July 24 - 28, 2017



At A Glance

Floot Fire Boston 2017
July 24 - 28, 2017
  • Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Friday 9:30 am-7:30 pm

First Baptist Church (Lexington)
1580 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - July 23, 2017 ($50 late fee)

At A Glance

Floot Fire Boston 2017
July 24 - 28, 2017
  • Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Friday 9:30 am-7:30 pm

First Baptist Church (Lexington)
1580 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420
  • Early registration ends May 1, 2017
  • Late registration May 2 - 21, 2017 ($25 late fee)
  • Last chance registration May 22 - July 23, 2017 ($50 late fee)

Floot Fire

Class Levels

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, 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!


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)
Beginner Piccolo
Learn the first steps in playing the piccolo. This class is for students with little or no piccolo experience.
Body Mapping
We all have an idea of how are bodies are put together, whether you have consciously though about it or not. This is your Body Map and it governs all of your movement. If your map is faulty you will move with greater effort and run the risk of injury. We will studying the size, the structure, and the function of our body so we can learn to have more fluid movement and ease in our music making. If you suffer from aches and pains while playing or just want to improve your technique or breathing, this class is a MUST!
Elective Session 2 (choose one class)
Building a Better Tone
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.
Contemporary Techniques
Beginning in the 20th century, composers began to experiment with new sounds that could be produced by our modern flute. These techniques have been used to expand the palette of flute sounds, evoke new moods, and also help strengthen and reinforce traditional playing techniques. Students will learn techniques such as Harmonics, Multiphonics, Flutter Tonguing, Singing and Playing, Beatboxing, and more!
Low Flutes (Limit 4)
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

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 1:15 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.


Dr. Kimberly Clark

Kimberly Clark, Executive Director of Floot Fire Inc., is an active recitalist and chamber musician who has performed across the United States and in Europe. She is a member of Scirocco Winds, a woodwind quintet dedicated to the promotion of modern American works.

Formerly on faculty at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, Dr. Clark is highly sought as a teacher and clinician. She has performed, lectured, or conducted at National Flute Association’s conventions in Charlotte, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Nashville, Las Vegas, New York, and Dallas. Dr. Clark has also been a guest artist at the Florida Flute Fair, Costal Bend Flute Symposium, Kentucky Flute Society, Texas Flute Society, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Educators Association. She has also performed and given masterclasses at universities across the US.

Dr. Clark’s interests are wide and varied. Her publications include a transcription of Ibert’s Histoires for Flute and Piano (available from Leduc) and articles in Flute Talk Magazine and the Flutist Quarterly. She is an ATI Certified Alexander Technique teacher and a licensed Andover Educator teaching Body Mapping to musicians.

Dr. Clark is the Director of Floot Fire Austin, Boston, Brownsville, Dallas, Evansville, Houston, New York, and Oklahoma City. She has served the National Flute Association on the Board of Directors, as the Flute Clubs Coordinator, and as the Piccolo Artist Competition Coordinator. Dr. Clark is former President and Flute Fest Coordinator for the Houston Flute Club.

Dr. Clark’s primary teachers include Timothy Day, Aralee Dorough, Byron Hester, Claire Johnson, John Thorne, and Peggy Russell. She studied privately and performed in masterclasses for over 20 world renown flutists including: Julius Baker, Jeanie Baxtresser, Walfrid Kujala, Louis Moyse, Jimmy Walker, and Carol Wincenc.


David B. Houston

A native of New York City, David B. Houston is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art.  He then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in flute performance from the State University of New York at Purchase and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Indiana University at Bloomington, where he was an Associate Instructor of Flute.  His primary teachers include, Harold Bennett, Nadine Asin, Judith Mendenhall, Carol Wincenc, and Peter Lloyd.

Mr. Houston was a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Indiana University when he accepted the position of Marketing Director for Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. in 1990.  There he also learned flute finishing and was a headjoint tester.  He was Director of Customer Service when he left Powell Flutes in 1998 to work for Brannen Brothers Flute Makers, Inc.  He remained there until 2007, when he was asked to return to Powell Flutes as Director of Quality.  During his 20 year tenure at Powell and Brannen, Mr. Houston was directly involved in and responsible for many various facets of flute, piccolo and headjoint design and construction.  In 2010 he left Powell to return to and pursue his first love of teaching and performing by starting a private flute studio for students of all levels.

Mr. Houston joined the flute faculty at Boston Flute Academy in January 2011.  He is the private flute instructor for the University Wind Ensemble at Boston College, and he also works regularly as the flute section coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.  Mr. Houston has served on the preliminary and final judging panels for the James Pappoutsakis Annual Memorial Competition, and during the 2012-2013 season he was appointed Executive Director of the Marcel Moyse Society.  He is frequently invited to be a guest speaker, recitalist and masterclass presenter at various US colleges, universities and music schools, and maintains a large private flute studio in Framingham, MA.

