New MCC Flute Choir, summer project and festival

MESA, Arizona -- June 3, 2019 – Mesa Community College and Desert Echoes Flute Project (DEF) present the first All-Arizona Flute Choir. The most outstanding high school flutists from Arizona were selected by audition to form a unique flute orchestra. This provides a unique opportunity for musicians to play with the best high school flutists in Arizona and work with four outstanding directors, Christina Steffen, Jenn Bock, Andrea TenBarge and Kehokule’alani O’Daniell, in the flute orchestra setting.

“We are excited about the All-Arizona Flute Choir and the opportunity being offered to these high school students,” said Christina Steffen, MCC professor and DEF project director. “I look forward to the collaboration and the merging of talents.”

Additionally, a week-long Summer Flute Project, June 17-22 at MCC, features engaging classes/workshops on a variety of flute topics and master classes with renowned flute artists Dr. April Clayton, BYU flute professor; Viviana Cumplido Wilson, principal flutist with The Phoenix Symphony; and Brian Gordon, associate principal with The Phoenix Symphony.

The week-long project welcomes college, high school, and adult flutists and includes ensemble participation in the mornings, lunchtime concerts and flute classes and master classes with guest artists and artist faculty in the afternoon.

All flutists that register for a single afternoon may participate in the flute classes and attend lunchtime concerts Tuesday through Friday at $40 per day or $250 for a week-long pass until June 3 or $290 after June 3.

The Summer Flute Project culminates with an AZ FluteFest on June 22 from  9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at MCC, 1520 S. Longmore in Mesa. Tickets are $50 and include three concerts, two master classes, six classes, and the opportunity to visit exhibitors with flutes and piccolos available for trial.  The public is invited to an additional free concert at 4 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for the Summer Flute Project and AZ Flute Fest at

Lunchtime concerts will take place June 18, 19 and 20, are open to the public and may be purchased at

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Media Contacts: Dawn Zimmer,, 480-461-7892 

Desert Echoes Flute Project (DEFproject) is Arizona’s premiere flute ensemble organization. The original ensemble is the flute choir or orchestra (the terms are used interchangeably) that is known as DEFproject. It was founded in 2006 by artistic director Christina Steffen and has become a nationally recognized flute

choir that has been invited to perform at the National Flute Association Conventions, The San Francisco International Flute Festival, the renowned Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, and the International Low Flutes Festival.


Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Publication Date: 
Monday, June 3, 2019