Alto and Bass Flute Retreat

Announcing 2017 Dates for the 13th Annual Alto and Bass Retreats!

There will be two 2017 Alto and Bass Retreats. The first will be held Wednesday, May 31st through Sunday, June 4th in Asheville, North Carolina. We will start Wednesday evening at 7 PM and finish on Sunday morning after breakfast. Private lessons will happen during the day on Wednesday. Lodging and meals will be at the Univ. of North Carolina at Asheville which was the perfect setting for the Retreat last year.

The second Retreat will begin Wednesday, June 14th through Sunday morning, June 18th at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel on Dillon Rd. near Boulder, Colorado. We will start at 7 PM Wednesday evening and finish on Sunday morning after breakfast. Private lessons will happen during the day Wednesday.

At both Retreats, we will be rehearsing and performing chamber music for alto and bass and the Retreat will include some arrangements by Chris that are “hot off the presses.” There will be two pieces for the whole class to play, plus a duet, trio or quartet for each person. The Asheville Retreat will include a visit to flute maker Chris Abell’s workshop Able Workshop, a highlight of last year’s Retreat, and, classes on Breath Control and Alternate Fingerings.  A public performance will be presented on Saturday afternoon the 4th. We have dinner “out” after the performance.

The Boulder Retreat will include classes on Breath Control and Alternate Fingerings, with a dinner out on the Pearl Street Mall one evening.  The public performance will be on Saturday afternoon the 17th.  Come meet low flutes players from Alaska and Connecticut, Florida and California. Go Low!


The 2015 Alto & Bass Flute Retreats were resounding successes! Check out photos from recent retreats!

2016 Asheville Retreat Photos

2016 Boulder Retreat Photos

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“I really enjoyed meeting others with a shared interest and playing with them (I hate practicing alone).  I learned a lot and next time plan to sign up for one of Chris’ private lessons.” —Steve B.

“Add me to the list of those who thought this retreat was a wonderful experience.  It was great seeing old friends from last year, as well as meeting others for the first time. The air management class will definitely prove beneficial, and the alto and bass workshops and sight reading were just plain fun!  One highlight for me had to be the small group rehearsals and performance. As a member of a very small flute choir, it was a blast to get to actually play alto and bass with other alto and bass players.  The hotel setting was a huge improvement from the University dorms, and the staff was genuinely helpful.  I also highly recommend signing up for a private lesson with Chris.  It was well worth the expense.”—Linda in TX  

“I had the opportunity to attend Chris Potter’s Alto & Bass Flute Retreat last month in Boulder, CO. We had a great time and learned a lot about the BIG Flutes. She taught alternate fingerings, intonation, phrasing, playing better in a group setting, etc. We were able to work at the level we felt we are at: beginner, intermediate or advanced. She had some great music for us to learn. We played for a local church service on Sunday morning; then on Monday we played a recital at a piano gallery. It was all for us amateur adults which made it especially nice. Everyone had a great time.” —Mary in TX

“I attended Chris Potter’s 6th Annual Alto and Bass Flute retreat in California a few years ago. I was a beginning alto player at the time and had no idea how different the alto is from the c flute—in embouchure, intonation issues, idiosyncrasies, and more. The Retreat packed a lot of information and opportunities in just a few days, and it was a treat to meet ad work with low flutists from all over the US. I came away from the Retreat more skilled, more knowledgeable, and definitely inspired!” —Deb in CO


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