Straubinger Pad Certification
in Indianapolis, IN
Applications are now being accepted for 2013 certification training on March 6-10, 2013 or March 20-24, 2013. 2/8/2013 Update: There are only two spaces remaining, both for the March 20-24, 2013 session. These sessions include core training for flute pad certification and an optional certification for clarinet pad installation. You can also read more about certification training for Straubinger Flute Pad Installation here. Contact us for more information.
Watch a slideshow of our March 2010 Certification Training in Indianapolis, IN.
Repair Firsts: We are proud to announce that Straubinger Flutes now has two newly certified Pad Technicians, each a FIRST in their respective countries to represent Straubinger Flutes both in repair and sales. NICKOLAS PLOTNIKOV is in Perm, Russia, and EDUARDO CAICEDO is in Bogotá, Colombia. Read More
Scott Devey: Straubinger Flutes and our Extended Family of Certified Technicians sadly bid farewell to one of our very fine repairmen, SCOTT DEVEY, who left us all too quickly and unexpectedly, when he passed away June 20, 2012 in Riverton, Utah. We offer his wife and all of his children our sincerest support and sympathy. We will always remember his warm humor and his strong commitment to achieving the very best for his customers.
Straubinger Flutes Recap
Find out what we've been up to here in Indianapolis and far afield in Japan, New York, France, Switzerland, and Spain.
2/27/2012 - During the week of Feb 19, David was a featured speaker at the Yamaha Convention where he addressed the unique positives of his Straubinger Pads and the critical importance of precision in the installation process. Yamaha Corporation has announced that they are now installing Straubinger Pads in their higher-end flutes and Straubinger Flutes welcomes them to the family of other manufacturers who already install his Pads in their instruments at the factory. While in Japan, he met with representatives of Powell Flutes Japan and also was hosted by Miyazawa Corporation on Monday, the 27th. After a very warm and welcoming reception at every turn, David will return to the US on the 1st of March.
Straubinger Flutes and Toru Nomura of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH are featured in the April 2012 issue of PIPERS Magazine. Toru Nomura, Specialist for Flute/Research and Development, Atelier Hamburg, visited us in Indianapolis in February 2011.
On November 6th, William Bennett visited David's newly reconstructed production facility following two days of masterclasses and performances at the University of Indiana. (see more pictures)
Two June workshops for Straubinger Flute Pad Certification were conducted at Straubinger Flutes. These fast-track courses were especially designed to meet the needs of several technicians who requested more advanced skills training.
Sir James Galway playing David's gold flute while Carol Dennis listens. NFA 2009, NY. Carol Dennis, for whom David made the flute, shares a history with Sir Galway that goes back many years to when she traveled with her husband Dick Dennis, (concert-master for Henry Mancini) AND Sir Galway. (see more NFA 2009 pictures)
Emma Huelskamp was invited back to play her Straubinger Silver Flute at the Sir James Galway 2010 Master Class in Weggis, Switzerland. (see more pictures)
June 2010 - David traveled to Zurich, Switzerland where he met with customers in the Wengen area of Switzerland. One of the highlights of the trip was an impromptu evening of flute music, played by one of our customers on her Straubinger Flute and joined by another flutist also playing a Straubinger flute with a breathtaking view of the Tshingelhorn Mountain in the background.
Markus Haeller, Zurich, Switzerland
June 2010 - David met Marcus Haeller, Certified Technician at Musik Hug, which is a dealer for Straubinger Flutes in Zurich. Together they explored the specific challenges of doing business together and the impact of the current global economy. While in the area, David also met with a Swiss banking specialist concerning new laws and requirements imposed by our government on international marketing. In addition, he also met with flutists in the St. Gallen and Zurich area.
Musik Hug, Zurich, Switzerland
June 2010 - David traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, where he met with flutists and customers at Vents du Midi/Flautissimo SARL, hosted by owners Alice Gunther and Otto Hnatek, also Certified Technicians and brokers for Straubinger Flutes.
Thomas Robertello Channel
Check out our new feature: The Thomas Robertello Channel, featuring Thomas Robertello in performance.
Thomas Robertello Calendar
Texas Flute Society Convention
May 16, 2013. Thomas Robertello will be guest artist a at the Texas Flute Society Convention. He will be performing "Three Songs" by Charles Ives, "Sonata in G Minor", BWV 1020 by JS Bach, and "Sonata", op. 36 by Gabriel Pierne. Straubinger Flutes will also be at the convention with flutes on May 16-18, 2013. We hope to see you there.
