June 19 - 24, 2017

Dallas #1


At A Glance

Floot Fire Dallas #1 2017
June 19 - 24, 2017
  • Mon-Fri 1:00 pm-7:00 pm

  • Sat 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (*new location)
421 Custer Road
Richardson TX 75080
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - June 18, 2017 ($50 late fee)

At A Glance

Floot Fire Dallas #1 2017
June 19 - 24, 2017
  • Mon-Fri 1:00 pm-7:00 pm

  • Sat 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (*new location)
421 Custer Road
Richardson TX 75080
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - June 18, 2017 ($50 late fee)

Floot Fire

Class Levels

Students of all levels of proficiency are eligible to participate.

There are 5 flexible levels of classes:

  • Floot Flicker: for flutists in grades 1-5 during the most recent school year who have played for less than one year
  • Allegro: for flutists in 6th or 7th grade during the most recent school year
  • Vivace: for flutists in 8th or 9th grade during the most recent school year
  • Presto: for flutists in grades 10-12 during the most recent school year
  • Immersion: for very committed, highly advanced high school students. Students must have a teacher recommendation and Floot Fire faculty approval.


Floot Fire offers financial assistance to students who could not otherwise attend our workshops. All scholarships are need based.

  • Floot Fire awards partial scholarships only.
  • Late fees and additional purchased items, such as photos and books, are not eligible for scholarship.
  • Deadline for full consideration is May 1, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered on an “as available basis.”
  • Submission of the scholarship application is not a guarantee of an award.
  • If you have qualified for scholarship in the past you are encouraged to reapply however, previous awards do not guarantee future awards.
  • A scholarship application does not replace the workshop registration form. All scholarship applicants must register for a workshop online.
  • All information submitted to Floot Fire Inc. will be held in strict confidence and permanently destroyed after the application is processed.

Floot Fire


Our flexible daily schedule includes: masterclass, electives, chamber music, flute choir, and recitals. Our flootful days cover flootastic topics such as  breathing, tone, articulation, intonation, vibrato, technique, stage presence, practice habits, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, performance tips, working with an accompanist, and much more!


Advanced elective classes allow Vivace and Presto flutists to choose courses of study that interest them most and suit their specific needs. The classes will be led by our artist/teachers and by other respected teachers from the area. Elective classes are open to all age levels unless otherwise indicated. Students in the piccolo electives will need to provide their own instrument. Instruments for the Big Flutes class will be provided. During these Elective times, Floot Flicker and Allegro students will participate in activities especially geared to their playing abilities.

Elective Session 1 (choose one class)
Beginner Piccolo (Allegro)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Building a Better Tone (Vivace)
Learn to create a beautiful, free, ringing tone! Students will examine how sound is created on the flute, the characteristics of a beautiful flute tone, and ways to practice tone development.
Flooty Yoga
The name says it all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or a yoga mat.
Low Flutes (Presto/Immersion) (Limit 5)
Meet the low end of the flute family. Participants will be introduced to alto flutes, bass flutes, and the mighty contrabass flute. We will learn how to handle these gentle giants and have an opportunity to perform on them. Instrument provided.
$5.00 additional fee
Low Flutes (Vivace) (Limit 5)
Meet the low end of the flute family. Participants will be introduced to alto flutes, bass flutes, and the mighty contrabass flute. We will learn how to handle these gentle giants and have an opportunity to perform on them. Instrument provided.
$5.00 additional fee
Rhythm Fun! (Allegro)
Fire up your rhythm skills with this class! Improve your sightreading and strengthen your sense of pulse. Students will review basic time signatures and notations then begin to explore more complex rhythms and time signatures.
Vibrant Vibrato (Presto/Immersion)
Vibrato is the flutist's most useful tool to add beauty and expressiveness to music. It adds intensity, fluidity and magic to the already beautiful flute sound. If the student understands the fundamentals of good breathing then they are ready to add or improve their vibrato.
Elective Session 2 (choose one class)
Beginner Piccolo (Vivace/Presto)
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Building a Better Tone (Allegro)
Learn to create a beautiful, free, ringing tone! Students will examine how sound is created on the flute, the characteristics of a beautiful flute tone, and ways to practice tone development.
Low Flutes (Allegro) (Limit 8)
Meet the low end of the flute family. Participants will be introduced to alto flutes, bass flutes, and the mighty contrabass flute. We will learn how to handle these gentle giants and have an opportunity to perform on them. Instrument provided.
$5.00 additional fee
Orchestral Excerpts (Presto/Immersion)
As students begin preparing for college and professional orchestra auditions they will need to become familiar with many orchestral excerpts. This class introduces several of the most frequently requested excerpts and helps students develop useful practice tools to learn the works.
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Ever get nervous during auditions or performance? In this class students will examine creative strategies for dealing with stage fright and audition anxiety.
Taking an Audition (Vivace)
Learn how to prepare for region band auditions and chair tests. Discover audition techniques to become a successful, competitive flute player. Concepts include positive visualization, relaxation techniques, practice strategies and more.

