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Western Massachusetts Flute Festival

Nancy Stagnitta, guest flutist
Guest artist Nancy Stagnitta

Saturday, November 9, all day in the Music wing of the Fine Arts Center, FREE.

Western Massachusetts Flute Festival

Cobus du Toit, coordinator & host
Nancy Stagnitta, guest artist (Interlochen Arts Academy)

9am: Dynamic warmup with Dr. Cobus du Toit
10-noon: Masterclass with Nancy Stagnitta
12-1: Lunch
1-2pm: Improvisation class with Nancy Stagnitta
2-2:30pm: Time to explore the vendors and try some flutes!
2:30-3:45 Variety of offerings to choose from:
  -Flute repair 101 with Nancy Perry Shinn
  -Reading of flute ensemble pieces with UMass flute studio
4pm Recital: Nancy Stagnitta recital with guests Ben Tibbetts, Fumi Tomita, Tom Giampietro and Eugene Uman

Don't miss the free Faculty Concert (Cobus du Toit, flute & Friends) the night before (11/8) at 7:30 pm in Bezanson.

All Flute Festival events are free and open to the public this year!   Bring your flute!

Vendors: Flutistry Boston and Powell Flutes

Powell Artist Nancy Stagnitta has performed in Europe, Asia, throughout southern Africa as a U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador, and across the U.S. Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by The Baltimore Sun, she recently gave the Asian premiere of David Amram’s flute concerto, “Giants of the Night,” with the China National Symphony in Beijing. Also a renowned jazz artist, her album with Grammy winning pianist Bob James garnered acclaim across musical genres and was featured in JAZZIZ magazine. She has recorded for Capstone Records and was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today and the Voice of America broadcast network. Former piccoloist with the Baltimore and Sarasota Opera Orchestras, she currently serves as instructor of flute at Interlochen Arts Academy and principal flutist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She earned her degrees at the Peabody Institute, where her teachers include Robert Willoughby and Tim Day.