Denise Koncelik
Co-Director


Mark Vickers
Co-Director

Ensemble Program


NYFC Ensemble participants at the May 21, 2023 concert          Photo: Jenny Cline

NY Flute Club Ensemble Reconvenes after a successful 2022-23 season

We were grateful to be able to resume rehearsals last year, culminating in a wonderful concert in May of 2023. We meet once a month, usually on the third weekend, either Saturday or Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm, September through April, and play a concert at the May Annual Meeting. We hope to resume rehearsals at Studios 353 at 353 W 48th Street. Dates will be finalized soon and posted below.

To join the ensemble:

  • You must be a current member of the NY Flute Club.
  • You must have proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
  • No audition is required. We accept all levels of players.

NOTE: If you wish to participate in the ensemble program (even past members) you must email Denise & Mark at: ensembles@nyfluteclub.org. Please include your name, preferred email address, and instrument (C flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, contrabass). For new members, include a short note describing your playing level (high school, college, amateur, professional).
We will email parts in PDF files. If you need a hard copy, please let us know.


SMALL ENSEMBLES PROGRAM:  Interested in playing in a group of two to four or five players in a player’s home? The NYFC has revived its matchmaking service for NYFC members interested in playing in a small ensemble. See the December 2021 NYFC Newsletter for details and/or contact Tereasa Payne at tereasapayne@hotmail.com.


Photos and reports of the NYFC Ensemble's activities in past seasons, starting with 2016-17, may be found here.


Meeting Schedule for the 2023-24 Season

Date Time Location (if not Studios 353) Event type
Saturday, September 23, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, October 15, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, November 19, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, December 17, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Saturday, January 13, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, February 18, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Saturday, March 16, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, April 21, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person
Sunday, May 19, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 pm   In-person

Our Sunday, February 18, 2024 Meet-up


Participants at the February 18 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz

 


Our Saturday, January 12, 2024 Meet-up


Participants at the January 12 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz

 


Our Sunday, December 17, 2023 Meet-up


Participants at the December 17 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz

Twenty flutists, including two new players, met on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Studios 353 on West 48th St. We played through most of the pieces that are being prepared for the May concert, and read Bill Giannone's new arrangement of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. The ice breaker question was "Do you have any old or new traditions" for the holiday season or New Year's Eve? Many said they would be with friends or family, cooking, making gifts, some binge-watching ("Twilight Zone" and "The Honeymooners"), and others mentioned avoiding Times Square.     


Our Sunday, November 19, 2023 Meet-up


Participants at the November 19 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz

 


Our Sunday, October 15, 2023 Meet-up


Participants at the October 15 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Carmen Brown

     Twenty-two flutists (19 returning and three new) attended the NYFC Ensemble rehearsal on Sunday, October 15 at Studios 353 in Manhattan. Codirector Mark Vickers led the group through  most of the season's repertoire, with some extra digging in on Daniel Dorff's Fireworks. The players noted that they were working at a higher level than normal, so tempos were held down until people had more of a chance to practice on their own. 
     The icebreaker question was "What is your favorite thing to do on Halloween?" Some people like to dress up and go to parties, and others stay at home to dole out candy to the trick-or-treaters (one  person reports getting around 400 trick-or-treaters annually and dispensing with around 16 pounds of candy; others hope the trick-or-treaters don't show up so they can eat the leftovers). Mark likes to visit the carved pumpkin show at a zoo in Providence, RI.      


Our Saturday, September 23, 2023 Meet-up


Participants at the September 23 ensembles meet-up. Photo: Brian Klasewitz

     Twenty-four flutists (21 returning and three new) attended the season's first NYFC Ensemble rehearsal on Saturday, September 23rd at Studios 353 in Manhattan. Codirectors Denise Koncelik and Mark Vickers led the group through a set of mostly new-to-the-group pieces including Via's Fantasia on Red River Valley, McMichael's A Gaelic Offering, Lombardo's The Flute Garden, Tico Tico (arr. Wye), and the last movement of Dvorák's New World Symphony (arr. Long). 
     The icebreaker question (apropos of the day's weather) was "What do you like to do on a rainy day (other than practicing the flute)?" Most people were happy just to curl up with a book and a favorite beverage, or nap with a pet, but one person just liked watching the rain fall and another enjoyed a wet game of soccer.