Following his death in 1966, friends and colleagues of Wichita flutist and teacher George B. Tack formed a memorial committee for the purpose of perpetuating Tack’s lifelong interests in flute playing and young people. Tack’s Haynes flute was given to the committee to be loaned on an annual basis to a deserving young flutist who needed a better instrument but could not afford one. Since 1967, many young flutists have had a chance to use his instrument and be encouraged by it.
In 1984, the committee expanded its efforts to encourage area flutists by inaugurating a cash-award competition for high school flutists called Award for Excellence in Flute Performance. In 2007, a middle school division called Flute Showcase was added. In addition to the spring competition, the committee sponsors a flute festival each fall which features master classes, flute choirs, a flute recital and exhibits by local music stores. This is open to area flutists of all ages.
Both competitions take place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Friends University. Visit www.facebook.com/tackflute for more information about the Tack Flute Competition.
For more information on this competition or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.