First Public Announcement about FLUTE
First Public Message Sent to FLUTE (1996)
FLUTE's First Birthday (1997)
FLUTE's Second Birthday (1998)
FLUTE's Third Birthday (1999)
FLUTE's Fourth Birthday (2000)
FLUTE's Fifth Birthday (2001)
FLUTE's Sixth Birthday (2002)
FLUTE's Seventh Birthday (2003)
FLUTE's Eighth Birthday (2004)
FLUTE's Ninth Birthday (2005)
FLUTE's Tenth Birthday (2006)
FLUTE's Eleventh Birthday (2007)
FLUTE's Twelfth Birthday (2008)
FLUTE's Thirteenth Birthday (2009)
FLUTE's Fifteenth Birthday (2011)

First Public Announcement About FLUTE

The Flute World Expands
05:28 PM 3/18/96 -0800

Dear Everyone:

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the creation of an entirely new e-mail flute discussion group. FLUTE will be hosted using Lsoft LISTSERV software at Syracuse University, with Larry Krantz and Nelson Pardee as list owners. The list will offer both real time *single postings* as well as daily *digest* format as options to all subscribers. In addition, we hope over time to use the list as a hub to facilitate and inspire the additional uses of electronic resources to further all areas relating to the flute. For example, we hope the list can develop FAQs, develop repositories for flute information, bring together people into special interest groups, encourage flute related organizations to provide an electronic presence, and do whatever else the FLUTE list finds useful. We hope to provide semi-organized mechanisms for input from the list; these proposed activities can only happen as people participate.

I acknowledge a great debt to FLUTE-M and its owner, Cara Camcastle, for the development of a vibrant, warm, and friendly electronic community. My experience with FLUTE-M and in other electronic venues leads me to see many possibilities for the growth of the electronic community, and hence the launch of the FLUTE list. We also hope to meet the needs of those who need more flexible subscription options.

We plan to guard the privacy of FLUTE list subscribers; more details will be available in the welcome message or from the list owners.

To subscribe to FLUTE please send email to listserv@listserv.syr.edu with the following line in the email body

    sub flute yourname
    e.g.,
    sub flute Larry Krantz

You will receive a notification asking you to confirm your request; instructions will be included, but the confirmation is simple. Just reply and type the word "ok" (without the quotes) in your mail body. Don't include the confirmation request in your reply. It's a bit of a pain, but it helps us to keep the subscription database clean, and also helps to keep out spammers.

Normal delivery will be via single postings. If you wish digest format, also send the line

    set flute digest

If you have further questions about the FLUTE list, please email Larry Krantz. Technical questions should go to nrpardee@syr.edu (Larry and Nelson do talk to each other, so if you're not sure who should get the question- don't worry. Send it to either one, and we'll do our best to answer it).

All my best,
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Larry Krantz
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
HTTP://users.uniserve.com/~lwk/welcome.htm
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First Public Message Posted To Entire List

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 07:28:46 -0800
Sender: Flute Playing and Related Issues
From: lou polcari
Subject: test....
To: Multiple recipients of list FLUTE

Larry- this is a test, a thank you for the effort to create a new non- tyrannical flute list. Great job.

Lou Polcari
polcari@rio.com

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FLUTE's First Birthday

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 00:34:46 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE's 1st Birthday

Dear Everone:

On Monday the 18th of March, 1996 Larry received an email from Nelson saying that the FLUTE list was up and ready to go. At 20:06:14 of that day, Larry received a notice from listserv informing him that his subscription to the new FLUTE list had been accepted, and from that moment FLUTE was open for business. A very short time later the following message was the first to be distributed to the list members at that time:

    Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 07:28:46 -0800
    From: lou polcari
    Subject: test....
    Multiple recipients of list FLUTE

    Larry- this is a test, a thank you for the effort to create a new non- tyrannical flute list. Great job.

    Lou Polcari
    polcari@rio.com

As it turns out, Lou is really Ruth in disguise but we think it important on this, the first birthday of FLUTE, to know that Ruth Polcari was indeed the first person to send a public FLUTE message.

Over the past 12 months there have been 14,456 (including this one) messages sent to the list. Many questions have been posed and some of them have actually been answered.

Not long after Nelson and Larry succeeded in launching FLUTE it became clear that membership was going to grow and there would come a time that they would need to call for some help. One of the list's most faithful and dependable contributors was contacted and Nelson and Larry were pleased to hear that Helen Spielman had agreed to be the FLUTE List Assistant. Now Helen advises on all list decisions and fills in for Nelson and Larry on those rare occasions when they can't be at their computers.

When list discussion became nearly overwhelmed with messages about the use of beta blockers and their relationship to performance anxiety, it became evident that there was much interest in that subject. A call for volunteers was sent out and on July 30, 1996 the following volunteers were introduced to FLUTE as the Beta Blocker Study Committee: Karla Harby, Kathrin Kucharski, Sarah Tuck (committee chair), and Julia Vasquez. After many months of hard work and one baby later (congratulations are due to Kathrin on the birth of a son) these hard working volunteers have provided us with a superb document on the subject.

As membership grew, so too did the range and frequency of questions about certain aspects of flute playing. We realized that a FLUTE FAQ would be a useful document to build. In response to our list request, David Dahl volunteered to become the FLUTE FAQ manager. After an enormous amount of hard work, the FLUTE FAQ became a reality on February 11, 1997.

The Stolen Flutes List was an idea that was born about the same time as FLUTE. In the dressing room in the Seattle Opera House on Sunday, March 24, 1996, Larry mentioned the idea to Jimmy Galway who responded positively. Larry then knew that such a service would have to become a reality. Since that day many flutes have been added to the list and it is always a sad occasion when a new listing appears. On the other hand, there will surely be cause for celebration when one of those lost instruments gets recovered.

The lists of Flute Makers, Flute Professors, Sacred Music for Flute, Flute Related Web Sites, Haynes Serial Numbers, FLUTE Memorial, FLUTE Scholarships, and FLUTE Registry have all been extremely useful projects that have come into being because of list activities and the willingness of many list members to lend a hand.

Brief statistics on FLUTE membership have been posted each month since May 1996. Membership has continued to grow steadily over our first year and we have truly become a global community of flute players.

    DATE    MEMBERS    COUNTRIES
    05/27/96       485               22
    06/27/96       556               24
    07/25/96       596               26
    08/31/96       648               27
    09/20/96       689               27
    10/21/96       702               28
    11/21/96       749               31
    12/20/96       792               30
    01/20/97       841               31
    02/19/97       906               29
    03/18/97       959               31

As FLUTE membership has increased, so too has the amount of time required to keep things running smoothly. A request for additional volunteer help was sent out on October 12, 1996. Many list members generously offered their services. From that list of impressive volunteers, John Rayworth was selected to become the FLUTE List Monitor. After about one month of training, John became active as list monitor. John watches the list carefully and offers his guidance and advice to those who need help with netiquette and some technical issues. We all benefit greatly from John's behind the scenes FLUTE work.

Much sharing of our mutual love for the flute has taken place over the past year and many wonderful friendships have been nurtured thanks to our warm and caring membership. We have learned about new books, new recordings, concert dates, recital programs, alternate fingerings, whistle tones, and all sorts of new gizmos to make our flutes play better. We have argued about flute tube material, whether scales are important, which lip balm is best, and what fingering for Bb is the most useful. FLUTE dinners have taken place in New York, London, Washington DC, San Francisco, and various other locations. List members have arranged to meet in person around the globe. We have mourned the passing of dear friends, both real and imaginary.

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

FLUTE is one year old today and we would like to thank the entire FLUTE list membership for your efforts in making FLUTE a useful, entertaining, and informative venue for the sharing of flute ideas. We promise to continue to do all that we can to ensure that FLUTE will continue to satisfy the needs of the global flute community and we look forward to hearing your suggestions and ideas about future directions for the FLUTE list.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We would ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu.

Happy Birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen

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FLUTE's Second Birthday

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 07:33:20 -0500
From: Helen Spielman
Subject: FLUTE's Second Birthday

Dear FLUTE list members,

Our FLUTE list was born two years ago today, on March 19, 1996. (Steve Haaser's announcement yesterday was one day too early!) Since that time, the list has generated 26,824 messages. We have 1,353 members as of today.

During the past year, we have accomplished the following special projects and activiities:

- The Pronouniciation Guide, through which we can read and hear correct pronounciation of flutists' and composers' names, was implemented by Robin Horne and Mike MacMahon.

- The second version of the FLUTE FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) was completed by David Dahl, our FAQ Manager.

- The article written by our Beta Block Committee (Sarah Tuck, Karla Harby, Kathrin Kucharski, and Julia Vasquez) was published in PAN Magazine, the journal of the British Flute Society.

- The Orchestra Flute Section list has grown to include 219 orchestras from 26 countries.

- The Stolen Flutes, Vendors, FLUTE teachers, Scholarships, Flute Makers, and FLUTE Registry lists continue to grow.

- The third annual FLUTE list dinner at the Chicago NFA convention was attended by 108 list members.

- The Flute Equipment Survey, by Sandra Czerwinski, has finished data collection, and results are now being tallied for distribution in the near future.

The entire membership of FLUTE - YOU - are an international group of caring, intelligent, generous, committed people. The list could not exist without all of you who share your wisdom, resources, humor, time, and big hearts. We often hear that FLUTE is quite unique on the Internet, in that we have grown so much and yet continue to share our love of flutes and flute playing while still remaining congenial and respectful to all. Thank you for being part of this marvelous international community of flute lovers.

Happy 2nd Birthday, FLUTE!!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Third Birthday

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 00:41:20 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE's Third Birthday

Dear Everyone:

Today marks the 3rd birthday for FLUTE. Since the first list message on Tue, 19 Mar 1996 07:28:46 -0800, 39,162 messages about flutes and flute playing have been shared with the membership. The number of FLUTE subscribers has grown at a steady pace. Listserv currently shows 1,741 members from about 37 countries.

Many new list projects accomplished over the past year have found a permanent home on Larry's web site:

- 179 list members responded to the 'FLUTE Equipment Survey'
- Alton McCanless and Robert Bigio helped to create 'Those Whatchamacallits On Your Flute'
- Karen Coffey created the 'Flute Solos Collections'
- the 'FLUTE Composers List' was compiled by Pierre Csillag
- Wayne Hedrick generously gave us his 'Practical Alternate Fingerings for Flute'
- articles were written by Ed Lacy on 'Preparing For College Auditions' and 'Careers for Flutists (and other musicians)'
- Ellen Redman wrote 'A View from the Audition Committee'
- 'College Entrance Standards for Flutists' was created by Carolyn Krysl-Hutchinson
- Steven Wicks did extensive research and wrote 'Flutes Or Piccolos Could Harm Your Hearing'
- 'Flute Making Bibliography' was written by Joseph S. Wisniewski
- 'Comments About Flute Tone' was written by Ann Cherry
- Patricia George gave us 'Using the Taffanel & Gaubert 17 Big Daily Exercises for Flute'
- several new additions were added to the Corners of Alexa Still, John Wion, Robert Dick, and Wissam Boustany

We were delighted to announce the creation of the FLUTE List Pages in November of 1998. The 'Flute Events Calendar', 'Featured List Member of the Week', and 'Flute Items for Sale' have been well received by many. We have exciting ideas in development for the FLUTE List Pages in the near future.

Many long standing list projects have continued to grow over the past year. The Flute Sections listing presently includes the names of the flute/picc players in 257 orchestras from 28 countries. The 'FLUTE Pronunciation Guide' which is managed by Robin Horne and Mike MacMahon has been recently updated with additional pronunciations. The 'Lost and/or Stolen Flutes' listing has continued to grow with the occasional report of a recovered flute. New information about flute associations, publishers, magazines, and suppliers arrives and is updated nearly every day. David Dahl continues the daunting task of preparing the next version of the 'FLUTE FAQ'.

List members from four countries attended a FLUTE list dinner in London in September. The fourth annual list dinner at the NFA convention in Phoenix was well attended and a good time was had by all.

Larry and Helen were invited to give a presentation about flute and the Internet at the NFA Phoenix convention. The venue was filled to capacity (over actually). Much attention was given to the FLUTE list and the computing equipment generously provided by the NFA worked wonderfully well. Post presentation comments were very positive.

Many personal friendships have developed in real life as a result of the list. We regularly hear about list members' encounters with each other in various parts of the world.

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

FLUTE is three years old today and we would like to thank the entire FLUTE list membership for your efforts in making FLUTE a useful, entertaining, and informative venue for the sharing of flute ideas. We promise to do all that we can to ensure that FLUTE will continue to satisfy the needs of the global flute community and we look forward to hearing your suggestions and ideas about future directions for the FLUTE list.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We would ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu.

Happy 3rd birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Fourth Birthday

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2000 00:41:20 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: Happy 4th Birthday FLUTE!

Dear Everyone,

Today is FLUTE's fourth birthday. Our custom is to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the list by reflecting on some of the more outstanding FLUTE related events of the previous year.

As of today listserv shows 2,051 subscribers to the list and 53,089 messages have been shared with the membership. Many projects that began on the list have continued to grow and develop over the past year.

Flute Sections
- currently contains 296 orchestras and the names of 897 flute players who are working in orchestras from 32 different countries.

Stolen Flutes List
- continues to be actively used by the membership. We are more than a little pleased to report that several flutes have been recovered as a direct result of that service.

Pronunciation Guide
- list members Robin Horne and Mike MacMahon have continued to develop this unique and useful resource. It currently contains pronunciations for 111 names in several languages with sound files for each spoken by native speakers of the language of origin.

Those Whatchamacallits On Your Flute
- list member Fabienne Durdin has translated the text of the graphic that was created by list members Alton McCanless and Robert Bigio and myself into Lao for use by local musicians.

FLUTE List Pages
- fifty two list members have been featured on the Featured Member of the Week page.
- the Flute Related Items for Sale page has resulted in many successful sales for list members.

FLUTE List Logs
- became fully searchable on the WWW and a CD of all the logs from 1996 to 1999 was made available to list members.

British Flute Society Convention
- at the invitation of Trevor Wye, John and Larry gave well received presentations about flutes and computers at the BFS convention in Manchester.
- a wonderful FLUTE list dinner was very well attended thanks to the organizational efforts of John Rayworth and Trevor Wye.

National Flute Association
- the FLUTE list dinner at the Atlanta convention was a wonderful success thanks to the time, energy, and dedication of Helen Spielman.
- Helen's acclaimed 'Finding Your Niche' presentation in Atlanta was not only a major success at the convention but was also shared with the entire list.

Flutewise at the Barbican in London
- Helen presented a 'Flute and the Internet' talk in May 1999. Raleigh Area Flute Association Flute Fair
- a repeat performance of Helen's 'Flute and the Internet' talk in Nov 1999

FALAUT
- the Italian flute magazine FaLaUt ran an interview with Larry in the Winter issue of their magazine.

Geoffrey Gilbert "Everything That You Wanted To Know..."
- many list members took advantage of ordering that unique Geoffrey Gilbert recording and in doing so contributed financially to the Florida Flute Society Gilbert Memorial Scholarship fund.

Complete Daily Exercises by Trevor Wye
- the FLUTE list was honored by Trevor's kindness in dedicating in his latest book to Larry, Nelson, Helen, & John for their initiative and dedication to the Internet FLUTE list.

Countless numbers of concerts, new recordings, new publications, and new flute related products have been announced on the list. The amount of good natured and generous sharing of flute ideas by a wide range of flute players has been simply astounding. This past year's list activity has been a smashing success and the entire list membership is to be commended for helping to make FLUTE an extraordinary place for flute players to spend time. We thank you for helping to make FLUTE such a useful and informative place for us all.

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu.

Happy 4th birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Fifth Birthday

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 02:26:14 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: Happy 5th Birthday FLUTE!

Dear Everyone,

Today is the fifth birthday of FLUTE. The past year of list related messages and activities has been every bit as exciting and inspiring as the previous four years of FLUTE's existence. List membership as of today is 2,235 subscribers from 44 countries and there have been 63,735 messages sent to the list since it began.

It has become customary for us to post a message outlining the list related events of the year but since the marking of one half decade of FLUTE is a rather special occasion we have decided to share with you some list related highlights from the past five years.

The following 68 flute related events, articles, & projects have happened because of FLUTE list activity over the past five years.

