Students of all levels of proficiency are eligible to participate. Students should have played flute at least one year.
There are 2 flexible levels of classes:
- Allegro: for flutists in grades 6-8 during the most recent school year
- Presto: for flutists in grades 9-12 during the most recent school year
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. 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.
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!
Two elective periods allow students to choose courses of study that interest them most. Elective classes are open to all age levels unless otherwise indicated. Specialty instruments will be provided, some at an additional cost. Please indicate if you can provide your own specialty instrument.
Elective Session 1 (choose one class)
Elective Session 2 (choose one 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 master 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 take place daily at 1:15 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.
Lilia Agard is a freelance flutist, instructor, clinician and business owner in the Houston area. She currently plays piccolo with the Houston Civic Symphony, and principal flute with Sugar Land Winds. She maintains a private flute studio of over 60 students. In addition, she presents masterclasses in numerous middle and high schools, as well as hosts mock auditions for students, and hosts studio recitals. She created a YouTube channel “Flute by Lilia” of instructional videos to aid students auditioning for Texas Region and All-State Bands.
In the summer of 2016, Lilia was a part of the Floot Fire faculty ensemble that made a debut performance at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA.
Lilia received her BME and MMA from the University of Houston where her primary teachers were Claire Johnson and Sydney Carlson. Lilia has performed in numerous masterclasses across the country with various teachers including Julius Baker, Gary Shocker, Jonathan Snowden, Christina Jennings, Lisa Garner-Santa, Leone Buyse, Jim Walker, Amy Porter, and Carol Wincenc. In addition, she has studied privately with Dr. Kimberly Clark, and Aralee Dorough.
Lilia currently resides in Richmond, Texas where her home studio is located.
Beth Behning is a private flute instructor in Round Rock ISD. She studied flute at the University of Iowa and Indiana University, and currently plays in the Austin Symphonic Band and Williamson County Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah Jane Hargis
Sarah Jane Hargis has a Masters of Music in Flute Performance from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University and 9 years training in Suzuki Method teaching from around the world. She has studied flute mainly with Alexia Still, Adam Kuenzel, Valerie Potter, Marianne Gedigian and Richard Bromley along with several other world renowned flutists. Sarah Jane has studied Suzuki Pedagogy from Toshio Takahashi, Rebecca Paluzzi, David Gerry, Pandora Bryce and Kim Lorimier. Ms. Hargis creates lessons and musical experiences that are full of fun, loving encouragement, game and playful discovery while learning the joys of music. Sarah Jane is an active, passionate and inspired flutist and music educator in and around Austin, TX. Ms. Hargis has been teaching as a university professor/lecturer, a private instructor and a guest lecturer in schools and universities around the U.S. for close to 20 years. Sarah Jane currently teaches Chamber Music and Applied Woodwind lessons at St. Edward’s University.
Dr. Rachel Kaplan
Dr. Rachel Kaplan is a freelance flutist in Austin, Texas, where she performs with Austin Flute Project and Cedar Park Winds. She currently serves as President of the Austin Flute Society and maintains a large private flute studio.
She has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, Art.if.Act Dance Project, Tucson Masterworks Chorale Orchestra, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Ratio H Wind Quintet, Pasticcio Chamber Players and the Ludovico Ensemble. She has also performed alongside renowned jazz flutist Paul Horn and has appeared as a guest artist at Delta State University. In addition, Dr. Kaplan has performed at several National Flute Association Conventions. Her performance travels have taken her to the Bahamas as a guest of the Bahamian National Youth Choir and to England to work with Clare Southworth, Helen Brew and Michael Cox. She has performed for Susan Milan, Walfrid Kujala, Mimi Stillman, Nan Raphael, Alexa Still, Bradley Garner, Jan Gippo, Kathleen Chastain, Leone Buyse, and the McCormick Duo. For two years, she held the position of librarian for the National Flute Association, maintaining the music collection of more than 15,000 works kept at the University of Arizona. In this capacity, she presented at the annual convention in New York City.
She has adjudicated for the Texas Flute Society’s Donna Marie Haire competition, the Austin Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the TMEA Region Auditions, the Arizona All-State Festival and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. Dr. Kaplan has presented her research at the Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona (DMA), the Boston Conservatory (MM) and the University of Miami (BM). She has studied with Helen Blackburn, Geralyn Coticone, Brian Luce, Christine Nield-Capote and Claire Johnson.
Dr. Jasmine Kienne
Dr. Jasmine Kienne is a private flute teacher in the Northwest Austin area as well as second flute/piccolo with the Corpus Christi Symphony and third flute/piccolo with Victoria Symphony. She obtained her Doctorate in Flute performance in 2005 from the University of Oregon. She has given a variety of workshops and master classes in and around the central and southern parts of Texas. She also enjoys teaching fitness classes during the day and making videos and tutorials on Facebook (Jasmine Kienne) and YouTube (MissJasmineFluteStudio).
Dr. Storm Knien
Storm Knien, DMA, is a Seattle native currently making his home in Austin, TX. As an active recitalist, accompanist, teacher, conductor, and composer, Storm has performed around the Pacific Northwest, New England, France, Mexico, and Texas. Recent performances include an appearance with the Cedar Park Winds at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association convention in San Antonio, an improvisation recital at the AGO Region VII convention, and a recording of Persichetti’s The Hollow Men for trumpet and organ. He holds degrees from the University of Washington and University of Texas at Austin, including the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. His primary teachers have included Dr. Carole Terry (Seattle), Dr. Naji Hakim (Paris), and Dr. Gerre Hancock (Austin). He was a quarter-finalist in the 2008 National Young Artist’s Competition in Organ Performance and took Second Prize in the 2010 William C. Hall Organ Competition. In August 2005 Storm was appointed Director of Music at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Austin. He has been a member of the audio production faculty at the Art Institute of Austin since 2008. There are a number of compositions to his credit, including works for piano, flute, violin, organ, choir, computer, and a variety of ensembles. Some of Storm’s choral pieces are published by CanticaNOVA and by GIA Publications.
Rachel Lopez has been a member of the Austin Symphony since 2006, & has been frequently heard as principal flutist. Originally from Houston, Texas, she received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Houston, Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and an Orchestral Studies Diploma from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her teachers include Claire Johnson, Catherine LeGrand, Terri Sundberg, Leslie Fagan, Jean Berkenstock, and Donald Peck. Honors include prize winner for the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and finalist for the Myrna Brown Artist Competition. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, & has also performed with the San Antonio Symphony & the Dubuque Symphony. She enjoys playing the piccolo & has played piccolo/3rd flute since 2005 with the Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan. In the summers, she has performed with the Texas Music Festival, Henry Mancini Institute (CA), International Festival-Institute at Round-Top (TX), & the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She enjoys private teaching & currently has many talented students in the Austin area.
Ms. O’Donnell loving her first year in Texas!
She enjoys her teaching career in addition to frequently performing with the San Antonio Symphony, various nursing homes, and churches.
A Pittsburgh native, Kylee received her Bachelors Degree in Performance from Duquesne University, and Masters in Performance from Indiana University Bloomington Jacob’s School of Music.
Her wonderful teachers include Thomas Robertello, Rhian Kenny, and Damian Bursill-Hall.