Beneflute Day 2019

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Join The EFA For Beneflute Day 2019

1pm – 5pm Workshops & Flute Marketplace
Tone and Technique – Led by Suzanne Snizek
Improvisation – Led by Karen Porkka
Flute Choir – Led by Petar Dundjerski – (Please bring your flute and a music stand!)

Flute Marketplace – Try out a new flute, find “the perfect gift”, or discover a new music treasure.  There is something for everyone!  (Please bring cash as not all vendors can accept credit cards.)

7pm – Concert “Rare Gems – Music by Suppressed Composers” featuring Suzanne Snizek, flute, Shelley Younge, flute, and Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano

Location:    All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 10035 – 103St. Edmonton, Alberta

Bonus Activity!  Suzanne Snizek will be providing private lessons!
Time:  Sunday, May 26th, 2019
Location:  Long & McQuade South Location (9219 28 Avenue NW Edmonton AB)
Cost:  $100/hour (shorter lessons can be arranged)
To book at lesson, please send an e-mail message to


Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only, please) or online here:  Purchase Tickets Online (credit card only)

Flute Day Workshops (Includes Evening Concert*)

Students & young flautists (those aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult)$30

Concert Only

Children (12 & under)$10
Students (with student card)$15

*The cost of the Workshops includes complimentary admission to the evening concert.  For those who wish to attend only one workshop, the cost is $25 and admission will be cash payment at the door.

All tickets purchased prior to May 1, 2019 will be entered for a chance to win fabulous door prizes generously provided by Long & McQuade.


Suzanne Snizek’s appearance has been made possible, in part, through an educational grant from Altus Flutes.image

This event is generously sponsored by:


Wei Yew & Co.



About The Artists:

Suzanne Snizek will lead the Tone and Technique Workshop.

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Award winning Altus Artist Suzanne Snizek is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Victoria in BC. She regularly performs around the world, and has recently returned from an exciting show in China. Hear her play on her new CD “Chamber Music (re)Discoveries”.

Dr. Snizek’s innovative research on “Suppressed Music” has been published by Böhlau Verlag- Vienna, Routledge – New York, Armand Colin- Paris, and World ORT. Her concert in Edmonton will feature music by suppressed composers from Germany, Korea, and the former Soviet Union.

Karen Porkka will lead the Improvisation Workshop:  Improvisation – the Magic of Music

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“Improvisation invites us to become creators. Improvisation allows us to embody all aspects of music regardless of the instruments we play.

In this workshop we will look at the building blocks of music that enable us to co-create compositions in the moment.

Along with deep listening, trusting what we know intuitively about music, it often unfolds just like magic.

Participants will be using their flutes, voices and bodies to fully experience the magic of improvisation.”

To learn more about Karen, visit her website:

Petar Dundjerski will lead the Flute Choir Session.

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Petar was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and has made Canada his home for the majority of his life. He has a Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Toronto, where he studied flute with Susan Hoeppner. Petar has served as the Assistant Conductor-in-Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and presently conducts the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra. As a flutist, Petar performs regularly with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alberta Baroque Ensemble as well as in various chamber music ensembles. Petar is a founding member of the Top Notes, Edmonton’s professional flute quartet.

To learn more about Petar, visit his website:

Shelley Younge will join Suzanne Snizek for the evening concert:  Rare Gems – Music By Suppressed Composers


Shelley Younge, BMus in Flute Performance (Indiana University – Jacob School of Music)

Flutist Shelley Younge held the position of Assistant Principal Flute of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 2018, and has been a featured soloist on many occasions.  A frequent performer of chamber music on CBC radio and television, Shelley has appeared in recital with such notable performers as Celtic harpist Mary O’Hara, and the late Lois Marshall.  In addition to teaching at the University of Alberta, she is active as a chamber musician with harpist Nora Bumanis and pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor.  Shelley is a founding member of the Top Notes, Edmonton’s professional flute quartet.

Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is the pianist for the evening concert.

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Edmonton pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor excels as a soloist, yet is equally comfortable as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, teacher and clinician. She has been heard in concert in Canada, Thailand, Germany, France, Japan and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City with Hungarian/Canadian violinist Nándor Szederkényi (1998) and more recently with cellist Tanya Prochazka (2011).

Sylvia has a strong interest in contemporary music and has premiered many Canadian and American works. Due to her promotion of Canadian music, she was named an Ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre in 2009. Through her virtuosic pianism and musicianship, Sylvia’s performances are known to transform music into captivating storytelling.

A respected name in the musical community, Sylvia has worked for many organizations including the University of Alberta, Edmonton Opera, Opera NUOVA, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alberta College and Pro Coro Canada, and is Co-Chair of the Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Society.

To learn more about Sylvia, visit her website:

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