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June 17-21, 2024
Buford, Georgia
Buford High School
2455 Buford Hwy NE, Buford, GA 30518
 

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***The information on this page is ONLY for students of Buford City Schools. Please click here to be taken the the FLING page for all other students.***

Are you a young flutist or parent of a flutist in the Atlanta area looking for a truly one-of-a-kind, WORLD CLASS musical experience this summer?
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Look no further!

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FLING! is a week-long, in person, summer flute day camp for middle and high school students. Students participate in small group classes, flute choir, and work with guest artists from around the area. 

We can only accept 100 flutists, so register now!

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What makes FLING different?

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1.  Fun

Yes, you're going to play flute A LOT during the week, but you're also going to play games and HAVE FUN! Each day is filled with musical activities that involve playing the flute as well as teamwork activities, games (like participating in a conga line while our guest artist perform). 

2. Enrichment

You already know about the concert flute that we play and about band and maybe some solo music, but have you ever heard music from around the world? 

For the 2024 camp, you'll hear a salsa band AND a flute soloist who plays a variety of genres from Hip Hop to Bach and even get to play WITH THEM. How cool is that!? 

You'll further develop your knowledge about music from around the world. Maybe you'll uncover a new favorite style of music.

 

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3. World-class FLutists

You're going to learn from the best of the best! We have an incredibly rich flute community, and for 2024, we have flutists from various Atlanta orchestras, the flute professor from the University of Georgia, and some of the best teachers and players from the area! *swoon*

Also, this year, you have a chance to apply to play in a masterclass for a guest teacher!


(A masterclass is where one student stands up on the stage and plays for "the whole class." The teacher gives them advice and helps them in front of everyone so everyone can learn!

4. Chamber Ensembles

Ever played in a flute choir? How about playing an alto or bass flute? Participants will play in small ensembles every day as well as a flute orchestra! 

You'll have the opportunity to try alto and bass flutes throughout the week.

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5. Small Group Classes

Each day, you'll have 3 small group classes led by local professional flutists. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
 

  • Performance anxiety (aka stage fright)

  • Composition

  • Music history

  • Playing with Boomwhackers

  • Music theory

  • Flute Jeopardy

  • Beatboxing

  • Arts fusion projects (think storytelling, puppetry, drawing, etc)

  • Rhythm games
    ...and more!

6. Chocolate Fountain

Ok, ok. We know it has nothing to do with playing the flute, but on the last day, we have a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN party!!!

The strawberries are everyone's favorite!

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The Details...

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Sample Daily Schedule

9:00am: Arrive

9:15am -10:15am: Small Group Class 1 or Flute Orchestra Rehearsal

10:30am -11:30am: Small Group Class 2

11:15am -11:30am: Snack break

11:30am - 12:45pm: Guest Artist Performance

12:45pm - 1:35pm: LUNCH (bring your own)

 

1:35pm -2:35pm: Small Group Class 3

2:45pm - 3:45pm: Small flute choir rehearsals

3:45pm: Wrap up

4:00pm: Dismissal and pick up

4:00pm - 6:00pm: After care/private lessons (you must register for lessons when you register for camp)

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For advanced high school flutists...

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FLING X is a new, advanced track of FLING for very serious high school flutists. 

The small group classes will be conservatory-style where students will cover advanced topics that are usually taught at the college and university level. 
 

The small group classes will be led by that day's guest artist or other special guests and will provide students with an intensive performance-based experience.

You must submit a more comprehensive audition and be accepted into FLING X. Rising 10th through rising 12th graders and graduated seniors can apply for FLING X. Only very advanced rising 9th graders will be considered.

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Audition Requirements

Auditions must be VIDEO recorded, and the shareable links need to be copy and pasted into the FLING X application.

1. All 12 major scales and arpeggios at least 2 octaves. All scales must be filmed in one take.

2. 2-3 minutes each of two contrasting solos or etudes demonstrating the applicant's technical and lyrical playing abilities. Piano accompaniment is not required. Single movements of longer pieces are acceptable.Each solo/etude can be recorded and uploaded separately.

We recommend uploading videos to YouTube and submitting "unlisted" links. If you need help understanding how to do this, here are instructions.

Please submit a maximum of 3 video links on the registration form:

1 video for 12 scales

1 video for solo/etude #1 (2-3 minutes) of your choice

1 video for solo/etude #2 (2-3 minutes) of your choice.

If you're not accepted into FLING X, you can still participate in FLING!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is lunch provided?