Fully immersed in the flute community, Mr. Houston enjoys dividing his time between teaching, performing and flute making.  In 2012 he collaborated with flutemaker, colleague and longtime friend, Lev Levit, to produce the exclusively handcrafted Levit Flutes.  Levit Flutes are now being played by flutists around the globe.

Mr. Houston is an active teacher and performer in the greater Boston area including appearances with the Riverview Chamber Players of Boston, Nuage Chamber Players of Boston as well as duo performances with pianist, Joy Cline Phinney.  He has been a member of The Queens Philharmonic Orchestra, The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Spain.  He has given chamber music performances at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NY, and as a featured soloist at The National Flute Association conventions.  Mr. Houston has also been a member of Atlantic Chamber Music of NYC, Saint Adelbert’s Chamber Ensemble of NYC, and was a performing co‐founder of A Flute Soireé of NYC.  In addition, Mr. Houston has been a featured performer on WQXR radio’s McGraw Hills Young Artist Showcase and was first runner‐up in the 1992 Myrna Brown Flute Competition in Arlington, TX.

Complimenting his extensive musical training, Mr. Houston has a background in acting and improv theatre.  Having completed classes in acting for film and TV at C.P. Casting in Boston and theatre improv levels I‐V at ImprovBoston, Mr. Houston adapts and incorporates these methods into techniques appropriate for musical study in order to help students explore and develop their own musical style and interpretation.

Dr. Jessica Lizak

Flutist Dr. Jessica Lizak has established herself as one of Boston’s most versatile flutists.  The Boston Music Intelligencer has described her performances as full of “youthful energy and rhythmic drive,” as well as possessing “light and free precision…a nearly jazz-like casualness.”  She actively performs with many of New England’s leading musical organizations, including the Marsh Chapel Collegium, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Boston Pops Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Collage New Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, and Springfield Symphony, and Symphony New Hampshire, among others.


She has been a selected fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (MA), Music Academy of the West (CA), Domaine Forget (Canada), and Interlochen (MI). She was awarded top prizes in several competitions, including the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, Myrna Brown International Flute Competition, Bohemians Club of the Detroit Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a multiple winner of the Boston University Departmental Award for outstanding musical achievements.  She has been a soloist at both the National Flute Convention and the Greater Boston Flute Association’s Flute Fair, and she has performed as a chamber musician on WGBH and WCRB.  Her discography includes Tanglewood commemorative recordings available through the BSO website, and numerous collaborations with BMOP, Boston’s premier orchestra for newly composed and experimental orchestral works.  She can also be heard on Natalie Merchant’s CD Leave Your Sleep, in an upcoming children’s production in collaboration with John Lithgow, on  Parma Record’s Godesses, and Novona Record’s Polarities and Voyage/Pierre Schroeder.


Dr. Lizak is also equally committed to education. She has completed her doctorate (DMA) in music performance, which also includes a Concentration in Music Education from NEC. She holds full teaching studios with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Lexington Fine Arts Department, and Winchester Community Music School.


Vanessa Mulvey

Flutist, Vanessa Breault Mulvey is a licensed Andover Educator and member of the Flying Flutistas.  Vanessa’s teaching mission is to guide flutists of all ages to capitalize on the relationship between musical expression and movement to realize their expressive potential.  She is thrilled to help bring Floot Fire to the flutists of Boston.

Vanessa has presented workshops on both sides of the Atlantic at venues that include: British Isles Music Festival, Boston Flute Academy, Trevor Wye’s Boston Classes, and Flutistry.  This spring she will be a featured guest at the New York City Flute Club’s annual Flute Fair.  An admitted “movement geek,” she is always in search of new ways to learn to move that will benefit her playing and teaching.  Along with Body Mapping, she draws from experience in flying trapeze, Feldenkrais, NIA, Pilates, and primal movement.  Vanessa is developing a movement workshop for musicians, to integrate whole body movement for better playing and wellness.

On stage, Vanessa performs chamber music, and with the Flying Flutistas, who combine traditional flute solos with electronica.  She has performed on concerts in New York City, Wolfeboro Friends of Music, Chromatic Club, King’s Chapel Concert Series, 1794 Meeting House and on WGBH radio.

Vanessa is on faculty of New England Conservatory of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College, runs  private studio in her home, in addition to being Vice-President of Andover Educators. She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Her teachers include Kenneth Andrews, Kyril Magg, Jack Wellbaum, Trudy Kane and John Heiss.


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