Credo Flute

Credo Flute offers the serious musician a training ground to develop artistic and professional skills as they study solo and orchestral repertoire, strategies in audition success, and keys to developing professional vision.  Join Bonita Boyd, Jennie Brown, and guests for this inspiring week that will energize the whole musician in art and spirit!

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The Quick Facts:

Who: Serious flutists age 14 and up are encouraged to apply
What: a one-week comprehensive course of flute study (solo, chamber, orchestral, technique) aimed at the dedicated flute student
When: July 24 – 29, 2017
Where: Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL (just outside Chicago)

Credo Flute Program Principles:

Credo Flute is part of the Credo family of programs, which adhere to the following principles:

Musical Excellence “Develop the Gift”

At the core of every Credo program is a core dedication to excellence in classical music study and performance. Credo faculty are world-acclaimed leaders in pedagogy and performance.   Credo’s students are all highly talented, dedicated young artists – whether they are leaders in their local school or youth orchestra or the highest pre-professional level conservatory students.

Personal Growth “Acknowledge the Source”

The greatest musical artists are also the greatest human beings. As the famed violinist Fritz Kreisler expressed “No man can achieve great things unless his heart is filled with love.” Credo encourages each student to find their personal path to the source of love. Students and families from a wide variety of faith backgrounds have found themselves enriched by the Credo experience

Service Projects “Respond with Service”

Smiling service

As an important part of Credo’s mission of service, students devote one day a week to a variety of service activities. They share their special musical gifts in concerts at day-care centers, childhood education centers, nursing homes, and hospitals. They also experience the joy of accomplishment in such tasks as park site preparation, cleaning homeless shelters, and community beautification projects. Each service day offers an opportunity for faculty and students to connect outside the confines of the practice room, and to develop a life-long passion for serving others with our art and being.

Learn more about Credo’s service projects

Sample Day

Daily schedule includes intensive masterclasses in solo repertoire, ILMEA preparation, technique, and orchestral excerpts for flute and piccolo in symphonic and operatic literature, in addition to comprehensive strategies for success in high school, collegiate, and professional level auditions.

Sample Daily Activities include:

  • Morning Hymn Sing
  • Solo Repertoire Masterclasses
  • Orchestral Excerpt Masterclasses in symphonic and operatic literature
  • ILMEA Workshops for Illinois high school students.
  • Fireside Chats: Open discussions with students and faculty about career advice and inspiration.
  • Exhibition Hall with Flute Makers
  • Time to enjoy your Credo Flute community!

Credo Flute is generously supported by the following:

Hannah Hammel, Flute (Credo '13, '14, '15)

Winner, 2016 National Flute Association- Young Artist Competition, Orchestral Excerpt Competition, National Flute Association Convention 2015

I was fortunate to attend Credo during the summers of 2013 and 2014 while a student at Oberlin Conservatory. As a flutist, I arrived for the last week of the camp to play in the orchestra after the string students had been rehearsing chamber music intensely for a few weeks. Playing in the orchestra was an amazing and unique experience for me because all of the musicians had a clear common goal: to make beautiful music while connecting with each other on a personal and a religious level. The skills honed through studying chamber music were brought to each rehearsal with the orchestra. Each member was fully engaged with their parts and the conductor, but also with their friends on the other side of the orchestra. Music making was always the top priority and I felt immensely blessed to be a part of something so pure and good. Credo teaches and encourages each musician to be highly skilled technicians, thoughtful artists, and sensitive collaborative players, but most importantly it carries the message that music comes from deeply rooted place in each of us, and with that we are capable of expressing our joy and giving our musical message to everyone who listens.