Iowa Flute Festival 2016

flutefunIowa Flute Festival 2016 – Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the official page of the 2016 Iowa Flute Festival, hosted by Simpson College, and directed by Dr. Kimberly Helton.

The guest artist for this year’s festival is Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

IFF guest flute artistMarianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List . In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.

(See complete bio here).


Registration (Deadline: March 7, 2016)

Lunch order form

Flute Wonders Competition

Submit your biography

Collegiate master class participant

A map of the event is located here. All IFF  events will be held in Amy Robertson Music Center on Simpson Campus.


8:00—Registration in the lobby

8:30-9:30—Flute Choir with Anne Stein

9:30-10:30—Interactive Warm-up class with Dr. Erika Boysen

10:30-12:00—Interactive Topic class (yet to be announced) with Marianne Gedigian—Lekberg

12-1:00—Lunch: Served in Atrium Lobby (pre-order form on website)

12:15-12:45— Lobby Lunchtime concert:

Latin Flavors with Nicole Esposito and Angela Jones-Reus.

1-3:30—Collegiate Masterclass with Marianne Gedigian—Lekberg Hall

3:45-5:00—Iowa Flutist Concert—Lekberg Hall

5:30— Marianne Gedigian in concert—Lekberg Hall