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2011 Flute Workshop at Mallard Island

A One-Week Immersion Experience July 31 to August 6, 2011

Jon Romer Flute Teacher from Cass Lake MN
Jon Romer Flute Teacher from Cass Lake MN **
 This multi-cultural opportunity is offered by the E.C. Oberholtzer Foundation, a nonprofit organization advancing Ober’s legacy. Ernest C. Oberholtzer (1884 to 1977) has left a lasting legacy that includes four islands in Rainy Lake, years of advocacy toward wilderness preservation and a commitment to the arts. In the last 27 years, a varied schedule of week-long summer programs on the island he called home often now combines art with natural history, natural sciences and Ojibwe culture. Week by summer week, participants come to the island to feel the wild, live inside the ways and rhythms of nature, and advance the creativity in their own lives.

** Jon Romer, musician and music teacher from Cass Lake, MN, taught choral music and voice at the college level for 27 years as well as tribal music education presently and for the past 15 years.  He recently completed the recording, “Flute Voices of Native America.”

  • Jon will teach beginning level flute to a small group of nine students.
  • By Friday of this week, the group will pull together a small flute choir performance, showcasing what the week has taught them.

“I feel we learned as much as most music students do in one year!” said Julie Martinez, artist and flute student on Mallard Island in the summer of 2010.

→ Program participants will be asked to support the week with the regularly suggested donation of $200 per Mallard Island participant for the six days, plus to pay the cost of a handmade cedar “G” flute (at $135)—to play and to keep. Outlay for the flute workshop week = $335.00.

→ In addition, participants will provide travel and food: their own breakfasts and lunches, plus shared evening meals prepared by teams from within the flute group.

→ Participants meet at Bald Rock Dock, seven miles east of International Falls, Minnesota, for pontoon pick-up on Sunday, July 31st. Planning materials with more specific directions will be sent to all registrants.

Are You Interested?

  • To learn more about the flute workshop, call Beth Waterhouse at (952) 401-0591.
  • To register, email Beth for an application form or retrieve one from the Oberholtzer Foundation web site, www.eober.org.
    • Click on “programs / application form.”
    • This application can be mailed to Beth Waterhouse, Executive Director, 818 Third Ave, Excelsior, MN 55331 or sent via e-mail to Beth at beth@bethwaterhouse.com.

Register soon for this early August 2011 experience. This week, quite simply, changes lives.