About us

Culver City Flute Choir is composed of adult amateur flutists. The conductor, Patty Sikorski, is a freelance musician and private teacher in Culver City, and has been leading the flute choir for more than twenty years. Culver City is located near Los Angeles, California. Our group is offered as a class by Culver City Adult School. For information about the flute choir or to find out how to contact Patty Sikorski for booking or private lessons, please send an email to CCFC.Info@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Register for our next session now!

Have you heard? Our class is starting tomorrow, September 15, 2016, and the Culver City Adult School is ready to process your registration!

The details are as follows:

First Session (5 weeks)
September 15 - October 13

Second Session (5 weeks)
October 20 - November 17

You can register by contacting the Adult School as follows:

In person: 4909 Overland Ave., Culver City CA 90230
By phone: (310) 842-4300
By email: ccas@ccusd.org
On the internet: http://ccas.ccusd.org/

Any questions? Email ccfc.info (at) gmail.com.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Free Concert at LACMA Friday, September 2, 2016

If you'd like to see Hubert Laws at LACMA for free tomorrow night, click here for all the details!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gala Concert: Night 1

In my rush to post something yesterday, I neglected to mention that there would be an evening concert, which I, of course, was planning on going to.

Every night of the convention has it's capper, and each night is different. It's been awhile since I've been to a convention - I think the last one I attended was in Albuquerque, New Mexico - but I assumed the gala concert tradition would stand. 

Last night's theme was "Jazz Extravaganza," and the show started with Jim Walker. Jim Walker was (of course you know this) the principle flutist for the LA Philharmonic, but he's also had many outstanding achievements in jazz. In high school, my band teacher Mr. Nazzaretta made a tape for me of various flute music and things I needed to hear, and "Free Flight" was definitely on it.

His performance last night was Latin Jazz, and he played with his new musical partner (I don't know much about this), Jose Valentino.

(As a side note, I hope Jose Valentino turns out to be a relative. I really, really hope so.)

They also performed with a percussionist (and fine flutist himself) Giovanni Perez. 

The thing I wasn't prepared for was the recorded backing track they used, and the honest truth for me, and in my own opinion, is that I was disappointed. The flute playing was superb. The three of them were great performers. But combine the amplification of the flutes with the funky Latin disco beats, and I wasn't thrilled.

After intermission, though, things got much better, because Nestor Torres and his amazing band hit the stage.

Yep: band.

He brought a bass player, keyboard player, drummer and percussionist with him, and they were great.You know me and drummers: Anderson Quintero was fun to watch and listen to. I'm not familiar enough with his music to tell you what pieces he played EXCEPT they did a beautiful, bittersweet version of "Over the Rainbow," which I loved. There is more than one version of him playing this out there, so I won't provide a link (because it's late, and I'm tired, and you can probably find it quicker than I can, including inserting the link), but I recommend you check him out. It was great.

After the concert, my friend Julie, who had worked until 6 or 7, arrived so I went down to check her in and give her a key, make a long phone call, and then she and I talked for a while, and then I went to bed, excited about the next day, and ready for more.

Hello from the Flute Convention - Day 1

Hello from the convention!

I left Long Beach this morning, after picking up a delicious breakfast burrito and iced coffee at Lazy Acres, around 8:30. Traffic was surprisingly light, heading south, and though I regretted not following through on my original plan of taking Amtrak, it was an easy drive.

We just got home from a trip to the Santa Cruz area last week, and I did most of the driving, and not being in the car for six hours is a good thing. Long Beach to San Diego is simple.

I stopped once, at the Vista Point (I think there's only one), to look at the ocean, take a selfie, to discover there are no trash cans, and a sign asking us to not feed the birds and squirrels (everyone was). It was a short stop.

Once I arrived in San Diego, I checked in to the hotel. My friend Julie made the reservation months ago, and graciously allowed me to be her roommate for this convention. I say "graciously" because she doesn't arrive until late tonight, so here I am, hanging out in "our" room, all by myself. It feels a bit luxurious. This trip will comprise the longest time I've been away from Jules since he was born. We've been apart for a night at a time, but that's all. And... today is Patrick's birthday. I'm feeling quite lucky today.

