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Summer Flute Immersion

the virtual edition


August 7-9, 2020

Zoom webinar

Sacramento Flute Club's second annual Summer Flute Immersion!

Join us for a three-day deep dive into the flute.

Learn in a supportive, inspiring, non-competitive, online environment.

Three Days of Flute Fun!



Friday, August 7th

8-9am Morning Warm-ups

We'll open with some breathing exercises and light stretches for your face, neck, and shoulders. Then, we'll get your sound going with tone exercises.

9-10am Technique: Beyond Major and Minor

We'll warm up up your hands and fingers with some scale and arpeggio combinations that might be outside of your usual practice routine! You'll come away from this class with some new tools to fire up your technical abilities.

10-11:30am Fire Breathing

This technique is an incredible training tool for sound production, breath support, and vibrato!

Saturday, August 8th

8-9am Morning Warm-ups

9-10am Favorite Daily Warm-ups with Vicki

Vicki Schaevitz joins us to present her favorite warm-ups. Get inspired with some new tools to start each practice session off right!

10-11:30am Flute Studies: The Balanced Diet with Maki

Maki Kuper follows Vicki's warm up class with the next logical step in your practice routine...method books!

Sunday, August 9th

8-9am Morning Warm-ups

9-10am Extended Techniques 

Have some fun learning extended techniques on the flute, but not just to push the sound boundaries of your instrument...extended techniques can help you develop embouchure control and flexibility, a more resonant tone, and better intonation.


10-11:30am The Shakuhachi and its Influence on Modern Flute Music

There is a surprising number of pieces for flute that were influenced by the Japanese Shakuhachi. We'll explore a short history of the instrument and its performance techniques, and how those influences have shown up in the modern flute repertoire. (Hint: Some of the extended techniques we learn at 9am will show up again!)

Meet your instructors!

Cathie Apple


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 plays with Sinfonia Spirituosa baroque orchestra, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Camerata Capistrano baroque ensemble, Celtic group Cahersiveen, and Kirtan band Radiant Friend.

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, Garrett Shatzer,  Brent Chancellor, Stephen Blumberg, and Sunny Knable, and regularly performs on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. She also established a bi-monthly concert series featuring Citywater and guests performing recently-composed music.

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 is 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 yoga 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.

Maki Kuper


Maquette Kuper performs as principal flute with the Auburn Symphony and has appeared several times with the orchestra as a soloist.  Ms. Kuper is a founding member of MôD Artists.  She is also a member of the Crocker Art Museum Music Board, helping to organize their Classical Concert Series. A longtime Davis resident, Ms. Kuper teaches flute privately and is the director and founder of the Davis Youth Flute Choir, which has toured to Japan, South Korea, China, and garnered several awards and recognitions throughout the United States.  Ms. Kuper is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, spent two summers as a fellowship student at Tanglewood, and studied in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship.  She has also studied with Lloyd Gowen, James Pappoutsakis, and Michel Debost, and performed in numerous master classes given by Julius Baker.  Ms. Kuper is a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Young Artist Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.  Her performances have taken her to Europe and throughout the United States, and she has been listed in Outstanding Young Women of America.

Vicki Bell Schaevitz

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VICKI BELL Schaevitz performs and teaches in Sacramento, California.  She holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Colorado and is a certified Suzuki Flute instructor. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University under the tutelage of James Pappoutsakis.  She has played in Master Classes with Julius Baker, Michel Debost as well as with numerous chamber groups, duos, and trios. She is currently active with the Folsom Lake Symphony, Sacramento Flute Club and the Camellia City Flute Choir. She has performed several times at the National Flute Association Conventions. Vicki enjoys travelling and watching old movies in her non-flute time.

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