Visiting Professor, Tonji University, Shanghai, China
May 20 - June 16, 2013. Thomas Robertello will also repeat the Texas Flute Socity recital with Joni Chan.
July 19 - August 12, 2013
Thomas Robertello will be working with the Asian Youth Orchestra. More information to come.
Thomas Robertello CD
Straubinger Flutes announces the release of The Complete Fantasies of Georg Philipp Telemann performed by Thomas Robertello on his Straubinger Flute.
"... It's beautiful in every way, and an utter delight! Great playing; great sound!" - Carol Rosenberger, Delos International
The CDs are available from NAXOSDirect.com. The cost per CD is $16.99. Check the Internet for other sources, but we highly recommend the NAXOS recording for a flawless product and sound reproduction of the very highest quality.
News from Straubinger Flutists
Jasmine Choi, a native of Korea, HAS BEEN NAMED THE PRINCIPAL FLUTIST WITH THE VIENNA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Jasmine, who PLAYS A STRAUBINGER GOLD FLUTE, was the first Korean woodwind player to hold a post with a major orchestra in the United States. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. You can read more about her appointment in the Korea Times.
Winter Jasmine (2011) was commissioned by American flute maker David Straubinger for the remarkable young flutist Jasmine Choi. Like the intensely - perfumed flowering plant which blooms only during the dark of winter, there is sweetness here in the sadness which this music evokes.
Jasmine Choi Recital in New York
Straubinger Flutes and the New York Flute Club co-sponsored Jasmine Choi in recital on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, NY, NY. More information is available on the NY Flute Club web site.
Jasmine Choi Calendar
April 8, 2013 - Concerto in Seoul, Korea
April 13, 17,23, 25 and May 6, 2013 - Vienna, Austria
May 11, 2013 - Nagoya, Japan
May 13-15 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
May 17, 2013 - Morioka, Japan
May 18, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
May 19, 2013 - Nishinomiya, Japan
May 21-26, 2013 - Seoul Spring Festival, Seoul, Korea
June 7, 8, 17, 21, 22, 2013 - Vienna, Austria
June 24, 25, 26, 2013 - Sofia, Bulgaria
July 17 - August 5, 2013 - Bregenz, Austria
August 8 - 11, 2013 - NFA Convention, New Orleans, LA USA
August 16, 2012 - Potsdam, Germany
September 6, 2013 - Concerto with Buchon Philharmonia
September 9-18, 2013 - Bloomington, Indiana USA
November 16, 2013 - Wurzburg, Germany
November 25-30, 2013 - Turku Philharmonic
In August 2012, French flutist, composer, and choir director Sophie Dufeutrelle will be performing at the National Flute Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Read her biography here
Read Sophie's article in Traversičre Magazine about Straubinger Pads.
Straubinger Flutes In The News
David Straubinger at the NAPBIRT National Conference
By invitation David spoke on April 16-17, 2012 at the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) 36th Annual Conference in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He spoke about "Flutes: Pads and Precision." What are Straubinger pads? How are they different from traditional felt pads? How are they similar? Why do Straubinger pads require special training and certification for technicians? Read More
The Straubinger Phoenix Flute Pad was introduced at the NAMM Convention, January 15-18, 2009.
A variant of David's newest patent has been named the Straubinger Phoenix Flute Pad to commemorate our return from the horrific fire of 2008. This particular pad was made especially for Conn-Selmer to use in their production Avanti Flutes, designed by Bickford Brannen and flute makers at Conn-Selmer. It was introduced at the NAMM Show.
Now In Print! David Straubinger and Straubinger Flutes are featured in A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist by Susan J. Maclagan with foreword by Trevor Wye. You can read the entry here.
David Straubinger, featured Indiana Instrument Builder, at Traditional Arts Indiana. See the video under Programs --> Ongoing Programs --> Indiana Instrument Builders.
More Straubinger Flutes Recap
June 2010 - David met with Sergio Gomez Certified Technician from Spain, where he represents Straubinger Flutes there, as well as Portugal.
June 2010 - David traveled to LYON, France where he met with flutists and demonstrated his Straubinger Flutes and Head Joints. He was hosted by Pierre Scharff, owner of JS Musique. David also met with Simon Messainguiral, the Straubinger Certified Technician for JS Musique.