The Woodbridge Flute Choir, directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, was founded in 1996 by Rebecca Jeffreys as an outlet and learning experience for volunteer adult flutists. In the past seventeen years, the choir has progressed from a modest background music group to a serious performance ensemble. Since its inception, the WFC has performed a regular concert series in Northern Virginia and has performed at charitable and gala events, Flute Society of Washington events, and flute choir festivals. The choir has also performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House. In 2011 and 2014 the choir was invited to perform at the National Flute Association Convention.
As part of its mission to educate its members and the Washington area flute community, the Choir has sponsored masterclasses and performed with internationally acclaimed flutists such as Per Oien, John Barcellona, Tadeu Coelho, Chris Potter, Alexa Still, Thomas Robertello, Aaron Goldman, and piccolo soloist Nan Raphael. In recognition of the need for new music written specifically for flute choir, the WFC has commissioned and presented world premieres of original works by Gretchen Morse, Nancy Wood, Lee Larsen, Mel Lauf, Jonathan Cohen, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Russell Nadel, and Greg Lutz. The group’s fourth CD, Butterfly, will be released May 2014. The group has produced three other CDs: Woodbridge Suite, Passages, and A Silver Christmas. All are available for download either on CD Baby, iTunes, or through www.amazon.com.
We are open to members of the community with flute playing experience. Please contact our director for audition information. Since March 2009 the Choir has held an annual Concerto Scholarship Competition for high school flutists. The WFC awards the winner with a scholarship and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the flute choir. Information about the 2015 competition will be available on our website soon.