Back by popular demand! Once again a flute choir class will be offered as one of the afternoon options. Nora will cover many aspects of flute choirs, including exploring repertoire for all size groups from the smallest trios and quartets, to large flute choir music. We will exchange ideas on theme-based programs, how to address different ability levels, repertoire that works for C-flutes only, and any other concerns flute choir directors may have. While the class will be geared more towards flute choir directors, anyone who loves flute choir music may sign up. We will read as much music, both new and old as possible and will perform on at least two of the afternoon recitals. Nora will take requests for music that you would like to read, and given enough time, will try to have it on hand. You may feel free to bring any music along you would like to read! This is also a great time to hone your sightreading skills in a relaxed atmosphere!
The past 14 years we have taken a group to Little Switzerland on the Sunday morning of our week, to play at the quaint little Episcopal church there. It is only 10 minutes from Wildacres and has been a great way to give back to the Mountain residents. The church continues to welcome us enthusiastically, however space is limited in the church, so we probably won't be able to take everyone. If you are interested in taking part in that, you just let Nora know at least two weeks before the Wildacres Flute Retreat starts. Also, if you are a performer in the masterclasses, please let Anna Thibeault know so that she doesn't schedule your lesson on Sunday morning. It is also a great way for us to advertise the Wildacres closing concert, which is open to the public!
Nora has been Amy Blumenthal's assistant for the flute choir masterclasses for many years and it is with Amy's suggestion and blessing that Nora takes over in order to bring this popular option back to Wildacres.
Nora will also be running the Flute World shop, which will be at the Wildacres Flute Retreat for the entire week. The repertoire and recital music will be for sale, as well as many other items of interest to flutists.
Nora Setliffe Kile, a Chattanooga native, earned her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees in flute performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with George Hambrecht who was principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony. Her first flute choirs experience was performing in the flute choir classes of Robert Cavally while she was at CCM. She is flutist for the New Art Trio and second flute with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra. She is head of the flute faculty at the Cadek Conservatory of Music, and is on the adjunct faculties of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Bryan College in Dayton, TN.
She is a nationally recognized expert on flute choirs and has conducted flute choir workshops in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Minnesota, and North Carolina. An active member of the National Flute Association, she served as the Exhibitor's Showcase/Exhibitor's Concert Coordinator from 2004-2008, and has served on panels for flute choir organization and arranging at the 1996 and 1999 NFA conventions. She was a member of the 1989 NFA Professional Flute Choir, coordinated the flute choir reading sessions at the 1997 convention after conducting one at the 1995 convention, and was the conductor of the 1999 NFA Professional Flute Choir. She is a charter member of the National Flute Choir, which has recorded ten flute choir CD's to date. In 2006, she was also the guest conductor for the Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes, a flute band in Scotland with whom she took her Chattanooga Flute Choirs to perform in joint concerts in 2006 and 2009.
She has attended Wildacres every summer but two since 1983, and began assisting with the flute ensembles classes there soon thereafter. She has several flute choir arrangements and chamber music arrangements published by ALRY Publications, Falls House Press, and Little Piper, as well as arrangements of flute with band/orchestra accompaniment with BRS Music.
She and her husband Bill enjoy boating, scuba diving, and bicycling in their spare time, and are owned by their three cats.
Nora can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.