Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jefferson Svengsouk on WXXI Connections Wednesday 24 November 2015

Jefferson Svengsouk will join the Memorial Art Gallery team on the WXXI Connections radio show Wednesday, 25 November 2015, at 1 p.m. to talk about Season 2 of Hidden Passions: Inspiring Conversations About Hyphenated Lives.

Jefferson is scheduled to speak (and perhaps play a little Native American flute) for the Hidden Passions event at the Memorial Art Gallery 25 February 2016, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Peter Phippen World Flute House Concert, Rochester NY, 28 October 2015

Peter Phippen World Flute House Concert
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 7pm
Private Residence, Town of Brighton, Rochester, NY
$20 per person suggested donation

A Grammy Award nominee and four-time Native American Music Award nominee, Peter Phippen is a nationally and internationally respected world flute specialist, recording artist, scholar, educator, and producer. In his approach to world flute performance, he is an experiential, natural folk musician with a penchant for creative and artistic musical improvisation. http://www.peterphippen.com

Limited seating. Please email, message, or call to confirm your attendance, and to receive private residence location information.

Feel free to bring a treat or dessert to share for after the concert.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

14th Annual Rochester Irish Cultural Day: Music, Dance, Singing & Irish Language Workshops - Sunday 25 October 2015

Free & Open to All
Sunday, October 25, 2015 Noon to 5 pm
Nazareth College Golisano Academic Center,
4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY

Enter campus from East Avenue at the north entrance (no traffic light), bear right to parking lot north of building. Signs will be posted; enter the door closest to the parking lot.

Program Schedule


  • Fiddle (intermediate): Kit Fallon
  • Penny Whistle
    • James Hallahan (beginner session)
    • Ralph Minervino & John Ryan (intermediate-advanced session)
  • Traditional Singing: Adrienne Maher & Becky Farrell Ferrigno
  • Irish Language: Dan McGrath
  • Fiddle (beginners): Scott Smith
  • Melody on Frets: Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki & Banjo
    • Bob Taylor & Ben Hockenberry

  • Bodhran (beginners): Kate Ballard
  • Accompaniment on DADGD guitar: Adrienne Mahar
  • Uilleann Pipes: Mike Ryan
  • Accordion: Ted McGraw & Jane Sturmer & Joyn Ryan
  • Anglo Concertina: Jim Kimball & Marta Driscoll
  • Bardic Journeys: Musicians and Poets Celebrate Irish Poetry
    • John Roche
  • Flute: Jean Smith

FORMAT: Each session will be a gathering of instrument players with a group leader to provide some instruction, facilitate the sharing of tunes and tips or just work on playing and/or singing a few tunes together. If you don’t play an instrument, you can learn how to get started. This is a relaxed, informal setting for beginners.

Sponsored by:
Tom Finucane Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltirí Éireann and Nazareth College

Arvel Bird Returns - Concert with Rochester Chamber Orchestra Sunday 18 October 2015


Arvel Bird Returns - Concert with Rochester Chamber Orchestra
Date: Sunday 18 October 2015, 3:00pm
Location: Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Ave N, Rochester, NY 14614
$10 Students
$20 Seniors
$30 Adults
$50 Reserved

Rochester Chamber Orchestra:
Due to public demand, the RCO is pleased to bring back Arvel Bird for his third performance with us. Arvel and the orchestra will be joined by the Bach Children's Chorus of Nazareth College (Karla Krogstad, director) and the Genesee Valley Children's Choir (Amy Cochrane, director). Our performance will be conducted by the RCO's music director, Gerard Floriano.

Arvel Bird continues to entertain worldwide audiences with his mix of classical, Native American, Celtic, country, and rock music, and we are thrilled to have him join us again.
Link for on-line purchases: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1303371

Monday, October 12, 2015

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting Wednesday 14 October 2015

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle is meeting Wednesday 14 October 2015, 6:30pm, in the Conference Room at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building.

Beginners are encouraged and welcome. Beginner flutes will be available to try out. We will be playing Native American flutes, with percussion and drums.

$5 contribution is suggested, to help with MeetUp.com and room rental costs.

People of all experience levels have participated, from absolutely no experience to decades. We will make beautiful music together. We look forward to seeing you.


Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and MeetUp websites:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Solo Native American Flute CD Release at Rochester Fringe Festival 2015

I hope you will be able to attend one of my performances at the Rochester Fringe Festival this year.

I am very excited and looking forward to playing Native American flute with my group, the Cobbs Hill Consort, at the Rochester Fringe Festival Sunday 20 September 2015 at the Lyric Theatre: Prince Street Chamber.

There will be two concerts, an afternoon concert at 3:15pm, and an evening concert at 7:00pm.

The concerts will also mark the release date of my CD featuring solo Native American flute:

Peaceful Journey: Solo Native American Flute For Healing And Comfort.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cobbs Hill Consort Performs at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Sunday 20 September 2015

Location: Lyric Theater: Prince Street Chamber, 440 East Ave (at Prince St), Rochester, NY 14607
Date: Sunday 20 September 2015
Afternoon concert: 3:15pm
Evening concert: 7:00pm
Tickets: $6

Hear Finger Lakes Flute Circle founder Jefferson Svengsouk perform on several Native American flutes with his acoustic ensemble, the Cobbs Hill Consort, at the Rochester Fringe Festival. There will be an afternoon concert at 3:15pm, and an evening concert at 7:00pm. The entrance to the Prince Street Chamber (not the Main Stage) is on the side of the building, down Prince Street. Ticket price is $6.

The venue reports that other than street parking, they have arranged for parking in nearby lots across Prince Street and across East Avenue.


A Fringe favorite, the Cobbs Hill Consort returns with its unique acoustic ensemble featuring the Native American flute, supported by the living sounds of guitar, harp, drums and percussion. The music is soothing, emotive, and transportive, engaging you in a journey of the heart. Performers include Jefferson Svengsouk (Native American flute), Sandy Gianniny (harp), Steve Piper (guitar), and Sean Sullivan (percussion). The group looks forward to sharing the gift of their healing energies and creative collaboration.