Its haunting notes and minor tuning has fascinated Nancy Haga since she heard one years ago during the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
"I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame," Haga told The Park Record. "I met a flute maker from California and he gave me one to play. I immediately bought one and wanted to immediately go to the top of a mountain and express my soul."
Haga, who teaches Native American flute in Park City and Summit County, will host a Solstice Flute School, featuring three top flutists — Suzanne Teng, Joe Young and Rona Yellowrobe — at the Peaks Hotel for four days from June 16 through June 19.
After the school sessions let out, Haga will present a concert and healing workshop at Park City Community Church on June 20 and 21. The concert and workshops will feature the flutists and an internationally renowned medicine woman, Juanita Ramos-Corum.
Haga is excited for people to learn more about the flute during the school.
"We're bringing in these three remarkable recording artists to be our teachers," she said. "People can learn how to play or, if they already play, can improve their skills.
"The beauty is that there is no music to read when you play," Haga said. "You're not restrained by tablature and scales. As long as you can breathe and wiggle your fingers, you can play the Native American flute."
The classes will be divided into three tracks — beginner, intermediate and advanced.
"Students will get the opportunity to work with all the teachers in the day," Haga said. "Also, on day four, the public can give the flute classes a try on a per-diem basis for $99."
During the evenings, the flute school students and teachers will participate in different activities, Haga explained.
Monday night will feature a solstice celebration opening ceremony, she said.
"On Tuesday we will host a drum circle out on the hotel's lawn and Wednesday we're going to watch Afro Omega at Deer Valley and then hit Main Street and do what I call a flash flute mob," Haga said.
Thursday will be the school's graduation barbecue that will be followed by a dinner and concert at a private home at Silver Creek.
"There are a few slots open for people who want to register," Haga said.
Registration fee is $375. People can register for the full sessions or the per-diem sessions by visiting www.solsticeflutefest.com or calling 435-513-5999.
The concert and healing workshops that will be held at Park City Community Church on June 20 and June 21, respectively, are not officially part of the Solstice Flute School, Haga said.
"These are public events that occur after we finish this year's sessions at the school," she said. "I thought it would be a shame if we couldn't have their talents enjoyed and experienced by the public. So, I asked if they would be willing to extend their times here a couple of days to present a concert and healing workshop, since they are all healers in their own right."
Admission to the concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is $20. The cost for the healing workshops that will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. the next day is $40. A concert and workshop combination package is $50.
Registration and ticket purchases can be made online by visiting summersolsticecelebrationpc.eventbrite.com.
"I met the musicians last year at the first flute school and festival we presented here in town," Haga said. "They did a phenomenal job. People loved them and I wanted to bring them back."
The Saturday sessions will be comprised of four healing workshops, with the three flutists and Ramos-Corum.
"Many people know Juanita," Haga said. "She is a notable medicine woman in this area. She holds the sacred Medicine Bag for 22 tribes and, with the permission of Tribal Medicine Elders, offers sacred medicine ceremonies around the world."
Haga Met Ramos-Corum last year at ChickFest, an annual spiritual workshop presented by the local nonprofit organization Giving a Bleep.
"We've become fast friends since then and she is involved in as many events as I could present," Haga said.
The flutists and Ramos-Corum will present workshops and participants will rotate to each class, Haga said.
"We only have 50 slots open for the healing workshops," she said. "So if people are interested in this tremendous opportunity to enjoy and take advantage of the talents of these remarkable people, we ask them to please preregister."
For more information about the Solstice Flute School and the Summer Solstice Celebration concert and healing workshops, visit www.solsticeflutefest.com , summersolsticecelebrationpc.eventbrite.com or call 435-513-5999.