  1. Flute Books - 55 books about flutes and flute playing - many contributors
  2. Multiphonic Source Books by Robert Dick
  3. Those Whatchamacalits On Your Flute - graphic presentation of flute part names Larry Krantz, Robert Bigio, Alton McCanless
  4. Using the Taffanel & Gaubert 17 Big Daily Exercises for Flute by Patricia George
  5. Tuning, Words of Encouragement, Selecting a Piccolo by John Zornig
  6. Beta Blockers and Performance Anxiety in Musicians - A Report by the beta blocker study committee of FLUTE: Karla Harby, Kathrin Kucharski, Sarah Tuck, Julia Vasquez
  7. Ergonomic Design Features for Flute by Pauline Mancuso
  8. Flutes Or Piccolos Could Harm Your Hearing - How to Protect Your Hearing When Playing Your Musical -Instrument by Steven A Wicks
  9. Getting My Ear Plugs by Kathy Russell
  10. Don't "Play" With Pain by Barbara Hauser
  11. Preparing for College Auditions by Dr. Ed Lacy
  12. Careers for Flutists (and other musicians) by Dr. Ed Lacy
  13. A View from the Auditions Committee by Ellen Redman
  14. College Entrance Standards for Flutists - North American Survey by Carolyn Krysl-Hutchinson
  15. Careers in Music, Adult Students, Motivation, and Words of Encouragement - various contributors
  16. FLUTE Scholarships - various contributors
  17. Flute Fingerings Above C4 - Larry Krantz
  18. Piccolo Fingerings from John Krell - Larry Krantz
  19. Practical Alternate Fingerings for Flute by Wayne Hedrick
  20. Extended Techniques Resource - Robin Horne & Robert Dick
  21. Orchestra Flute Sections - 337 orchestras, 1016 flute players, 37 countries - various contributors
  22. Makers of Fine Flutes - contact information for 104 flute makers - various contributors
  23. Flute Suppliers & Publishers - contact information for 84 businesses - various contributors
  24. Flute Magazines - contact information for 8 flute magazine publishers - various contributors
  25. Flute Associations - contact information for 46 flute associations from 19 countries - Trevor Wye & various contributors
  26. Haynes Serial Numbers from 1900 to 2000 - Steven Haaser, Jason Chai, Mr. J. Fuggetta, & Marjorie Bollinger
  27. Flute Making Bibliography by Joseph S. Wisniewski
  28. Help! One Padder's View by Mara Goosman
  29. Oiling Wooden Flutes by Robert Bigio
  30. Finding Your Niche, & Polishing the Jewels by Helen Spielman
  31. American Flute Orchestra tour information - Nancy Clew
  32. Composer Dates - various contributors
  33. Links to flute recordings on the Internet - various contributors
  34. Tribute to Jean Pierre Rampal - various contributors
  35. Corners of Trevor Wye, Alexa Still, John Wion, Mike Machon, Peter Lloyd, Robert Dick - 101 articles about flute playing contributed by Trevor, Alexa, John, Mike, Peter, & Robert
  36. Dissertation on Peter Lloyd - Suzanne Lord
  37. Flute Stamps from around the world - Prof. Jerzy Mrozik, Piotr Kunysz - contains images of 77 different flute stamps
  38. Stolen Flutes Listing - currently contains 213 stolen instruments & 19 recovered - various contributors - Larry Krantz
  39. FLUTE Pronunciation Guide - Robin Horne, Mike MacMahon - contains phonetic pronunciation and recorded examples for 111 different words
  40. FLUTE FAQ - David Dahl (FLUTE FAQ Manager) - contains answers to 94 of the most commonly asked flute questions
  41. FLUTE Equipment Survey - Larry Krantz - technical info about 555 different instruments from 179 respondents
  42. FLUTE Featured Member - Larry Krantz - photos, bios, & sound clips from 103 FLUTE list members
  43. Flute Items for Sale - John Rayworth - listing of flute related items for sale by FLUTE members
  44. FLUTE Logs CD - Larry Krantz - version 1 & 2 containing all of the FLUTE list messages from 1996 to -end of 2000
  45. FLUTE Events Calendar
  46. Flute Solos Collections by Karen Coffey - contains publication and table of contents from 82 collections
  47. Flute Composers List by Pierre Csillag - contains flute compositions from 11 list member/composers
  48. Flute Pieces with Low B - contains titles of 108 pieces - various contributors
  49. Paris Conservatory Test Pieces: 1824 to 1997 - Pierre Csillag
  50. Audition Pieces for Flute and Piccolo by Tod Brody - contains 83 flute/piccolo titles
  51. Sacred Music for Flute by Helen Spielman - contains 41 books and pieces with publisher info
  52. Repertoire inspired by myth/legend by Michelle Cheremy - contains 20 piece titles
  53. Flute Pieces with Band (composed/arranged) - various contributors - contains 34 piece titles
  54. FLUTE Memorial File - stored on Listserv & contains tributes to influential flute people who have died - -various contributors
  55. Flute Photos - large collection of common and not so common flute key mechanisms - John Rayworth
  56. Flute Holding Position by Larry Krantz
  57. Flute and the Internet - presentation at BFS convention 1999 - Larry Krantz & John Rayworth
  58. Computers in the Flute Studio - presentation at BFS convention 1999 - Larry Krantz & John Rayworth
  59. Flute and the Internet - presentation at NFA convention 1998 - Larry Krantz & Helen Spielman
  60. Flute and the Internet - presentation at Raleigh Area Flute Association 1999 - Helen Spielman
  61. Flute and the Internet - presentation at Flutewise in London 1999 - Helen Spielman
  62. Pan Magazine article about FLUTE - Helen Spielman
  63. Pan & Flutewise magazine articles about FLUTE - Larry Krantz
  64. Music for the Love of It article about FLUTE - Helen Spielman
  65. Interview with Larry Krantz about FLUTE in Italian Flute Magazine FA LA UT
  66. FLUTE List dinners in New York (1996), San Francisco (1997, 2000), Chicago (1997), Phoenix (1998), Atlanta (1999), Manchester (1999), London (1998) - Helen Spielman, John Rayworth, Tod Brody
  67. Claude Monteux Correspondence Coaching - Claude Monteux
  68. FLUTE List Radio on the Internet - 68 minutes of flute music - Larry Krantz
We realize that there are many more items that could be listed but these are the highlights for us. FLUTE has become an extraordinary place for flute players to spend time. We thank you for helping to make FLUTE such a useful and informative place for us all.

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu. This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages at http://users.uniserve.com/~lwk/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Happy 5th birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Sixth Birthday

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 02:12:37 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: Happy 6th Birthday FLUTE!