Floot Fire

Master Class

In master class students will work on musical interpretation, tone, stage presence, relaxation techniques, and much more! Students should be prepared to play two times in performance class. It is preferred that two different works or different sections from one piece be performed. Students must provide their own original piano parts. Flootastic pianists will accompany each performer however unaccompanied works are acceptable. Students may audit the class if they prefer not to perform.

Faculty Recitals

Faculty recitals take place daily at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Grand Finale Concert

A Grand Finale Concert will top off the week. Students will perform a class flute choir piece, a chamber ensemble, elective class music and a mass flute choir piece with all students performing in-the-round style. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.


Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson,Co-Executive Director of Floot Fire Inc. and  Floot Fire Founder, is retired from her positions as Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University. She is a former member of Gemeinhardt Flutemakers National Teacher Advisory Panel and previously served on the Pedagogy Committee for the National Flute Association. A frequent speaker at music conventions such as the National Flute Association and the Texas Band Masters Association, Ms. Johnson is in great demand as a pedagogue and clinician. Ms. Johnson studied at Juilliard with Arthur Lora. She is the founder of The Texas Flute Society Flute Festival.

Amanda Chavis

Amanda Chavis performs and teaches throughout Texas and is passionate about helping musicians discover the creative artist within themselves, encouraging a whole-person approach to one’s music-making and career. She is a member of the Texas New Music Ensemble (tnme.org) and hosts a podcast called Classically Trained, where she talks with guests about how to make one’s own way as a classically trained musician in the world today.

Amanda was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 and 2015 NFA Young Artist Competitions and the winner of the 2013 San Diego Artist Gold competition. She was first alternate in the 2013 NFA Orchestral Masterclass Competition, as well as a semifinalist in the 2013 Myrna Brown Competition. From 2009-2012 she served as second flute and piccolo in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and second flute in the Lubbock Ballet Orchestra’s yearly production ofThe Nutcracker. She was also a substitute with the San Antonio Symphony, and had the opportunity to play with them in the second flute position and on piccolo on several occasions. Amanda received her M.M. at California State University, Fullerton where she studied with Jean Ferrandis, and her B.M. from the University of Houston, where she studied with Sydney Carlson and Kim Clark. She currently resides in McKinney, Texas.

Karen Eichinger

Karen Eichinger is a flutist and flute instructor in Plano and Richardson. She has degrees in music from University of North Texas and University of Houston, and has studied with many excellent flute teachers, including Terri Sundberg, Dr. Kimberly Clark, Dr. Elizabeth Brightbill, Dr. Leonard Garrison, and Helen Blackburn. Her very first flute teacher was the amazing Claire Johnson, and she is a proud alumna of Floot Fire (1995-2001). Karen was the winner of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition in 2008. She performs regularly with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and other Metroplex ensembles.