After I checked in, I moved the car, and came up to our room. I've been to another convention here in San Diego, which was at this same hotel. That time, my room was in one of the little bungalow type rooms they have. This time we're in the "tower." It's an old hotel, it gets just a 2 star rating on Yelp, but it's fine. Normally for conventions you're not in your room much anyway.

I dropped off my bags and went downstairs to check in for the convention, and the first thing I did was head to Carolyn Nussbaum's shop in the exhibit hall. I've decided I'd like to buy a new flute this year, but in order to do that, I have to, at a minimum, sell my Goosman headjoint. They're helping me to do that. We'll see if I get a good price for it. After that, I'll look at flutes. I guess I could be doing that now but after playing a few in the exhibit hall, I started feeling a bit overwhelmed. It's noisy in there and I haven't exactly ironed out in my mind what I want.

I also took my student model flute to Yamaha to have them check it out. A technician looked at it and thinks it's in good shape, and is a nice flute (for a student). He was amazed at the old style of case it has. I discussed purchasing a new case for it (I want one that says "Yamaha" on it, otherwise I would've bought one at Carolyn Nussbaum), but it would need to be ordered, and I can do that at home.

I ran into some friends (Ronna! Kathleen! Patty! Patrick! Javier! David!), and then I went to my first concert.

So first things first: I will try my best to link to the pieces and performers I actually see at the convention, but if it's not possible or if it just takes too long to track down, I will post performances by other people, just so you know what the music sounded like. If anybody reads this and sees that I made a mistake or neglected to credit the right people, please make a note in the comments section. Thanks!

The concert was called "Flute Quartets and Trios" and there were some standout performances.

The first ensemble was called "Quarternity Flute Quartet." I arrived a little early for the concert, and so got to hear them warming up. The piccoloist got my attention right away. Her name is Cynthia Rugolo, and according to her bio in the convention book, she is a former player in the "President's Own" United States Marine Band. Her piccolo playing was superb. She writes about playing for President Obama's inauguration, here. It's really interesting. I really enjoyed a piece they played called "Celtic Spirit," by Bill Douglas. Here's a totally different group performing the first movement.

A highlight from the concert was a group called "Emissary Quartet." They performed a piece called "Levada," by a composer named Heike Beckmann, which they arranged. Here's another totally different group performing this amazing piece.

There were other great moments in the concert, but I have a feeling if I write everything down here, I'll be spending more time typing than doing anything else.

After the Quartets and Trios concert, I headed to my second concert of the day: "Music for Flute and Percussion." I really had no idea what to expect. There weren't many people in the audience, and boy, what a shame. All the performances were wonderful. I really liked hearing the flute + marimba duos. What an interesting, perfect combination.

The performers started out great (Iktus Duo, please check them out, and definitely listen to "First Concerto" by Lou Harrison; link on their site), and somehow kept getting better.

Another group I really liked was "Dauphine Street Duo." This was my first time hearing flute and marimba, and I think I fell in love. They played a beautiful piece called "Kembang Suling." This is not them, but this is the piece.

So, then Caballito Negro took the stage. They had everyone's attention because this tiny woman (her name is Tessa Brinckman) was playing an enormous contrabass flute. The first piece they played was called "This is Like Jazz," by Ivan Trevino. It was fun, and had some spoken word and a lot of great rhythm and marimba playing. I thought they played it with a lot of humor and interest. This is actually a recording of them playing the piece.

But what killed me was their next piece: That Which Colors the Soul. I have to take a second and mention the name of her partner: Terry Longshore. He played marimba, tabla, something called "handsonic" and singing bowls, and he did the spoken word portion. He was great, and I really loved his playing. Anyway, I think they wrote this piece, and I can't find a recording or video but it was really beautiful. They both played the bottles, and then Tessa played flute while Terry continued with a variety of instruments, and it was very enchanting.

After the concerts, I headed up to our room to write all this down, take a bit of a breather from all the hubbub, and hopefully connect with some friends for dinner. I'm starving. That burrito was hours and hours ago.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Meet the flute choir: Sara

I've asked flute choir members to answer a few questions about themselves, so that our readers could get to know us a little better. Please allow me to introduce: Sara!

