The Barcelona Flute Symposium is a 6-day flute intensive led by celebrated flutist Tia Roper with local arrangements and additional Catalan experience add-on possibilities arranged by Adler & Marlow. With the picturesque backdrop of Spain’s Catalonia region as your inspiration, participate in master classes, individual coaching, chamber ensembles, interaction with local wind players, and workshops to expand your flute playing and repertoire. The flute retreat is open to all intermediate and advanced players. An accompanist will be provided.
MONDAY MAY 11
Meet midday for transport to a charming Catalan masia (countryside farmhouse), our center for the next three days. The symposium begins with an orientation lunch, warm ups and musical introductions, followed by individual and chamber music sight reading. Finish the day with drinks around the pool and a welcome dinner.
TUESDAY MAY 12
Get the day started with a rustic Catalan countryside breakfast, prepared for you at the masia. After breakfast, start with warm up exercises and then enjoy a full day of master classes, coaching and rehearsals. Lunch will be provided, and then enjoy some free time at the beautiful masia. In the early evening we will have a workshop on how to sight-read with perfection (or close to it!) followed by dinner.
WEDNESDAY MAY 13
Today's activities will be about saying goodbye to performance anxiety and tension free playing. Practical tools will be discussed to help resolve your performance stress and play your best. We will also have a workshop on how to play with expression, and wrap up the day with having you perform a solo for the group. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the masia.
THURSDAY MAY 14
Wake up to your final meal at the charming Catalan farmhouse, followed by a master class. We will then say goodbye to the masia and travel to a charming village on the outskirts of Barcelona for an incredible lunch. Once back in Barcelona, we´ll get settled in apartments. In the evening you'll meet a local flute traverso maker and learn about local musical heritage and an ancient Catalan flute- the Flabiol. Dinner will then be on your own and you´ll have time to explore Barcelona.
FRIDAY MAY 15
We'll begin the day by meeting the Barcelona Flute Orquestra for a group rehearsal in preparation for a concert to be performed this evening. We will then visit the Museum of Music in Barcelona, followed by a group lunch. After some free time, we'll come together again for a masterclass on the Flabiol and the traditional music of Catalonia. This will include both theory and practice. The group will then break for dinner, before meeting at our concert venue, the Crypt of the famous Sagrada Familia. We will then perform collaborative concert with the Barcelona Flute Orquestra.
SATURDAY MAY 16th
Morning final individual and chamber music rehearsals and coaching followed by lunch. Evening concert at a charming local courtyard garden followed by farewell party.
LET'S SIGN YOU UP
Dates: May 11th - 16th, 2020
Price: €2,880 (euros)
Please note that the price is listed in Euros. Check online for current conversion rates.
Includes: All master classes, coaching and concerts, Flabiol workshop, performance at La Sagrada Familia, entrance to the BCN Museum of Music, 6 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners and final cocktail party.
Excludes: International airfare to and from Barcelona, meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
Who is Tia Roper?
As a distinguished soloist and concert artist, Dr. Tia Roper has several credits to her name. They include holding the principal flute positions of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan. She also won grand prize in the Artists International Debut Recital Award and received critical acclaim for her Carnegie Hall recital debut. The New York Amsterdam News applauded “her remarkable technical command of her instrument as well as highly refined musicianship." Dr. Roper has performed as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute player with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic. Her debut album, The Magic Flute, on the Albany Records label has received glowing reviews. American Record Guide says: “Roper is a terrific flutist whose playing is polished and technique is solid.” They also declare: “She has a marvelous tone…” The acclaimed CD was submitted by the head of Albany Records for Grammy nomination consideration. It successfully advanced to the first round ballot in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in collaboration with pianist Mitchell Vines. She can also be heard on singer/songwriter Jann Klose's album MOSAIC. Ms. Roper has given concert performances in Russia, Switzerland, the Barbados, Japan, Venezuela, England, and throughout the United States.
Tia Roper was a student at the Juilliard Pre-College where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, her Masters Degree in Music Performance from Boston University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University.
For more information on Dr. Tia Roper, please visit: www.tiaroper.com
Who is Adler & Marlow?
Adler & Marlow is a bespoke travel company based in Barcelona with connections throughout Spain. A&M's goal is to make travel dreams come true, create sensational moments, joyous memories and enrich experiences tailored just for it's clients. Authentic, unique and exclusive travel experiences are our specialty.
How much experience should I have as a flute player?
The symposium is intended for intermediate to advanced flute players. Participants should be able to perform repertoire from either or any of the Baroque to Contemporary genres.
How do I get to and from the Barcelona airport?
Transport from the airport is not included in the Flute Symposium fee, but a private transfer can be arranged with Adler & Marlow on an individual basis. Please bare in mind that it is really easy to walk to the taxi stand just outside of the airport. The cost of the taxi into town is approximately €30.
I am attending with a friend/spouse, can we share a room or apartment?
Yes, both the countryside farmhouse and the apartments in Barcelona can accommodate two people wishing to share a room.
Can a non-flute playing friend/spouse join?
There is the possibility for a non-flute player to join the symposium at a reduced rate. Please contact us at for more information.
During the free time in Barcelona I'd like to see additional points of interest that I have read about. How will I get around on my own?
You will be provided with all the information needed to explore the tops sites of Barcelona on your own. Of course if you are interested in a guided tour or other activities, please contact and we are happy to provide you with options.
Can you help me find accommodation in Barcelona if I choose to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer?
You will have the option of extending your visit to Barcelona on either end by booking extra lodging thru Adler & Marlow directly.
What is Barcelona and Catalonia like in September?
Barcelona and the surrounding Catalan region countryside are delightful in September with warm summer weather, blue skies and warm Mediterranean waters--a perfect time to visit.
The highlight of the end of summer is the Barcelona Festival of La Mercé. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy--La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan. The city-wide festival last several days before the official September 24 feast day. Some of the most important features of the festival were introduced in the year 1902, when parades included papier maché “giants” known as gegants i capgrossos, and a popular dance from Empordà that was becoming popular throughout Catalonia: the Sardana. More recently introduced traditions include the annual Catalan Wine Fair, a special correfoc (fire parade), a 10 km race and the pyro-musical, a display featuring synchronized fireworks, water fountains and music conducted at the base of the Montjuïc mountain. Concerts and special cultural events take place throughout the city during the festival.
How will we be traveling from one destination to the next?
We will be transferred in a private minibus while staying at the farmhouse near Girona. The price of the coach is included. In Barcelona we will move around by metro during group activities. Other transport in Barcelona will be at the discretion of the participants and not included in the fee, however taxis are inexpensive and the metro system is very easy to use.
What is the cancellation policy?
Your deposit and fees are non-refundable. We strongly suggest each participant purchase travel insurance as soon as they purchase their airline tickets.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes! You are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance since the fees are non-refundable. Adler & Marlow can help you purchase insurance from an independent agent. Airlines offer insurance and there are many independent dealers who may be contacted on-line. Please be aware that purchasing insurance is time sensitive; some companies require insurance to be purchased within 10 days of reservations.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
No problem! We are preparing for Gluten Free and vegetarian options, and will survey participants for other dietary considerations before the trip and will accommodate everyone at all included meals.
What meals are included?
There is a total of 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners included in your fee. You will be well fed!
What additional fees should we expect?
Participants will pay for meals not listed above and any additional transportation in Barcelona that is not part of the symposium. Any “add on” tours scheduled after our trip concludes on 9/22 will be an extra charge at the time of booking.
Any packing suggestions?
Travel light! Barcelona is fairly casual. You will have access to washer/dryers in your apartment in Barcelona so a small, carry on suitcase will likely suffice. Comfy walking shoes are highly recommended.
Suggestions for keeping connected to folks at home?
Please check with your individual phone carriers to determine the best plan for you. If you decide to purchase a SIM card for your phone when you arrive in Spain, Danny can help you install it. You will have access to WiFi in all of our hotels and apartments.
To sign up, please complete the following form and we will be in touch with more details. You can expect a quick response!