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Flute Orchestra Messages

Hello Flutists!

Welcome to our last week of BYSO for this year.  You all have been such troopers and I hope you have had fun with our “Pop-Cycle” this spring!

Everyone who submitted their practice recordings should have received 2 emails from me on Wednesday, with suggestions for your continued practice.  (One email was sent to everyone; the 2nd email was more individualized.)  Please let me know if you have any questions.

There is a new recording in Dropbox for Take on Me that you can use to practice with – check it out!  And here’s a version a few of my friends made – have a listen – some great playing (and video work!)

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Thanks for all your hard work and great effort!

Here are the links to make the FINAL RECORDINGS – due by 10 pm this Saturday.

  • Wear concert black – with fun accessories to go with the music.
  • Label your recording in Upbeat correctly – with the exact part name you are recording Flute 3 / Alto / Knee slaps / etc. ;
  • Warm up, then tune carefully before you begin to record
  • Please print out the music (and not play from a computer screen) – and stand at least 2 feet away from your microphone when you record, so we don’t hear distortion.  Let your family know you are recording to limit background noise/interruptions:
  • Center yourself in the screen – so we can always see all of your face/flute/hands and-or body percussion;
  • Freeze and SMILE at the end, before you turn off the recording; and
  • Listen to your recording before submitting – make sure it is aligned correctly, and that it sounds good!

Also, please remember – you can play additional parts, if you didn’t get the part assigned that you wanted.  🙂



*** If you did an individual project – fantastic!  Please send it to me by Sunday 🙂   Thanks!



JOIN THE GLOBAL EFFORT to record a piece and honor a composer!  Some of us learned this tune last term (Rose Cottage from Gaelic Offering by Catherine McMichael)  – so make up Upbeat recording and join in the fun!  Did you know that 2021 is the 25th anniversary of the publication of Catherine McMichael’s wonderful flute quartet, A Gaelic Offering? To celebrate, ALRY Publications is putting together a video tribute to present to Catherine on June 12th as part of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association Flute Ensemble Festival. – it’s supposed to be a secret and a surprise to her! 🙂

Recordings will be made via the Upbeat App, and you can find everything you need to make a video here:…
Choose a part (…/1-6yTF…), Flute 1-4 (C Flute Only), and if you like you can practice with the click track provided. There are two measures of click before the music starts with the pickup in Flute 4 starting on the 8th click. It’ll make sense when you hear it, I promise!
Please get your video in for us by May 30th so we can do any final touch-ups. And thank you all!


And visit Flute Loops – great flutists doing very fun things! Sheet Music1 — 2 Flute Loops

St Patrick’s Day 2021 — Wm. S. Haynes Co. Watch this video – and play this beautiful piece!  (maybe you want to do this for your independent project 🙂 )  Print out the music and play along with the materials they have.  Lovely!


Wishing you happy and healthy!

Happy Fluting!


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