When and why did you start playing the flute?
In 2003 I was working as an elementary school principal and I read an article in the L A Times about a principal who started playing the cello with the school beginners. It seemed like a neat idea, so I checked with our school music teacher, rented a flute and got started. Sometimes (!) it was busy in the office and I would forget, so I asked the other flutists to pick me up. So these little fourth grade girls would come into the office and say to my secretary, "We're here to pick up Mrs. Fields for flute!" Everybody got a kick out of it.

When did you join the flute choir? Why?
I really enjoy ensemble playing and am friends with a couple of members. I had been to several flute choir concerts, but as an adult beginner I wasn't sure I could handle it. About a year ago I asked Patty and she suggested I give it a try.

Have you played in any other flute choirs or ensembles? 

Where else do (have) you perform(ed)? I belong to Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators, and we put together a small chorus each year for our state convention. This year I played a flute part along with the chorus and piano, at one of the events.

Do you play any other instruments? 
I played a little folk guitar years ago as a young mom.

What are your other hobbies or interests? 
I'm a reader, love travel, attend concerts and opera performances. 

Is there any overlap between those things and music? 
Yes in my love of opera, musical theater and classical music.

Describe your family's musical interests and abilities. 
My sons played instruments in middle school/high school, my sister has played classical guitar, viola and cello. 

Does this inspire you? 

What else inspires you? 
 Other than music, the world of nature.

Who is your biggest fan? 
 My little granddaughter Violet.

Which famous musicians do you admire (doesn't have to be just flutists!)? 
Mozart, Bach, Puccini; Gustavo Dudamel; trumpeter Alison Balsam.

What was/is your favorite piece to perform? To listen to? 
I performed an excerpt from Handel's Messiah, which is one of my favorite pieces of music. Others: Mendelssohn's Octet, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, anything by Mozart or Puccini; Bizet's Carmen

Who were/are your flute teachers? 
Paul Witt and Andy Pascoe at the school. Privately, only Patty.

What are your fondest musical memories? 
Listening to recordings of show tunes with my parents, and attending chamber music concerts with my husband.

Do you get nervous during a performance?
Sure, but as a school principal I learned not to show it. 

How do you handle mistakes? 
Just go on.

What do you practice? 
Whatever I am working on from my lessons, plus flute choir music. 

How often? 
I have to take the 5th on this one. Safe to say, not as much as I should.

What advice would you give new flutists? 
Keep at it, it gets better. And definitely participate in ensemble lessons.

What advice would you give new flute choir members?
Pretty much the same as above. These are the stages I have gone through each term:
  • First sight reading - OMG I will never be able to play this thing
  • After sight reading all the music, triage - the pieces I'm pretty sure I will be able to play, and the ones I will never be able to play
  • After a couple of weeks of practice - hmm, these pieces sound pretty good; this one I can only play if the tempo is eight times slower than the composer intended
  • A week before - gradually getting more of the music into my fingers.
  • Then somehow at the performance, the mistakes don't show, the ensemble sounds good and it's a huge rush

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Elite Synchopation, by Scott Joplin

This? Was fun.

Julie Gelfand
Irene Palma

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's concert time!

Join us for our next concert! This concert will feature smaller ensembles, as well as the full choir in performance.

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Culver City Middle School
4601 Elenda Street, Room 1
Culver City, CA 90230

We hope you'll stay for refreshments and conversation after the concert.

See you soon!

Monday, April 4, 2016

It's time to register!

Hello, everyone!

It's time to register! The Adult School has updated their website (http://ccas.ccusd.org/) with our class information. The next session will begin Thursday, April 14, 2016. 

Register online here: http://asonline.ccusd.org/onlinereg/
By telephone: (310) 842-4300
In person: 4909 Overland Avenue, Culver City CA 90230

If you have any questions, email CCFC.Info@gmail.com for more information.

Hope to see you soon! 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Concert Information, Soundcloud Update

Hello, everyone,

Our last concert was a chance for us all to remember and talk about, and offer music in honor of Sandra Nixon, one of our members who passed away. Follows is the text from the program, written by our conductor, Patty Sikorski.

March 17, 2016
8:00 p.m.

