“What Moves Us” with Laura Barron – April 12th and 13th, 2014

BFA Guest Artist Laura Barron
BFA Guest Artist Laura Barron

Boston Flute Academy hosted a special flute event open to BFA students, faculty, staff , area flutists, and invited guests.    “What Moves Us” was an inspiring and informative weekend of flute, yoga, and career guidance with BFA Guest Artist Laura Barron.   Just scroll down for more info about Laura Barron’s varied career.

The weekend included two yoga sessions designed for flutists with an emphasis on breathing and injury prevention, two flute masterclasses featuring BFA students of all ages, and two career development workshops with advice on 1.) how to develop flute careers in authentic and professionally viable ways and 2.) how to use music & art to create social change.  BFA closed the weekend with a flute concert on Sunday evening April 13th.

We thank Guest Artist Laura Barron for a fabulous weekend of learning and inspiration!  For any questions about this or other BFA events, you may email us:  info@bostonfluteacademy.com

Maliotis Cultural Center (on campus of Hellenic College)
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA

SATURDAY, April 12th:

  • Noon-1pm Yoga for flutists
  • 1:15 – 2:15pm  Career Guidance Workshop:  SELL ART, NOT OUT
  • 2:30-4:30pm  Flute Masterclass

SUNDAY, April 13th:

  • 1pm-2pm Yoga for flutists
  • 2:15-3:15pm Art for Social Change Workshop:  ABCD! ARTS-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • 3:30-5:30pm Flute Masterclass


Hailed as “one of the finest flutists of her generation” (Flute Network) Laura Barron made her solo debut, at age 17, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has given recitals and taught master classes from New Zealand to the Yukon, premiered over 50 works with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and given several performances at Carnegie Hall. In her early career, she was often a featured soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble in Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center.  Additionally, she served as principal flute of the American Sinfonietta Orchestra, and performed with the Minnesota and Vancouver Symphonies.  She has held faculty positions at the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northern Arizona University.

In 2007, she and her husband Geoff Cross spent an illuminating year traveling to five continents.  This experience included European recitals, French courses in Morocco, Dalai Lama teachings in India, and volunteer work in the Bolivian jungle.  This transformative time continues to inform her artistic work.  A lifelong activist, Laura’s growing interest in Art for Social Change spawned her recently founded non-profit, Instruments of Change, with which she pursues a variety of community-engaged, interdisciplinary art projects in schools, hospices and with at-risk youth throughout Vancouver, where she is now based.  During the past two years, Laura also taught yoga at a BC women’s prison. Inspired by the positive impact of this work, she has now developed a music education program for incarcerated women with Instruments of Change.

Currently, Laura is a member of Something Collective, an artist team-in-residence at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, and she has just completed her first novel, Mosquito Chronicles.