A: No. Students are required to bring their own lunch and water bottle, BUT we will provide snacks.

Q: Which age/level of student should participate?

A: Rising 7th graders through rising 12th graders are encouraged to apply. If you're younger than rising 7th grade and take private lessons, you can email program director, Dr. E to request admission. (katherine@gaflute.com). 

 

We'll have students who are first chair All-Staters who are planning on majoring in music as well as students entering their second year of playing. Students will be divided into groups based on age and playing level determined by an easy recorded audition when you apply. 

Q: Is this an overnight camp?

A: No. Just a day camp. Prompt drop off at 9am and pick up at 4pm is required.

Q: We're working parents, and it's really hard for us to drop off and pick up our flutist from FLING. Are there any carpool or aftercare options?

A: FLING is offering an after care option for families who need to pick their flutist a little later. Students can be picked up by 6pm each day instead of 4pm. Just indicate your preference on the registration form! After care requires a $10 per day fee.

Since FLING is being attended by many students in the Atlanta area, we cannot arrange carpools for you, but we recommend that your flutist find a friend from their school who is also attending FLING to set up carpooling. 

Q: Is it possible to attend only a few days of camp?

A: We understand that the summer can get busy. You are definitely welcome to attend only a few days of the camp, but you will still be required to pay the full fee.

Q: I want to apply for the masterclass. Am I guaranteed to play if I submit a recording?

A: First of all, yay! Secondly, it depends on the number of students interested in playing in the class. We'll only have time for a select number of students. On the application, there is a place for you to submit an audition recording of what you want to play in the class. We'll have a panel of judges listen and choose masterclass participants based off of the audition recordings.

Q: What's a masterclass?

A: A masterclass is like an open lesson. A student performs a solo or orchestral excerpts on the stage in front of everyone, and then a master teacher helps them get better at aspects of their playing in front of everyone. Everyone learns!

Q: Is there an opportunity to take private lessons?

A: Yes! You'll have an option to sign up for ONE private lesson with one of the FLING teachers. Private lessons will take place at the end of each day between 4pm and 6pm. You can sign up on the registration form. Private lessons will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Private lessons are an additional $60.

Please note...

We can only accept 100 flutists,
so don't delay in registering!

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Cost

$75

Includes...

  • All instruction (except private lessons)

  • All materials

  • Snacks

  • T-shirt

  • Use of alto and bass flutes

Due by June 7, 2024.

Cancellation/refunds allowed only until June 4, 2024.

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"The 2022 inaugural FLING program was an outstanding event for young flutists of all levels. The students were eager to learn, with the perfect blend of high level education and fun. I was so impressed with the variety of offerings, in addition to the well organized curriculum. I highly recommend FLING for all flutists-you will come home with many inspiring ideas and great memories!"

Christina Smith, principal flute Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Something Special...

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FLING is being sponsored by Flutistry!

Part of the Flutistry team will be in residence during the week of FLING! 

If you're interested in upgrading your flute or purchasing a piccolo, Flutistry will be there to help you free of charge. 

They'll bring their inventory of flutes and piccolos for you to try. You'll be able to set up an appointment with them during the week of FLING!
 

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Your teachers...

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FLING teachers make up some of the best private flute teachers, performers, professors, composers, and excellent musicians in the area.

Most teachers have at least 2 higher education degrees in flute and have years of experience performing and teaching.

When we say you're learning from the best of the best, we mean it! Plus, they're really nice and funny too. ;-)

We hire teachers based on the number of students who register so that we have 1 teacher for every 12 students.

 

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Hi! I'm Katherine Emeneth, and I'm the owner of the Georgia Flute Academy and KE Creative and creator of FLING. My students call me Dr. E, Ms. Katherine, and sometimes just "Flute Mom."

I've done it all as a professional musician and teacher. I have all of the degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate all in education and flute. I've taught everything from elementary music to college courses for music majors. I've played in many professional orchestras, competed in flute performance at the international level, and have extensive experience in flute pedagogy. If you're interested in my full story and fancy bio, you can read it here.

A few years after graduating with my doctorate in flute performance, I noticed something in college flute studios. The students are given numerous opportunities to perform, learn, and experience their craft. They grow SO MUCH because of the experiences they're offered. I know I did.

I had worked with pre-teens and teens long enough to know that if they love music and are given the opportunity to excel, THEY WILL. Why shouldn't teenagers have the experience of performing solo recitals 4 times a year? Why shouldn't they be exposed to the best flutists in the world? Why can't they learn college level music theory and history?

