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MCC Summer Flute Project
June 17 - 22, 2019

Mesa Community College and Desert Echoes Flute Project are thrilled to introduce theMCC Summer Flute Project, June 17 – 22, 2019, at MCC. Week-long participants will enjoy warm-up classes to start the morning before rehearsing in small chamber ensembles and a flute choir. There will be lunch-time concerts Tuesday – Saturday and engaging topical classes and masterclasses. Improve your flute concepts with workshops on topics including breathing and tone, learn about low flutes, flutes and music from around the world, extended techniques, have fun sight-reading in a duet class, and more. The program is available to high school flutists and adults.


Register for the week: Monday – Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday’s FluteFest on June 22nd (there will be an extended program of events – stay tuned). If you can’t attend the entire week, tickets will be available for single half-days, lunch-time concerts only, and FluteFest only. 


Check back to this page for updates on clinicians, fees, registration, and ticket information.

Guest Artists

April Clayton is the guest artist for Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. Dr. Clayton is in high demand as soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral player and pedagogue. She performs regularly around the world, including annual recitals in Europe. She is Professor of flute at Brigham Young University, where she received tenure at age 31.  She is also Woodwind Studies Chair at the Gifted Music School pre-college in Salt Lake City, and President of Da Capo Alliance.  In 2010, she was the recipient of a coveted Brigham Young University Young Scholar Award, becoming only the second music faculty member to receive this honor in its decades-long history.  Ms. Clayton is a Burkart Flutes Artist. http://aprilclayton.com


Viviana Cumplido Wilson is the guest artist on Wednesday, June 19th. She is the Principal Flutist with the Phoenix Symphony and also performs with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra during the summer. She is a Powell Flute Artist.

https://phoenixsymphony.org/musicia…/viviana-cumplido-wilson


Brian Gordon is the guest artist on Thursday, June 20th. He is the Associate Principal Flutist and Piccoloist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has played piccolo and flute at the Eastern Music Festival for thirty years and was a guest piccoloist with the Boston Symphony.

Flute Project Administrator/Clinicians
Kehokule'alani O'Daniell and Christina Steffen
Jenn Bock

About the Directors

Christina Steffen is the founder and Music Director of Desert Echoes Flute Project. She is also the flute instructor and adjunct faculty at MCC. For many years, she has organized a Flute Regional Etudes Clinic in early January at MCC in conjunction with the Arizona Flute Society. She founded and successfully headed the academic program and staff at the AFS Flute Camp from 2009 through 2015. She has taught flute at the SCC Music Camp, the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp, the AFS Flute Camp and the MCC Music Camp. She is an active performer, clinician, and educator.

Jenn Bock is the Assistant Band Director at Highland High School. While Director of Bands at Poston Jr High the Concert Band consistently received the highest ratings at ABODA Festivals and was featured at two AMEA State In-service Conferences. She has presented sessions at the AMEA Conference and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. Jenn was honored to be the recipient of KTVK3’s Silver Apple Teacher Award in 2014. As a flutist, she has performed with DEFproject and the Arizona Wind Symphony. She has also served on the ABODA Board.

Kehokule’alani O’Daniell is a flutist and the Band and General Music teacher at Zaharis Elementary School. She has been adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College coaching flute quartets and is an original member of DEFproject and the DEF Chamber Choir. Keh teaches flute privately and has been a popular clinician and ensemble director for the AFS Flute Camp and the MCC Regional Etudes Clinic.