Toronto Flute School

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“My happiest memories of learning the flute was being able to use what I had learned in lessons and through practising to play in ensembles with my friends.

“Making music with friends and colleagues is still one of the great joys in my life.”

Flute Facts

There are fingering charts by German composer Martin Agricola (1486-1556) contained in his Musica instrumentals deudsch (1529). The first written descriptions of how to play the flute dates from the same time. There are also a number of surviving instruments from that period. This flute was a keyless wooden instrument with six holes for the fingers.

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Toronto Flute School Concerts

Every year the students at the Toronto Flute School present two concerts which take place in February and June. At each one, students perform works for flute and piano, as well as the ensemble pieces that are prepared during group classes and small ensemble coaching sessions. These two concerts also give students the opportunity for graduations (see the Suzuki page for more information on graduations).

In addition to the concerts and the fall workshop, there are other events which families and students may participate in during the year. The Suzuki Association of Ontario holds a concert at their annual conference in different cities throughout the province. There are workshops for students and lectures for parents as well as a Gala Concert featuring students from all over Ontario.

The Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert takes place in April. Students from the GTA gather to play in various sized groups, from trios to a Grand Finale which includes students of all instruments: flute violin, viola, cello and piano. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet and perform with students who play a different instrument. Students may also wish to prepare for examinations, competitions, masterclasses and auditions. All of these activities receive our full support and encouragement.

As part of our spring concert in June 9, 2014, TFS students perform Vicki's arrangement of “I Could Have Danced All Night” with special guest, Canadian soprano Anna Bateman.

Senior TFS students perform Boismortier’s Concerto in G Major, iii. Allegro at the 2012 Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert.

Senior TFS students perform Lefébure-Wély’s “Sortie in Eb Major” at the 2012 Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert.

A quartet of senior TFS students performs an arrangement of Schubert's “Marche Militaire.”

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