Created by Aralee Dorough, The Informed Flutist is a five-day performance and
practice camp for aspiring orchestral players, young professionals, college and advanced high school flutists, and focuses on building the skills needed by the professional flutist. Participants study the orchestral and solo flute repertoire with the goal of gaining a broader perspective on the music, the audition process and the components of flute technique. 

 IF2019 (4th annual) will be lead by Aralee DoroughPrincipal  Flutist  of
the Houston Symphony and Affiliate Artist of the Moores School of Music, and will feature piccolo classes by guest artist Kathryn Ladner of the Houston Symphony.


Class Starts Friday June 21 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Tuesday June 25 at   4:00 p.m.

The daily schedule will run from 9:00 until 5:30  with a lunch break from 12:00-1:30. About  60% of the instruction time will be masterclass, spent on participant’s choice of solo and orchestral repertoire, with piano accompaniment available.  Group workshops and Flute  Circle will comprise the remainder,   with an  emphasis  on Aralee’s list of “20 essential skills” needed by the professional flutist. 

“—Be prepared to play, breathe, clap, stand and MOVE as we explore ways to test and refine various skills and develop good physiological habits for playing.”  —(Read more about IF2019  from Aralee on the blog page) 

Evenings are left free for practicing, exploring Houston’s many restaurants or attending orchestral concerts by the TMFO or Houston Symphony,( although there may be one or two optional evening activities added later.)

A mock audition will allow participants to test their current skills as well as experience listening to an audition the way a hiring committee does.

Exploring the acoustics of a large concert hall. is the topic of the final session which takes place on the  stage of the Moores Opera House, allowing players to experiment with projection and clarity.




The  Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival founded in 1990, is an intensive four-week orchestral fellowship program on the University of Houston campus. Every summer an orchestra of college, graduate and young professional musicians (players age 18-30) are selected to receive full tuition fellowships. For 4 weeks the fellowship orchestra rehearses and presents orchestral programs, and works with professional musician faculty in lessons, masterclasses and chamber music coaching. Faculty are from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music, the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras and other distinguished orchestras and music schools.

In addition, the Texas Music Festival plays host to 4 other summer institutes which meet independently on campus during the course of the festival – the Institute of Bel Canto Studies, the High School Piano Institute and the High School  Jazz Institute, and The Informed Flutist.

Participants in the Informed Flutist Orchestral Repertoire Camp have the unique opporunity to listen to a performance by the TMF orchestra at the University of Houston’s concert hall, the Moores Opera House, and then play on the same stage during the  final session of The Informed Flutist, giving players a chance to explore the acoustic challenges of a large hall.