Boston Flute Academy Open House

Virtual Event | Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | All Day


Emmanuel Pahud, Demarre McGill,

Maron Khoury, Emi Ferguson,

Paul Edmund-Davies, Nina Assimakopoulos


BFA Open House

Saturday, April 10th, 9am-8:30pm.

Admission is free.

All flutists are invited! Register HERE to receive link to attend any or all of the BFA Open House virtual workshops, masterclasses, and recital. We'll also send you the PDF workbook folder for the Paul Edmund-Davies technique workshop.

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Schedule and Artists

Paul Edmund-Davies

Paul Edmund-Davies

9:00am-10:30am SPRING CLEAN! Dust off the winter cobwebs of technique with Sound, Fingers, Intervals, & Articulation play alongs and duets with Paul Edmund-Davies. PDF workbook folder with music & materials will be sent after registration. This is Paul's 3rd visit to BFA! He will be with us from London.

Paul Edmund-Davies is former Principal Flute of London Symphony. You've heard him play flute on blockbuster film soundtracks such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. Upcoming releases include the James Bond film "No Time to Die".

Check out Simply Flute by Edmund-Davies

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Judy Grant

11am-12:15pm TONE WORKSHOP:

Top 10 Ways to Fix a "Bad Tone Day" with Judy Grant

BFA flute students have become known for playing with a colorful, resonant sound and wide dynamic range. BFA Faculty Judy Grant will share many of our practice secrets. Have your flutes handy to try out all the techniques (on mute of course!)

Listen: Judy plays Poulenc Elegie in remote recording 2021

More on Judy Grant: "Shaping the Sound of Tomorrow" update

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Nina Assimakopoulos

1:00-2:15pm. FLUTE MASTER CLASS with Nina Assimakopoulos, Flute Professor at West Virginia University. Professor Assimakopoulos is a dynamic performer & teacher with creative problem solving techniques. She will work with 3 players from the BFA Conservatory Ensemble & Seminar class. Repertoire includes Clarke Great Train Race, Martinu Sonata, Gaubert Fantaisie.

Watch Lesson: Nina teaches Ferneyhough - Cassandra's Dream Song (1970)

Watch Film: Nina's Hydrology Notebook

More on Nina Assimakopoulos

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Demarre McGill

2:30-4:00pm ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS MASTER CLASS with Demarre McGill, Principal Flute of Seattle Symphony and Flute Professor at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Professor McGill will share his flute expertise through the lens of his distinguished orchestral career. Excerpts will include:

Debussy Faun, Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakoff Russian Easter Overture, Bach Aus Liebe from St Matthew Passion.

Listen to Demarre McGill play Mouquet

Demarre McGill website


Emmanuel Pahud

7:00-8:30pm Conversation with Emmanuel Pahud, Principal Flute of Berlin Philharmonic. In-depth interview will cover many topics ranging from his early life and diverse career to his thoughts and advice on flute technique, auditions, and what makes a great second flute player in an orchestra. Emmanuel joins us from his home in Berlin.

Listen: Pahud plays Ferroud

Emmanuel Pahud Website

Have dinner while you listen to the talk with Pahud!

Open House Recital @ 5:00pm - 6:15pm:


Maron Anis Khoury

Maron A. Khoury is second flutist with the NY Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he won at age 20. He will join us from Israel to premiere his new recording of Dutilleux Sonatine.

NEWS! Help us celebrate the release of Maron Khoury's brand new book which contains a whopping 30 major pieces from the flute repertoire! He'll give us the inside scoop.

Check out Maron's New Book: Book of Solos

Listen: Khoury plays Hypnosis by Ian Clarke


Emi Ferguson

Emi Ferguson is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 NFA Young Artist Competition, Principal Flute with Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, and a versatile solo performer who is pushing boundaries on both the modern flute and baroque flute. She will join us from New York City to perform Bach/Ferguson: Allemande, recomposed.

Watch/listen: Behind the scenes recording session, Emi with Ruckus - Bach e minor

..thus far and no further | October 24 2020

More info on Emi Ferguson

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Roel Contreras

Roel Contreras is a Teaching Artist with Boston Flute Academy and flutist with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Cynthia Woods. Ro is always an exciting performer to hear play. He will join us from his beautiful new home and music studio in Avondale, Pennsylvania.

Avondale, you have a wonderful new flutist in town!

A pandemic recording...a sign of the times in which we find ourselves

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Judy Grant

Judy Grant is the Founder and Artistic Director of Boston Flute Academy since 2008 and the Flute Professor of Boston College Music Department. She will host the Open House Recital and perform a piece in memory of Fenwick Smith.

BFA Programs & Courses designed by Judy


Lia Suk, BFA Concerto Winner

BFA Student Spotlight: Lia Suk is a 10th grade student at Boston Flute Academy and 1st Prize Winner of the 2020 BFA Concerto Competition. She plays with the Boston Youth Symphony, is a member of the BFA Conservatory Ensemble, and was recently chosen for the 2021 Massachusetts All-State Festival.

Lia will perform in the Demarre McGill Orchestral Excerpts Masterclass and also on the BFA Open House Recital. Congratulations to Lia!

Listen to Lia perform Hirose with her 2021 BFA Studio Class


Umi is 8 years old and the youngest student in Judy Grant's studio. Umi has won 1st place in her age group for the 2021 Young Musicians Contest of the New York Flute Club. Umi will play her 1st prize performance for us on the BFA Open House Recital! Congratulations to Umi! Let's help her celebrate!

Here's a big shout out to The NY Flute Club, this is a wonderful organization! Check out NYFC competitions here.

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We welcome Flutistry to the BFA Open House! A representative will be on hand to answer any instrument, sheet music, or other questions you may have. Heads up: Flutistry carries flute books by BFA Guest Artist Paul Edmund-Davies.

Many thanks to Flutistry for helping us out in our search for a contrabass flute for the Boston Flute Academy Ensembles Program! BFA's Maliotis Chamber Players, Bernoulli Winds, and the BFA Conservatory Ensemble look forward to playing and hearing a contra in rehearsals, recordings, and concerts!

Flutistry website

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Thank you for joining us! We know you are all suffering in this pandemic and we hope the Open House will be a bright spot for you. We are excited to offer this free flute day for all.

After registration you will receive the PDF music materials for the Edmund-Davies workshop and your LINK to attend any part or all of the BFA Open House on Saturday, April 10th.

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Click HERE to Register for BFA Open House