I started this crazy new flute studio idea in Sugar Hill, Georgia, and I can tell you, IT WORKS. My students sound amazing, they love music, and have had more musical experiences before the age of 18 than most people do (including me).

For years, I hosted a summer flute camp just for my own students. I'm thrilled to be able to open it up to the community.

 

Welcome to FLING!

Kathy Mason
FLING Co-director

Kathy Mason is in her 27th year of teaching middle school band and her fourth year as director at Buford Middle School. Previously, she directed bands at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, Louise Radloff Middle School in Duluth, West Jackson Middle School in Jefferson, and Winder-Barrow Middle School in Winder, Georgia. Mrs. Mason has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Georgia for numerous camps, solo and ensemble festivals, and Large Group Performance Evaluations. She has also been a guest clinician for the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festivals and District Honor Events throughout Georgia. 

 

Bands under Mrs. Mason’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at LGPE. Her students are well represented at District Honor Band, All-State Band, and Solo and Ensemble Festival. Bands under her direction have received four invitations to perform as a guest band at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival, and the Creekland Eagle Wind Ensemble was a guest band at the GMEA In-Service Conference in 2019. She has received four Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association and presented at three GMEA In-Service Conferences. She currently serves as the District 13 GMEA Middle School Band Chair. Kathy is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the National Band Association. 

 

Mrs. Mason is a graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Georgia. While a student at UGA, she studied saxophone with Dr. Kenneth Fischer, conducting with Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, clarinet with Dr. Theodore Jahn, and served as a rehearsal assistant for the Redcoat Band. She performed in the UGA Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Band I, Wind Ensemble, and was principal alto saxophone in the premier performing ensemble. 

 

Kathy enjoys spending time with her family at the lake where they are actively involved in water sports. She is married to Erik Mason, band director at Buford High School. They live in Hoschton, Georgia with their three children - Aria, Alie and Clay. Aria is a music education major at Furman University playing horn, and Alie and Clay are active members of the Buford Band of Wolves playing percussion and trombone respectively. 

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Your Guest Artists...

Tia Roper

Flute Soloist and Teacher

As a distinguished soloist and concert artist, Dr. Tia Roper has given magnetic flute performances in Japan, Russia, Switzerland, England, the Barbados, Venezuela, and throughout the United States. She has held the principal flute positions of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, and Asia’s Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. Dr. Roper has performed as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and as a guest section member of the Seattle Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic.

 

The winner of numerous competitions throughout America, her grand prize in the Artists International Debut Recital Award Competition procured her Carnegie Hall recital debut which received critical acclaim. The New York Amsterdam News applauded “her remarkable technical command of her instrument as well as highly refined musicianship."

Ms. Roper has been a featured guest on What’s Eating Harlem, Boston's It's all about the Arts, and Houston's KUHF 88.7 radio station where her collaboration as a member of Aperio Music of the Americas has been broadcast. Other media features include Bold Journey Magazine, Voyage Atlanta, and Shout Out Atlanta. Her debut album, The Magic Flute, on the Albany Records label has received glowing reviews. American Record Guide says: “Roper is a terrific flutist whose playing is polished and technique is solid.” They also declare: “She has a marvelous tone...” The acclaimed CD was submitted by the head of Albany Records for Grammy nomination consideration. It successfully advanced to the first-round ballot in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in collaboration with pianist Mitchell Vines. Dr. Roper can also be heard on singer/songwriter Jann Klose's album MOSAIC. 


Tia Roper was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music while also earning a feature in The National Dean’s List. Dr. Roper has a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Boston University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. An avid music educator, Dr. Tia Roper serves as the Flute Instructor at the Lovett Conservatory of Music and is the Band Director at Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia, an educational institution that serves students who have learning differences and neurodivergent diagnoses.

 

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Bichos Vivos

Natalie Smith, flute

Rooted in the Brazilian northeast region, Forró is party music driven by the accordion, triangle, Zabumba (big traditional drum), rounded out by guitar, bass, percussion, flute, violin and vocals. The closest equivalent here in the US is Zydeco with its infectious and highly danceable rhythms. These are deeply soulful songs that also make people swing their hips and dance through the night.