In Remembrance of Sandra Carter Nixon

Sandy Nixon has been a fixture in the Culver City Flute Choir, almost since its inception. She played with us for 28 years, having joined us in 1988. Back then, she played the C flute exclusively, but over the years, she acquired more instruments of the flute family, due to her unceasing desire to learn and grow as a musician. She played the piccolo, alto flute and bass flute, along with her C flute, always cheerfully and efficiently covering any part that was asked of her.

Along with her talents on the flute, Sandy was also an accomplished pianist, having played that instrument even longer than the flute. And, as a school girl, her first instrument was the string bass. Coming from a family of eight children who all studied instruments, she clearly took her music very seriously.

Back in 1991, the Culver City Flute Choir began doing performances at the retirement home(s) of Sandy’s mother, Mrs. Willie Carter. Wherever she went, we followed, with Sandy performing for her mother and friends, both on flute and piano. It was always a treat for all of us.

Sandy is missed by all of us in the flute choir for so many reasons. Not only was she a dedicated, accomplished musician, but she was an amazing woman of great character, in ways too numerous to mention here. Though she can no longer be seen or heard here with us, she definitely lives on in our hearts.

Our performance pieces tonight reflect her great love of the classic composers, as well as some classic hymns. When left to choose the music, such as during Summer Flute Choir at my house, Sandy would almost always go for the tried and true. Fitting for Sandy, to be sure.


American Hymn Medley (Traditional, arr. Jicha)
Intermezzo (Brahms, arr. Davis)
Menuet and Ballet from Petite Suite (Debussy, arr. Ben-Meir)
Just a Closer Walk with Thee (Traditional, arr. Carter)
Were You There (American Folk Hymn, arr. Holcombe)
“The Magic Flute” Overture (Mozart, arr. Nourse)
Air from “Suite in D" (Bach, arr. Christensen)

Culver City Flute Choir

Patty Sikorski

Irene Palma

C Flute:
Nina Bradley, Sara Fields, Loretta Gaffney, Carol Inge, Howard Lichtman, Elaine Miller,  Judy Miller, Irene Palma, Roberta Rohwedder, Ronna Shpall

Alto Flute:
Julie Gelfand, Charlotte Hansen, Carol Inge, Howard Lichtman, Michael Okamoto, Roberta Rohwedder

Bass Flute:
Julie Gelfand, Marilyn Holmes

Many thanks to Patty for all her hard work with us, and to Michael Okamoto for the audio recording. And, special thanks to Lee Miller for his many years of dedication to filming our concerts. 

You can listen to this flute concert at https://soundcloud.com/groups/culver-city-flute-choir.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Save the Date: Remembering Sandy Nixon

Please join us at our next concert as we remember our beloved friend Sandy Nixon with some of her favorite composers: Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, and Bach.

When: Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 PM

Where: Culver City Middle School
4601 Elenda Street, Room 1
Culver City CA 90230

We hope you will stay for refreshments and conversation after the concert.

Sandy Nixon played bass flute, C flute and was a talented pianist.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We're here!


I'd like you all to know that the Adult School is offering us as a class again, and we've started as of last week. If you are interested in joining us, email CCFC.Info@gmail.com or contact Culver City Adult School by calling (310) 842-4300.

We've just started out new session, and are planning our next concert. We would love to hear from you, and to see you at our concert.

All the best, and a belated Happy New Year to you all!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Meet the flute choir: Carol

I've asked flute choir members to answer a few questions about themselves, so that our readers could get to know us a little better. Please allow me to introduce: Carol.

When and why did you start playing the flute?
I started playing the flute when I was nine or ten years old. I heard an orchestra somewhere and loved the high, clear sound of the flute. Also, my cousin was starting the flute too, so we shared teachers and bought our flutes together.

When did you join the flute choir? Why?
I joined the flute choir because as a Culver City resident, people had mentioned the group to me from time to time, and I was very curious about it. In my mind, I got the idea that it was about 100 flutes all playing the same exact melody all at once. I obviously had no idea what a flute choir was. One of the fellow parents in my son's Boy Scout troop was in the flute choir, and he encouraged me to join. 

Have you played in any other flute choirs or ensembles? Where else do (have) you perform(ed)?
Before joining the flute choir, I last performed 45 years ago with the North Hollywood High School advanced orchestra playing "South Pacific." 

