Boston Flute Academy

Programs for flutists of all ages and levels!

WELCOME to the Boston Flute Academy, a world-class flute community for all ages and abilities!


We are delighted to announce that Boston Flute Academy faculty and students have been invited to teach and perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, DC on August 13-16, 2015:


AUDITIONS for BFA FALL TERM 2015 ensemble classes along with private lesson interviews will be held by appointment at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, space permitting.   You may contact us via email with any questions:  You may find more information about our various programs and a signup form here.  Thank you for your interest in BFA!


LISTEN to the BFA Young Artist Flute Ensemble perform “Children of the Wind,” by Catherine McMichael (II. Moel Fammau) performing with their flute teacher Judy Grant and BFA Artist-in-Residence Brendan Ryan.




ENJOY this Facebook VIDEO of the BFA CONSERVATORY ENSEMBLE & SEMINAR CLASS playing Nutcracker:

ENJOY this Facebook VIDEO of the BFA Adult Ensemble & Seminar rehearsing the end of SLEIGH RIDE:



  • 100% of the students from Judy Grant’s private studio who auditioned for the 2015 Massachusetts Senior Districts were accepted, many with principal chairs and all state recommendations!    CONGRATS to:  Cassie Bailey (9th), Sam Chestna (11th), Elizabeth McCormack (9th), Sarah Peng (9th), Olivia Iverson (11th), Katie Scholl (12th), Ina Suresh (10th).
  • 100%  of the students from the BFA Conservatory Ensemble and 100% from the BFA Advanced Repertory Ensemble who auditioned for the 2015 MA Senior Districts were accepted!  A total of 9 students!  CONGRATS TO ALL!
  • BFA has four students accepted to the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Districts Festival!  Congrats to Kailash, 8th grade student of David Houston, who won Principal Flute with the 2015 MA Junior Districts Band!   Congrats to Irene, 7th grade student of Judy Grant, who won a spot with the 2015 MA Junior Districts Orchestra!  Congrats to Antonio and Mina, both from the BFA Sunday Ensemble & Seminar class, who were accepted to 2015 MA Junior Districts Festival!



  • Scroll down this page to check out photo highlights for some of our amazing GUEST ARTISTS!
  • Flutist BRENDAN V. RYAN named BFA Artist-In-Residence for 2014-2015
  • BFA Young Artist Elizabeth Sperry wins 2nd Prize in the 2014 National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition in Chicago, which follows her 3rd prize win in the 2012 NFA High School Soloist competition in Las Vegas!  Elizabeth was also selected to the prestigious 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Elizabeth studied with BFA Director Judy Grant in Grades 9 – 12.  To watch and listen to Elizabeth play Perilhou’s Ballade with BFA Staff Pianist, Deborah DeWolf Emery –  TO LISTEN just click here.   For a nice article in the Boston Globe on Sperry:  TO READ click here.

galway_0082-masterclassElizabeth Sperry at BFA with Sir James Galway

  • BFA Young Artist Alum Ji Weon Ryu is the 3rd Prize Winner of the 2014 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, where she competed in four rounds of competition with flutists up through age 30!    Ji Weon studied with Judy Grant in Grades 9-12, winning first prize in the NFA High School Soloist Competition.  She now studies at Juilliard.  Congrats to Ji Weon!

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  • BFA GALWAY FLUTE WEEKEND — A BIG SUCCESS! BFA proudly presented the Galway Flute Weekend on March 8th and 9th, 2014.  Saturday night’s concert featuring performances by Sir James and Lady Galway along with BFA Young Artists was SOLD OUT!  Sunday’s all day events included masterclasses by both Sir James and Lady Galway, a warmup session for all flutists with Sir James,  a Q & A session with the Galways, a drawing of free prizes from our exhibitors, and the awarding of a Nagahara headjoint.  Attendees were able to see and meet the Galways in the intimate setting of the Boston Flute Academy.  Boston-area flutemakers and flute vendors exhibited instruments and accessories for all to try.  What a great turnout from flutists all around New England!  Special thanks to Nagahara Flutes and the Wm. S. Haynes Co. for their generous support of this event. For more information about the BFA Galway Flute Weekend, and to see a list of our exhibitors, please click here.

Visit Sir James Galway’s website here.     Visit Lady Galway’s website here.



