Previous Events

WINTER Play-in

Come join us for a winter flute choir sight reading session. Bring your flute and a stand and be ready to play!
When we’re done playing, we will have some snacks and refreshments. Please bring a snack to share.

This is a free event for all EFA members. All ages and abilities are welcome!

When: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: HI Edmonton (10647 81 Ave NW) – downstairs meeting room

Please RSVP on our Facebook Page or by e-mail:

Flute Slam – Open Mic For Flute Players

Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 1pm to 3pm at the Nook Cafe!

Play-In Sunday, October 20, 2019

Summer Play-In – Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Come join us for a summer flute choir sight reading session. Bring your flute and a stand and be ready to play!
When we’re done playing, we will have some snacks and refreshments. If you would like to bring a snack to share, please do!

When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Long & McQuade Edmonton South 9219 28 Avenue NW

Please RSVP on our Facebook Page or by e-mail:

Improvisation Workshop – Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Our next EFA event is an Improvisation Workshop!  

It’s all about PLAYING!!
The Improv session at our Beneflute Day on May 25 was such a success that we have decided to make a similar session available for those who attended and wanted more…and for those who were unable to attend and still want to learn.  This session will be facilitated by Alison Grant-Préville. Come and play around with music to discover how to get away from note-reading and become the composer of your own spontaneous music in a group setting. 

When:  Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time:  7PM to 8:30PM
Cost: This event will be ‘pay-what-you-can’, with a suggested donation of $10 when you come.
Location: HI Edmonton – 10647 81 Ave NW, Edmonton 

Please RVSP! Hope to see you in numbers, EFA friends.

Beneflute Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Beneflute Day 2019 Workshops and Concert!! It was a great success. The Organizing Committee and the EFA board are very grateful for the support of the Edmonton flute community!

Here are some of the comments we received from our participants and audience:

When asked what they liked about the workshops…
“variety and flute choir”
“the Improvisation and the flute choir – with the opportunity to try different kinds of flutes – was excellent”
“I quite enjoyed the entire workshop for every workshop, but I especially appreciated the opportunity to try piccolos, altos, and bass flutes. The marketplace was pretty good too.”
“The Improvisation Workshop was really unique”
“We had fun together!”
“Can’t wait for the next one!”

When asked how likely they would be to attend a similar event in the future, every single person who responded said “Extremely”.

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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.

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:

St. Albert Chamber Music Society Concert
featuring The Top Notes (Flute Quartet)

Saturday, May 4, 2019   7:30 pm
For ticket information please visit the St. Alberta Chamber Music Society website.

Annual General Meeting – Sunday, April 28, 2019

Please join the Edmonton Flute Community in celebrating 2 successful years as an Association!

When:  Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time:  3pm – 5pm
Where:  HI Edmonton Library Room on 3rd Floor – 10647 81 Ave NW Edmonton AB

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Listen to an amazing performance by Fluo Duo featuring our very own Alison Grant-Preville and Chenoa Andersen.

Vote in and meet our new board members.  Read their bios here.

Purchase your 2019-2020 Membership.  Everyone who purchases a membership at the meeting will be entered to win one of two door prizes.

Enjoy refreshments and socialize.

Winter Windchill Play-In

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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


Our 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

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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.