Amy Appleton

The New York Flute Club sponsors a multifaceted program designed to include students of all ages and levels who study flute in the greater New York City area. We have been developing relationships with schools, teachers, and music outreach programs. Special events have included pre-concert workshops and demonstrations, opportunities for students to meet the performers, and career development seminars. In addition, we offer scholarships for recommended students to attend the annual flute fair free of charge.

NYFC offers FREE masterclasses and workshops exclusively for NYFC members.

If you’re interested in contributing program suggestions or time, please contact Amy Appleton, our education chair.

Information about education/enrichment events in past seasons may be found here.

We thank the Friends of Flutes Foundation, lifetime NYFC member Ardith Bondi, and other anonymous donors for their generous contributions to our education programs. If you would like to support our ongoing education efforts, click here.

Past event: Flute Repair 101 with David Samperi

Students at Dave Samperi's Flute Repair 101 class.
Photo: Elyse Knobloch

Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:00-4:00 pm

Mannes School of Music
55 West 13th Street, Room 350 (third floor)

Master flute repairman David Samperi presented a class on basic repair techniques as well as important basic skills necessary to take care of your flute. Fourteen NYFC members attended and learned how to remove and reposition the headjoint cork assembly. Most of the class got some hands-on experience at disassembling and reassembling the keywork on the flute body. More details here.


Flute repair expert David Samperi studied at the Performing Arts High School in New York City and continued at the Boston Conservatory, studying flute performance with Bill Grass. He finished his degree at SUNY Purchase with Elizabeth Mann. After several years training with Muramatsu Flutes and Chris McKenna, Samperi opened his own shop, Flute Perfection, in Haworth, NJ in 2009.


Past event: NYFC at Harlem School of the Arts

Saturday, January 26, 2019 • All day

Tereasa Payne performed her "Flutes of the World" concert for the students and families at Harlem School for the Arts' Family Day on Saturday, January 26 in a collaboration between the HSA and the New York Flute Club's education program. Audience members filled the great atrium auditorium of HSA to listen and watch as Tereasa invited the audience to explore how flutes are used around the world to communicate, connect, and create a sense of belonging. 

As Tereasa shared 16 flutes from 13 different countries, a group of 25 children found their way forward from the hundreds in attendance to sit on the carpeted edge of the stage to watch, captivated by the descriptions and sounds of these unique flutes. Following the performance, children and adults alike asked questions and shared fascinating comments about their family heritages, and how the flutes' distinctive sounds transport and connect them to other cultures. 

This joint venture between the NY Flute Club and the Harlem School for the Arts allowed students and their families to leave the concert with a knowledge of flutes from around the world, an appreciation for the many cultures that embrace the flute and its music, and a better sense of the common threads which tie us together as humans.

Flutist Tereasa Payne has been a featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, panflutist on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, saxophonist with The Temptations, and clarinetist with Bernadette Peters. She plays in several Broadway orchestras including The Lion King, and she performs her "Flutes of the World" concert for audiences throughout the United States. For more information:

The New York Flute Club previously collaborated with HSA's vocal studio, taught by then-HSA president Betty Allen. NYFC flutists provided obbligatos for the young professional students in her studio and performed both at HSA and at the New York Flute Fair.