A supportive, non-critical approach based on three decades of experience in humanistic music education. We believe that experience and self-discovery form the best bonds with life-long music learning. We favor facilitated playing rather than traditional lecture-based teaching styles and use a building-block approach that maximizes learning and music-making.
You will come away with the ability to play with confidence, get out of a music “rut”, and an understanding of rhythms, tones, and improvisation.
Flute Haven Cornerstones
Every technique that is presented is followed by a session where you get to practice the technique in a small, supervised group.
Many sessions where you will jam with staff members who are playing on various instruments — guitar, piano, mandolin, voice, didgeridoo, and a wide array of world instruments.
A “reference flute” that we use in most of the group sessions throughout the week, so that everyone has flutes with identical tuning and fingerings. This flute is included in your registration and is yours to take home.
A gradual progression throughout the week from workshops to jamming and performing, culminating in the traditional “Pickering Creek Jam Session” on Saturday evening.
Special sessions early in the program for beginners and novice players in the basics of the instrument.
Highlights for 2014
34 workshops, 10 breakout practice session, 5 concerts, 4 dedicated “Jam with Staff” sessions, 11 symposium presentations, and many, many opportunities for participants to play.
The Flutopedia Symposium running in conjunction with the school, with presentations by researchers, performers, and clinicians.
Secluded retreat-center setting.
A dedicated, full-time staff of seven trained music facilitators.
Hear your own playing, using high-quality microphones, amplifiers, and headphones;
Add and control digital effects (echo, reverb, chorus, etc);
Play on top of over 600 background tracks, as well as dynamic background applications running on an iPad;
Play in groups including several flutes, plus keyboards and guitars;
And anything you play can easily be recorded with a single button press. Recording are stored directly on your own USB flash drive that we provide as part of your registration. These recordings are studio quality, and you can use them after the event as part of your own CD or digital music album.
A Northern Spirit A-minor flute is included with registration to Flute Haven.
Eight-day, six-day, and three-day programs to fit various schedules.
Special sessions for Novice players with little or no experience with the instrument.
Major workshop sessions will be recorded and available to all participants.
Full-time, on-site recording studio for participants to record their own music using our recording kiosk.
On-site vendors area throughout the week with offerings from flute makers, world music instrument importers, publishers, and other vendors.
New for 2014
Symposium. The Flutopedia Symposium is a major addition this year. It run concurrently with the weekend program (Friday evening through Sunday) and features a wide range of presentations on the Native Flute, healing and health, and world music in general. Flute Haven participants may choose from any of the presentations at the Symposium, or focus on their own musicality with facilitated sessions on playing techniques.
Friday evening features a major Keynote and Concert event for both Flute Haven and Symposium participants. On Saturday evening, the Flute Haven folks provide the entertainment at the classic Valley Forge jam session.
Recording. We believe that the opportunity to hear your own playing is an important aspect to improving your musicality. This year's event features several recording components:
USB Flash Drive. All participants will receive a USB flash drive (on a stylish lanyard) as part of their registration. This can be used to collect various audio recordings throughout the week ...
Session Recordings. Many of the open sessions — those that focus on playing technique and topics of general interest — will be recorded. The recordings will be freely available to all participants as downloads onto their USB flash drives during the workshop.
Recording Studio. A dedicated, on-site recording studio is available at all times throughout the week (yes, 24-hour access — for the truly energetic). In particular, it will have one of the two Recording Kiosks (see below).
Recording Kiosk. We have two, on-site, self-contained recording kiosks that allow you to easily record your playing. You get complete, mixed tracks of one or two flutes (or other instruments), optional keyboard and/or guitar inputs, and the option of recording over a wide array of backing tracks (including everything from the Jam Tracks series and Frank Henninger's percussion tracks). The recording kiosk has high-quality components ideal for flutes (large-diaphragm condenser microphones, Lexicon reverb and echo) and records directly to MP3 or WAV format files on your own USB flash drive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to record using the recording kiosks and are free to use the units throughout the week.
“One Song” Recording Session. This is a special, add-on program that introduces you to a professional recording studio environment and gives you a full recording session experience. Eric Miller serves as engineer for this four-hour recording session. The goal of the session is to record one complete, mixed audio track with up to four participants. The session will include recording background tracks, adding overdubs, and intense listening and mixing. The resulting track will be played at the closing session on Sunday, be available to all participants by download to their USB flash drives, and also used as the backing track on this (currently silent) YouTube video:
Camphill Village. On Friday afternoon, we will travel to Camphill Village in Kimberton Hills as a group and offer a concert in their beautiful performance space. The event is part of our “Music in Community Service” program, designed for the special group of people in residence at Camphill Village as well as being open to a public audience.
Flute Haven participants are encouraged to offer their musical creations, but there are no specific requirements. The closing of the concert features a “Conducted Flute Choir” with several conductors taking the baton to create in-the-moment music.
Flute Makers. We are encouraging flute makers to participate and display their creations, and we expect to have a number of the finest makers on hand.
Video. More use of multi-media, including videos on flute history, the health benefits of flute playing, and inspired videos from music educators.
Concerts. These include mid-day concerts by staff members, an evening with SpiritGrass at the Steel City Coffee House, a two-hour keynote and concert on Friday evening at the opening of the Flutopedia Symposium, and numerous opporutinities for you to shine in performance settings, including playing at mealtimes (low-key, for our group), playing at Camp Hill, and the Saturday evening jam session at a nearby venue.
Each of the staff members brings our very best that we have to offer to Flute Haven, and we believe that the workshops, jam sessions, and presentations at Flute Haven will dramatically raise your level of playing and enjoyment of the instrument.
We promise that you will have a fun-filled musical adventure!
The main Weeklong program meets in Valley Forge, PA on Tuesday evening September 9, 2014 for a Flute reception followed by the opening session from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
We continue with workshops throughout the day from Wednesday through Saturday, September 10–13 and conclude with a closing session on Sunday, September 14 from 9:00 to Noon.
In addition to the Weeklong program, there are three other programs:
The Leadership Program (Sun–Sun, September 7–14) provides training for people who wish to facilitate music gatherings.
The Weekend Program (Fri–Sun, September 12–14) is a weekend version of the full program that centers on music-making and jamming with others.
In addition, a Work-Study Program is available for two participants who can assist with medium-duty equipment setup and room setup throughout the week.
Here's a video from the 2012 & 2013 Flute Haven events, held in Valley Forge. The photos are mostly of performances done during the event.
The music is a sampler of recordings made during the 2013 workshop by David Webb, Janalea Hoffman, and Lynn Saltiel:
Hang Jam — Works with D minor flutes (also try A minor in mode 4). Thanks to the generosity of Ron Kravitz, Jim Kirk, Dawn Collins, and Richard Brooner (who are playing on the track), this track is available for download as an MP3. Use Right-Click / Save-As to save it to your computer:
Harvest — Works with G minor flutes (also try D minor in mode 4). Thanks to the generosity of Richard Brooner, this track is available for download as an MP3. Use Right-Click / Save-As to save it to your computer: