The Club's ensemble program consists of scheduled, informal get-togethers of amateur and professional Club members who meet for the pleasure of playing the considerable body of music written for multiple flutes. A professional flutist coordinates activities and every effort is made to match players of similar abilities. The participants, who must be members in good standing of the Club, perform at least one concert per year.
Meetings are held approximately monthly, typically on weekend afternoons. In most years, the rehearsals have been at Studios 353, 353 West 48th Street, 2nd floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Photos and reports of the NYFC Ensemble's activities in past seasons, starting with 2016-17, may be found here.
Rehearsal Schedule for the 2017-18 Season
353 West 48th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
|Saturday, September 16, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, November 18, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, December 17, 2017||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, January 13, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, February 18, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Saturday, March 10, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
|Sunday, April 22, 2018||2:00 - 4:00 pm||TBD|
Annual Meeting and Concert (pending confirmation):
Sunday, May 6, 2018, Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Avenue, between 35th &36th Streets, NYC), 4th floor, room 414, 3:00 pm (set-up at 2:00 pm)
There are also informal ensemble reading sessions prior to many of the season's regular concerts. Watch the Newsletter for details.
Our November 18, 2017 Meet-up
Participants at the November 18 ensembles meet-up. Photos: Denise Koncelik
Twenty-four NYFC flutists met at Studios 353 on West 48th Street on Saturday, November 18. Co-directors Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers led the group through our repertoire pieces, with a focussing on musicality now that most of us have the notes. A highlight of the session was the presence of Lee Koss and her contrabass flute.
The intermission question, "If you could invite a composer to your Thanksgiving meal this year, who would it be, and why?" provoked some interesting answers. Leonard Bernstein, with five potential hosts, was the overwhelming favorite and the only composer to be mentioned more than once or twice.
Our October 15, 2017 Meet-up
Participants at the October 15 ensembles meet-up. Photos: Denise Koncelik
A record number of NYFC flutists (4 new and 26 returning) met at Studios 353 on West 48th Street on Sunday, October 15. Co-directors Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers led the group through Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Kelly Via's Fantasia on Red River Valley, David Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, Ricky Lombardo arrangements of Simple Gifts and Fiesta Canciones Folklóricas, and a Bill Holcombe arrangement of selections from The Sound of Music. The focus was on intonation (quite remarkably good, considering the number of players) and dynamics.
The intermission question, "Tell us about a book you are reading or have recently read" produced many interesting responses (as well as some post-rehearsal one-on-one discussions). Most everyone in the group came away with new ideas for their reading lists and/or more motivation to practice.
Our September 16, 2017 Meet-up
Participants at the September 16 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz
A record number of NYFC flutists (5 new and 23 returning) met at Studios 353 on West 48th Street on Saturday, September 16. Co-directors Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers led the group through several pieces new to our repertoire and a neglected movement of an old favorite (Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances). The new pieces were Kelly Via's Fantasia on Red River Valley, Gluck's Dance of the Blessed Spirits (with soloist Mark Vickers), Jonathan Cohen's Flutes and Vegetables, David Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, a Ricky Lombardo arrangement of Simple Gifts, and a Bill Holcombe arrangement of selections from The Sound of Music.
At intermission, the two most common responses to "Tell us what you will miss most about the summer" seemed to be "I won't miss it at all" and (from the teachers) "Not having to work."