Natalie Smith is a freelance flutist living in Athens, GA. She holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Georgia, where she was a student of Angela Jones-Reus. Natalie is currently principal flutist for the Gwinnett Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Georgia Ballet Orchestra, and Felix Farrar’s Atlanta Symphoria, and she substitutes regularly with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in world music groups including Brazilian forró band Bichos Vivos and the Athens Middle East Orchestra. In addition to playing the flute, Natalie teaches private lessons through her business Music with Natalie and is the founder and executive director of HEART Music, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make high quality music education accessible to all. www.heartmusicathens.org

 

FLÛTURE

Professional flute quartet

Atlanta-based flute quartet, FLÛTURE, is made up of four fiercely talented and passionate flutists from four very different cultures: Macedonian, Cajun, Serbian, and Puerto Rican, to be exact.

 

The performers—Aleksandra Tevdoska, Cain-Oscar Bergeron, Jovana Damnjanovic, and Teresa Feliciano—offer performances and interactive classes, demonstrations, and various educational opportunities.

 

Flûture can be found making all kinds of sounds on flutes from around the world, standard concert flutes, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. A Flûture presentation is not to be missed!

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Angela Jones-Reus

University of Georgia

Angela Jones-Reus is currently Professor of Flute at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Principal Flutist of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.  She is active as a soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player and teacher with appearances throughout the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and South America.

Among Jones-Reus’ performances are a concert in Carnegie Hall with Jean Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker, a London Debut Recital at St John’s Smith Square, a Japan tour as soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and five performances—stepping in with one day’s notice—of the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto with the San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Italy.

In 1991 Jones-Reus won the Principal Flute position of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany, where she played until 2000. She performed with this orchestra extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States and South America and can be heard on recordings on over 12 labels including EMI Classics, ECM Records, Koch International and Naxos.  Her solo compact disc entitled Mostly French was recorded in Prague with I Virtuosi di Praga for the Koch International label.

Ms. Jones-Reus has been performing as a regular guest with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999 including seven Carnegie Hall performances, a three week concert tour of Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan) and concerts in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the London Royal Albert Hall, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Chicago Symphony Hall, Lucerne Konzerthaus and Tokyo Suntory Hall.  Jones-Reus performed on the Berlin Philharmonie’s latest recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, with conductor Sir Simon Rattle for EMI Classics, recorded in Berlin, Germany.

Professor of Flute at the University of Georgia since 2000, Angela Jones-Reus is sought after as a teacher and clinician, receiving invitations in South America and the United States including Rice University, NC School of the Arts and Oberlin Conservatory.  Ms. Jones-Reus teaches at the UGA Study Abroad Program in Italy and is a member of The Georgia Woodwind Quintet.  Internationally active as chamber musician she has collaborated in many international festivals and concert series, including numerous performances with celebrated chamber music pioneer, Charles Wadsworth (founder of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society). 

Jones-Reus holds degrees from the Juilliard School (MM) and the NC School of the Arts (BM) and was the sole recipient of the coveted Fulbright Scholarship to Italy in music. 

 

Sounds pretty cool, right?

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Ready to sign up?

A few things first...

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Masterclass Audition Requirements

If you would like to audition to participate in the masterclass with one of our guest artists, please submit an additional VIDEO recording of you performing what you'd like to play in the class. 

Solo pieces or orchestral excerpts (2-3 excerpts) are encouraged. Piano accompaniment is not required but can be provided if you're invited to play in the class.

 

There is a place on the application form for you to copy and paste the link. Please note that we'll invite as many participants as possible to play in the class. We won't be able to have all applicants perform, but we'll try to include as many as possible.

(A masterclass is where you get up on the stage with the guest teacher and have basically an "open lesson" with the rest of the participants in the audience watching.)

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Registration Process

There are several steps to the registration process:

1. Complete the registration form including providing video links to the required audition material (ONLY if auditioning for the masterclass or FLING X)

 

2. Pay the fee
 

Before you start the registration form, please:

1. Decide if you want to audition for FLING X or regular FLING.
 

2. Record the required material and have links ready to copy/paste (ONLY if you're auditioning for the masterclass or FLING X).
 

3. If you're interested in having a private lesson, read the teacher bios and lesson specialties so you know which teacher you'd like to have a lesson with.

All good?

Tap/click the big yellow button to register and claim your spot!

(Only 100 flutists will be admitted.)

***If the yellow button doesn't direct you to the BUFORD ONLY form, please visit this URL:
https://form.jotform.com/240318193297157***

Please don't hesitate contacting us if you have any remaining questions.

Email Dr. E at katherine@gaflute.com

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Special thanks to Buford City Schools for hosting FLING!

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