A Little Bit About Us.
We’re on a mission.
The Texas Flute Society is organized for the purpose and objectives as follows:
- to further the activities and education of flutists in North Central Texas
- to sponsor concerts, workshops, clinics, masterclasses, and festivals at which members and guest artists can perform and disseminate information, and
- to direct our efforts toward cultural and educational values in and for the general community, striving for activities with a public interest wider than that of members and contributors.
The Texas Flute Society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational purposes. If necessary, we can be reached at the following address.
Texas Flute Society
PO Box 54202
Hurst, TX 76054
You know… just in case you want to send us a postcard or something.
Meet the team.
The Board of Directors is composed of an Executive Committee and a Festival Committee. These are the super-cool folks helping make everything happen.
If you have any questions, shoot them an email (by clicking their name).
2020-2021 Executive Board
Dr. Brice Smith
2020-2021 Festival Committee
Myrna Brown Competition Coordinator
Haire Competition Coordinator
Masterclass Competition Coordinator
Dr. Amy Thiemann Leal
Festival Volunteer Coordinator
Festival Hospitality Coordinator
Flute Choir Coordinator
Pre-Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Dr. Mehrdad Gholami
Program Book Editor
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Texas Flute Society is an organization structured with the purpose of furthering the activities and education of flutists in North Central Texas. We are committed to equitable diversity and inclusion of the flute community and thrive to celebrate the visible and invisible qualities of the rich cultural and distinct contributions from our flute community.
Achievement of diversity and inclusion involves a broad representation of our flute community, including race, color, nationality, ethnicity and cultural background, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disabilities, education, global geography, religion, as well as other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.
We understand that achieving equity is a continuous process, and we seek to maintain the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and accountability.
Therefore the Texas Flute Society pledges to:
- Celebrate diversity and inclusion in our programming
- Foster open and constructive discussions amongst all members and the flute community as a whole
- Promote cultural and professional musical diversity and inclusion within our board and membership
- Communicate and share content respectfully and with inclusive representation
Every organization has a backstory.
In memory of our founder, Dr. George Morey, we are publishing an updated version of our history. The original article was based on an interview with Dr. Morey and first appeared in our October 1988 newsletter.
The Texas Flute Club was founded in 1974 by Dr. George Morey of Denton and Joe Tallal of Dallas in an effort to bring flutists and flute lovers of all ages in the North Texas community together. An organizational meeting was held in Grapevine with approximately twenty people attending. Our first officers were elected with Joe Tallal serving as our first president. During the next several months meetings were held in Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, and Arlington.
At the end of our first year, the Texas Flute Club hired a small string orchestra and sponsored an inaugural concert featuring area flutists. During the second year, the flute club continued to grow. Meetings included discussion of flute acoustics, emergency repairs, breath control, antique flutes, and performances of chamber music. In the spring of 1976, many members formed a flute choir which performed under the direction of Dr. George Morey at the Texas Music Educator’s Convention in Dallas. A highlight of the Texas Flute Club’s third year was a visit by Mark Thomas, founder of the National Flute Association. Meetings continued to inform area flutists on a variety of topics. Under the leadership of our third president, Myrna Brown, plans began to be made for our first flute festival. A Texas Flute Club newsletter described the guiding philosophy for the first festival:
this is planned to be a festival of the highest caliber where our own fine area flutists can perform and be heard and for all flutists to share in their experience. The purpose behind the festival is to provide a place of performance to flutists and a listening experience for all others. Emphasis is on excellence of performance with helpful criticism being made by the judges.
The first flute festival was held during our fourth year. On November 12th and 13th, 1977, approximately 100 flutists gathered at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Our early festivals were directed toward a specific stylistic period, and the first festival focused on the Baroque period. Albert Tipton was the guest artist for the first festival. The success of the first flute festival led to a second in April of 1979.
That year was a busy one for our members and President Carol Farrar as the Texas Flute Club hosted the National Flute Association Convention at the Hotel Adolphus in Dallas. The theme for the convention was “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and flutists packed the hotel for three flute-filled days. Many of our members assisted with the details of the convention and several performed on the program, including the Texas Flute Club Ensemble. Over the years the flute club grew, and in 1983 changed its name to the Texas Flute Society. It continues to sponsor meetings and concerts throughout the area. The highlight of each year is the annual Flute Festival which has grown to over 1000 flutists in recent years and includes the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition.
With the help of local music stores and the Flute Industry Council we have been able to bring nationally and internationally recognized flutists to our festival, including Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Susan Milan, and William Bennett. Through the years of growth and change we’ve tried to keep the original goals of the Texas Flute Club in mind: to provide a place for flutists of all ages and abilities to perform and learn more about their instrument, and to provide a first-class listening experience for all music lovers. Let’s continue to uphold this tradition.
These are the folks who started it all.
Without our founding members, there may never have been a Texas Flute Society. We try not to think about it. For their contribution, we honor the following founding members.
J. W. Downs