Do you play any other instruments?
I played the piano until I was 17 years old, but wanted to quit when I was 15. I kept missing the right keys. Thank goodness your fingers stay over the same keys on the flute.

What are your other hobbies or interests? Is there any intersection between those things and music? 
My other main hobby is art. I started taking art lessons at the same time that I restarted my flute playing. I guess the main intersection is that they are both creative outlets. 

Describe your family's musical interests and abilities. Does this inspire you?
When I was growing up, my mother played the piano, and my brother played the piano, violin, and French horn. I heard lots of classical music on the "hi fi." There was never any question that I would take music lessons.

Who is your biggest fan?
Ooh, my biggest fans: although my husband has faithfully attended every flute choir concert, I'll say that my biggest fans are my two fellow flute choir members that I play trios with every week just for fun. We give each other a lot of encouragement and support. 

Which famous musicians do you admire (doesn't have to be just flutists!)? Why?
As far as famous musicians, I mostly know singers and would probably list the Beatles and Barbra Streisand as ones that I greatly admire, among many others. I listen to classical music sometimes, but I don't necessarily pay attention to which orchestra or soloist is playing.

What was/is your favorite piece to perform? To listen to?
While I don't have any favorite piece that I perform, I love listening to Beethoven symphonies and anything by Chopin. 

Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
My first teacher was named Libby and she must have been all of 25 years old. My second teacher was much more rigorous and played along with me as I played. He was a wonderful flutist and I think his name was Mr. Atkinson or something like that. He was very much into modern music. 

What are your fondest musical memories?
My fondest flute playing memories are of playing in my high school orchestra because of all the camaraderie. It was great fun to play the big musicals along with all the singers and performers in the auditorium. Also I felt cool carrying my flute to school.

Do you get nervous during a performance? How do you handle mistakes?
I do get a little nervous during flute choir performances, although I have no earthly reason why. I guess I don't want to let the other flute choir members down by playing wrong notes and making the piece sound bad. Ooh, the pressure! When I make a mistake, I just ignore it and keep going. Usually when I listen to the CD of our performance I can't even hear the mistake. 

What do you practice? How often?
I practice an hour a day, five days a week. I didn't take my flute out of it's case for 30 years - not until I retired from work and my two children were in high school. I'm still pretty busy but five hours a day is manageable. 

What advice would you give new flutists?
My advice to new flute plays would be, of course, to take private lessons and to practice. Then find a place to play with others - duets, trios, a chamber group, something. If after several years it is not your instrument, then move on to something else!

What advice would you give new flute choir members?
For new flute choir members, just come and have fun. You do have to practice unless you are really a fantastic player [Editor: Fantastic Players? You gotta practice, too.]. If you are rusty, keep at it because it comes back pretty fast. And, oh yeah, try and buy a new flute if you are still playing the student flute your parents bought you in elementary school. (But, don't buy your new flute until you come to flute choir and then we will give you lots of advice.)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Culver City Flute Choir Holiday Concert 2015 - NEW LOCATION

Please join us as we feature lesser-known songs of the season!

When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Where: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
4427 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Admission is free, and we hope you will stay afterwards for visiting with the musicians and refreshments.

If you have any questions, contact Irene Palma at CCFC.Info@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Not So Strongly Worded Letter

Open Letter to the Los Angeles Philharmonic:

I'm disappointed. With three amazing flutists at your disposal, after reviewing your 2015-16 season, I see that you're not performing anything that features them (enough for a mention in the program). Ms. Karoly, Ms. Jackson, and Ms. Shope are lovely players and it's a shame that they're not playing any of the amazing flute + orchestra music that is out there. Ms. Jackson in particular is an inspiration to me as an amateur flutist and piccolo player, with her enviable tone and (I think) perfect pitch.

With the 2016 Flute Convention so close in San Diego, I really think you've missed an opportunity to showcase and feature the flute this year.

Let the flutes sing. It almost feels as if you're letting these amazingly talented ladies go to waste.

Irene Palma

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fall 2015

If you have questions about playing with us or about our concerts, please send an email to CCFC.Info@gmail.com.

We would love to hear from you!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Culver City Flute Choir - Concert

Our next concert, which will be a special tribute to one of our dear members, David Shorey, will take place as follows:

Thursday, June 11, 2015
8 p.m.

Culver City Middle School
4601 Elenda Street, Room 1
Culver City, CA 90230

Refreshments will follow.

If you have any questions, please email CCFC.Info@gmail.com. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Some News

Hello, everyone,

There is a bit of news to share with you. My poor time management skills mean that I am combining what should have been a few different posts into one. One of these notices deserves it's own space; my sincere apologies for not having separate posts.

One of our flutists, Michael Okamoto, very generously recorded and uploaded our last concert to our SoundCloud account. I hope that you will visit our page and have a listen.

Our next session begins next week, April 16th. Patty has already announced that this quarter will be in honor of our dear member, David Shorey, who sadly passed away this year. We hope that our concert (date to be determined) will bring those of you who miss him, peace. I will announce the concert date and location as soon as I can. You can read more about David here.

For information about registering for our class, please contact me at CCFC.Info@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Our next concert

Please join us for a concert unlike anything we've done before. There will be surprises, and of course, you are invited to join us after the concert for treats and visiting. 

When: Thursday, March 12, 8 PM
Where: Culver City Middle School, Room 1
4601 Elenda Street
Culver City, CA 90230

We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Save the Date - Our next concert is coming soon!

We have been rehearsing for our next concert, and are excited to tell you that it will take place next Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Watch this space for more details.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concert at Lamp 2014

Hello, everyone,

The Culver City Flute Choir recently had the honor of bringing some holiday music to Lamp Community. Lamp is located in downtown Los Angeles, and you can get more information by visiting their website.

Lamp works with the homeless, primarily those with mental illness. We have been playing there mostly annually at Christmas for several years, and it's always a very special performance for us.

This year only seven of us were able to make it for the concert, but I really enjoyed playing this year. The singers who joined in with us from the audience truly made me feel the holiday spirit.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday season, and we'll see you in the new year.

- Irene

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Holiday Concert Night Information

Please join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 8 p.m. for our annual holiday concert. The location is Culver City Middle School, Room 1. Please see the address below.

4601 Elenda Street
Culver City CA 90230

If you have any questions, please email CCFC.Info@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Culver City Flute Choir

Monday, March 10, 2014


Please join us on Thursday, March 20, 2014, for our next concert!

Where: Culver City Middle School, Music Room
4601 Elenda Street
Culver City, CA 90230

Concert at 8 p.m., refreshments will follow.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Session Begins Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Session will begin on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
There are 10 Thursdays, and the price (still a bargain) is $115. You can register in person at the Adult School, on the phone, or online. Please call the office before heading down there in person!
By telephone: (310) 842-4300
In person: 4909 Overland Avenue, Culver City CA 90230
If you have any questions, email CCFC.Info@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concert! June 13, 2013

We'd like to invite you to our next concert! Please join us on Thursday, June 13, 2013, for a program that will include Debussy and Handel, as well as our performers in smaller groups! We look forward to seeing you! And remember, as always, there will be refreshments after the concert.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Farragut Elementary School
10820 Farragut Drive
Culver City CA 90230

Look for us on Facebook! Our group is called "Friends of Culver City Flute Choir."

Monday, March 4, 2013

Next Concert!

Culver City Flute Choir will be in concert on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.

Join us for some Bach, Holst, Hirose, and more, including delicious refreshments after the concert!

When: Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Farragut Elementary School, Cafeteria/Auditorium
10820 Farragut Drive
Culver City, CA 90230

For more information about Culver City Flute Choir, please email ccfc.info@gmail.com!

We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter 2013

Hi, everyone! This blog has been quiet for awhile, but I hope to get back on a more regular schedule with updates. I thought I'd just make an announcement that CCFC is alive and well, and our current registration is 16 flutists, which is, I think, the biggest group we've ever had. It's been so exciting to rehearse with so many talented musicians.

Stay tuned for more information about our next concert, which will be March 21, 2013.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flute convention stuff

I can't go to the flute convention this year, but I've been reviewing the NFA's schedule of events this year, and as if I were going, making a list of the things that I would like to see and do.

If you're interested in what interests me, here you go.

