Our music theme this year is Planets, Stars and Space!
- Jonathan Cohen’s Deep Space
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- Jupiter from Holst Planets
- Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations
- C Flute Day (Huntsville Only)
There will be two 2020 Alto and Bass Retreats (Click on the town names for more detailed information about each Retreat):
- Huntsville – April 22nd
- Marysville – May 13th
You will receive your assigned music shortly after the registration deadline once I know how many people of what ability levels are playing which instruments.
What Happens at the Retreats?
At both locations, we will be preparing and performing flute choir pieces that involve the whole group, a smaller choir piece and a few chamber pieces for a public performance. There will be two workshops,
Intonation and Vibrato.
In the Intonation Workshop, you will discover how to anticipate what circumstances may result in being out of tune in a flute choir, band, playing with piano or in mixed chamber groups. Discover the common mistake when tuning in a flute choir. You will learn skills that will improve your ability to make the necessary adjustments. Don’t be the person in your group who is the most out-of-tune.
Required book Seven Steps to Better Intonation published by Falls House Press.
Do you want a more consistent and expressive vibrato? Exactly how does vibrato enhance and improve phrasing or, make phrasing less effective? In the Vibrato Workshop you will learn how to control the intensity and rhythm of air pulses and, how to develop the flexibility to create expressive phrasing. We will talk about where and when and how much vibrato is appropriate.
Required book Vibrato Workbook published by Falls House Press.
There will be the ever-popular informal sight-reading sessions, so bring copies of your favorite duets, trios and quartets to share with others. Pieces already for combinations of alto and bass are especially useful. C flute duets, trios and quartets can also be played by all altos or all basses if the range is not too high.
for the 2020 Huntsville Retreat is $425 and $450 for the 2020 Marysville Retreat. Send a check with your registration form: my address is below. C flute players attending Saturday morning May 30th 9:15 to 12:15 in Huntsville will pay $45 and must have both required books.
For a payment through PayPal, send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send as a “friend”, they do not charge a fee. If I request the money, they charge a fee which amounts to an increase of 5% in your tuition. To pay for a private lesson, add $80 to your check or include an additional $80 in your PayPal payment.
Contact me at email@example.com if you want more information about either Retreat.
- Download and complete the retreat application.
- Use these guidelines to determine your Repertoire Level, which you’ll need to know when filling out the Retreat Application.
- Registration forms: scan and email completed form and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, snail mail the completed Huntsville registration and tuition check so that it is received by April 22nd. Mail the Marysville registration so that it is received by May 13th, along with the Retreat tuition (Huntsville $425 or $505 with private lesson, or Marysville $450 or $530 with private lesson), to:
2985 18th Street
Boulder, CO 80304
50% tuition refund until April 22nd for Huntsville; Marysville, May 13th. No refunds after those dates.
The 2019 Alto & Bass Flute Retreats were resounding successes! Check out photos from recent retreats!
“I really enjoyed meeting others with a shared interest and playing with them (I hate practicing alone). I learned a lot and next time plan to sign up for one of Chris’ private lessons.” —Steve B.
“Add me to the list of those who thought this retreat was a wonderful experience. It was great seeing old friends from last year, as well as meeting others for the first time. The air management class will definitely prove beneficial, and the alto and bass workshops and sight reading were just plain fun! One highlight for me had to be the small group rehearsals and performance. As a member of a very small flute choir, it was a blast to get to actually play alto and bass with other alto and bass players. The hotel setting was a huge improvement from the University dorms, and the staff was genuinely helpful. I also highly recommend signing up for a private lesson with Chris. It was well worth the expense.”—Linda in TX
“I had the opportunity to attend Chris Potter’s Alto & Bass Flute Retreat last month in Boulder, CO. We had a great time and learned a lot about the BIG Flutes. She taught alternate fingerings, intonation, phrasing, playing better in a group setting, etc. We were able to work at the level we felt we are at: beginner, intermediate or advanced. She had some great music for us to learn. We played for a local church service on Sunday morning; then on Monday we played a recital at a piano gallery. It was all for us amateur adults which made it especially nice. Everyone had a great time.” —Mary in TX
“I attended Chris Potter’s 6th Annual Alto and Bass Flute retreat in California a few years ago. I was a beginning alto player at the time and had no idea how different the alto is from the c flute—in embouchure, intonation issues, idiosyncrasies, and more. The Retreat packed a lot of information and opportunities in just a few days, and it was a treat to meet ad work with low flutists from all over the US. I came away from the Retreat more skilled, more knowledgeable, and definitely inspired!” —Deb in CO