Southeast Michigan Flute Association

Featured Artist: George S. Pope

Southeast Michigan Flute Association presents the 2016 Annual Flute Festival Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell Avenue, Detroit, MI 48231.

About George S. Pope

Altus Artist George Pope is the Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Akron, on the faculty from 1978-2013 and has taught flute at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory since 2002. His solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia and South America have been universally acclaimed. Fanfare Magazine calls George Pope's playing "clean, arrestingly vigorous and beautiful". His Ohio premiere of the Christopher Rouse Concerto for Flute and Orchestra was hailed for its "eloquent narrative voice" and "magnificent force". George Pope was Principal and Solo Flute of the Akron Symphony orchestra from 1978-2002, and has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Monteux Festival Orchestra. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Tulsa, George Pope studied with Marion McNally, Maurice Sharp, Walfrid Kujala, Bernard Goldberg, William Bennett and Geoffrey Gilbert. He is a founding member of the SOLARIS Wind Quintet, in residence at the University of Akron. Solaris released its first CD, "American Quintets", on Capstone Records in August of 2000, which includes his transcription of Bernstein's "Anniversaries" for woodwind quintet, Solaris' second Capstone CD, "American Quintets II", was released in August 2003. Solaris released its recording of 5 quintets by Alec Wilder on Crystal Records in August of 2014. George Pope's solo CD "...some measures for living", was released on Crystal Records in Spring of 2016. We can also be heard on Opus One Records and with the Akron Symphony on Telarc. He is a founding member of The Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and joined the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in 2008. He has performed with the Coryton Trio, Furious Band and the Garth Newel Chamber Players in Hot Springs, Virginia.

His master classes throughout the country and the Summer Flute Experience in Akron have firmly established his reputation as a motivational and highly successful teacher. Mr. Pope was named "Arts Educator of 2009" by the Akron Area Arts Alliance. He has appeared as the featured artist in many master classes and festivals, including the Texas Flute Society, the Upper Midwest Flute Association in Minneapolis, the Florida Flute Association, the Central Ohio Flute Association, the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association, the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, the Oklahoma Flute Society, the Arizona Flute Society, the Middle Tennessee Flute Association, the Northwest Flute Collegium in Tacoma, the Sweelink Conservatory in Amsterdam, and the German Flute Society in Frankfurt. George Pope has published transcriptions and arrangements through ALRY Publications, etc.

George Pope is active in the National Flute Association, serving in the Presidential cycle (2000-03), Program Chair for the 2000 Convention in Columbus, OH, and as a member of the Board of Directors (1995-97). He is currently Chair of the NFA Past Presidents Council. He is President of the Board of the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Tuesday Musical Association.

This appearance by Altus artist George Pope has been made possible in part through an Educational Grant from Altus Flutes. George Pope performs exclusively on Altus Flutes. 





Pre-registration is now closed. Please purchase your tickets at the door.


Adult members $30.00


Adult non-members $40.00


Student and Senior (65+) members $20.00


Student and Senior (65+) non-members $25.00


Recital only, non-members $20.00


Parents of competition participants $10.00


Siblings of competition participants (each) $5.00