Dr. Timothy Hagen

Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his “technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity” (NewMusicBox). He won First Prize as well as the award for Best Performance of the Newly Composed Work (Gary Schocker’sPrestidigitation, or POOF!) at the 2016 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, sponsored by the Texas Flute Society. Past awards include Second Prize at the Australian International Flute Competition, the Jack Smith Memorial Award for Most Promising Talent at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, two Artist Grants from the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, and the prestigious Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He was also the only American semifinalist named in the 2007 Jeunesses Musicales International Flute Competition in Serbia. 

As Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony, Hagen spends his summers in Columbia, MO, where he has performed multiple times as a concerto soloist. He also substitutes regularly with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and as Principal Flute with the Dallas Wind Symphony. Over the past decade, he has been active as a guest musician with ensembles throughout the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and Winston-Salem Symphony. In addition, he has had solo debuts at New York’s Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y and performed at the Atlantic, Hot Springs, and Las Vegas Music Festivals, as well as the Norfolk and Austin Chamber Music Festivals. 

The depth and breadth of Hagen’s experience as an educator distinguish him. He currently serves as Instructor of Flute at Brookhaven College. Additionally, he has taught at Oklahoma State University, The University of Texas at Austin, Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony, among many other fine institutions. His private students have consistently won regional and national awards and auditions, and he is in high demand as a teacher, clinician, and speaker at universities, festivals, and conventions throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is also frequently called upon as an adjudicator on regional and national levels, including for the National Flute Association’s Young Artist and Piccolo Artist Competitions.

Debby Johnson

Debby Johnson is principal flute of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, flutist with the Texas Winds, and a private teacher in the Dallas area.

Ellen Kaner

Dr. Ellen Kaner is a free-lance woodwind performer and instructor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she can be heard in various area theaters. She is on the private lesson staff for the Mansfield and Grand Prairie School Districts. Currently the treasurer of the Texas Flute Society, Ellen also manages and directs an adult flute choir, Flutes Unlimited.

Julia Lawson

Julia Lawson is in her sixth year at Parkhill Junior High School and her 10th year of teaching. Before coming to Parkhill, Mrs. Lawson served as Director of Bands at Forest
Meadow Junior High and as Associate Director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in Lewisville ISD. From 2006-2008, Mrs. Lawson founded and conducted a flute choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church in The Colony. From January 2008- January 20012, Mrs. Lawson added to her musical repertoire by accepting the position as Music Director for Grace Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Texas.

Mrs. Lawson is a 1993 graduate of Griffin Middle School and a 1997 honor graduate of The Colony High School where she participated in both the “Middle School
CC State Honor Band” and “5A State Honor Band” consecutively. Mrs. Lawson attended Southwest Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Music
Education degree in May 2002. She studied flute under Adah Toland Jones and student taught under Melodianne Mallow at North Richland Middle School and Bill Watson at Richland High School in Birdville ISD.

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Jennifer McElroy

Dr. Priscilla Ochran-Holt

Dr. Priscilla Ochran-Holt conducts the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Flute Choir which has performed at the NFA convention and throughout the Dallas area. She also directs the orchestra program at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. A flute student of Bernard Goldberg, she attended Duquesne University and spent her Sundays playing flute in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony! She spent summers studying flute and chamber music with Marcel Moyse in Brattleboro and later attended New England Conservatory studying flute with James Pappoutsakis. Inspired by Moyse, she wrote her doctoral dissertation, Twentieth Century Woodwind Chamber Music, while attending the University of Miami and performing in the Boca Raton Symphony, Ft. Lauderdale Symphony and Miami Ballet. Her flute articles have been published in the National Flute Association magazine and she serves as a flute clinician throughout the southwest. Locally, she performs with Texas Winds Musical Outreach and The Grand Avenue Trio.

Dr. Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips is a flutist and flute instructor in Frisco, TX. She received a MM and DMA in flute performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BM in flute performance from Ithaca College. She performs regularly with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and serves as past president for the Texas Flute Society. Her teachers include Rebecca Gilbert, Christina Jennings, Dr. Wendy Mehne, and Dr. Nancy Andrew.

Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez was a top prize winner in the 1997 Casablanca International Piano Competition in Morocco and is a laureate of other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long in Paris (France), the Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City (USA), and the Paloma O’ Shea in Santander (Spain). He has performed throughout the United States and internationally in recital and with orchestra, including performances at Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York, with the Dallas Symphony under Kerry-Lynn Wilson and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Irving Symphony under Hector Guzman. In London, he performed at the Royal Academy of Music, in Paris at the Salle Gaveau, in Santander, Spain at the Palacio de Festivales, in Casablanca, Morocco at the Salle de l’Office des Changes, and in the Dominican Republic with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional. In Thessaloniki, Greece, he performed a solo recital to benefit Lions Club International.

He studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music under a full scholarship and continued his studies at the University of North Texas under his beloved teacher and mentor, Vladimir Viardo.

Mr. Sanchez is also a dedicated educator. He taught piano, music history, and music theory at the celebrated Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas from 1996-2003. He continues to teach piano privately in Dallas and is also in high demand as an accompanist.

He has collaborated with such artists as Jacques Zoon, Alexa Still, Marco Granados, Thomas Robertello, Rolf Smedvig and Ian Clarke. He can be heard on the following MSR label CDs, Rever en Couleurs with Lisa Garner Santa, Scree with Elena Yarritu and Ballade with Kara Kirkendoll Welch.

Mary Reyes Sanchez

Mary Reyes Sanchez is the resident applied flute instructor for the Keller and Richardson Independent School Districts.  She earned both a Master of Music degree, with emphasis in conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at New Mexico State University.  While at NMSU she was on the faculty as a Graduate Flute Teaching Assistant,  Adjunct Instructor for woodwind techniques, and held an assistantship with the Las Cruces Symphony.

In addition to her flute studios Mrs. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator in Solo and Ensemble Festivals and as a clinician on flute in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  From 2009-2010 she was acting president of the Texas Flute Society and previously held the position of Vice-President.  Her performing credits include principal flutist with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera, and as a member of the Las Cruces Symphony.  She has also worked with legendary sound engineer and Grammy Award winner Phil York completing works for composer C. Edward Salter under the Eagle Tiger Record Label.

Mrs. Sanchez has taught privately for the past eighteen plus years.  Her students have consistently received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, recognition at auditions in the middle/high school and university level and have been selected to the Texas All-State and New Mexico All-State bands.  Mrs. Reyes Sanchez maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the DFW metroplex.

Dr. Terri Sanchez

Terri Sánchez is currently the Senior Lecturer in Flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Miyazawa Performing Artist. Legendary flutist Paula Robison writes, “Sánchez has a beautiful presence as a player, and her sparkling clear sound spins out and fills the air with poetry.” After Sánchez premiered his new work for flute and piano, Archetypes, composer George Chave wrote, “her ability to pull the audience in and take them along for the ride is a true joy. Terri is a musician’s musician.” She performs often as a duo with her husband, pianist Gabriel Sánchez, and also as a member of the Tessitura Trio and FlutAria! Sánchez’s new book, The Aspiring Flutist’s Practice Companion, was released in 2017, published by Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co.

Sánchez is the founder, faculty advisor, and artistic director of the Maverick Flute Choir, a unique flute ensemble, comprised of UTA flutists, that seeks to engage and inspire audiences with an unconventional fusion of classic, contemporary, original, and collaborative musical works, often fused with a wide variety of other artistic mediums. With her guidance, the Maverick Flute Choir has written and performed two original collaborative works for flute ensemble, Take a Chance and As the Fog Descends Upon Us. In 2016, they premiered their original production, The Princess & The Dragon: A Musical Play for Flute Choir, with music and plot composed by Maverick Flute Choir members and script written by Terri Sánchez.

Dr. Sánchez has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at NFA Conventions, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the San Diego Flute Guild Festival, and many universities. In the spirit of collaboration, she founded Metroplex Flutes, a DFW based group of professional flutists dedicated to inspiring, entertaining and educating audiences. She is also on the faculty of Dallas Metroplex Floot Fire each summer, a week-long summer masterclass for beginner through college flutists. She serves the Texas Flute Society as the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition coordinator and her blog, “The Self-Inspired Flutist,” offers helpful and inspiring strategies for practicing and performing.