(The way this works when I actually go to the convention: I make a list of the things I definitely want to do; then, once I'm there, I work in whatever else fits in between. Usually that means going down to the exhibits and playing all the Powell piccolos, or slipping into a concert I didn't intend to attend, where I usually hear something totally unexpected and amazing. So many wonderful flutists to hear!)

Thursday, August 9: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
An American Voice: A Robert Muczynski Retrospective

I'm on a huge Muczynski kick right now, and right now this is the one thing I am really sorry to be missing! Phillip Dikeman will be performing, and he's just awesome.

Thursday, August 9: 8-10 p.m.
Gala Concert

I haven't seen the program of what will be performed, but my crush from about 5 or 6 years ago, Ian Clarke (whenever the flute convention was in San Diego) is performing, and I just love him. I'm sure he'll perform something new, but maybe you'll get to hear him do his piece "Hypnosis," which is totally beautiful. Google it; I saw Darrin Thaves perform it on YouTube the other night. He killed it.

Friday, August 10: 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Remembrance and Healing Concert

At first glance, this looked a little corny to me, but then I saw that (speaking of Darrin Thaves) Darrin Thaves would be performing. As I said above, I just saw him on YouTube the other night, and I was sooo impressed. He plays the way I would like to play: very clean, very clear, very beautiful. I wouldn't miss an opportunity to hear him. He teaches at Cal State Long Beach, and I would love to study with him if I had the time. I don't have the time. Hopefully when he comes back to Long Beach, he'll have some concerts I can go to around town.

Friday, August 10: 5-6 p.m.
Gems for Flute

Faure, Doppler, Hindemith... who wouldn't want to hear these guys performed? Also, Robert Dick will be performing, and he's fun.

Friday, August 10: 8-10 p.m.
Gala Concert

I'm really not familiar with anybody on the program, but you never ever miss the Gala Concert at the convention. It sounds fun, too, with flute + percussion. What flutist could pass that up?

Saturday, August 11: 9-10:20 a.m.
Pastiche: A Chamber Recital

(Just a note: "Pastiche"? Really, NFA?) This is a recital showcasing flute + other instruments, and could be fun. I don't know what the program is, but I would probably pop in and check it out.

Saturday, August 11: 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Showcase III: World Chamber Concert

This just looks fun. Piccolo as soloist with a chamber ensemble? YES please.

Saturday, August 11: 1-1:50 p.m.
Flutes, Loops and Laptops

This is one of those times where you pop in and pop out. I would leave the Showcase above in order to get to this one. Greg Patillo! And the whole laptop thing interests me. I'd like to find out more about using loops and a computer for practicing, and maybe even performances.

Saturday, August 11: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
The Grand Tour

Mimi Stillman is one of the performers, and she's just amazing. I've got past flute conventions to thank for allowing me to hear her play: she's world class. Beautiful, too.

Saturday, August 11: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Golden Age of the Flute and Harp

I don't get enough opportunities to hear a harp. I would be curious about this.

Saturday, August 11: 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Evening Lobby Concert III

Ellen Burr and the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra!!!!

Saturday, August 11: 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Concerto Gala

Walfrid Kujala! Alexa Still! Seriously, don't miss it.

Saturday, August 11: 10:30-11:30 p.m.
Saturday Late Nite: 21st Century Guide to Flute and Guitar

Agnew-McAllister Duo, from Scotland. I saw them perform in Long Beach, and they are a wonderful duo! They rarely come to America, and I was really lucky to see them. I have no idea if they are a couple (nor does it matter) but they play with a romantic feel, and they're so talented. I usually wimp out and go to bed after the gala concerts (Patty is always so disappointed in me!) but I'd stay up for these guys.

Sunday, August 12: 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Flute and Friends

I'll admit it: by Sunday morning, I'm usually starting to get tired. The convention is fun but there's so much to do and hear! This sounds like a fun concert but it's a little early... I'd probably be disappointed to miss it but I might choose to sleep in. Sorry!

Sunday, August 12: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Introduction to Beatbox Flute with Greg Patillo

On the other hand, while I'm pretty sure I don't want to beatbox, I would still love to see and hear this guy one more time!

Sunday, August 12: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Professional Flute Choir Concert

Another opportunity to hear Darrin Thaves, in a group this time.

