held Aug. 10-13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“It is an honor for our musicians to be invited to perform on the national stage, and I believe it speaks to the prominence and quality of our music department,” said Abigail Tilton, dean of TWU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The convention opened Thursday, Aug. 10, with the 10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra. The group, which includes more than 200 flutists, was conducted by Pam Youngblood, DMA, professor and chair of the TWU Department of Music, in an hour-long concert featuring nine contrabass flutes, 33 basses, 35 altos and 141 C flutes.

The TWU Flute Choir performed a showcase concert on Friday morning, Aug. 11.  Their program included the world premiere of Symphony for Flutes by Larry Ink, specially commissioned by the group for this performance. Youngblood and TWU’s director of bands, Carter Biggers, DMA, conducted the group. 

On Saturday, Aug. 12, Youngblood and staff collaborative pianist Gabriel Bita presented the world premiere of their commissioned work, Portraits of Richka by Peter Senchuk.  This four-movement work is a musical homage to the village of Richka, located in the Carpathia Mountains in Western Ukraine.

Youngblood and adjunct flute instructor Amy Coelho also performed as members of the International Flute Orchestra, a group with which they toured Ireland and Northern Ireland in May. 

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