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Celebrating Women Composers

Directed by: Dr. Virginia Schulze-Johnson

Associate Director: L. Elise Carter

Coached by: Members of UpTown Flute and Guests

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Grace Episcopal Church

4 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

The Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day is open to Elementary, Junior High, High School, College students, and Adults who play the flute and would like to take part in playing ensemble works scored for piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, and the contra bass flute. All applicants are accepted for participation in the program and are placed in classes according to age and playing experience.

In light of COVID-19, registration will remain open until May 22nd, 2020!


Tuition and Application deadline:

$90 (postmarked on May 22, 2020) or 

online submission by 11:59pm on May 22, 2020


*Level 5 audition recordings have already passed.

Please scroll for information on coaches, levels, schedule, and t-shirts.

Paper Application Form or Apply Online!



UpTown Flutes

Artists International Award-winning, dynamic, acclaimed virtuoso ensemble UpTown Flutes presents an ever-changing repertoire of music that is evocative, enchanting, always appealing, and makes full use of the rich tone colors of the flute family: piccolo, C flute, alto flute, and bass flute. UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as "organic... mesmerizing.... UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind."




Virginia Schulze-Johnson, director of The Annual NJ Flute Choir Day, co-founded the program in 1995 with colleague Peggy Schecter.  A former adjunct faculty member at Drew University, she founded  The Drew Flute Orchestra, Drew Wind Ensemble, Drew Summer Music and UpTown Flutes.  She performed with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir in 2000 and 2001, coordinated the NFA’s High School Flute Choir from 2004 to 2007 and has toured Europe and the Far East with the International Flute Orchestra. She holds the BM and MM from NECM and the PhD from NY University. She is a certified Straubinger Flute Technician. For more information, visit her website  www.VSJFlutes.com, or call 484-663-3674.



Associate Director
Composer for the 2020 Finale

Associate Director of Flute Choir Day, Elise is adjunct professor at Drew University. She is a published composer with Theodore Pressor and Art of Sound Music. She presented sold out solo recitals in 2005 and 2007 as a winner of Artists International. She is co-founder of the New Jersey Flute Society, and the founder of Carter-Glennon Center for Arts and Nature.



Level 1 - 2 Coach

Lisa Truskolawski has a B. S. in Music Education from West Chester University, and an M.M. in Music Education from Montclair State University. She has served as an adjudicator for middle and high school regional band auditions and has taught instrumental & general music at the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School. She has developed and teaches a music program for children ages 18 months through 4 years old at the Montclair YMCA and maintains a private flute studio in Manalapan, Cranbury, & Kearny, NJ.



Level 3 Coach

Rebecca Vega is a member of the UpTown Flutes and the Terzetta Trio. She teaches flute and music education courses and conducts the Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir at Caldwell College in NJ. She is the former NFA High School Soloist Competition Coordinator and the 2009 conductor of the NFA High School Flute Choir. She has a BM in Music Ed from CSU, Long Beach and a MA in flute performance from Eastern Michigan University.


Level 4 Coach

Alicia “Lish” Lindsey is the principal piccoloist with Capital Philharmonic (NJ), principal flutist with the Eastern Wind Symphony (NJ), contrabass flutist with Centre Park Flute Ensemble (PA), artist flutist with Random Access Music (NYC), and director of two university flute choirs. She was a regular flute substitute with the Broadway musical Finding Neverland and has performed at Carnegie, Geffen and Radio City Music Halls, the Kennedy Center, and venues in Japan, China, Italy, England, and Wales. Lish is an adjunct flute/music professor at NJ City University, Brooklyn College, Wilkes University, and  SummerMusicinTuscany.com (Italy).  LishLindsey.comInstagram.com/piccolish


Level 5 Coach

Karen Demsey holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a DMA from Rutgers University. She is Professor of Flute and Musicology and Coordinator of Woodwinds at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has performed as a soloist throughout the US, China and Europe.  Her CD, “Recollections of the Inland Sea” on Capstone Records features flute and marimba. She is Co-Director of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their four albums including the most recent, “Streaming Dreams.”



Adult Class Coach

Lawrence Liggins has the BM from Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers U. where he studied with Bart Feller.  He attended the Newark Boys Chorus School and the Cambridge School of Weston, MA and studied jazz with Frank Wess at the Jazzmobile of Harlem.  Mr Liggins is the band director at the Arts High school in Newark, and performs with the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, UpTownFlutes, Trilogy opera of Newark and the National Flute Association Jazz Flute Big Band and is now the co-chair for the  NFA Jazz Committee.  He works with the Drew Flute Choir at Drew U and is Artistic Director of The MANY (Music Advancement for Newark Area Youth) Program at NJPAC.




Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A. is the director and founder of The Flute Academy, located in Bergen County, NJ. She has served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Conservatory, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She is a member of the Lyra Ensemble (Flute Quartet), Classic Winds (Woodwind Quintet) and principal flute of the NJ Wind Symphony. She has given concerts, lectures, workshops and master classes throughout the United States and has also performed in several groups throughout Europe and Japan. Her academic achievements include a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College. Her main teachers have been Marina Piccinini, Bradley Garner, Wendy Mehne, Claudia Anderson and Selma Moore.



The Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day is open to Elementary, Junior High, High School, College students, and Adults who play the flute and would like to take part in playing ensemble works scored for piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, and the contra bass flute. All applicants are accepted for participation in the program and are placed in classes according to age and playing experience.
Groups remain together throughout the day except when all groups come together to rehearse the Finale. Classes are rehearsals for the concert at 4 p.m.

Level 1- Grades 6 and Under 

Due to restricted space, Level 1 will be part of Level 1 - 2.

Grades 4 and 5 may audition for Level 1 - 2.

Level 1 - 2- Grades 6 - 8

Level 1 - 2 students may move up to Level 3 if they have been selected for Jr. Region band or Orchestra or by submitting a very good tape of Jr. Region solo. (Piano accompaniment is not necessary.)
Level 1 - 2 will be coached by Lisa Truskolwaski.

Level 3- Grade 9 

Coach: Rebecca Vega–Member, UpTown Flutes

Level 4- Grades 10 - 12 

Coach: Alicia "Lish" Lindsey

Level 5- Advanced High School, College Students, and adults up to age 25

Coach: Karen Demsey–Member, UpTown Flutes
Acceptance By Audition Only

Adult Class- Everyone is welcome, beginners through advanced players

Coach: Lawrence Liggins–Member, UpTown Flutes




Applicants are placed in groups according to age, playing experience and/or audition.

Groups rehearse in class throughout the day except when all groups come together to rehearse the Finale. All classes perform at concert at 4 p.m.

Music for Flute Choir Day will be mailed out as soon as you register.

  • 8:30 Warm-Up!

  • 9:30 Regular classes begin

  • Noon – Lunch. Participants should bring their own lunch. Beverages and ice cream from McCool's on Main Street will be provided.

  • Afternoon classes

  • 4:00 Concert

  • Reception to follow concert



The fee for the 2020 New Jersey Flute Choir Day is $90.
(postmarked by May 22, 2020)

The fee includes:

Two tickets to the concert for friends or family (children under 12 free). For additional family and friends, a donation of $10 is requested at the door.

Apply Early — Space is Limited


Applications will be accepted up until May 22, 2020.

Music will be mailed as soon as you register.



Each flutist who participates in the 2020 New Jersey Flute Choir Day may purchase a T-Shirt.

Price per T-Shirt is $20.

The T-Shirt will say "The 26th Annual NJ Flute Choir Day, June 13th, 2020,

Celebrating Women Composers"

The T-Shirt can be ordered and paid for with your application for
New Jersey Flute Choir Day.





It all began when Virginia Schulze-Johnson met Peggy Schecter, Professor of Flute at Montclair State University in the mid 1990s.  They talked about getting our respective flute choirs – Drew and MSU – together.  The conversation moved on to finding a program for high school age and younger students that was non-competitive.  After discussing the topic for some time, they initiated The 1st Annual NJ Flute Choir Day, which took place in 1995.  Primarily held on the Drew University Campus, they attracted 80 participants and presented the concert at the Methodist Church at the corner of the campus.  Being a very successful program, they decided to move forward and added the Adult class, the auditioned Level 5, Level 1 for Grade 6 and under and the Finale.   In 1997, they moved from the Methodist Church to Grace Episcopal Church and in 2005 they moved to the Drew Concert Hall at Drew University.

FLUTE CHOIR DAY FINALES:  To celebrate the Millennium, they acquired a grant from Brannen-Cooper Fund for Ricky Lombardo to write a Finale for the program:  Renaissance for a New Millennium.  Alexandra Molnar-Suhadja wrote Spirit of the Wind for the 25th Annual NJ Flute Choir Day Finale and L. Elise Carter is commissioned to write the Finale for the 26th Annual NJ FCD.

GUEST ARTISTS:  They began with Gary Schocker in 2004 and continued with Mimi Stillman in 2005, Nan Raphael in 2006, Peter Bacchus in  2007, Katherine Hoover in 2008, Robert Dick in 2009, Kelly Via  in 2010, Phyllis Avidan Louke  in 2011, Susan Milan in 2012, John Bailey in 2013, John McMurtery in 2014, Valerie Coleman in 2015, Alexa Still in 2016, Peter Sheridan in 2017, Bart Feller in 2018 and Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda in 2019 for the 25th Anniversary.

2020 features UpTown Flutes as Guest Artists.  The program is sponsored by the New Jersey Flute Society.