Dana’s 21st Flute Festival will be Nov. 9

Youngstown State University’s 21st annual Dana School of Music Flute Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, features workshops, exhibits, performances, master classes and a guest artist recital.

The festival in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is designed for flute players of all levels.

“The flute festival is a long-standing Dana event that offers new and experienced flute musicians the opportunity to participate in meaningful and interesting workshops as well as to interact with important guest artists,” said Kathryn Thomas Umble, assistant professor of Flute and the festival coordinator. “First-hand involvement with other musicians and the interaction with presenters, plus attending the performances is critical in a performer’s development.”

Festival participants should bring their own instruments. The cost to attend is $16 per student if registered prior to the event, and $20 at the door. Registration forms are available at http://web.ysu.edu/fpa/music under the special events tab or by calling Umble at 330-941-1831.Parents are welcome to attend free of charge. Parking will be available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

John Thorne

John Thorne

Featured at the festival is John Thorne, associate professor of Flute at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He joined the Bienen School faculty after having been the Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony from 1992 until 2012. Previously, he has held the position of Principal Flute with the San Antonio Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony (now called the Sarasota Orchestra). He started his career as a member of the inaugural season of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Thorne has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony on numerous occasions, performing concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Vivaldi. He has given master classes for the ARIA International Summer Academy, Austin Flute Club, Boston Flute Academy, Boston University, Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, Houston Flute Club, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. He has also served on juries for the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition.