Flute Haven offers a full week or weekend of workshops, recording, classes, performing and performances, presentations, and (most enjoyably) music-making and jamming. The core of the program is a Native Flute School, but it is much more … at Flute Haven you can:
raise your level of flute playing,
learn to play with other instruments such as percussion, guitar, and piano,
record your CD on our four on-site recording kiosks, complete with over six hundred freely-usable backing tracks and/or live accompaniment,
dive into performing with a comprehensive program for those who want to play for others,
learn to lead a flute circle,
expand your flute playing into new genres,
learn the possibilities for using your musicality in health and healing contexts,
expand your musicality into percussion, voice, and conducting,
participate in our yearly research study, which expands the body of knowledge in various areas of flute playing and human musicality,
go in-depth with our Flutemakers-in-residence,
or simply jam all week long.
Flute Haven is for people of all levels of musical experience — including beginners and experienced players. The amount of time you have played Native flutes is not important — only your desire to explore and expand your musicality.
Here's a video that gives an overview of Flute Haven:
Our setting is a true haven for musicians: a gorgeous retreat center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania set in a wooded environment with on-site accomodations, workshop spaces, and dining.
The Flute Haven staff is seven dedicated trained music facilitators who have worked hard over the last decade to make Flute Haven The Native American flute experience.
In addition to Native flute specialists, we have staff who focus on percussion, voices, strings, and keyboards to provide a well-rounded music week and to give participants many opportunities to jam with experienced musicians in all these areas. We also have staff dedicated specifically to less experienced players and two of our staff are certified and active Music Therapists.
We — the staff members, flute makers, and presenters — bring our very best that we have to offer to Flute Haven. We believe that the workshops, jam sessions, and presentations at Flute Haven will dramatically raise your level of playing and enjoyment of the instrument.
We promise that you will have a fun-filled musical adventure!
Flute Haven Cornerstones
This eighth edition of Flute Haven features:
Many sessions where you will jam with staff members who are playing on various instruments — guitar, piano, mandolin, percussion, voice, didgeridoo, and a wide array of world instruments.
Special sessions early in the program for beginners and novice players in the basics of the instrument.
Every technique that is presented is followed by a session where you get to practice the technique in a small, supervised group.
A USB flash drive as part of your registration that you take home. This includes all tracks that you record on our recording kiosks, recordings of the main workshop sessions, and tracks that other participants have recorded and shared.
A “reference flute” that we use in most of the group sessions throughout the week, so that everyone has flutes with identical tuning and fingerings. This flute is included in your registration and is yours to take home.
Concerts. These include mid-day concerts by staff members, an evening with SpiritGrass at the Steel City Coffee House, a two-hour keynote and concert on Friday evening, and numerous opportunities for you to shine in performance settings, including playing at mealtimes (low-key, for our group), playing at Camp Hill, and the Saturday evening jam session at a nearby venue.
Flute Handbook. Participants receive a copy of the Native Flute Handbook, a 190-page book of articles on flute playing, flute circle facilitation and sheet music.
The book is mailed in advance to the Leadership Program participants and provided on-site to participants of the Weeklong Program.
A gradual progression throughout the week from workshops to jamming and performing, culminating in the traditional Saturday evening jam session at a public venue.
34 workshops, 10 breakout practice session, 5 concerts, 4 dedicated “Jam with Staff” sessions, 11 presentations, and many, many opportunities for participants to play.
Camphill Village. On Friday afternoon, we will travel to Camphill Village in Kimberton Hills as a group and offer a concert in their beautiful performance space. The event is part of our “Music in Community Service” program, designed for the special group of people in residence at Camphill Village as well as being open to a public audience. Flute Haven participants are encouraged to offer their musical creations, but there are no specific requirements. The closing of the concert features a “Conducted Flute Choir” with several conductors taking the baton to create in-the-moment music.
We have three carefully-designed programs to fit your schedule:
The main Weeklong program runs Tuesday–Sunday, September 15–20, 2015. We meet in Valley Forge, PA on Tuesday evening for registration & reception followed by dinner and our opening session from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
We continue with workshops throughout the day from Wednesday through Saturday, September 16–19 and conclude with a closing session on Sunday, September 20 from 9 AM to Noon.
In addition, there are two other program options:
The Leadership Program: Sunday–Sunday, September 13–20, 2015. Starting two days before the main Weeklong program, this program of training adds specific training for those who lead or wish to lead flute circles and community music gatherings.
The Weekend Program: Friday–Sunday, September 18–20, 2015. A concentrated weekend version of Flute Haven for those on a tighter schedule. This program centers on music-making and jamming with others.
In addition, a Work-Study Program is available for up to eight participants (at least one in the Leadership program) who can assist with various tasks such as photography, assistance with carrying out our research study, assistance in the recording studio, and medium-duty equipment setup and room setup throughout the week. Works-study participants qualify for discounts of up to 50% on the program fee.
Flute Haven provides a supportive, non-critical approach based on three decades of experience in humanistic music education. We believe that experience and self-discovery form the best bonds with life-long music learning. We favor facilitated playing rather than traditional lecture-based teaching styles and use a building-block approach that maximizes learning and music-making.
You will come away with the ability to play with confidence, get out of a music “rut”, and an understanding of rhythms, tones, and improvisation.
The recording kiosk we introduced in 2014 was a huge success. It allows even the most tech-adverse players to:
Hear your own playing, using high-quality microphones, amplifiers, and headphones;
Add and control digital effects (echo, reverb, chorus, etc);
Play on top of over 680 background tracks, as well as dynamic background applications running on an iPad;
Play in groups including several flutes, plus keyboards and guitars;
And, anything you play can easily be recorded directly to your own USB flash drive with a single button press. We provide you with your own USB flash drive as as part of your registration. These recordings are studio quality, and you can use them after the event as part of your own CD or digital music album.
This year, we have four dedicated, on-site recording studios available at all times throughout the week (yes, 24-hour access — for the truly energetic). The various studios have a range of equipment: two are fully equipped for multi-player recording, one is dedicated to looping, and one is dedicated to solo flute playing.
You get complete, mixed tracks of one or two flutes (or other instruments), optional keyboard and/or guitar inputs, and the option of recording over a wide array of backing tracks (including everything from the Jam Tracks series and Frank Henninger's percussion tracks). The recording kiosk has high-quality components ideal for flutes (large-diaphragm condenser microphones, Lexicon reverb and echo) and records directly to MP3 or WAV format files on your own USB flash drive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to record using the recording kiosks and are free to use the units throughout the week.
A Few Kiosk Recordings from Flute Haven 2014
Here are excerpts from just a few of the hundreds of recordings made this past September at Flute Haven 2014. All of these tracks are as they were recorded — aside from trimming these samples with fade-in and fade-out, no other processing was done: