Nora Kile

Flute Choir/Class


Nora KileBack by popular demand! Once again a flute choir class will be offered as one of the afternoon options. Nora will cover many aspects of flute choirs, including exploring repertoire for all size groups from the smallest trios and quartets, to large flute choir music. We will exchange ideas on theme-based programs, how to address different ability levels, repertoire that works for C-flutes only, and any other concerns flute choir directors may have.  While the class will be geared more towards flute choir directors, anyone who loves flute choir music may sign up.  We will read as much music, both new and old as possible and will perform on at least two of the afternoon recitals.  Nora will take requests for music that you would like to read, and given enough time, will try to have it on hand.  You may feel free to bring any music along you would like to read! This is also a great time to hone your sightreading skills in a relaxed atmosphere!

The past 14 years we have taken a group to Little Switzerland on the Sunday morning of our week, to play at the quaint little Episcopal church there. It is only 10 minutes from Wildacres and has been a great way to give back to the Mountain residents. The church continues to welcome us enthusiastically, however space is limited in the church, so we probably won't be able to take everyone.  If you are interested in taking part in that, you just let Nora know at least two weeks before the Wildacres Flute Retreat starts. Also, if you are a performer in the masterclasses, please let Anna Thibeault know so that she doesn't schedule your lesson on Sunday morning.  It is also a great way for us to advertise the Wildacres closing concert, which is open to the public!

Nora has been Amy Blumenthal's assistant for the flute choir masterclasses for many years and it is with Amy's suggestion and blessing that Nora takes over in order to bring this popular option back to Wildacres.

Nora will also be running the Flute World shop, which will be at the Wildacres Flute Retreat for the entire week. The repertoire and recital music will be for sale, as well as many other items of interest to flutists.


Nora Kile, a Chattanooga native, earned her B.Mus. (1971) and M.Mus. (1978) degrees in flute performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with George Hambrecht, principal flute with the Cincinnati Symphony at that time. While at Cincinnati, she received her first flute choir training while performing in the flute ensembles coached by Robert Cavally. She is the flutist for the New Art Trio, and second flute with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra. She is a faculty associate at the Cadek Conservatory of Music, on the adjunct faculty for Bryan College, and is retired from the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) music department after 38 years and Southern Adventist University after 30+ years.

Fast becoming known as a flute choir specialist, she has conducted flute choir workshops in Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.

She is an active member of the National Flute Association, and served as their Exhibitor’s Showcase Coordinator and Exhibitor’s Concert coordinator from 2004-2008.  She has served on panels for flute choir arranging and was a member of the 1989 NFA Professional Flute Choir, a group she was chosen to conduct at the 1999 convention. She has conducted several flute choir reading sessions at the conventions, and served as coordinator of the reading sessions at the 1995 convention. She has taken her Chattanooga flute choir to Scotland twice on invitation from the awarding-winning Scottish flute band, the Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes, and was the guest conductor on one of their joint concerts. She was also a member of the National Flute Choir, and has recorded 10 CDs with them. She has attended Wildacres every year but two since 1983 and began assisting with the flute choir class soon thereafter. She has several flute choir and chamber music arrangements published by ALRY Publications, Little Piper Press, BRS Music, and Falls House Press.

Not ready for the rocking chair just yet, she went back to school in 2015 and in May of 2017 she earned her A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from Chattanooga State Community College, and her Veterinary Technician License in July 2017. She works part-time now as a Veterinary Technician at Northgate Animal Hospital in Chattanooga. In her spare time she enjoys biking, boating, and scuba diving with her husband Bill, to whom she has been married since 1973. They are owned by their 3 cats.

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