Musical masters, enthusiasts invited to annual Flute Day

Artist Melissa Colgin Abeln will be the special guest

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 26, 2017

Photo contributed by Dr. Constance Kelley

The annual Flute Day event on Jan. 28 and 29 will showcase players in the ASU flute studio, flute professor Dr. Constance Kelley and guest artist Dr. Melissa Colgin Abeln.

Dr. Colgin will perform a recital, accompanied by a harpist and violist, on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall on campus.

On Sunday, Jan. 29 "Flute Day" there will be various flute-related events beginning at 9 a.m.

Kelley said it will be for flutists of all ages and will include a group warm-up session, master classes taught by herself and Colgin, a seminar presented by Colgin (topic TBA) and a flute choir sight reading session.

"The day will conclude with a Showcase Recital at 3:30 p.m. with performances by ASU flute majors, Dr. Colgin, and myself," Kelley said about Jan. 29.

Kelley said all of the events are free, open to the public and that there is no registration for the Saturday evening recital. There is a registration site for Flute Day on Sunday at

"Registration is not required, but encouraged so we can plan set-up, who will perform during the master classes, etc," Kelley said.

This event has been going on since 2011.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about flute playing from flute specialists, networking and improving one’s personal skill," Kelley said.

Kelley said she has not featured a guest star in several years.

"It was time to break out of a mold," Kelley said.

Kelley said she met Colgin at the 2007 National Flute Convention.

"Dr. Colgin is a seasoned and fabulous performer, a wonderful teacher and a reasonably close neighbor," Kelley said.

Kelley has met and worked with flutists who graduated from Colgin’s studio.

"I’m excited to have her visit and work with not only the ASU flutists but also regional flutists, of all ages," Kelley said.

Kelley said people who attend can expect "friendly camaraderie, a lot of flute playing, opportunities to pick up great hints for improving one’s flute playing ability and fun."

Freshman Thalia Hernandez will be performing a solo piece as well as performing in a trio.

"I think Flute Day is an awesome experience for all flutists to come together to play and learn from top professors," Hernandez said.

This event is also a chance for flutists to get feedback and advice from a master class.

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