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CMD Fall Flute Festivities

CMD Fall Flute Festivities
DePaul Community Music Division is hosting Fall Flute Festivities, which include Flute Toot Classes and a Flute Workshop. We invite to participate if you or your child has an interest in exploring and discovering more about this musical instrument!  Tuition is $20 to participate in all activities. ​​​ 

Flute Toot Classes
CMD is offering four 30-minute flute classes featuring instructor, Maria Schwartz. These classes are open to students ages 5-12. Each student can choose one lesson time. See below.

·      Sunday, October 22, 2-2:30pm
·      Saturday, October 28, 12:30pm-1:00pm​
·      Sunday, October 29, 1-1:30pm
·      Sunday, November 5, 12:30pm – 1:00pm

What is a toot? The toot is an accessible first instrument made of plastic. It is a great resource for younger ages and works great for little bodies and arms that are interested in flute. It has the flute lip plate and comes with a recorder-like mouthpiece that allows for immediate tone production. The key system also is weighted, making the playing experience like that of a traditional flute. Click here for the purchase link.  

Flute Workshop
The CMD Flute Workshop, which will take place on November 12 from 2-3:15pm, includes a warm-up session, masterclass, sight-reading activities, and a performance featuring clinicians, Dalia Chin and Maria Schwartz. We extend a warm invitation to flutists of all age groups to join this event.  

Additionally, we encourage Flute Toot students to participate in the Flute Workshop by showcasing the piece they've learned during their classes.​​

​About the Clinicians​

Dalia Chin

Dalia is an active performer and educator. She is very involved with the new music scene, performing with two Chicago-based ensembles dedicated to new music: Eleventh Hour Woodwind Quintet and Ensemble Vulpine Lupin. In May of 2012, she commissioned several works from Chicago composers and premiered them in a solo recital.

Dalia has participated in numerous festivals as both a soloist and with ensembles. She performed in the International Flute Festival 2008. In 2007, she was a guest in the International Credomatic Music Festival, playing next to Eole Woodwind Quintet. Most recently, she participated with her Woodwind Quintet at the Madeleine Island Music Camp and performed with Ensemble Vulpine in Chicago, New York and Costa Rica.

As an educator, Dalia is a faculty member of the Ortegon Music Studio, DePaul Community Music Division, and Woodwind teacher at YOURS project.

She holds a Post-Master Certificate in Flute Performance from DePaul University and a master's in Flute Performance from Florida State University. She studied with Eva Amsler, Mary Stolper, and has had master classes with Jonathan Keeble, Walfrid Kujala, Robert Dick, Hernan Jara, Christopher Krueger, and Alberto Almarza.

Maria Schwartz

Since the age of eight, Maria Schwartz has been captivated by the flute. Ms. Schwartz received her bachelor's degree in flute performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Kenneth Andrews. She earned her master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Joshua Smith. Additionally, she was accepted into the Institute's Professional Studies program where she earned a post-graduate certificate. 

Maria holds the position of second flute with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic. She has previously been invited to perform with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony, Chicago Classical Philharmonic, Northbrook Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Maria has received Suzuki training with David Gerry, Noelle Perrin, and Kelly Williamson at the Great Lakes Suzuki Institute. Ms. Schwartz is a founding member of Chicago based flute quartet, ChiFlutes. As a frequent collaborator with Tempest Winds, she is also involved with The Yellow Book Project for woodwind quintet. She has studied extensively with Mary Kay Fink and Berta Frank and has performed in master classes with Emmanuel Pahud and Robert Langevin.