TWU Flute Choir to perform at National Flute Association convention
DENTON— The Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir will perform a showcase concert at the 43rd National Flute Association annual convention, scheduled Aug. 13-16 in Washington, D.C. This will mark the choir’s fifth performance at a yearly convention for the association, the largest flute organization in the world.
The choir, which features students from the TWU and Brookhaven College flute choirs, will present the world premiere of two commissioned works: “Beyond the Night Sky” by Peter Senchuk and “Phonographic Memories” by David Gunn. TWU adjunct flute instructor Amy Coelho will be the featured soloist for the third movement of Senchuk’s “Alto Flute Concerto.” The performance is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 15.
Pamela Youngblood, professor of music and chair of the TWU Department of Music and Drama, said the TWU choir was chosen from a record number of entries from national and international groups to perform at the convention, including the International Flute Orchestra, the Golden Flute Choir of Taiwan and the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, which is based at the New England Conservatory.
“It’s quite an honor to be selected to perform at the convention,” Youngblood said. “The submissions are kept anonymous, so the entries are judged solely on the performance. A panel of three experts listened to the submissions and selected our choir to perform a featured concert at one of the prime convention times. This speaks to the talent, hard work and dedication of our students.”
Youngblood directs both the TWU and Brookhaven College flute choirs. The choirs have performed together at National Flute Association annual conventions in New Orleans (2013), Charlotte, North Carolina (2011), New York City (2009), Albuquerque (2007) and Dallas (2001). The choirs combine each year around Halloween for the Monster Flute Concert on TWU’s Denton campus.
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, has approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries. For more information on the organization, visit www.nfaonline.org
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