Space Coast Flute Orchestra Among Largest In World
By Space Coast Daily // July 20, 2014
Concert Set For Sunday, July 27 At Suntree United Methodist Church
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Join the The Space Coast Flute Orchestra on Sunday, July 27 at the Suntree United Methodist Church for a concert and indulge in the unique experience of over 30 flutes.
The Space Coast Flute Orchestra was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest, regularly rehearsed flute orchestras in the world.
It is comprised of musicians from all walks of life and provides adult flutists of Brevard County with educational and performance opportunities, as well as supporting local young flutists and enriching cultural and preforming arts in the community.
It is an all volunteer organization and is supported entirely by patron donations.
Performances of the orchestra frequently feature guest conductors, talented young flutists, or flute soloists. Concert repertoire is of the highest musical caliber, whether jazz, pops or classical.
The programs are designed to include the latest flute orchestra compositions and arrangements and to challenge the audience to explore and enjoy different genres of music.
New members, college age or older, are always welcome. The group spends the summer reading new music, with regular rehearsals beginning in August.
Also, in July, individual members of the orchestra give a recital concert to benefit Suntree United Methodist church as a “thank you” for their generous contribution of rehearsal facilities.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Nancy C. Clew is the Founder and Director of the Space Coast Flute Orchestra. Encouraging flutists young and old everywhere, and sharing good music has always been her goal.
For 41 years Clew taught flute students at Brevard Community College and maintained a large private flute studio.
In 1976 she became one of the five founders of the Florida Flute Association, and was its first president. She also assisted in creating the Florida Summer Flute Workshop for young flutists where, for eighteen years she was a guest artist and teacher.
Clew has given masterclasses throughout the United States as well as the Far East and coordinated summer masterclasses for 18 years, first for Geoffrey Gilbert and later Peter Lloyd.
She has been a board member and convention coordinator for The National Flute Association and was their delegate to China in 1987 and East Germany in 1993.
In 1996 Nancy founded the American Flute Orchestra which later became the International Flute Orchestra, and has traveled and performed in over nineteen different countries around the world.
ABOVE MAP: The Space Coast Flute Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday, July 27 at the Suntree United Methodist Church located at 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida,