Building Community through the Flute
The Flute Association at Florida State University promotes the interest and study of the flute on the FSU campus and in the community, sponsoring recitals, masterclasses, and concerts given by renowned guest artists and members of the FSU Flute Studio. We also promote flute education and instruction in the Tallahassee and the Leon County area.
To promote music and provide educational opportunities through the hosting of guest artists, fundraising events, and social networking for FSU flute students, local high school students, and members of the surrounding community.
We aspire to be the primary resource for the promotion and education of the flute. The FA at FSU seeks to educate its members by hosting world-renowned guest artists through financial health and accountability.
Meet our Advisors
Dr. Karen Large
Assistant Professor of Flute
Karen McLaughlin Large is Assistant Professor of Flute at the Florida State University College of Music. She is a passionate flutist whose varied musical experiences have included performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber player, and orchestral flutist and piccoloist. She is principal flutist with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and performs regularly with AGLOW trio, Florida Flute Orchestra, and Traverso Colore: Baroque Flute Ensemble. As a guest artist, she has enjoyed performing and teaching at universities in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
Dr. Large’s research interests include performing classical works inspired by popular genres, flute transcriptions of Romantic music, creation of the world’s first Virtual Flute Choirs, Baroque flute performance practice, and the intersection of music theory and flute performance. In January 2020, she released
Dr. Mary Matthews
Assistant Professor of Flute
Mary Matthews enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber musician, orchestral flutist, session musician, and pedagogue, and has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva, and Cité Internationale des Arts. Dr. Matthews is Assistant Professor of Flute at Florida State University's College of Music, and prior to her appointment at FSU, she served as Associate Professor of Flute at Tennessee Tech's School of Music. She currently serves as second flute of the Tallahassee Symphony, and she performs regularly with orchestras such as the Nashville Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and Chattanooga Symphony, among others.
An active studio musician and recording artist, Mary can be heard on soundtracks for film, TV, and video games on Netflix, HBO, and Disney. She has released four albums including Intersections on the Ravello Records label, Three-Nine Line on the MSR Classics label, Charuhas on the Naxos Label, and Preludes & Recitations on the Tonsehen Records label. She has a fifth album forthcoming in 2024 with the Newfound Chamber Winds (formerly the Maryland Chamber Winds).
Her solo and chamber performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in France, Australia, Brazil, and Bolivia, and she has appeared as a concerto soloist on several occasions with ensembles in the United States. A sought-after performer of new music, Mary has premiered over 50 new works. She is known for her command of extended techniques and her adventurous programming. She is a member of Khemia Ensemble, an 8-member ensemble dedicated to the programming of diverse and innovative repertoire. Khemia Ensemble is 2023 winner of the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Anuj Bhutani. They have been featured at venues and festivals including National Sawdust, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Latin IS America, the Missouri Summer Composition Institute, and the Biennial New Music Festival in Córdoba, Argentina. Passionate artist educators, Khemia has also held residencies at more than a dozen universities in North and South America.
Dr. Matthews has been invited to speak on various research topics at conferences and institutions such as the Peabody Institute Career Development Series, the College Music Society National Conference, the congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the Music by Women Festival in Columbus, MS. In June of 2021, she released her first method book co-authored by Nicole Chamberlain titled Beatboxing and Beyond. The book is published by Spotted Rocket and was reviewed as "a revelation - it's a worthy addition to all our libraries." (Flutist Quarterly). She was awarded the 2022 Scholastic Research Award from Tennessee Tech University for the book, and the National Flute Association named Beatboxing & Beyond a finalist in the 2022 Newly Published Music awards. The second volume, Into the Beyond, was released in October of 2023. Visit www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com for more information.
2023-2024 Board of Officers
The officers of the Flute Association at Florida State University collaborate with advisor Dr. Karen Large to bring prestigious guest artists to FSU. Officers assemble the newsletter, raise money for events, create posters, communicate learning opportunities to schools and the Tallahassee community. Additionally, they strive to build a stronger community within the evolving FSU Flute Studio.
The Flute Association (FA) at FSU was excited to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Spring of 2022! This successful organization was initially founded by students of Professor Charles DeLaney, Flute Professor at FSU from 1976-2000. When Professor Eva Amsler was hired in August of 2001, the FA had been dormant for a few years. In her second semester at FSU, two of her students, Deanna Bertsche-Hamm and Jill Batcheller, came to her office to inform her about the discovery of a locker with “leftovers” from a previous Flute Association. Their inquiry to renew and revitalize the FA@FSU was welcomed by Amsler, who agreed to be their advisor.
Amsler was thrilled to provide her students with an opportunity to build community and learn about leadership, communication, organization, finances, and outreach. Deanna and Jill decided to serve as President and Treasurer on the FA board, made minor adjustments to old by-laws, and thought of a few ideas for fundraising, kickstarting the new organization.
Eva Amsler, FSU Flute Professor from 2001-2021
The initial mission statement was to build community and have a willingness to share music. Over the last 20 years, the heart of this mission has remained the same. The experience gained from participating in FA has also proven valuable for many Alumni who went on to form their own Flute Associations and serve in leadership roles in similar associations such as the Florida Flute Association and the National Flute Association.
The current members of the FA are indebted to the original founders of the club during DeLaney’s time at FSU, to Professor Amsler's great mentorship for the past 20 years, to Deanna and Jill, and to all the past officers who have contributed to bringing the organization to life. The FA@FSU has built a great reputation for itself through hosting Flute Days, multi-day themed Flute Summits (which managed to draw national attention!), masterclasses with guest artists, various social events, and through outreach projects. Overall, the FA's successes demonstrate it aims to serve as large a community as possible and provides great learning experiences for flute students at FSU and in the community.
The website offers only a small glimpse of all the rich history, activities, guest artists, social events, outreach opportunities, and fundraising events this organization stands for and continues to uphold. The FA's advisor, Dr. Karen Large, and the current board are proud of all the organization has accomplished and are determined to carry on so that the community can continue to thrive and students at FSU and in the Tallahassee community can continue to be served.