Sunday, August 12: 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Showcase IV: Kaleidoscope

Seriously, NFA, these names are silly. But! Catherine Ransom from the Los Angeles Philharmonic!

Sunday, August 12: 12:30-1:25 p.m.
Lobby Concert IV

Featuring the Pacific Flute Ensemble, the Long Beach based flute choir conducted by Darrin Thaves. These flutists are really, really good. Check them out on YouTube. Culver City Flute Choir members: they play in tune ALL THE TIME. Something to think about.

Sunday, August 12: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Piccolo All Stars: Top 40

Sarah Jackson, Sarah Jackson, Sarah Jackson. Love her.

I'd definitely go to the closing ceremony! Not even going to write it down, it's a given.

Anyway, these are just the things that would interest me. I'm sure I'd find myself changing it up and doing things I hadn't intended to, and hearing stuff I wasn't familiar with. It's such a great experience. To all of you going, have fun! If you're a CCFC member, email me your photos and any interesting items you pick up. I know you'll be busy but it would be so worth it to the other flute choir members!

Monday, July 16, 2012

"Band Camp for Grownups"

(Let's be clear: I never went to band camp.)

I just read this article in the NY Times about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the awesome opportunity they give amateur musicians to play. Sure, you have to pay, but this sounds like so much fun.

Many Culver City Flute Choir members spend a lot of money every year to go to the flute convention... this would be an amazing opportunity to probably spend the same amount of money (when you figure out what you're spending for transportation, hotel, the convention fees, etc.) for an intense workout with world class musicians like David Buck, Sarah Jackson and Catherine Ransom Karoly.

And it seems like the kind of thing Mr. Dudamel would be interested in, too. I bet there would be a waiting list: there are so many amateur flutists in Los Angeles!

Thoughts about Muczynski

About ten years ago I played some solo flute music by Robert Muczynski. I didn't realize at the time that he was a living composer (unfortunately he passed away in 2010). This morning, I've been listening to him a lot. I have the "Complete Music for Flute" on my iPod, and Allegro Ma Non Troppo, one of the movements from one of his Duos for flute and clarinet came on during my "shuffle all songs" session on my drive in to work. (Preceded by "Running Loaded," by Mudhoney, a "grunge" band from the 90s, "Little Man with a Gun in His Hand," by the Minutemen, and "You Wreck Me," by Tom Petty. Yes you read that correctly.)
This movement is less than a minute long (Alexandra Hawley is the flutist, and she kicks ass, as does the clarinet player, Gregory Dufford), and it sounds soooo fun. I would love to play it (as if I have time to study and practice enough to pull it off; as if I know any clarinet players willing to work with me. I'm also not sure I have the chops; even at my most practiced, I'm not sure if I'm a good enough flutist for this stuff). I think I read somewhere that there's an arrangement for two flutes; it might be easier to ask another flutist to play it with me. Anybody interested?

Anyway, I will post some YouTube videos later, or maybe just a link so you can listen to it. If I don't get around to it, do a little search on your own, you won't regret it. I think Muczynski might be one of my favorite composers. Really fun, interesting stuff.

And for those of you going to the flute convention in August, Phillip Dikeman will be performing the Sonata for Flute and Piano on Thursday afternoon, August 9th, starting at 12:30. That one sounds really challenging and beautiful. I wouldn't miss that opportunity to hear it, if I were you.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Songs of the Ocean, by Hirose

This was recorded by our flute choir member Michael Okamoto at our last concert, June 21, 2012.


Irene Palma
Judy Silverman
Carol Inge
Diane Rico


Thursday, July 5, 2012


Hi, everyone!

Here's a photo from our last concert, courtesy of our member and friend David Shorey, who unfortunately was not playing with us last quarter but who we hope to see again very soon.

Obviously a camera phone photo!
Still, nice to see a current picture of us all!
If you were also in attendance at this concert and took photos, please email them to CCFC.Info@gmail.com.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Concert 2012

Please join us for our next concert!

When: Thursday, June 21 at 8 o'clock p.m.
Where: Farragut Elementary School, Cafeteria
10820 Farragut Drive
Culver City, CA

We hope to see you there!

For more information or to join our mailing list, please send a message to CCFC.Info@gmail.com.