Alto and Bass Flute Retreat

The Retreat will begin Wednesday, June 20th at 7 PM and go through Saturday, June 23rd at 10 PM.


We will stay at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel on Dillon Rd. near Boulder, Colorado. There are numerous restaurants in this area.

We will be preparing two full choir pieces and several chamber pieces for a public performance. One of those choir pieces will be Greensleeves by Ali Ryerson, and the second will be chosen after The International Low Flutes Festival at the beginning of April. Chamber pieces will be assigned on an individual basis and will include pieces by Jonathan Cohen and classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn. Each chamber groups receives at least two coaching sessions with Chris.

Workshop topics this year will be The Art of Practicing and Discovering New Repertoire for Low Flutes.

There will be the ever-popular informal sight-reading sessions in the evenings, so bring copies of your favorite duets, trios and quartets to share with others.

Tuition for this year’s Retreat is $435. You can send a check with your application form, or pay via PayPal which will be $450. My address is below. Private lessons are available during the day on Wednesday, June 20th. Add $75 to your check for a lesson, or I can send you a PayPal request for $78.

  1. Retreat Payment (Paypal) – $450


  1. Hotel Reservation – See the link below for the hotel block

Hotel Reservations

Use this handy checklist to ensure you’ve made all the necessary arrangements:

  1. Download, and complete the retreat application.
  2. Use these guidelines to determine your Repertoire Level, which you’ll need to know when filling out the Retreat Application.
  3. Application forms: Email completed form to Or. Mail the completed application so that it is received by May 18th, along with the retreat tuition ($435, or $510 with private lesson), to:
14th Annual Alto and Bass Flute Retreat
c/o Chris Potter
2985 18th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

Fifty-percent (50%) tuition refund until May 18th.  No refunds after that date.

  1. If you are coming via plane,  you will be flying in and out of Denver International Airport (DIA). You’ll want to arrive in time to get from the airport to the hotel (~1 hour), check in, and be ready for the opening retreat session, which starts at 7pm. 
  2. To make transportation arrangements from and to Denver International Airport,  Visit DIA’s ground transportation page for car rental, bus services, and other options. Your destination is the Boulder/Louisville Courtyard by Marriott 948 W. Dillon in Louisville. The hotel is accessed from the McCaslin exit off of US 36. The airport bus stops a few blocks from the Marriott at the McCaslin stop. Let me know your intended arrival time several days ahead of time and I can have someone pick you up there. I use the airport bus all the time.
  3. Look for your ensemble music to arrive via mail shortly after the application deadline for each Retreat.
  4. Practice the ensemble parts that are mailed to you.
  5. Get in touch with Chris if you have questions, need information, or just want to touch base before the Retreat!

For your planning purposes, visit these pages for specific details:



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

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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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