Boston Flute Academy

Programs for flutists of all ages and levels!

WELCOME to the Boston Flute Academy, a world-class flute community for all ages and abilities!

Listen to the BFA Young Artist Flute Ensemble perform “Children of the Wind,” by Catherine McMichael (II. Moel Fammau).

Emi Ferguson plays in honor of 9/11 — click to listen.


  • FALL AUDITIONS for BFA ensemble classes along with private lesson interviews will be held on Sunday, September 14th at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline.  Contact us via email to make an appointment for an audition or consultation:   You may find more information about our various programs here. Thank you for your interest in BFA’s 2014 Auditions.
  • BFA ORIENTATION & RECEPTION for all students, parents, and faculty will be held with BFA Director Judy Grant on Saturday, Sept 13th from 11am-1pm at the Maliotis Cultural Center.   Join us to learn about what to expect at BFA this year!   Refreshments, BFA Slideshow, Updated policies, and brief Musicale included.   It is going to be a great year!

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  • BFA SCHOOL-WIDE EVENT on Saturday, September 20th — Flute Masterclass with GUEST ARTIST CAROL WINCENC of the Juilliard faculty!  She will also perform for us.  Stay tuned for details via email.

Carol-WincencBFA Guest Artist Carol Wincenc

  • BFA ENSEMBLE & SEMINAR CLASSES will begin the weekend of September 27th & 28th.   YAMAHA ARTIST Tracy Harris will join BFA over the weekend of October 4th & 5th, 2014  to teach her wonderful flute skills CLINICS for all of our Ensemble & Seminar classes!



  • Flutist BRENDAN V. RYAN named BFA Artist-In-Residence for 2014-2015
Brendan V. Ryan

Brendan V. Ryan

  • BFA Young Artist Elizabeth Sperry wins 2nd Prize in the 2014 National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition in Chicago, which follows her 3rd prize win in the 2012 NFA High School Soloist competition in Las Vegas!  Elizabeth was also selected to the prestigious 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Elizabeth studied with BFA Director Judy Grant in Grades 9 – 12.  To watch and listen to Elizabeth play Perilhou’s Ballade with BFA Staff Pianist, Deborah DeWolf Emery – just click here.

galway_0082-masterclassElizabeth Sperry at BFA with Sir James Galway

  • BFA Young Artist Alum Ji Weon Ryu is the 3rd Prize Winner of the 2014 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, where she competed in four rounds of competition with flutists up through age 30!    Ji Weon studied with Judy Grant in Grades 9-12 and is now a rising senior at Juilliard.  Congrats to Ji Weon!

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  • GUEST ARTIST: Vancouver based flutist LAURA BARRON visited Boston Flute Academy in April 2014. Click here to read more about it.  
  • GUEST ARTIST: Associate Principal Flute with The Los Angeles Philharmonic visited Boston Flute Academy in late March 2014.   To read more about it, please click here.
  • BFA GALWAY FLUTE WEEKEND — A BIG SUCCESS! BFA proudly presented the Galway Flute Weekend on March 8th and 9th, 2014.  Saturday night’s concert featuring performances by Sir James and Lady Galway along with BFA Young Artists was SOLD OUT!  Sunday’s all day events included masterclasses by both Sir James and Lady Galway, a warmup session for all flutists with Sir James,  a Q & A session with the Galways, a drawing of free prizes from our exhibitors, and the awarding of a Nagahara headjoint.  Attendees were able to see and meet the Galways in the intimate setting of the Boston Flute Academy.  Boston-area flutemakers and flute vendors exhibited instruments and accessories for all to try.  What a great turnout from flutists all around New England!  Special thanks to Nagahara Flutes and the Wm. S. Haynes Co. for their generous support of this event. For more information about the BFA Galway Flute Weekend, and to see a list of our exhibitors, please click here.

Visit Sir James Galway’s website here.     Visit Lady Galway’s website here.


  • Eleven BFA flute students in Grades 9-12 were selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Senior Districts Festival, many with principal chairs and 9 with All State Recommendations!  Congratulations to  Sam Chestna, Michelle Chung, Yumi Lee, Amy Lipman, Ned Martenis, Molly Meath, Natalie Ramesh, Katie Scholl, Elizabeth Sperry, Ina Suresh, Sophia Zeng.
  • Three BFA flute students in grades 7-8 were selected for the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Districts Festival:  Congratulations to Isadora Loftus, Elizabeth McCormack, Sarah Peng, all members of the BFA Repertory Ensemble & Seminar classes.
Elizabeth McCormack and Sarah Peng at MA Junior Districts 2014

Elizabeth McCormack and Sarah Peng at Junior Districts 2014


  • BFA’s 2013 graduates secured fantastic college acceptances. Congratulations! Austin Hopkins was accepted to study at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with John Heiss. Hyo Jin Jamie Park was accepted to study at the Peabody Conservatory with Marina Piccinini. Gretchen Herdrich is studying composition at the Boston Conservatory.  Angela Koh is studying at MIT.  Intensive Immersion Program graduate Oliver Villanueva is studying at the Oberlin Conservatory with Alexa Still. 
L to R: Austin Hopkins, Hyo Jin Jamie Park, Gretchen Herdrich

L to R: Austin Hopkins, Hyo Jin Jamie Park, Gretchen Herdrich

  • Congratulations to BFA’s 2012 graduates on their outstanding college acceptances!  Brendan Dooley is now studying at Curtis Institute of Music with Jeffrey Khaner. Nicholas Fitton is studying at Peabody with Marina Piccinini. Emma Huelskamp was accepted to study with Susan Milan at Royal College of Music in London. Michelle Peters is studying at Yale. Jinji Zhang is studying with Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Nicholas Fitton, Emma Huelskamp, Michelle Peters, Brendan Dooley, Jinji Zhang

Nicholas Fitton, Emma Huelskamp, Michelle Peters, Brendan Dooley, Jinji Zhang

  • Congratulations to the 2011 graduates of BFA for acceptances to top conservatories, in the U.S.and abroad! Jiweon Ryu is studying with Carol Wincenc at the Juilliard School in New York City. Catherine Jones was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Madeline Aiken is studying at the University of Michigan with Amy Porter. Mayuko Akimoto is studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.
L to R: Jiweon Ryu, Catherine Jones, Mayuko Akimoto, Madeline Aiken

L to R: Jiweon Ryu, Catherine Jones, Mayuko Akimoto, Madeline Aiken



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Philip Dikeman   —   Julie Scolnik

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Elizabeth Rowe   —   Cynthia Meyers   —   Na’ama Lion


Paula Robison



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Sir James Galway  &  Lady Jeanne Galway — March 2014

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Catherine Ransom Karoly  —  Eyal Ein-Habar  —  Laura Barron

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Trudy Kane  —  Aldo Abreu  —  Vanessa Breault Mulvey

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Emi Ferguson  —  Nicole Rabata  —  Geni Skendo


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  • Founded in 2008 by Boston flutist, Judy Grant.
  • Offering ensembles, masterclasses, workshops, private flute lessons, concerts and more!  Click here for our brochure.
  • See our 2013-2014 Events & Masterclasses page and our News section for BFA program highlights.
  • Located in Brookline, MA at the beautiful Maliotis Cultural Center.  We also offer private lessons in Belmont, Chelmsford, Newton Upper Falls, and Jamaica Plain.
  • For a summary of our 2013-2014 programs and class schedules, click here.
  • Listen to and watch some of our alumni perform by clicking here.
  • Please browse our website for information on our programs and classes, event schedules, our students’ accomplishments, general resources on flute and piccolo, and more! 
  • Advertise your concerts and instrument sales using our free listing forms!
  • AUDITIONS for admission: We are currently accepting applications for study at BFA, space permitting.  Click here to contact us about scheduling a consultation or placement audition for any of our Ensemble & Seminar classes (youth and adult) and private lessons.