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Flute Fest

UMFA is pleased to host Powell artist Christina Jennings for Flute Fest 2020. Christina will be presenting a recital with pianist Matthew McCright, a flute masterclass, and “The Moveable Flutist,” a fun interactive class for all ages and abilities.

Event Schedule

8:00 AM - Registration Begins - Jones Commons

9:00 AM - Exhibits and Garage Sale Open - Jones Commons

9:00 AM - The Moveable Flutist with Christina Jennings - Jackman

10:00 AM - Young Artist Competition Finals - Chapel

10:00 AM - Flute Choir Reading Session - Room 205

10:30 AM - Baroque Flute Recital with Immanuel Davis - Guild Hall

11:00 AM -Rising Stars Festival Session 1- Room 207

11:30 PM - Alternative Practice Approach with Carol Gilkey - Room 205

12:30 PM - Laudie Porter Competition Finals - Chapel

1:00 PM - Christina Jennings Recital - Guild Hall

2:30 PM - Christina Jennings Masterclass - Guild Hall

2:30 PM - Beginning Jazz Improvisation with Michael Abresch - Room 207

3:30 PM -Shop Local: Support Your Local Composer with Deb Harris - Room 205

3:00 PM - Rising Stars Festival Session 2 - Chapel

4:30 PM - Awards Ceremony & Flute Fest Closing Ceremony - Guild Hall


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Plymouth Congregational Church

1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

  • Adult Member – $20.00
  • Senior Member (ages 55 and over) – $15.00
  • Student Member (ages 12 and under) – $10.00
  • Student Member (ages 13 and over) – $15.00

All Flute Fest events require a current UMFA membership plus event registration. Click below to learn about all the benefits of membership, or to renew.

Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” Ms. Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. She is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and The National Flute Association Young Artists.

Active as a concerto soloist, Ms. Jennings has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Utah and Houston Symphonies. In 2009 she premiered concertos written for her by Carter Pann and Laura Elise Schwendinger. The Washington Post described her performance of the Jonathan Leshnoff Concerto with the Fairfax Symphony as a “spirited, quicksilver performance.” Highlights of the 2019-20 season include concerto performances with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, performances with Simone Dinnerstein at the Baroklyn series (Miller Theater), and a new concerto commission with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra for flute and viola d’amore with Matthew Dane.

As broad-gauged in her musical pursuits as she is in her repertoire choices, Ms. Jennings played ten years as the Principal Flute with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston) where the Houston Culture Map described her as a “flutist (who) glistened with golden pixie dust”. She currently performs as Principal Flute with the Arizona MusicFest! Orchestra and has performed frequently with Orchestra 2001 including recent performances at the Library of Congress and in Havana, Cuba. She has worked with such diverse artists such as Jethro Tull, David Parsons Dance Company, and members of Pilobolus. Chamber music partners have included the Ensō, Brentano, and Takács string Quartets, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Lucy Shelton, Simone Dinnerstein, Jonathan Leathwood, and Bridget Kibbey.

Christina Jennings can be heard in works by Alec Wilder alongside jazz great Marian McPartland in a shared CD for Albany Records. In 2013 two discs were released featuring Ms. Jennings in the work of Laura Elise Schwendinger. Three Works (Albany) features the flute concerto Waking Dream for which Fanfare Magazine said “Exquisitely played by Christina Jennings (the work’s dedicatee), this is the highlight of the disc.” Ms. Schwendinger’s High Wire Act (Centaur Records) also features Ms. Jennings in High Wire Act and Rumor. Her most recent publication is a Naxos disc of flute music by the American composer George Rochberg which features her transcriptions of the Caprice Variations published by Galaxy Music. The 2015 Gramophone review says: “Jennings fades to silence in Slow Fires ‘while spinning around’ [and] the effect is stunning. The recording is miked just right to catch Jennings’s multicoloured nuances of tone and phrase.”

In great demand as a teacher, Ms. Jennings is Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and on the summer faculties of Greenwood Music Camp and ARIA. She has also taught at Texas and Sarasota Music Festivals. She is the director of the Panoramic Flutist Seminar and the Once a Flutist Festival, both in Boulder. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, and her principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Leone Buyse, George Pope, and Jeanne Baxtresser. Ms. Jennings lives in Boulder with her husband, violist Matthew Dane, and their twin sons.

Flute Fest is an annual UMFA event dedicated to our love of the flute. Each year we feature an inspiring guest artist, and host the final rounds of the Young Artist Competition and Laudie Porter Memorial Scholarship Competition for junior high and high school students. There are also masterclasses, discussions and workshops, as well as opportunities for participation, so bring your flute! It is a fabulous day to shop for flutes and flute music from our many knowledgeable exhibitors. Those who prefer to spend the day listening, will delight in the concerts and recitals, including our Rising Stars Recitals, dedicated to our youngest students. Join our flute community! We welcome all ages and ability levels to join us!

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