NYFC Centennial

The New York Flute Club will celebrate its centennial season in 2019-20. We have many projects in progress: a major commission, concerts and events, educational programs, expansion of our website, and much more. Watch this space for updates.


Past event: Gala Centennial Concert (November 17, 2019)

Our Centennial Gala concert on November 17, 2019 at Merkin Hall was a stunning success. Carol Wincenc premiered our centennial commission: Five Andean Improvisations by Gabriela Lena Frank, and Robert Langevin, Mindy Kaufman, Paula Robison, Robert Dick Linda Chesis, and Michael Parloff, backed by an all-star flute orchestra, gave us a magnificent concert. 

Past event: Governors Island (100 Flutes)

The 2019-20 season's centennial festivities will begin with a field trip to Governors Island on Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2019. Pat Zuber organized a choir of 100 (or more) flutists to celebrate our 100th birthday. We invited flutists of all ages and levels to join us; the core of the group were the members of our ensemble program, but we welcomed both existing flute choirs—amateur, adult, college, music school—and individual players. Participants brought their flutes, a stand, some clothespins to hold the music, and a picnic; the Club provided some modest goodies to enjoy after the performance. Event photos are posted here.

Past event: Centennial commission

We are proud to announce that we have commissioned Gabriela Lena Frank to write a work for flute and piano to commemorate the centennial of the Flute Club. It will be premiered at a gala concert during the 2019-20 season and will be published by G. Schirmer. Find more about Ms. Frank here.


Kincaid Centennial Challenge

In honor of William Kincaid, the NYFC's first vice president, who was a championship swimmer, the NYFC kicks off the runup to its centennial with a challenge: Several members of the board and advisory board—Pat Zuber, Wendy Stern, Nancy Toff, and Carol Wincenc—are dedicated lap swimmers, and they each have committed to swim 100 miles for the club. Members and friends are invited to sponsor their laps at the rate of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per mile, beginning in the spring of 2017, and continuing for approximately the next year. Our completion goal is October 31, 2018, Barrère’s birthday. Other members are invited to join the project as swimmers or participants in other activities—running, bicycling, walking, practicing the flute, or anything else that can be measured in units of 100. The NYFC website will track everyone’s progress. Click here for details, instructions, forms.