Dear Everyone,

Today we celebrate FLUTE's 6th birthday. Over the past six years 72,285 messages have been sent to the list and Listserv currently shows 2,285 subscriptions from over 44 countries. The past year, like all past years, has been extremely active with postings covering a wide range of flute related topics. We list managers work very hard behind the scenes each day to ensure that FLUTE subscribers experience the most pleasant and helpful non-commercial and flute related experience that we can provide. Our thanks to the entire membership for your kindness, generosity of spirit, and willingness to observe FLUTE policies and guidelines that help to make FLUTE participation a positive experience. Thanks to all of you FLUTE has become widely known as a valuable and respected resource for flute players from around the world.

Here are some of the highlights from the past year of FLUTE list related activities...

FLUTE List dinner - NFA convention in Columbus - Helen Spielman

Guide to a "Fiscally Fit" Flute... by Jim Lasota

More Than.. 101 Uses for Scales by Mary C.J. Byrne

The Virtual Boehm Flute by Andrew Botros

Orchestra Flute Sections - major upgrade done by Charles Stevens & Larry Krantz

Flutes For Sale - John Rayworth

FLUTE Events Calendar

FLUTE List Logs CD - all list messages from 1996 to 2001 - Larry Krantz

FLUTE Vendors - Larry Krantz

Flutists Family Tree - Demi Fair

Makers of Wooden Heads & Wooden Embouchures - John Levine

Robert Dick - "Gazzelloni" by Eric Dolphy, & Steady Air - Long Breaths

Published Flute Music Errata - John Wion

Moyse's "Tone Development" Sound Files - Joe Manupello, Richard Volet, Ruth Ann McClain

Personal Style & Interpretation by Renee Krimsier

Flute Masterclasses - Larry Krantz

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu. This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages at http://users.uniserve.com/~lwk/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Happy 6th birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Seventh Birthday

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 00:42:01 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: Happy 7th Birthday FLUTE

Dear Everyone,

Today marks the 7th anniversary since FLUTE began. It has become tradition for the list managers to post a birthday message so in keeping with that tradition here we go...

Currently there are 2,292 members subscribed from 47 countries. Monthly membership statistics are uploaded to the FLUTE List Pages at http://users.uniserve.com/~lwk/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm at the end of each month.

79,452 messages have been posted to FLUTE over the past seven years. The FLUTE Logs CD is no longer available but it is possible to search the list archives using email or on the Net at http://listserv.syr.edu/archives/flute.html. The FLUTE FAQ is updated from time to time and currently contains selected list responses to 99 of the most commonly asked questions.

We would like to say thank you to everyone for your continued participation on FLUTE. The incredibly large number of positive experiences that the list has made possible over the past seven years has made our efforts as management team amply worthwhile.

FLUTE owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu. This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages (URL above) where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Happy 7th birthday FLUTE!
Larry, Nelson, Helen, John

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FLUTE's Eighth Birthday

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 06:59:31 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: Happy 8th Birthday FLUTE!

Dear Everyone,

On Tuesday, March 19, 1996 the FLUTE list received its first message! Each year on the anniversary of that day - which it is today! - we list managers post a special birthday message.

Happy 8th birthday FLUTE!

Our hopes that the FLUTE list would become a positive force in the lives of flute players have materialized in more ways than we envisioned. FLUTE has played a central role in creating many social gatherings around the world, it has influenced the work and activities of players, composers, publishers, teachers, students, and amateurs, and it has entertained and educated its members and beyond. We thank each and every FLUTE list member (including those who lurk) for making the list a valued part of our lives.

Currently the list has 2,266 subscribers from over 47 countries and there have been 86,639 messages shared with the membership.

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many years to come.

We assume that many members will be tempted to post "Way to go!" and "Happy Birthday FLUTE!" messages. We ask that those sorts of messages be sent to flute-request@listserv.syr.edu. This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, Helen, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Ninth Birthday

Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 00:55:50 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE's 9th Birthday

Dear Everyone,

Today is FLUTE's 9th birthday. FLUTE began as a mailing list at a time when this form of electronic communication was relatively new. Exuberance and excitement abounded during those first years. New computer users came on-line at what appeared to be an exponential rate, eager to engage in flute related discussion.

We're pleased that list activity has remained relatively high. Although membership numbers have not increased at the same breakneck pace as in earlier years, the numbers are still growing. The current membership is 2,289 from 47 countries. The average number of messages posted has been 29 per day since the list began, and a total of 95,217 messages have been posted to date.

From time to time we list managers are compelled to post management notices to the entire list, but mostly we use private emails rather than public postings to keep your incoming email from FLUTE as flute related as possible.

Over time, many list threads have developed into full-blown articles or collections of useful flute information which are permanently published on the Net and in magazines -- they can be accessed by anyone - not just FLUTE members.

The FLUTE FAQ, initially created by David Dahl, has continued to grow and currently contains 105 of the most often asked questions with 89 print pages of answers contributed by list members.

The FLUTE list and its broad range of members from around the globe has served to make available to all who are interested what we believe to be a unique and historically unprecedented body of flute related information.

Keeping the FLUTE list running is a task we do as volunteers because we believe in its great value. The job is time consuming, sometimes stressful, but also incredibly rewarding. We look forward to many more years of list activities and thank you all for your collective gifts to FLUTE.

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that make the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue well into the future.

This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, Helen, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Tenth Birthday

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 00:18:47 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE List 10th Birthday

Dear Everyone,

Today marks FLUTE's 10th year in operation. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLUTE!

Current Membership: 2,419
Country Count: 46
Messages Posted: 102,531

In recognition of a special event that we list managers consider to be something of a landmark we would like to take the opportunity to share some thoughts and reflect on the past ten years of FLUTE list activity.

