June Tunes welcomed the airy notes of the Charlotte Flute Choir last Saturday. The Town Hall lawn hosted eleven members of the choir and numerous Mint Hill residents in perfect weather as the sun set. As usual, this June Tunes performance was a perfect time to wind down and enjoy the moment.
Irene Maddox and Joe Little founded the Charlotte Flute Choir in 1964. The two were the flute section of the Charlotte Symphony at that time, and the original trustees of the Charlotte Flute Association. Since then the choir has worked locally and internationally. In 1985 they flew to Belfast, Ireland for a competition in which they placed first for best conductor under Maddox. They represented North Carolina at the World’s Fair in Tenn. in 1982, and have presented concerts in Columbia and Florence, S.C.
Local performances have included the Festival in the Park, Springfest, the Charlotte Symphony ASID House, the Mint Museum, a prelude for the Summer Pops concerts, and now June Tunes. The group also performs weddings and receptions, and volunteers time at retirement homes and other non-profit venues. You can catch the choir every year at the Southern Christmas Show.
The Charlotte Flute Choir does all of their work extracurricularly. The group is comprised of teachers, nurses, a professor, a dentist, a pilot, an engineer, and others.
Members come from around the Charlotte area, including Fort Mill, Clover, Belmont, Concord, Matthews, and Mint Hill. They rehearse every Tuesday at the Southern Park Music School on Park Road. JoeAnn Evans is the choir director, Jeanne Jamison is associate conductor, Janice Mangum is the treasurer, and Mint Hill resident Claire Goodman is the librarian.
Watching the flute choir at June Tunes was a unique experience. Be sure to catch next week’s performance by the Queen Charlotte Chorus, an all-lady, four-part harmony barbershop-style group chartered in 1965.