June 2021



At A Glance

Floot Fire Houston 2021
June 2021


Location to be determined
February 15 - April 30, 2021
May 1 - 31, 2021
June 1 - 18, 2021

At A Glance

Floot Fire Houston 2021
June 2021


Location to be determined
February 15 - April 30, 2021
May 1 - 31, 2021
June 1 - 18, 2021

A Note about COVID Precautions

  • We are carefully monitoring the CDC guidelines with regards to COVID-19, and will announce any changes in plans for this in person camp. We want to provide opportunities for our flute community but must be mindful of what is best for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Due to safety precautions, our schedule will be highly revised from years past and enrollment will be limited.

Class Levels

Students of all levels of proficiency are eligible to participate. Students should have played flute at least one year.

There are 3 flexible levels of classes:

  • Allegro: for flutists in 6th or 7th 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 scholarship consideration is May 1. Applications received after that date will be still be considered but only 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.

Elective Session 1 (choose one class)
Music Theory (Allegro)
Ever wondered how music is written? In this class students will learn how music is organized by looking at the construction of scales and key signatures, the formation of chords, and types of musical forms.
Alexander Technique
The Alexander technique is a tool to help you rediscover your natural uprightedness and to free you from unnecessary tension. AT is a hands-on discipline meaning a teacher must touch you to help you sense the quality of your movement and to help guide you to better poise. If you suffer from aches and pains while playing your instrument or just want to create better technique and breathing this class is a MUST!
College and Careers in Music
Discover the endless possibilities of becoming a professional musician--private teaching, freelancing, playing principal flute in a symphony orchestra, or playing in a hip hop band! Students will also learn the do's and don'ts about applying to colleges and conservatories to study music.
Elective Session 2 (choose one class)
Contemporary Techniques (Allegro)
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!
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.
Flooty Yoga
The name says it all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or a yoga mat.

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 for our students but are unfortunately closed to the public.

Grand Finale Concert

We have not yet determined if a final concert will be possible. We will announce any plans with regards to a final performance.

Houston Floot Fire Presto Floot Choir Conducted by Kimberly Clark!

Posted by Floot Fire on Friday, June 28, 2019

Floot Fire Houston.1 Presto Floot Choir performing Karpaty by Senchuk. Directed by Kimberly Clark



Lilia Agard

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.

Jane Hinojosa

Jane Hinojosa  received her M.M. at the University of Houston where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Clark, and her B.A. from Campbell University where she studied with Ellen Hinkle and Catherine LeGrand.  She currently plays in the Houston’s First Baptist Orchestra and maintains a private flute studio in the Houston Area. 

Melissa Jurick

Mrs. Melissa Jurick maintains a thriving flute studio in Cypress, Texas for students throughout the Cypress-Fairbanks school district where she taught elementary music in the district for 16 years.  She currently teaches Lower School Music K-4 and directs the Joyful Sounds Choir at St. Francis Episcopal School in Houston.  An active member and former region chair of the Texas Music Educators Association, Mrs. Jurick has presided over, hosted, and presented at region- and state-level sessions on active listening skills, collaborative group composition, and technology applications.  Also a member of Organization of American Kodály Educators, she completed three levels of Kodaly training at SMU and attended the international symposium in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013 as part of a SFES teacher grant.  As a board member of the Houston Flute Club, she regularly participates as adjudicator for the annual Flute Festival, has directed masterclasses, has performed as a finalist in the Byron Hester competition, and has performed with the Houston Flute Choir.  In 2002, Mrs. Jurick performed with the National Flute Choir in Washington D.C.  On numerous occasions, she played piccolo with the Houston Civic Symphony and Galveston Orchestra.  As a graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Mrs. Jurick studied with Byron Hester and Sydney Carlson.

Kim Knudsen

Kim Knudsen attended Indiana University and the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Teacher’s Certification. She then returned to Houston and taught elementary music for nine years in the Alief ISD and junior high band for four years in Katy. At this time, she is teaching private lessons in the Spring Branch area and is a frequent clinician in the Alief, Katy and CyFair school districts. In the summer of 2005, Kim joined the faculty of Floot Fire at the University of Houston. In addition to teaching, she performs regularly in the Houston area and is enjoying her 13th season with Opera in the Heights. Seven years ago, Kim began playing Irish flute as a member of the bands Furagh Larq and Constant Billy. Although she doesn’t play Irish flute regularly at this time, she enjoys the occasional performances with Celtic musicians in the Houston area.

Mary Santarelli

Ms. Santarelli earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Houston where she studied flute with Bryon Hester, Principal flute with the Houston Symphony. She was also a student of Mr. Eddie Green and a member of the University of Houston Wind Ensemble on piccolo and flute. She was nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on two occasions and was chosen Teacher of the Year at Pearland JH East. Ms. Santarelli was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Texas PTA at Pearland JH East.

Ms. Santarelli has been active a clinician and adjudicator in Texas for many years. She is a member of TBA, TMEA, TMAA and Phi Beta Mu and currently serves and the TMEA Region 17 South Zone Chairman. She has maintained a private flute studio for 36 years. Her students are consistently members of the All District, All Region, and All State Bands.

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.

Vicky Williamson

Vicky Williamson is a freelance performer, teacher, lecturer and clinician in the Houston and surrounding areas. She has studied with Kathy Daniel, Dr. George Morey, Judith Mendenhall, and Dr. Myrna Brown. Other influential teachers include Byron Hestor, Arthur Ephross, Carol Wincenc, and Gary Schocker. She has also performed in master classes and studied with Marcel Moyse, Christina Balatori, Robert Dick, Jill Felber and Jim Walker. Vicky was principal flutist of the Army 214th Special Forces Command Band and has performed with the Clear Lake Symphony, Richardson Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony and currently plays with Symphony North of Houston.  Vicky serves on the staff of Floot Fire-Houston, the board of the Houston Flute Club and is past conductor of the Houston Flute Club Choir. She has received outstanding soloist at the Texas Flute Festival, performs with the “Brazos Breeze’ professional flute choir (with performances at TMEA and the 2013 National Flute Association), toured with the International Flute Orchestra in northern Spain, and performed with Ali Ryerson’s Jazz Flute Big Band that premiered the CD Game Changers at the 2013 National Flute Association.