“NCFC is something I can look back on for a source of inspiration and joy, and was one of the most special places to me in my musical and personal life.” — Marley Eder, NCFC '05, '06 and '07
“It took longer to find the title for this piece than it did to write it. A theme of growth, change, development, connection to others and beauty realized was not easy to encapsulate in one word. The Greek root is "Chrysos", meaning gold. Beyond something precious, rare, and hard to find, the word "Crysalis" makes us think of mystery, potential, and life lived a new way. These are precisely the metamorphic changes that happen to students lucky enough to spend part of their summer at the Northern California Flute Camp. The learning, links to others and a look at a life in music happen to these participants. It's a life-changing experience. This piece is meant to portray the individual, looking in and reaching out at the same time, coming out of the experience a different, deeper, stronger person, ready to fly.” — Catherine McMichael, Composer, on her composition “Chrysalis”, written about NCFC.
“NCFC is always the highlight of my year. I learn so much every year about flute from attending seminars, master classes, and lessons taught by the most amazing teachers. I make better friends during this one special week than I do the rest of the year. The only thing I can do when I get home is practice flute and count the days until flute camp next year!” — Ben Drake, NCFC '11, '12 and '13
”Flute camp literally just changed my flute life. I loved flute before, but these past 9 days have gotten me so motivated and ready to go that it's like I want to practice all day! I have learned so much. I most definitely will be coming back, and I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for such an amazing time!” —Ellie Rose Lundberg, NCFC ’13
“It's official: my summer is not summer without NCFC! In the past two years I have made lifelong friends. Long live NCFC!”—Lavie Lee, NCFC '12 and ’13
“As an educator for the past 20 years, I can't tell you how impressed I was with the counselors I spoke with at the barbecue (what a GREAT bunch of people!), the feedback Aimee received, and what she learned, not only as a musician but as a person, while she was with you for these two sessions. Yes, the lobbying for next year started as soon as we saw her, and I have to say, especially after experiencing the camp ourselves, we're going to do our best to make sure she can return next year for your 20th anniversary.”—Sally Toner, parent of Aimee Toner, NCFC ’11 and ’13
“NCFC strikes gold and never fails to inspire me and present me with an environment where I can learn and have fun.” — Isaac Alter, NCFC ’09, ’10 & ’11.
“I LOVED flute camp!!! The whole experience was just....amazing. All of the teachers are so wonderful and are very supportive, helpful, and fun. The classes offered there are very unique and they all were very useful. I intend on coming back next summer and would recommend this camp to any and all flautists.” — Maureen Sides, NCFC ’11
“Flute camp was so much fun! I learned alot this past week, and everyone was super nice! This was my first year with NCFC and I am definitely coming back next year!!” — Lucy Schermer, NCFC ’11
“NCFC is truly a magical place. It is the best place to experience beautiful music and masterful teaching.” — Michael Tesluk, NCFC Alumni ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09
“Our daughter just loved everything about flute camp and has asked to return next year. This is the only camp she has completely enjoyed. Thank you for your wonderful camp, dedicated staff, and devotion to the students!” — Marilyn Sarig, parent of Inbal Sarig, NCFC ’08
“Our daughter raved about flute camp for weeks afterward—the teachers, the counselors, her roommates; everything. She's been practicing and performing a lot and is looking forward to next summer. Thank you for all you do to create such a positive experience for young musicians.” — Anne Harris, parent of Katie Harris, NCFC ’06 & ’07