The fall meeting line-up is in!

Get out your calendars because you won't want to miss a meeting!

The meetings will all be on Sundays at 3pm and will be virtual. The Zoom link will be sent out the week before the meeting.


On September 12th, President Maki Kuper will welcome us back and welcomes your stories from your summer! Did you attend the NFA Convention? CSU Summer Arts? Maybe another camp of clinic or concert? Your fellow SFC members want to hear about it! What kept you going musically this summer?



On October 3rd, we will welcome to the neighborhood Dr. Brittany Trotter, who is the new flute professor at University of the Pacific!




Dr. Brittany Trotter leads a diverse career as an educator, soloist, and collaborator. She is the Assistant Professor of Practice in Flute at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. Trotter serves as program chair of the Mid-Atlantic Flute convention, competition coordinator for NFA’s Junior Soloist Competition, Umoja Flute Institute’s development committee, NFA’s career and artistic development committee, and publicity chair for Flute New Music Consortium.

Trotter has been awarded first prize in numerous national and regional competitions including competing as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed in the flute sections of several orchestras and is equally versed in post-classical contemporary and electro-acoustic music.

Trotter regularly performs, teaches, and serves as a guest lecturer throughout the United States. She has performed and presented at numerous music festivals including the National Flute Association Convention where she was a featured soloist in the 2020 virtual summer series celebration concert series.

She is the recipient of the NFA’s 2020 Graduate Research Competition for her dissertation entitled, Examining Music Hybridity and Cultural Influences in Valerie Coleman’s Wish Sonatine and Fanmi Imen. Trotter’s passion for engaging with underrepresented communities through classical music has led her to collaborate with several local nonprofits in the greater Pittsburgh area, including a featured artist in residence with Unisound of Pittsburgh.

A native from Laurel, Mississippi, Trotter has received degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.M., B.M.E.), University of Wyoming (M.M.), and West Virginia University (D.M.A., Certificate of University Teaching).



Our November 7th meeting will feature Dr. Cathie Apple, newly-appointed flute professor at Sacramento State.


Newly-appointed flute professor at Sacramento State’s School of Music, Dr. Cathie Apple is one of the founders of Citywater new music ensemble. She is a regular performer at the Music at Noon concert series, and performs with Sinfonia Spirituosa baroque orchestra, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, and Celtic group Cahersiveen.

An avid supporter of new music, Cathie has commissioned and/or premiered many works for flute and various chamber ensembles, has collaborated with composers such as Clare Shore, Nicholas Deyoe, Brent Chancellor, Nell Shaw Cohen, and Sunny Knable, and regularly performs on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento.

Along with her specialization in modern music, Dr. Apple performs regularly on traverso, with baroque ensembles Sinfonia Spirituosa and the Sacramento Baroque Soloists. Her traverso is made by Martin Wenner and is modeled after a mid-18th century flute designed by Italian flute-maker Carlo Palanca.

Cathie maintains a private teaching studio in Sacramento and for over a decade was the flute instructor at the Pacific Institute of Music in Folsom. Previous appointments include second flutist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Southern Utah University. While in Las Vegas, Cathie founded NEXTET new music ensemble, and performed with them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Cathie earned her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter. While in Michigan, Cathie also taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and was the yoga instructor for Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound workshop.

In addition to maintaining a busy teaching and performing schedule, Cathie is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, owner of Pulse Revolution Heart Zones Cycling Studio, and enjoys doing CrossFit, triathlons, obstacle races, and going on long backpacking trips to recharge her batteries.



Joining us on December 5th will be Brook de Wetter-Smith, professor emeritus from University of North Carolina. In addition to being a stellar flutist, as you can see from his bio below, he also has a great eye for photography! Please check out his absolutely stunning photos on his page here: http://www.dewettersmith.com/



Flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith, is in great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass teacher, having given concerts in 20 nations (Eastern- and Western-Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America) and nearly all 50 states. His recordings have been released on the Albany, Aurophon, Centaur, Christophorus, Crystal, and Paulinas labels, spanning baroque, romantic, twentieth-century, and jazz-inspired repertoire. He has been featured in frequent radio and television broadcasts, including Radio Bremen, California Public Radio, Bavarian Radio, Salzburg Radio, Radio/Television Hong Kong, PBS, and National Public Radio; and he appears regularly as a soloist at the national conventions of the National Flute Association.

In addition to his distinguished career as a performing and recording artist, he is actively engaged in exploring traditional Arabic improvisation techniques, an outgrowth of his long-standing interest in jazz. This search has led him to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. Mr. de Wetter-Smith has combined his work in the Middle East with the study of Brazilian jazz/folk elements, suggesting a close connection between both Arabic music and western jazz traditions via West Africa. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Professorship to teach at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Cologne, as well as the Music Conservatory of Lisbon, Portugal. He is also former President of the National Flute Association.

Brooks de Wetter-Smith has uncovered numerous 19th century works for flute, several of which he has recorded. His editions are published by International Music Company and Southern Music Company. Beyond his 19th century efforts, he is also in considerable demand as an authority on avant-garde flute techniques. He received a master's degree from the New England Conservatory, a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and is the James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.