Solstice Flute School returns to Park City |

Solstice Flute School returns to Park City

For the past three years, Nancy Haga has brought the Solstice Flute School to Park City.

The school originally started as an offshoot of the Zion Flute School in Springdale, under the direction of Brent Haines, a renowned flute maker.

"A few years ago, Brent and I thought we should bring this talent and music to Park City, so, in 2013, we brought a school and a festival to Newpark," Haga said during an interview with The Park Record. "Last year, we just continued the school, but didn’t do the festival."

This year, Haga will open the school at Peaks Hotel from June 22 to June 25. In addition to the classes, a Native Healing Workshop will be held at the Prospector Convention Center on June 26. (See accompanying story titled "Healing workshops will benefit Peace House")

"It will be four days of lessons, workshops and everything from drum circles to didgeridoo healing circles and barbecues to student performances, as well as the wonderful dinner concert at the end of the week," she said.

The sessions will be led by renowned Native American flute teachers and recording artists.

"I’ve heard all of them before, most at the Zion’s Flute School, years ago," Haga said. "I’ve also attended concerts across the country in the past seven to eight years ago.

So, when we decided to establish a flute school in Park City, Brent and I conferred and selected the faculty."

The artists are as follows:

  • Suzanne Teng, a Grammy-nominated world music performer who has opened concerts for Sting, Jackson Browne and David Crosby and has played for the Dali Lama, Henry Kissinger and other heads of state.
  • Joseph L. Young, one of the up-and-coming jazz musicians, composers and sound engineers in the Native American flute scene.
  • Rona Yellowrobe, a winner of a Nammy — Native American Music Award — for female flutist of the year.
  • Arvel Bird, an award-winning Native American flutist and Celtic violinist who has toured and performed with Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall and Louise Mandrell.

    The classes will cover everything from beginning flute to composing and improvisation to live performances, and the workshops will include flute making and home recording.

    "We are lucky to have these artists to show us what they know," Haga said.

    In addition to their musical prowess, all of these artists have a strong sense of spirituality, according to Haga.

    "It’s a nice mix," she said. "When we all get together, there is this incredible bond because we share the music."

    That’s important for the Native American flute because the music comes from the heart and soul, she said.

    "We expose that through the music," Haga explained. "The main thing about the Native American flute is you don’t need to read music to play. You play what you feel and that allows your soul to sing. As long as you can breathe and wiggle your fingers, you can play."

    The flute school will provide the instruments.

    "We accept everyone from the very beginners to those who do their own recordings," Haga said. "So anyone can come and participate."

    The week of classes and workshops will culminate with a dinner concert under the stars that will feature faculty performances.

    "The flute-school students will get the chance to attend the performance at a private home," Haga said. "There will be food prepared by Annette and Ricardo Velarde, belly dancing and more.

    "It will be wonderful to gather with like-minded musicians after the classes for the concert," she said. "Park City nights are so beautiful. So to be outside hearing the ethereal, haunting music with kindred spirits is just lovely."

    The Solstice Flute School will be held Monday, June 22, to Thursday, June 25, at Peaks Hotel, 2346 Park Ave. Registration for the Solstice Native Flute School is $385, and individual workshops cost extra. Registration can be made by visiting http://www.solstice . The registration does not include the dinner concert. Tickets for the concert are $30 and can be purchased by visiting .

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