Summer Flute Project

Summer Flute Project 2020

To protect the participants, guest artists and faculty, exhibitors, employees, and the community from the spread of COVID-19, Mesa Community College has canceled the MCC Summer Flute Project and the AZ FluteFest.

When: June 15 - 20, 2019

Where: Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College and Desert Echoes Flute Project are thrilled to present the MCC Summer Flute Project, June 15-20, 2020. Week-long participants will enjoy warm-up classes, chamber ensembles, and the SFP Flute Choir in the mornings in addition to the afternoon offerings of recitals, masterclasses, topic classes, and interactive offerings.

The week-long program is available to college, high school students, and adult flutists. Single Afternoons and the FluteFest is open to everyone.

Guest Artists:

  • Sarah Jackson (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

  • Dr. Elizabeth Buck (Arizona State University, former principal flute The Phoenix Symphony)

  • Dr. Brian Luce (University of Arizona, Yamaha Performing Artist)

  • Brian Gordon (The Phoenix Symphony)

Artist Faculty:

  • Christina Steffen (Music Director of Desert Echoes Flute Project; Flute Instructor, MCC)

  • Kehokule'alani O'Daniell (Adjunct Faculty, Mesa Community College)

  • Andrea Tenbarge (Flute Professional, Tenbarge Flute Studio)

  • Abby Simpson (NFA 2019 Piccolo Competition Winner, Symphony of the Southwest, AZ School for the Arts)

Guest Artists and Artist Faculty Collage

Registration and Tickets:

Complete and sign these packets and bring with you or email to Christina Steffen, Director

Week Long Registration | Single Day Registration | MCC Release Packet

After Completing Registration - check back soon for updated link to purchase tickets for 2020
Purchase Tickets

  • Week-long registration:
    $250 prior to June 1
    $290 after June 1

  • Monday – Friday 9am-4pm in the Music Building
  • Saturday (AZ FluteFest) 9am-6pm in the Performing Arts Center and a 7:30 concert by Sarah Jackson

Single afternoon tickets: $40 Tuesday – Friday 12:30pm-4:00pm (a special non-flutist fee will available for family members of participants)

12:30 lunch-time concerts are featured Tuesday – Thursday followed by engaging flute classes on a variety of topics and master classes with the guest artists and artist faculty. Topics may include tone, breathing, articulation/tonguing, pedagogy, extended techniques, low flutes, world flutes, intonation, vibrato, acoustics of the flute, leadership skills, selecting a new flute, repair and maintenance, performance anxiety, and reading sessions. Friday features an additional class with Ms. Jackson in lieu of a lunch-time performance.

Lunch-time Concert Only: $10

  • Tuesday, June 16 – Dr. Elizabeth Buck
  • Wednesday, June 17 – Artist Faculty
  • Thursday, June 18 – Dr. Brian Luce

AZ FluteFest: $50

  • Saturday, June 20th 9am - 6:00pm; Sarah Jackson concert at 7:30pm

Performing Arts Center at MCC, 1520 S. Longmore, Mesa 85202

Performances and classes will be offered throughout the day including classes with Sarah Jackson; a piccolo recital by Abby Simpson, winner of the 2019 NFA Piccolo Competition, and Derek Cochran, principal flute with the Southwest Symphony; Live Ultrasound Imaging to explore the flutist oral cavity and tongue positioning with Dr. Joshua Gardner; a flute recital featuring Sabrina Hu with pianist Cathal Breslin; the Desert Echoes Flute Ensemble, and more.

Visit with exhibitors Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Powell Flutes and Piccolos, Burkart Flutes & Piccolos, Milano Music, Muramatsu & Dean Yang Flutes with Little Piper Flute Music, and Woodwinds by Germann.

The Summer Flute Project Ensembles concert is free at 4:00pm.

Thank you to our sponsors for their artist and scholarship support: Keefe Piccolos, Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Verne Q Powell Flutes, Burkart Flutes & Piccolos, and Milano Music.

Sarah Jackson Concert Only: $15

  • Saturday, June 20th, at 7:30pm with Juhyun Lee, piano