New England Flute Orchestra Joins Indian Hill Music

Acclaimed regional flute ensemble becomes New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill Music; will perform holiday concert in December.

Dr. Eileen Yarrison

Dr. Eileen Yarrison

Indian Hill Music is excited to announce that the Nashua, New Hampshire-based New England Flute Orchestra has joined us as our newest performing ensemble, under the name The New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill Music.

The orchestra will perform in concert at Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton on Sunday, December 13, at 3 pm, playing a program of seasonal classics (Vaughan Williams’s Greensleeves and Bizet’s Farandole), holiday favorites, and new music for flutes. Tickets are $10. Purchase online or call  (978) 486-9524 x116.

Now in its 32nd year, the 20-member orchestra – formerly the Nashua Flute Choir – is a professional level ensemble made of up of music educators, church musicians, and flutists with formal training and a life-long commitment to music. Dr. Eileen Yarrison, a flute instructor at Gordon College and Indian Hill Music School, will continue to direct the ensemble at Indian Hill.

Founded as a four-person ensemble in 1983, this voluntary, non-profit organization was devoted to the cultural and musical enrichment of Nashua, and surrounding communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for more than thirty years. The ensemble has premiered five commissioned works, has recorded three CDs, and was featured on television’s New Hampshire Chronicle. They have performed at several National Flute Association Conventions and in Boston’s Symphony Hall. In 2014 The Nashua Flute Choir changed its name to the New England Flute Orchestra, reflecting the growth of the ensemble, the geographic range of its performing venues, and plans for the future.

“I started my positions with the flute orchestra and Indian Hill Music in the same week in fall, 1997,” said Yarrison. “Being deeply involved with two high-quality organizations, it made sense to bring them together. We have played several times in Indian Hill’s Camilla Blackman Hall for concerts over the years, and this beautiful performing space is very special to us.”

When Michael Havay, Indian Hill Music Director of Education, approached me with the idea to integrate the New England Flute Orchestra into Indian Hill Music’s programming, I knew it was a great opportunity for both organizations,” said Yarrison.

Havay agrees. “I had been familiar with The Nashua Flute Choir for many years through my association with Eileen. I attended numerous performances and knew that it was a high quality ensemble,” he said.

Havay invited the orchestra to present a concert at the Indian Hill Music Flute Festival in March 2015, and that performance inspired the idea of making the orchestra one of Indian Hill Music’s premier performance ensembles.

“It seemed such a natural partnership,” said Havay. “We could use our combined expertise and resources to attract additional skilled flutists and expand their concert audiences. Having a flute ensemble program is a wonderful addition to IHM’s programming. We are already working on plans to add new groups, from training ensembles to an artist-level chamber ensemble.”

In addition to conducting the flute orchestra, Dr. Yarrison will also lead an Intergenerational Community Flute Choir at the music school for intermediate to advanced flute students of all ages. Registration is now open. For information on auditions and registration for either flute ensemble call Indian Hill Music School at (978) 486-9524.

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