The Consummate Flutist


SUMMER ​2024

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Save the date for our next class: June 11-15, 2024

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

with TCF Faculty: Alberto Almarza, Lorna McGhee, Julie ​McGough, Soo-Kyung Park, Jennifer Steele, and special guest: ​Mark Sparks!


About the consummate flutist

The Consummate Flutist opened on the beautiful campus of Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 under the direction of Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Julie McGough and Soo-Kyung Park. For 10 years, TCF has held multiple classes a year, including a 5 day summer masterclass every June filled with inspiring masterclasses, lectures, and workshops with the TCF faculty and master teachers from around the country. During the class attendees can also visit exhibitor and sponsor booths with flute makers and music retailers.

In addition to the annual summer masterclasses, TCF also holds "The Art of Teaching" (spring) and "Achieving Your Best in College Auditions" (fall). The next College Audition class will take place in 2024.

During the masterclasses, performers work with our staff pianist, Vahan Sargsyan, to perform for the master teachers in solo and orchestral masterclasses. In addition, all students attend daily lectures and workshops that will both inform and inspire. All performers must audition to perform in the masterclasses.

For students and teachers that wish to watch the classes (in person and online) without performing, there is an auditor option to observe all of the classes. In addition, the Lesson Participant package includes two 30-minute private lessons with the TCF faculty!

Come see why TCF is one of the premiere flute classes in the country.

audition requirements for masterclass performers (Advanced High School and College)

Early Application- $20 (before March 1)

$40 Regular Application (before April 1)

$50 Late Application (before May 15, if space is available)


1. Complete the application via Eventbrite (choose TICKETS)

2. New Performers: Submit a link to a high quality video or audio recording demonstrating your current abilities with your application

Preferred audition materials: One movement or complete solo from the standard solo repertoire and two orchestral excerpts. Youtube ​or Soundcloud preferred.

A link to pay your tuition will be sent after acceptance. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. Remaining ​tuition is due by May 1st (students applying after May 1st will have 2 weeks after acceptance to pay tuition in full) Payment is accepted ​via credit card (cc processing fees apply)


  • Perform in TWO solo masterclasses
  • Perform in ONE orchestral excerpt class
  • Daily Masterclasses
  • Daily Lectures
  • Daily Workshops

Optional Lessons are available for an additional fee

Meals and housing are NOT INCLUDED in tuition (housing is available on-campus for students OVER 18 for a reasonable fee)

Auditors and lesson participants (High School, College, and adults of all levels)

This is wonderful for flutists of all ages, both those looking for more private attention and those that wish to attend without the added pressure of performing in the masterclasses.


  • TWO 30-minute lessons (ALMARZA & PARK)
  • Auditing Masterclasses
  • Lectures
  • Workshops

Lesson teacher requests are filled on a rolling basis. Apply early!


  • Auditing Masterclasses
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • (Lessons are only available for lesson participants and performers)

ZOOM Option available for auditors and lesson participants at registration. Please scroll down on the registration page to select ZOOM Auditor Plus.

Attend TCF virtually from home

The Consummate Flutist offers a live-stream option for auditors and lesson participants (masterclass performers must attend in-person).

Every class is live-streamed daily so students, teachers, and families can watch the classes in real time from anywhere in the world.

To purchase a live-stream ticket, choose the "ZOOM Auditor" or "ZOOM Lesson Participant" option on the ticket page. You can purchase days a la carte, or purchase a five-day pass.

Please note, the classes are not recorded. They will only be available in real time as a livestream. All class times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.