World Flute Society


2018 Convention Presenters

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Dr. José Valentino

Presentation: Cultivating Creative Identity: Learning to Improvise in Different Styles of Music


Clint Goss and Vera Shanov

Presentation: Creative Flute Circle Facilitation Techniques

Creating a supportive, non-critical environment is key to facilitating gatherings for flute players. Clint and Vera will use basic world-music song forms and group facilitation techniques to build a session of live, improvisational music-making that includes all players. Bring your flute! Flute circle leaders will get a first-hand look at basic facilitation techniques that can be used to enrich your next gathering.


Suzanne Teng

Presentation: World Flutes and Low Flutes

This is a presentation detailing Suzanne's collection of flutes from China, Indonesia, West Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. She will introduce and play 15 to 20 flutes from her collection, as well as how she learned to play them. Suzanne will discuss how she acquired her world flutes and where others can obtain these flute types. She will detail her use of world flutes in her career as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator, and session player.


Joanne Lazzaro

Presentation: The Art and Technique of Breathing and Vibrato

Take a deep breath! Breathing is key to flute playing, yet many players have difficulty with taking in enough air and using if effectively. In this presentation, Joanne will cover the optimal way to breath, as well as dispel some common myths. In addition, she will explore coloring your sound with vibrato. Joanne will also demonstrate techniques used by famous flutists to learn and teach a beautiful vibrato that is controlled by your musical choices. Hint: Laughing is involved.


Rona Yellow Robe

Presentation: Storytelling with the Native American Flute/Sound Healing

Listen as Rona shares how she communicates with her audience through stories. She uses the Native American flute to enhance the stories which helps the listener to delve deeper into the story being told.


Dr. Andra Bohnet

Presentation: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Celtic Flute And Whistle, but Were Afraid to Ask!

Dr. Andra Bohnet explains how to play Celtic music in a way that will keep you from sounding like a faker. Bring your flute or whistle (D/concert pitch) and your ears, and have some fun. Slanté!


Bobb Fantauzzo

Presentation: Native Roots of Jazz

Jazz has always been recognized as being rooted in both African and European music. And, this is true. However, another overlooked root exists, namely Native American music. Like the delta blues, jazz grew out of the interactions between European, African, and Native American cultures.

This presentation explores the influence of Native American music on jazz and the contributions made by jazz masters with Native American roots including Dave Brubeck (Modoc), Don Cherry (Choctaw), Miles Davis (Cherokee), Duke Ellington (Cherokee), Dizzy Gillespie (Tuscarora), and Charlie Parker (Choctaw).


Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman)

Presentation: Playing Rim-Blown Flutes and the Creative Process


Ángel Sampedro del Río

Presentation: Acoustics of World Flutes

In this workshop, Ángel Sampedro del Río will discuss his acoustical and scientific approach for constructing instruments like the the South American quena. Angel will also do a show-and-tell about the acoustics of other world flutes, such as the shakuhachi, bansuri, bamboo saxophone, and more. He will also discuss important aspects of the woods he uses to build instruments. 


Dr. Tim Lane

Presentation: Music as Energy


Jonny Lipford

Presentation: Discovering Your WHY

Curiosity or passion? The "why" center of our mind controls that deep knowing or "feeling" part. Let us explore your "why" center, so that you can better communicate what it is that you are trying to convey with your music. Finding your own voice with an instrument is a personal journey, but you do not have to travel it alone. We will also discuss key factors such as motive, perseverance, and brand. 


Joshua Geisler

Presentation: The Chromatic Bansuri

The bansuri is a bamboo flute traditionally played in North Indian classical and folk music, but it is capable of much more. In this lecture, Joshua Geisler will explore the unique cross-cultural approach to the instrument detailed in his book, The Chromatic Bansuri. He will share his innovative techniques for playing different scales on the same flute, strategies for creative “world music” improvisation, and insights gleaned from a 20-year career as a performer.


Gary Stroutsos

Presentation: Remembering the Songs: The Enduring Legacy of the American Indian Flute


Bohuslav (Bob) Rychlik

Presentation: Amazing Overtone Flutes: Fujara and Koncovka - Explained, Demonstrated, and the Chance to Play The Instruments with First Lesson


Kevin Locke

Presentation: Indigenous North American Flute Workshop with Kevin Locke, Lakota Native from Standing Rock, South Dakota

Maximum of 50 flute-making participants. Learn history, culture of the Indigenous flute, build your own from flute kits, practice breathing, and learn to play basic and Native songs both solo and together in unison. Free to all participants. Participants can purchase flute that they build. Book and CDs are available directly from Kevin. Sign-up required to make flutes. All observers are welcome. One-hour session that is a great opportunity for convention participants.


David Rogers

Presentation: Using the Gift to Uplift Others: the Positive Effects of the Native American Flute in the Nursing Home Setting

Gifts are to be shared. We are all created with special gifts, abilities, and talents. These gifts, like all blessings, are not to be hoarded; rather, they are to be shared with others. David will share how the beautiful tone of the Native American flute can be uplifting and can address some of the important physical and spiritual needs of seniors living in a nursing-home setting. Throughout David's presentation, you will be encouraged to ask questions and share your own personal experiences.

Part of the Lunch-and-Learn Series


Ron Korb

Presentation: Aspects of Performing Live


Will Peters and Kenyon Morgan

Presentation: The Pine Ridge Flute Society -  Restoring Hope, Saving Lives

The Pine Ridge Flute Society is comprised of young Lakota Native American flutists residing on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  It was co-founded in 2016 by Lakota “Teacher of the Red Way” Will Peters and professional musician/instructor, Kenyon Morgan.

The Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest community in North America. In spite of this, the flute society has grown to more than 50 members, thanks to donations by flutists, flute makers, and other compassionate people. These young flutists are now “messengers of love” and are sharing their music in order to restore hope and save lives. The Pine Ridge Reservation has the highest per capita rate of teen suicide in North America. These young flutists have become role models for others, and the music that they share is a powerful healing force.

The Pine Ridge Flute Society produced their first CD last year. It has already sold 1,000 copies which supports their performance trips and other needs.

In this presentation, Will Peters and Kenyon Morgan share this story and their music with you as an example of how the flute is a “sacred” instrument of love, hope, inspiration, and healing.

Part of the Lunch-and-Learn Series


Gary Stroutsos

Presentation: Ongtupqa: Hopi Music & Cultural Connection to Grand Canyon - Film Presentation

Ongtupqa is about sharing the story of the connection between this sacred place and the Hopi people who know it as their place of emergence and the place to which they return. This film explores Hopi cultural connections to the Grand Canyon through music and video, recorded on the south rim of the Grand Canyon where the Hopi emerged from the Third World into the Fourth World long ago.

This film features breathtaking footage from one of the seven natural wonders of the world, as well as interviews with Clark Tenakhongva, a Hopi traditional singer, about Hopi cultural connections to this special place and how visitors from every country can get the most out of their Grand Canyon experience.

Part of the Lunch-and-Learn Series


Joseph L Young

Presentation: Performance Craft and Musicianship

Learn how to give a successful and seamless live performance, create the best sound for your listeners, communicate with other musicians on stage, and engage your audience. Joseph L Young is a professional musician and sound engineer with many years’ experience performing, setting up his own shows, and managing audio for many other performers and bands. He will untangle the technical aspects for you, share his showmanship tips, and teach you everything you need to know from beginning to end.