Sánchez is a laureate of many national competitions: 1st Prize, National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, 2nd Prize, NFA Young Artist Competition (along with “Best Performance of Newly Commissioned Work”), 1st Prize, San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, 2nd Prize, Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, 2nd Prize, Upper Midwest Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Finalist, Walfrid Kujala Piccolo Competition.  She also performed with the SMU Meadows and UNT Symphony Orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. Sánchez performs on a Miyazawa Classic Rose Silver flute.

Sánchez received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance, with a secondary emphasis in Music Education, from the University of North Texas, where she worked as a Teaching Fellow and Flute Choir conductor. She earned her Master’s degree at Southern Methodist University and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her past flute instructors include Leticia Ledesma, Helen Blackburn, Jean Larson-Garver, Alexa Still, Kara Kirkendoll Welch, Deborah Baron, Terri Sundberg and Elizabeth McNutt. She is especially grateful to her two mentors, Claire Johnson and Gabriel Sánchez.


Dr. Vicki Seldon

Pianist Dr. Vicki Seldon is equally at home in the worlds of solo and collaborative playing. Highlights of her performances as piano soloist and chamber musician include appearances as a guest soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Richmond Symphony and the Florida Orchestra of Tampa, Florida. She has been broadcast in live performances on Vermont Public Radio , WFMT Chicago, and has been heard both as soloist and accompanist on the KUHF-Houston arts program, “The Front Row”. Her recording with renowned flutist Alison Young, “A Little Tango in Her Blood”, featuring music of Argentina, was released on the Albany Record Label in 2000 to wide critical and listener acclaim. From 1988 until 2004, Ms. Seldon collaborated with many distinguished performers from the U.S. and abroad at the Killington Chamber Music Festival in the beautiful mountains of southern Vermont. As a member of the artistic staff of Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Ms. Seldon has become familiar to audiences both as pianist and as pre-concert lecturer. In addition to her performing activities, Dr. Seldon is currently Associate Professor of Music at Prairie View A&M University where she teaches piano and music history. When not performing as a pianist, Dr. Seldon enjoys choral singing, reading, and exploring the cultures of Latin America through music and dance.

Terri Sundberg

Terri Sundberg is Associate Professor of Flute at the College of Music-University of North Texas and a member of the Crested Butte Festival Chamer Orchestra and Opera Orchestra in Crested Butte, Colorado. Ms. Sundberg has been on the faculty of several international music festivals and has presented masterclasses and performed solo and chamber recitals across the United States and abroad, including concerts in China, Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Austria, Ireland, England, Kosovo, Brazil, and the Philippines. She has performed extensively in New York City as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, including performances at Lincoln Center/Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall and toured the West Coast with the North Coast Chamber Ensemble. She has been a guest artist at flute festivals across the United States and has been a featured artist, teacher, and adjudicator at several National Flute Association conventions. She has played Principal Flute with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, the Eisenstadter Sommerakademie in Austria, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and has also played with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Sundberg has recorded solo and chamber CD recordings for the Klavier, Innova, and Capstone Record labels.

Professor Sundberg’s students have won numerous professional orchestra and wind ensemble positions, university faculty and teaching positions, summer festival positions, fellowships, and prizes in competitions. Prizes include 1st prizes in the N.F.A. (National Flute Association) Orchestral Excerpt Competition, the N.F.A Piccolo Artist Competition, the N.F.A. Masterclass Competition, Mid-South Flute Competition, Upper Midwest Flute Competition, Oklahoma Collegiate Competition, Kentucky Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition.

Terri Sundberg holds degrees from Yale University and Lawrence Conservatory, and her principal teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Thomas Nyfenger, and

Ernestine Whitman. She has great passion for her work on the Board of the Shropshire Foundation, an organization that brings music education and peace
building programs to children in war torn countries.

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