Flutists to take national stage

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The Texas Woman's University flute choir will perform a showcase concert at the National Flute Association's annual convention Aug. 11-14 in Charlotte, N.C.

Also at the convention, TWU graduate student Cassy Hewett will perform with the group's Professional Flute Choir. Pamela Youngblood, TWU music professor and chairwoman of the department of music and drama, and TWU pianist Gabriel Bita will be part of the "Music of the Americas" performance at the convention, as well.

Twenty students from the TWU and Brookhaven College flute choirs - both of which are directed by Youngblood - are slated to perform Friday, Aug. 12, in the Charlotte Convention Center.

This is the second national convention performance in three years for the combined TWU/Brookhaven flute choirs. The group performed at the New York City convention in 2009.

Prior to the flute choir performance, Youngblood and Bita will perform Bruce Stark's American Suite during the "Music of the Americas" concert.

Hewett, a master's student in flute pedagogy, will perform in several concerts with the Professional Flute Choir, including a featured concert Sunday, Aug. 14. Participation in the choir is open to professional flutists and flute teachers. Hewett, of Russellville, Ark., is also a graduate assistant in the TWU music department.

This is Hewett's second consecutive year to perform with the Professional Flute Choir.

The National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world, with approximately 6,000 members from more than 50 countries.

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