The Graef Flute Festival

Summer 2014

June 29 - July 6, 2014

                         University of Wisconsin - Platteville

The University of Wisconsin - Platteville is located approximately 3 hours from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Milwaukee, 45 minutes from Dubuque IA and Galena, IL, and 4 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul.


The Graef Flute Festiveal begins in 2014 sponsored by the Juliani Ensemble with the partnership and support of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Their dedication to the Arts and commitment to student musical education has helped bring the Academy back to life enabling students to study with the Assistant Principal Flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Flute at Northwestern University and Professor of Flute at Roosevelt University, Richard Graef and founder and flutist of the Juliani Ensemble, Emily Seaberry Graef.

The Flute Festival offers unparalleled opportunities in flute fundamentals, music theory, music history, chamber music and performance. All students will participate in master classes with guest artist, Adam Kuenzel, Principal Flute of the Minnesota Orchestra and individual private lessons with Richard Graef focusing on musicality and Emily Seaberry Graef concentrating on flute fundamentals. Every student performs in a beautiful recital hall which will be videotaped for you to enjoy with family and friends upon your return.  During the course of your stay, we offer various local activities and an opportunity to make new university of wisconsin - plattevillefriendships.


How to Apply - Auditions

To apply to The Graef Flute Festival 2014, all applicants must submit the following:

1. Application

2. Audition

3. $75 Application Fee--WAIVED

4. One Recommendation and Resume of Playing Experience

All materials must be received by 11:59pm Central time onApril 15, 2014. All applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Academy. Please note that submitted materials will not be returned.

You will be notified on or before April 30, 2014 of the status of your application.

Those accepted to the Festival must confirm their attendance on or before May 15, 2014. After that date, the space will be open to another candidate. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted into the program.

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Tuition including room and board at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville $850.


About Your Flute Coaches

richard graef flute

Richard K. Graef

Richard Graef is currently Assistant Principal/ Acting Principal Flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Flute at Northwestern University. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Richard received his Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Certificate from the Mozarteum Academy of Music, Salzburg, Austria, and his Masters of Music degree from Indiana University, School of Music. He also attended the Aspen Music School, Aspen, Colorado, and the Baroque Performance Institute of Oberlin College.

Richard was previously a member of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1968. He has remained an active solo member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Music Directors, Jean Martinon, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, and Maestro Riccardo Muti.

In 1986, on leave from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Richard joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Music, as Professor of Flute. In that year, he was honored with a Grammy Award as " Best New Classical Artist" for his recording with the Chicago Pro Musica., a Chicago based chamber music ensemble.

With his wife, Flutist Emily Graef, he founded the Galena Chamber Music Ensemble in Galena, Illinois, and is currently a frequent performer with her in the Juliani Ensemble and the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to his career as a symphony flutist, chamber musician, and educator, Richard is a performer on Period Instrument Flutes, and teaches a class in Baroque Flute techniques as Northwestern University. He is the owner of a rare crystal flute made by Claude Laurent in 1819, and several other important historic instruments, which he uses in performances.

Outside of music, Richard and his family are restoring about 40 acres of Tall Grass Prairie and Oak Savanna woodland on their property in Wisconsin. This restoration has preserved at least three threatened plant species to date on their property, and they have received a commendation award from the US Fish and Wildlife service.


Emily Seaberry Graef

Emily Seaberry Graef

Emily Seaberry Graef is the founder and the flutist of the Juliani Ensemble. Ms. Graef is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Music where she won the Nelson Howenstein Award for outstanding flute performance. Emily did post graduate study at The University of Maryland and at The Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria where she studied with Helmut Zangerle. She spent two summers as the Principal Flute and soloist with The Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy and has performed as flutist with The Chicago Winds, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series and twice on the nationally acclaimed and broadcast Dame Myra Hess series.

Emily was the co-founder of The Galena Chamber Ensemble, a chamber music organization which performed in Galena, Illinois for 10 years in historic Turner Hall. She has been an artist in residence at the People's Music School and is a former faculty member of the Merit School of Music. Since 1999, Ms. Graef and the Juliani Ensemble have been performing partners with The Chicago Cultural Center, performing chamber music concerts throughout the year in historic Preston Bradley Hall. Ms. Graef maintains a teaching studio in her home for more than 20 years.


Adam Kuenzel flute

Adam Kuenzel, guest artist

Since joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990, Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel has regularly appeared as soloist at Orchestra Hall. In October 2007 he gave the world premiere of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Fantasies for Flute and Orchestra, Il Piffero della Notte, with the composer conducting. In January 2009 he performed Bernstein’s Halil, earning acclaim from The New York Times and He premiered Manuel Sosa’s Eloquentia: Espacio para Flauta y Orquesta in April 2010; the work, which was written for Kuenzel, garnered the composer a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.

A native of Cincinnati, Kuenzel attended the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Robert Willoughby. After graduation, he studied with Tom Nyfenger in New Haven and played in jazz groups for two years in Cincinnati. Kuenzel has been a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, St. Bart’s Music Festival in the French West Indies and Oregon Bach Festival. During the 2009-10 season he was invited to perform as guest principal flutist with the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.


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