2019_02_Poster_Draft #6

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

Flute Marketplace – Try out a new flute, find “the perfect gift”, or discover a new music treasure.  There is something for everyone!

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

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


Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here:  Purchase Tickets Online

Flute Day (Includes Evening Concert)

Members $50
Non-members $60
Students & young flautists (those aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult) $30

Concert Only

Members $20
Non-members $30
Children (12 & under) $10
Students (with student card) $15

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

This event is generously sponsored by:

About The Artists:

Suzanne Snizek will lead the Tone and Technique Workshop.

suzanne 2

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

Karen Porkka photo

“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.

File 2017-07-28_Petar

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. Other orchestral duties have included the Banff Festival Orchestra, Banff Opera, Banff Ballet Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Pro Coro Canada and the Edmonton Chamber Players Orchestra. She has been featured soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Saskatoon Symphony and the Edmonton Symphony and in 2012 performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City, with the Edmonton Symphony. 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. She is very active as a chamber musician with harpist Nora Bumanis, pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor, and can be heard on CD with the St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble.

Ms. Younge’s long teaching career has produced many professional flutists around the world. She has taught for many years at MusiCamrose and the Banff International Music School, and is presently teaching at the University of Alberta, where she was the recipient of the Francis Winspear Visiting Professor position.

Shelley received her Bachelor of Music from the renowned Indiana University School of Music, and has studied or attended masterclasses with Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic), Walfred Kujala (Chicago Symphony), Jim Walker, William Bennett, James Galway and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal. She has also attended classes with Robert Dick, Ian Clarke, Lorna McGhee, and Mathias Ziegler.

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

sylvia shadick taylor

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:

Other Upcoming Events


Sunday, April 28, 2019
HI Edmonton Hostel – 10647 81 Ave NW

Check back soon for more details…

Previous Events

Winter Windchill Play-In

No photo description available.

There will be music to play, food to eat, and lovely conversation! Bring your flute(s), a stand, music to share, and some sort of finger food. Gluten free and dairy free foods are especially welcome!

Sunday, January 27, 2019
3 to 5 pm
HI Edmonton Hostel – 10647 81 Ave NW

Anthony Trionfo


We are looking forward to a very special Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concert. Anthony Trionfo will be performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on October 28, 2018. The two pieces he will be featured in are Verdi’s La Traviata Fantasy and Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy. It will definitely be a delight!

We will also be having a flute clinic with Anthony Trionfo! The first half of the clinic will consists of several performers who will work through a practice challenge or specific problem with Anthony. In the second half, Anthony will take questions from the floor! It will be happening October 27, 2018 at 3:00 – 5:30 pm.

Flootball Party

background-ball-blurred-background-1353369Our annual Flootball Party! This year is special as we will be celebrating the Grey Cup right here in Edmonton. We will be providing ongoing updates about the game throughout the afternoon. There will be music to play, food to eat, and lovely conversation! Bring your flute(s), a stand, music to share, and some sort of finger food. Gluten free and dairy free foods are especially welcome!

November 25
3 to 5 pm
HI Edmonton Hostel – 10647 81 Ave NW

EFA First Annual Beneflute Concert with the Top Notes Flute Quartet

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 6.35.47 PM

Our first-ever benefit concert for the Edmonton Flute Association featured the Top Notes Flute Quartet — Edmontonians Elizabeth Koch, Shelley Younge, Liz Faulkner, and Petar Dundjerski– was a great success!  Thank you to all who attended.