When Larry & Nelson first began discussions about starting a Listserv list for flute players they were most certainly thinking in terms of the large picture and were mindful of long range plans. The idea however, of launching such a list and then continuing the daunting task of keeping it flowing smoothly for an entire decade was not part of their original thinking.

It was only a very short time before it became apparent that help would be needed so they happily enlisted the services of Helen Spielman as List Assistant. Before the first year was complete that three-person team concluded that even more help would be required and John Rayworth joined the team as List Moderator. Helen retired from the management team only a few months ago but until that time the four person team worked together with the precision of a fine Swiss watch tending to the daily routine and sometimes not so routine behind the scenes tasks that we deemed necessary to maintain a useful and positive flute related forum for everyone. Larry, John, & Nelson continue that same precision team work to keep the list chugging along.

As volunteers we have devoted many thousands of hours of our time over the past decade in support of FLUTE and its many related projects that we deemed extremely worthy and of potential benefit for many. Our duties include such things as; instructing about Netiquette matters, maintaining the subscribers list on our host computer at Syracuse University, responding to every type of technical question imaginable, intervening either in private or on the list when flaming situations arise, and generally ensuring that open and free discussion remain focused as much as possible on the topic of flutes and flute playing. From time to time difficult situations have arisen on the list that consumed enormous amounts of our time but solutions were always discovered and equilibrium was restored. The vast majority of members who have come and gone or those who have come and stayed have been warm, friendly, open minded, and a true pleasure to know and communicate with. Our management roles have not only led to extremely close friendships between we list managers but we have also been blessed with a multitude of other new friends from every corner of the world.

The list below of articles, services, and other flute related items represent highlights of FLUTE activity over the past ten years. Most of these items came into being directly or indirectly as a result of FLUTE list discussions. All but one of them is available on the WWW and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

1. FLUTE FAQ:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/faqindx2.htm
- answers for 105 common questions

2. FLUTE Pronunciation Guide: Mike MacMahon, Robin Mason Horne
- http://members.shaw.ca/ppguide/ppguide.htm
- 116 sound clips of words/names pronounced by native speakers

3. Those Whatchamacallits On Your Flute: Larry Krantz, Alton McCanless, Robert Bigio
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/keyname.htm
- Photo of flute with names of parts, tone holes, and key names.

4. Beta Blockers and Performance Anxiety in Musicians: Frequently Asked Questions
- Karla Harby, Kathrin Kucharski, Sarah Tuck, Julia Vasquez
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/perfanx.htm

5. Flute Comfort for both the Hurting and the Presently OK: Pauline Mancuso
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/cambiat2.htm

6. Flutes or Piccolos Could Harm Your Hearing: Steven A Wicks
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/flutesor.htm

7. Don't Play with Pain: Barbara Hauser
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/hauser.htm

8. College Entrance Standards for Flutists: Carolyn Krysl-Hutchinson
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/entrance.htm

9. FLUTE Scholarships:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/flschol.htm

10. Unaccompanied Flute Pieces:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/solo.htm

11. Flute & Cello Duets: Julia Larson Mattern
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fltcello.htm

12. Flute & Percussion Pieces: Christie Beard
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fltperc.htm

13. Extended Techniques Repertoire: Helen Bledsoe
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/etrep.htm

14. Solo Flute Collections: Karen D. Coffey
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/flutesol.htm

15. FLUTE Composers List: Pierre Csillag
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fltcomp.htm

16. Flute Pieces Containing Low B: 128 Pieces
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/lowb.htm

17. Paris Conservatory contest pieces from 1824 to 2002: Pierre Csillag
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/concours.htm

18. Common Pieces found on Orchestral Audition Lists for Flute and Piccolo: Tod Brody
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/brodyaud.htm

19. Sacred Music For Flute: Helen Spielman
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/sacred.htm

20. Flute Repertoire Inspired by Myth/Legend: Michelle Cheremy
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/myth.htm

21. Flute Pieces with Band: 46 pieces
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/withband.htm

22. Flute Choir Pieces for Christmas: Catherine Peters
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/xmas.htm

23. Extended Techniques Resource Page: Robert Dick, Robin Mason Horne
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/et4.htm

24. List Of Orchestra Flute Sections: 860 Orchestras (2,650 players) from 61 Countries
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/sect.htm

25. FLUTE Equipment Survey: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/survey1.htm
- September 27, 1998 to October 31, 1998
- 179 respondents

26. Flute Equipment Survey 2004: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/survey2.htm
- April 5 to June 30, 2004
- 256 respondents

27. Composer Dates: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/compdate.htm

28. Flute Masterclasses: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/mastclas.htm

29. Flute Players in the Movies: Michelle Willis
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/movies.htm

30. Trevor Wye Corner: - http://www.larrykrantz.com/wye.htm

31. John Wion Corner:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/wion.htm

32. Alexa Still Corner:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/alexa.htm

33. Robert Dick Corner:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/rdick.htm

34. Mike MacMahon Corner:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/mike.htm

35. Flute Photos: John Rayworth
- http://www.flute.toucansurf.com/flute/fluteidx.html

36. Jim Lasota's Guide to a "Fiscally Fit" Flute...: Jim Lasota
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fitflute.htm

37. Polishing The Jewels: Helen Spielman
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/heljewel.htm

38. Oiling Wooden Flutes: Robert Bigio
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/oilwood.htm

39. Common Misconceptions About the Flute: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/misconcp.htm

40. More than... 101 Uses for Scales: Mary C.J. Byrne
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/scaleuse.htm

41. Bb's & F#'s - Having a System: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/bbf.htm

42. Thoughts on interpretation and technical preparation of contemporary music: Helen Bledsoe
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/contintp.htm

43. Using the 17 Big Daily Exercises for Flute by Taffanel and Gaubert: Patricia George
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/taffanel.htm

44. Sonata "Undine" by Carl Reinecke, Op. 167: Hilary Bromeisl
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/undine.htm

