Chicago Flute Workshop

July 24 – July 28, 2017


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory's Chicago Flute Workshop offers intensive musical training on flute while building confidence both musically and personally. Students will perform daily, focusing on good fundamentals, and learn to play musically within a chamber group. This workshop provides an opportunity for students to experience the training that it takes to become a professional flutist.

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The Chicago Flute Workshop takes place at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. In this picturesque and nurturing environment students participate in an immersive experience which includes master classes, technique classes, performance classes, and the flute choir, smaller chamber music ensembles, and MYAC’s Evening Orchestras*—which is included in the tuition! The week-long workshop concludes with a final recital, also at the MYAC Center.

*Please note that MYAC’s Evening Orchestras meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July — Students are encouraged to attend all rehearsals, please see the Evening Orchestras page for details.

Important 2017 Dates

Saturday, July 22: Final Evening Orchestra Concert (1:00 p.m., MYAC Center)

Friday, July 28: Final Recital (time subject to change: 7:00 p.m., MYAC Center.)


Hideko Amano, Director

Hideko Amano is an experienced flute teacher in the Chicago metropolitan area. She was an adjunct professor at DePaul University from 2003-2007. While there, she was an assistant to Mary Stolper, the principal flutist of the Grant Park Symphony. Ms. Amano earned her Bachelor’s Degree at New England Conservatory in Boston in 1995. Her principal teacher was Ms. Paula Robison at NEC. From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Amano continued her musical education in Paris , France where she studied with Mathieu Dufour, who was the principal flute of the CSO. She also studied with Susan Levitin, Peter-Lukas Grafs, Marzio Conti, Alan Marion, and Raymond Guiot privately and at numerous music festivals throughout Europe.

Lauren Moldenhauer, Assistant Director

Lauren Moldenhauser is an experienced flute teacher and soloist in the Chicago area and beyond. Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance at Northwestern University and her Master's degree in Flute Performance at the Catholic University of America, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala (CSO), Stephanie Jutt, Vanita Jones, and GOH Tiong Eng. Lauren has appeared on national television as a soloist and has recorded as Solo Flutist on numerous films at Capitol Records in Hollywood. When she is not recording or performing, she instructs aspiring flutists throughout the Chicago area and is currently the private flute teacher at Lake Forest High School and the orchestra director at Woodlands Academy. Her students have gone on to win competitions and scholarships at prestigious universities.

Dr. Mihoko Watanabe, Guest Artist

Flutist Mihoko Watanabe, a native of Japan, is an Associate Professor of Flute at Ball State University (BSU) and the chair of BSU's Entrepreneurial Music Certificate program. Prior to joining BSU, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Windsor, Canada. A celebrated international performer, Dr. Watanabe has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association. She has appeared in countless recitals, chamber groups, and concerts around the world. She has held several principal flute positions with American and Canadian orchestras and is currently the principal flutist of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.

Dr. Julie Koidin, Guest Artist

Originally from Chicago, Julie Koidin is a flute soloist, chamber musician, teaher, and author. Julie is one of the founders of the chamber ensemble Ondas which performs new and historic works by Latin American Compoters. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to teach US repertoire for flute at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. She frequently visits Brazil to teach and perform.

Anne Fong, Chamber Coach

Annie Chung, Chamber Coach


MYA Conservatory’s Chicago Flute Workshop is perfect for the aspiring flutists in Junior High and High School. Two levels of workshop will be held during the week.

Level 1 is for Middle School Students (and advanced elementary school students) as of Fall 2017. Classes will meet from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm each day.

Level 2 is for High School Students as of Fall 2017. Classes will meet from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm each day.

*If you have any questions about whether this workshop would be a good fit for your student, please feel free to call us at 847-926-9898..


Chicago Flute Workshop: $325

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Chicago Flute Workshop. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2017. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend the Chicago Flute Workshop must:

No audition is required for the Chicago Flute Workshop. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 1, 2017, but applications beyond this date will be accepted.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Victor Ribadeneyra at (847) 926-9898 or

We hope to see you at the 2017 Chicago Flute Workshop!