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. 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.
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)
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 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 take place daily at 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,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.
Flutist Sarah Deay is a performer and music educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is Co-Principal Flutist of the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra of Frisco and McKinney, and Flute III/Piccolo of the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She has also been a frequent substitute with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas on flute and piccolo.
In addition to her solo performances, Sarah performs as a member of DuoRose, a flute and percussion duo that she and her husband formed in 2013, and as a member and co-founder of the Birch Crescent Chamber Music Project, a young Dallas-based chamber ensemble dedicated to exploring new sound-worlds and new ways for audiences to listen and engage.
Sarah graduated with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied flute and piccolo with Professors Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow, respectively. She has played principal flute in the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Sound ExChange, and has also performed frequently on piccolo and alto flute.
Also a passionate music educator, Sarah maintains a private flute studio of about 50 students in the West Plano cluster, and has presented masterclasses at the 2017 and 2018 Austin Flute Society Festival.
Sarah is from San Antonio, Texas where she studied with Tallon Perkes, former Principal Flutist of the San Antonio Symphony, and Robert Cole, former Associate Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a student of William Kincaid. She has had the great privilege of performing in masterclasses with esteemed flutists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Walfrid Kujala, Ian Clarke, Emily Skala, Janet Arms, and Jonathan Keeble, and she has performed in orchestral settings under the baton of conductors such as Benjamin Zander, Ken-David Masur, Marlon Chen, Paul Haas, Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, Guillermo Figueroa, and Arthur Arnold.
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.
Jesse Fry is originally from Findlay, OH. After completing his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education at Asbury University (Wilmore, KY) he moved to Dallas, TX in 2003 to work for the Salvation Army Texas division as an Assistant Music Director. He obtained his Master’s degree is in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from SMU in 2009.
As a pianist Jesse accompanies various soloists and choirs, and has also been involved in musical theatre as keyboardist and music director for over 50 different shows. He is also fluent in Spanish and has the pleasure of being invited to Central and South America to perform and teach.
In 2009 he created an agency to facilitate the process of hiring professional piano accompanists for school districts in the DFW metroplex. That endeavor is known as Trekorda and it manages the flow of communication and payment for instrumentalists of all types so that musicians can simply practice, perform, and get paid. www.trekorda.com
The Music Institute at Carrollton Square, www.micsquare.com , was founded in 2015 by Jesse and two other SMU graduates with the goal of connecting highly qualified teachers of piano, voice, and guitar with students of all ages and abilities in the Carrollton community..
Jesse and his wife Emily live in Carrollton, TX and are blessed with two children Molly (8) and Max (4).
Debby Johnson is principal flute of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, flutist with the Texas Winds, and a private teacher in the Dallas area.
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 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.
Carole Overturf is a DFW-based flutist and teacher residing in the Colony, TX. She is the 2017 2nd place winner of the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition and has been freelancing locally as a performer and teacher since relocating to the DFW area in the summer of 2017. Mrs. Overturf holds a Masters Degree and Performers Diploma in flute performance from Indiana University as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Mrs. Overturf enjoys working part-time at Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company helping flutists with all of their flute and sheet music needs.
Sara Raviotta is an active symphony musician as principal flutist with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, freelance artist, and consultant with an active private flute studio in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She has performed with famous artists such as Kenny G, Diana Ross, the Texas Tenors, Mariachi Vargas, Celtic Women, Amy Grant, and the Roots.
As a soloist, she has performed concertos with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts Symphony (her alma mater) at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention, as well as the UNT chamber and Baroque orchestras and the LSU Symphony Orchestra. She performed live on National Public Radio’s pilot episode of “From the Top” at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Raviotta has a passion for teaching flutists of all levels, and won the prestigious Perry R Bass Fellowship, an award that recognizes young performers who demonstrate excellent skills in musicianship, performance, and teaching. Her students have qualified for TMEA All State and All Region ensembles, won outstanding performer’s awards at solo and ensemble competitions, and continued their music studies in college. As an advocate for students with learning differences, she created the first self-help manual for music students with dyslexia and ADHD. Her articles about dyslexia and ADHD in the private studio can be found in the February and May editions of the Horn Call magazine.
Raviotta holds a DMA degree in flute performance from the University of North Texas, as well as degrees from Louisiana State University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Michel Debost, Katherine Kemler, and Terri Sundberg.
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.
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.
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.