45. FLUTE Radio: Larry Krantz (23,236+ listening hours)
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/fltradio.htm

46. FLUTE Events Calendar:
- http://my.calendars.net/flute

47. FLUTE List Vendors:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/vendors.htm

48. FLUTE List Professors and Private Teachers Roster: 441 Professors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/profindx.htm

49. Rampal Tribute:
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/rampal.htm

50. Flute Books - 65 books about flutes and flute playing - many contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/books.htm

51. Multiphonic Source Books: Robert Dick
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/multphon.htm

52. Tuning, Words of Encouragement, Selecting a Piccolo: John Zornig
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/jztune.htm

53. Ergonomic Design Features for Flute: Pauline Mancuso
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/cambiat2.htm

54. Getting My Ear Plugs: Kathy Russell
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/hearing.htm#getplugs

55. Preparing for College Auditions: Dr. Ed Lacy
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/audprep.htm

56. Careers for Flutists (and other musicians): Dr. Ed Lacy
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/audprep.htm#edcareer

57. A View from the Auditions Committee: Ellen Redman
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/audprep.htm#view

58. Careers in Music, Adult Students, Motivation, and Words of Encouragement: various contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/comment.htm

59. Flute Fingerings Above C4: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fingers.htm

60. Piccolo Fingerings from John Krell: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/krell.htm

61. Practical Alternate Fingerings for Flute: Wayne Hedrick
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/whedrick.htm

62. Makers of Fine Flutes: various contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/makers.htm

63. Flute Suppliers & Publishers: various contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/supply.htm

64. Flute Magazines: various contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/supply.htm#mag

65. Flute Associations: Trevor Wye & various contributors
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/fltassoc.htm

66. Flute Making Bibliography: Joseph S. Wisniewski
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/flmakbib.htm

67. Help! One Padder's View: Mara Goosman
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/pads.htm

68. Finding Your Niche: Helen Spielman
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/niche.htm

69. Dissertation on Peter Lloyd: Suzanne Lord
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/pindex.htm

70. Flute Stamps from around the world: Prof. Jerzy Mrozik, Piotr Kunysz
- http://members.shaw.ca/ppguide/stamps/stamps.htm

71. Stolen Flutes Listing: Larry Krantz (396 stolen, 52 recovered)
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/stolen.htm

72. FLUTE Featured Member: (no longer available)
- photos, bios, & sound clips from 103 FLUTE list members

73. Flute Pieces with Low B: contains titles of 128 pieces
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/lowb.htm

74. Audition Pieces for Flute and Piccolo: Tod Brody
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/brodyaud.htm

75. FLUTE Memorial File: various contributors
- stored on Listserv & contains tributes to influential flute people who have died

76. Flute Holding Position: Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/hands.htm

77. Flute and the Internet: Larry Krantz & John Rayworth
- presentation at BFS convention 1999

78. Computers in the Flute Studio: Larry Krantz & John Rayworth
- presentation at BFS convention 1999

79. Flute and the Internet: Larry Krantz & Helen Spielman
- presentation at NFA convention 1998

80. Flute and the Internet: Helen Spielman
- presentation at Raleigh Area Flute Association 1999

81. Flute and the Internet: Helen Spielman
- presentation at Flutewise in London 1999

82. Pan Magazine article about FLUTE: Helen Spielman

83. Pan & Flutewise magazine articles about FLUTE: Larry Krantz

84. Music for the Love of It article about FLUTE: Helen Spielman

85. Interview with Larry Krantz about FLUTE in Italian Flute Magazine FA LA UT

86. FLUTE List dinners: Helen Spielman, John Rayworth, Tod Brody
- New York (1996)
- San Francisco (1997, 2000)
- Chicago (1997)
- Phoenix (1998)
- Atlanta (1999)
- Manchester (1999), London (1998)
- Columbus, San Francisco (2000)
- Dallas (2001)
- Washington D.C. (2002)
- Nashville, New York (2004)
- San Diego (2005)

87. Claude Monteux Correspondence Coaching: Claude Monteux, Larry Krantz
- http://www.larrykrantz.com/monteux/monteux.htm

88. X-Ray Video: Patricia George
- http://members.shaw.ca/ppguide/xray/xray.htm

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that make the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue well into the future.

This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Eleventh Birthday

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 00:02:55 -0700
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE List 11th Birthday

Dear Everyone,

Eleven years ago today the FLUTE list went live for the very first time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLUTE!

Current Membership: 2,554
# of Countries Represented: 43
Messages Posted To Date: 109,050
Average # of different members who posted per week over past 12 months: 73

As we continue to venture forth into the second decade of operation, the list managers would like to thank each and every list member for your generosity, continued encouragement and support, and for your willingness to keep list postings well focused on the topic of flutes and flute playing. We would also like to thank everyone for observing basic Netiquette matters and for helping to make participation with the FLUTE list a positive and productive experience for everyone.

Much of our time is devoted to behind the scenes management type issues and we are continually grateful for the kindness and understanding that we generally receive when communicating privately with individual list members about various issues. None of us imagined in the early days that eleven years later we would still be engaged in our various daily list related activities but, here we are, and very grateful to be so.

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Information Technology and Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that make the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue well into the future.

This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages at http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Twelfth Birthday

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2008 00:12:00 -0800
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: FLUTE List 12th Birthday

Dear Everyone,

Twelve years ago today the very first message was posted to members of the newly launched FLUTE list. At that time we list managers certainly did not suspect that a dozen years later FLUTE would continue to be in operation and would be sending out an average of 25+ flute related messages each day to a membership of 2,586 people from about 41 countries. As of this moment in time there have been 115,611 messages posted to the list. We are extremely pleased that many of the earliest subscribers have chosen to remain subscribed and continue to participate right up to the present day.

