• Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
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  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
  • Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School
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A Review of Flute Haven 2014

by Randy “Windtalker” Motz

“An Inspirational Journey”

I recently returned from a week at the Flute Haven Native Flute School, my third visit in four years, and as usual it was an inspirational journey through the history and versatility of this magnificent instrument. The staff facilitators, Clint Goss, Ron Kravitz (percussion), Lynn Miller (guitar & vocals), Frank Henninger (flutes and didgeridoo), Eric Miller (guitar), Ron Volkman (keyboards and wind instruments), and Clint’s always effervescent wife, Vera Shanov, once again outdid themselves with a program tailored to both the novice and skilled Native American flute player. Under the facilitation of this passionate team, no area of musical expression was left unexplored.

I have always enjoyed the breadth of education received at this school, and this year was no different. From a special track on flute circle facilitation, a multimedia presentation on the history of the flute, and a flute maker round table where students could ask flute makers Judy Robinson, Jon Norris and Brent Haines questions on flute design, care, and construction, the school was so much more than just playing. The only downside was that there were so many excellent breakout sessions to attend I could not make them all.

In addition to meeting so many wonderful people from all over the world, what I found most exciting about the school this year were three new elements that added to the overall enjoyment of the event. For the first time, three flute makers were in attendance, displaying their wares, and inviting students to use any of their flute creations in the various classes. Secondly was the recording studio, complete with a wide array of backing tracks, where everyone had a chance to record songs that were saved to a personalized USB stick for their own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the rest of the students. Lastly, was the flute ergonomics research project that we were invited to participate in. In the future, the results of this research will allow flute makers to construct flutes that are tailored to meet the specific physical attributes of the individual player.

As a performing flute player, I always enjoy the live performance activities at Flute Haven and this year I was in heaven. Not only did the members participate in the raucous “open mic” night at nearby Pickering Creek Inn, where we entertained other diners with our various improvisations, but we also presented a very special concert at Camp Hill Village. This facility is for adults with special needs and our flute and drum choir regaled them with an hour of music conducted by the Flute Haven staff. The looks of pure enjoyment on the faces of the Camp Hill residents in attendance were a testimony to the magic of the music that we made up on the fly.

I am looking forward to next year’s Flute Haven Native Flute School and highly recommend it to every Native America flute player, be they novice or veteran. It is an inspirational week that will leave you refreshed, invigorated and more skilled at this instrument that we all love so much.

 

 

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