  • Eleven BFA flute students in Grades 9-12 were selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Senior Districts Festival, many with principal chairs and 9 with All State Recommendations!  Congratulations to  Sam Chestna, Michelle Chung, Yumi Lee, Amy Lipman, Ned Martenis, Molly Meath, Natalie Ramesh, Katie Scholl, Elizabeth Sperry, Ina Suresh, Sophia Zeng.
  • Three BFA flute students in grades 7-8 were selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Districts Festival:  Congratulations to Isadora Loftus, Elizabeth McCormack, Sarah Peng, all members of the BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar classes.
Elizabeth McCormack and Sarah Peng at MA Junior Districts 2014

Elizabeth McCormack and Sarah Peng at Junior Districts 2014


  • BFA’s 2013 graduates secured fantastic college acceptances. Congratulations! Austin Hopkins was accepted to study at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with John Heiss. Hyo Jin Jamie Park was accepted to study at the Peabody Conservatory with Marina Piccinini. Gretchen Herdrich is studying composition at the Boston Conservatory.  Angela Koh is studying at MIT.  Intensive Immersion Program graduate Oliver Villanueva is studying at the Oberlin Conservatory with Alexa Still. 
L to R: Austin Hopkins, Hyo Jin Jamie Park, Gretchen Herdrich

L to R: Austin Hopkins, Hyo Jin Jamie Park, Gretchen Herdrich

  • Congratulations to BFA’s 2012 graduates on their outstanding college acceptances!  Brendan Dooley is now studying at Curtis Institute of Music with Jeffrey Khaner. Nicholas Fitton is studying at Peabody with Marina Piccinini. Emma Huelskamp was accepted to study with Susan Milan at Royal College of Music in London. Michelle Peters is studying at Yale. Jinji Zhang is studying with Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Nicholas Fitton, Emma Huelskamp, Michelle Peters, Brendan Dooley, Jinji Zhang

Nicholas Fitton, Emma Huelskamp, Michelle Peters, Brendan Dooley, Jinji Zhang

  • Congratulations to the 2011 graduates of BFA for acceptances to top conservatories, in the U.S.and abroad! Jiweon Ryu is studying with Carol Wincenc at the Juilliard School in New York City. Catherine Jones was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Madeline Aiken is studying at the University of Michigan with Amy Porter. Mayuko Akimoto is studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.
L to R: Jiweon Ryu, Catherine Jones, Mayuko Akimoto, Madeline Aiken

L to R: Jiweon Ryu, Catherine Jones, Mayuko Akimoto, Madeline Aiken



Carol Wincenc, Season Opening Event, Sept 20, 2014

Carol Wincenc, BFA Season Opening Event: Masterclass & Performance, on Saturday September 20, 2014

Tracy Harris, October 4, 2014

Tracy Harris: Flute Clinics on Saturday & Sunday October 4 & 5, 2014

Suzanne Teng -- October 18, 2014

Suzanne Teng — World Flutes Clinic & Performance, on Saturday October 18, 2014

Flying Flutistas

Flying Flutistas – Body Mapping Workshops on Breathing and Body Awareness, on Sunday October 19, 2014

Jean-Louis Beaumadier, October 2014

Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Boston Debut Concert, October 25th, 2014

BFA Guest Artist Catherine Payne, Solo Piccolo with San Francisco Symphony

Catherine Payne, San Francisco Symphony, Nov 17th, 2014

Goran Marcusson, Masterclass and Concert, March 14, 2015

Goran Marcusson, Masterclass and Concert, March 14, 2015


Dr. Na’ama Lion, Baroque Flutes Presentations, April 11 & 12, 2015



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Elizabeth Rowe   —   Cynthia Meyers


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Sir James Galway  &  Lady Jeanne Galway — March 2014

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Catherine Ransom Karoly  —  Eyal Ein-Habar  —  Laura Barron

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Trudy Kane  —  Aldo Abreu  —  Vanessa Breault Mulvey

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Emi Ferguson  —  Nicole Rabata  —  Geni Skendo


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  • Founded in 2008 by Boston flutist, Judy Grant.
  • Offering ensembles, masterclasses, workshops, private flute lessons, concerts and more!  Click here for our brochure.
  • See our 2013-2014 Events & Masterclasses page and our News section for BFA program highlights.
  • Check out our 2014-2015 Guest Artist event highlights here.
  • Located in Brookline, MA at the beautiful Maliotis Cultural Center.  We also offer private lessons in Framingham, Chelmsford, Newton Upper Falls, and Jamaica Plain.
  • For a summary of our 2014-2015 programs and class schedules, click here.
  • Listen to and watch some of our alumni perform by clicking here.
  • Please browse our website for information on our programs and classes, event schedules, our students’ accomplishments, general resources on flute and piccolo, and more! 
  • Advertise your concerts and instrument sales using our free listing forms!
  • AUDITIONS for admission: We are currently accepting applications for study at BFA, space permitting.  Click here to contact us about scheduling a consultation or placement audition for any of our Ensemble & Seminar classes (youth and adult) and private lessons.