Flute Festival 2015

November 13 - November 15

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport

 “Where Did I Hear That Tune Before?”

Featuring music arranged or composed for an instrument or voice—and transcribed or revised for flute




Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet

The Festival weekend commences on Friday, November 13, with the customary celebratory evening—beginning with a cocktail hour and dinner that will culminate in the presentation of lifetime achievement awards. This year we will honor two distinguished leaders in the world of the flute—Bernard Z. Goldberg, former principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and David Straubinger, esteemed flute maker and creator of Straubinger Pads, the mainstay of many of our instruments today. As a special treat, the new duo phenomenon, Mazzanti and Stillman, will serenade the honorees!


Exhibitors will be with us both days with extensive selections of new and vintage instruments, headjoints, flute-related devices, recordings, and music


Festival Headliners include:

Nicola Mazzanti, Piccolo
The Cavatina Duo, Flute & Guitar
Mimi Stillman, flute
Paul Edmund-Davies, flute

In addition to leading masterclasses, both Mr. Mazzanti and Ms. Stillman are available for private lessons during their time in Chicago.

Two Full Days of Exciting Flute programs...Here are a few highlights:


Saturday, November 14

  • Paul Edmund-Davies:  How Movie Music Improves Flute Playing
  • The Donald Peck International Flute Competition Finals
  • Bernard Goldberg: Training a flute section to play Daphnis and Chloé
  • Gerald Carey: Chicago Flute Orchestra Rehearsal
  • Bonnie Reidel: Safe and Simple Flute Repairs
  • Stephanie Jutt: Flute Recital
  • Scott Metlicka: Flute Fundamentals for New Flutists of All Ages
  • John Henes: The Alexander Technique 
  • Hideko Amano: Competition Preparation
  • Laura Hamm: Photographing Your Students
  • Meret Bitticks: Let's All Play Chaminade
  • Rebecca Johnson & Magie Smith: Eastern European Music
  • Cavatina Duo: At the Opera
  • Mimi Stillman: Flute Masterclass
  • The Flute Fleet: Flute Choir Performance
  • Nicola Mazzanti: Piccolo Recital

Sunday, November 15

  • Erin Murphy: Choosing Music to Transcribe
  • Flute Orchestra Concert
  • Jennifer Wilhelms & Lisa Goethe-McGinn: Comparing Originals to Transpositions
  • Monty Adams: Flute Choir Reading Session
  • Lynne Krayer-Luke: Body Mapping
  • Nicola Mazzanti: Piccolo Masterclass
  • Lakeside Flutes: Flute Choir Performance
  • ChiFlutes: Flute Quartet Performance
  • Mimi Stillman: Flute Recital


The Complete festival Schedule is now available. CLICK HERE to download

Festival registration and forms

To Pre-Register Online for the Flute Festival, Click here

For a Downloadable Festival Registration Form, Click Here

To apply as a masterclass performer, please submit your application form by
October 1, 2015;

Complete information and application forms for Festival masterclasses can be found by clicking HERE.


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PARKING: More economical parking is available on the second through sixth floors of the garage directly across from the hotel. 
In addition, there are several off-site inexpensive lots with frequent shuttles to the Hilton. 

A block of rooms at the Hilton has been reserved for November 13, 2015 - November 15, 2015.

RESERVE BY OCTOBER 23 to take advantage of our special room rate. Booking a reservation from our site is simple. Click here! 

O'Hare International Airport
Chicago, Illinois 60666
Tel: 773-686-8000
Fax: 773-601-2873 


  • Complimentary WiFi access in lobby at Hilton Chicago O’Hare hotel
  • Directly linked to O'Hare Airport domestic terminals and downtown train via indoor walkway
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to Terminal 5
  • Chicago airport hotel amenities include fitness center, indoor pool, sauna and full-service locker room
  • Two restaurants, sports bar, grab n’ go and 24-hour room service


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