Thanks to the sophistication of Listserv software we are now able to have a very clear picture of how many different individuals contribute to the list over time. Some members are very active, some participate only from time to time, and others choose to lurk. Over the years the average number of different people who contribute each week has been 96. That number indicates to us that many points of view have found a voice on the list and that is exactly what we had in mind when the list was launched.

Our responsibility as managers of the list involves a variety of duties that we do on a voluntary basis. In addition to watching over the technology that runs the list we also routinely engage in a wide variety of list duties including such things as:

    - assisting people join and leave the list.
    - monitoring the daily postings with an eye to keeping the various threads focused on the topic of flutes & flute playing.
    - responding to questions, complaints, and compliments that arrive at flute-request@listserv.syr.edu.
    - privately reminding members who accidentally forget about various issues like over use of quotation, lengthy signatures, overly commercial or promotional postings, and a variety of minor Netiquette issues.
    - stepping in publicly on those rare occasions when things appear to be getting out of hand.

Over the past few years the general level of email Netiquette understanding and expertise among the membership has grown considerably which has helped reduce the amount of time we devote to behind the scene matters. We continue to man the flute-request desk pretty much around the clock from Monday to Friday and do our best to tend to list matters as quickly as we possibly can. It is extremely rare for any list member to wait longer than a few hours when they need our assistance during the week. A couple of years ago we decided that it would be in our best interests to take weekends off from list duties so problems that arise over weekends are often left until Monday morning.

The success of FLUTE over the years is a direct result of the active participation of many hundreds of kind, generous and informed members who appear to be endlessly willing to freely share their flute expertise with everyone. Every list develops a unique nature through a combination of member contribution and management style. It is our collective good fortune that the FLUTE list has been able to provide a positive influence in the global flute community over such a long period of time.

We thank each and every one of you (participants & lurkers alike) for helping to make FLUTE successful over the past twelve years and we hope to continue in the same positive manner for at least the next dozen years.

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Information Technology and Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that make the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue well into the future.

This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages at http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Thirteenth Birthday

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 19:48:53 -0700
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: [FLUTE] Happy 13th FLUTE
To: FLUTE@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

Dear Everyone,

As of today the FLUTE list has been in operation for thirteen years. Current membership is 2,656 from 38 countries. There have been 121,386 messages posted to the list.

Our responsibility as managers of the list involves a variety of duties that we do on a voluntary basis. In addition to watching over the technology that runs the list we also routinely engage in a wide variety of list duties including such things as:

- assisting people join and leave the list.

- monitoring the daily postings with an eye to keeping the various threads focused on the topic of flutes & flute playing.

- responding to questions, complaints, and compliments that arrive at flute-request@listserv.syr.edu.

- privately reminding members who accidentally forget about various issues like over use of quotation, lengthy signatures, overly commercial or promotional postings, and a variety of minor Netiquette issues.

- stepping in publicly on those rare occasions when things appear to be getting out of hand.

Larry Krantz (list owner): is a professional musician who has been active as a classical, jazz, & commercial performer and teacher for the past 40 years. Larry currently lives in Abbotsford, BC on the Canadian west coast.

Nelson Pardee (list owner): divides his time between being a computer programmer for Syracuse University and a part time pastor. Though he does not play the flute, he enjoyed listening to his daughter and other fine flutists, and especially treasures his flute playing friends around the world.

John Rayworth (list monitor): is an amateur flute player who has taken early retirement from his career as a Civil Engineer and Computer manager in order to concentrate his energies on flute teaching and practicing. He plays with local amateur groups and gives the occasional local recital. He lives in North West England (UK) near the City of Carlisle and the Lake District. He is currently Membership Secretary of the British Flute Society.

FLUTE is grateful to Nelson Pardee and Information Technology and Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that make the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue well into the future.

This message has been added to the FLUTE List pages at http://www.larrykrantz.com/fluteweb/fluteweb.htm where you can also read all the past FLUTE birthday messages.

Larry, Nelson, John
FLUTE Management Team

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FLUTE's Fifteenth Birthday

Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:19:21 -0700
From: Larry Krantz
Subject: [FLUTE] FLUTE list: 15 Years and Counting
To: FLUTE@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

Dear Everyone,

Exactly 15 years ago today the FLUTE list became a reality. Over the intervening 5,478 days list membership has grown to 2,589 members. 128,243 messages have been posted to the list. Daily activity fluctuates from day to day depending on the popularity of ongoing threads (or un-popularity in some instances) but the average has been 22.92 messages per day with an average of 81 different list members posting each week. Topics have spanned the gamut of the flute related arena and all can be found in the on-line archives. Members come and go on a daily basis but there are a number who have been subscribed since the beginning. Many of those long time members continue contributing to this very day.

Maintaining a clear focus on specifically flute related topics while encouraging all participants to be as sensitive as possible to widely accepted Netiquette norms has been a central ingredient in our approach since the beginning. With such a large membership it simply is not possible to please everyone but after countless hours of public and private communication with many hundreds of list members we are very pleased to say that the majority of people are very understanding and quite willing to "play by the rules". It isn't possible to calculate the number of hours that we have invested over the past 15 years in our attempts to make the list as informative, useful, and friendly as we can but we do agree that the time has been well spent and for the most part, extremely enjoyable.

On this, our 15 anniversary, we thank each and everyone one of you (contributors and lurkers alike) for helping to make the list what it is. Ultimately any list can only be as successful as its membership is willing to make it. We are grateful for the generosity of so many FLUTE list members who have freely shared their expertise, opinion, and insight over the years.

FLUTE also owes a great deal of gratitude to Nelson Pardee and Computing & Media Services of Syracuse University for providing the hardware, software, and technical services that makes the list possible. We hope and trust that our positive relationship with Syracuse University will continue for many more years to come.

Larry, Nelson, John
FLUTE Management Team

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