The core of the program is a Native Flute School, but it is much more … at Flute Haven you can:
raise your level of flute playing,
learn to play with other instruments such as percussion, guitar, and piano,
record your CD on our four on-site recording kiosks, complete with over six hundred freely-usable backing tracks and/or live accompaniment,
dive into performing with a comprehensive program for those who want to play for others,
learn to lead a flute circle,
expand your flute playing into new genres,
learn the possibilities for using your musicality in health and healing contexts,
expand your musicality into percussion, voice, and conducting,
go in-depth with our Flutemakers-in-residence,
or simply jam all week long.
Flute Haven is for people of all levels of musical experience — including beginners and experienced players. The amount of time you have played Native flutes is not important — only your desire to explore and expand your musicality.
Here's a video that gives an idea of the kind of things we do at Flute Haven. It was filmed at last year's event, as a topic for our FluteCast video series:
Our setting is a true haven for musicians: a gorgeous facility in Exton, Pennsylvania with great accomodations, on-site dining, and excellent workshops spaces.
It has straightforward transfers from the Philly airport and a local train station, and is convenient to our two off-site locations.
The Flute Haven staff is six dedicated trained music facilitators who have worked hard over the last decade to make Flute Haven The Native American flute experience.
In addition to Native flute specialists, we have staff who focus on percussion, voices, strings, and keyboards to provide a well-rounded music week and to give participants many opportunities to jam with experienced musicians in all these areas. We also have staff dedicated specifically to less experienced players and two of our staff are certified and active Music Therapists.
We — the staff members, flute makers, and presenters — bring our very best that we have to offer to Flute Haven. 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!
Flute Haven Cornerstones
This eleventh edition of Flute Haven features:
Many sessions where you will jam with staff members who are playing on various instruments — guitar, piano, mandolin, percussion, voice, didgeridoo, and a wide array of world instruments.
Special sessions early in the program for beginners and novice players in the basics of the instrument.
Every technique that is presented is followed by a session where you get to practice the technique in a small, supervised group.
A USB flash drive as part of your registration that you take home. This includes all tracks that you record on our recording kiosks, recordings of the main workshop sessions, and tracks that other participants have recorded and shared.
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.
Concerts. These include mid-day concerts by staff members, an evening with SpiritGrass,
and numerous opportunities for you to shine in performance settings, including playing at mealtimes (low-key, for our group), playing at Camp Hill,
and the Thursday evening jam session at a nearby venue.
Flute Handbook. Participants receive a copy of the Native Flute Handbook, a 332–page book of articles on flute playing, flute circle facilitation, poetry and readings, rhythms, and sheet music.
The book is provided electronically to all participants.
A gradual progression throughout the week from workshops to jamming and performing, culminating in the traditional Thursday evening jam session at a public venue.
34 workshops, 10 breakout practice session, 5 concerts, 4 dedicated “Jam with Staff” sessions, 11 presentations, and many, many opportunities for participants to play.
Camphill Village. On Wednesday 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.
We have two carefully-designed programs to fit your schedule:
The main Weeklong program runs Sunday ⇒ Friday, September 10–15, 2017. We meet in Exton, PA on Sunday evening for registration & reception followed by dinner and our opening session from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
We continue with workshops throughout the day from Monday through Thursday, September 11–15 and conclude with a closing session on Friday, September 15 from 9 AM to Noon.
In addition, there are two other program options:
The Leadership Program: Friday ⇒ Friday, September 8–15, 2017. Starting two days before the Weeklong program, this program of training adds specific training for those who lead or wish to lead flute circles and community music gatherings.
The Customized Program: You can pick any days you wish to join us. This option is designed for those on a tighter schedule.
In addition, a Work-Study Program is available for a limited number of participants (at least one in the Leadership program) who can assist with various tasks such as photography, assistance with carrying out our research study, assistance in the recording studio, and medium-duty equipment setup and room setup throughout the week. Works-study participants qualify for discounts of up to 50% on the program fee.
Flute Haven provides 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.
The recording kiosk we introduced in 2014 was a huge success. It allows even the most tech-adverse players to:
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 680 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 directly to your own USB flash drive with a single button press. We provide you with your own USB flash drive as 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.
This year, we have two dedicated, on-site recording studios available at all times throughout the week (yes, 24-hour access — for the truly energetic). The studios have a range of equipment.
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.
A Few Kiosk Recordings from Flute Haven 2014
Here are excerpts from just a few of the hundreds of recordings made this past September at Flute Haven 2014. All of these tracks are as they were recorded — aside from trimming these samples with fade-in and fade-out, no other processing was done:
1. Karen Rugg — Flute over Nature Sounds
2. Lynn Saltiel over a Michael DeMaria background track
3. T.C. Chin - Solo Flute
4. Randy Motz - Jazz
5. Celine Daly - Flute over Drumming
6. Clint Goss over a Gary Cope background track
7. Heidi Kim Nysaether and Will Rubach - Traditional Chanting
8. Randy Motz
9. Julie Harris - Silk Road flute over Frank Henninger Udu
10. Karen Rugg - Solo Flute
11. T. C. Chin - Traditional Red Cedar Loon Flute
12. Heidi Kim Nysaether
13. Celine Daly and Julie Harris - Duet over Drums
14. Heidi Kim Nysaether and Will Rubach - Melodic Chanting
15. Frank Henninger and Clint Goss - Flute and Piano duet
16. Randy Motz and Ron Kravitz - Flute / Hang duet