Weeping Willow Trust Flute Teacher Grant

Applications for the 2021 Grant have now closed.

Information about the 2022 Grant will be available in Autumn 2021.

Congratulations to our 2021 Grant Winner!


This year's Weeping Willow Trust Flute Teacher Grant was awarded to Jean Balogh and Chris Kitchen for their flute hub and PNW Flute Ensemble project. Groups based on experience level are meeting every two weeks virtually during the pandemic, with the goal to build community and to transition to in person meetings, rehearsals, and performances, when safety allows. 


The PNW Flute Ensemble is a place to:

  • gather and learn from each other with Jean's guidance

  • connect with other flutists, virtually for now, and in-person in the future

  • attend virtual performances of other groups

  • invite and meet guest presenters

  • play for each other

For inquiries, and to join, please contact Jean Balogh at pnwfluteensemble@gmail.com


The Weeping Willow Trust Flute Teacher Grant ($1,000) supports local private flute teachers* by providing funding to develop educational endeavors for their private flute studios.  Private flute teachers seeking enriching educational opportunities for their private students are encouraged to apply.  This grant may support the development of curricular resources, performances with associated curricular resources, community outreach, collaborative ventures, guest artist funding, or other innovative concepts.

*Flute teachers at institutions of higher education are eligible only if they maintain a private flute studio. Funds awarded from this grant may only be used to support private flute studios.

For the 2021 Grant we are especially interested in reviewing proposals that address the remote (or “virtual”) teaching needs brought on by the pandemic; projects that not only address the needs of the individual applicant but the needs of the flute teaching community at large. Because we believe that there are many people in need and many people searching for solutions that can move our profession forward in addressing the needs in this time of remote teaching, we will consider giving two awards in this grant cycle.


Teachers applying for this grant should meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be an active member of the Seattle Flute Society

  2. Must teach private flute lessons in Washington State

  3. Must have a minimum of five (5) regular private flute students at the time the application is submitted and funds awarded

  4. Previous winners may not reapply, but previous applicants whose project was not awarded funding may reapply the following year.

  5. Funding is for new projects, not for reimbursement of completed projects.


Grant Process:


Please submit the following by January 31st, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Time:

  1. A general description of the project, not to exceed 700 words. This should describe the project’s scope, educational significance, plan of execution, timetable, need for funding, and proposed outcome

  2. A detailed outline of the estimated budget

  3. Any supplemental materials that support your application. These materials may include studio pictures, recital programs, student audio and/or video recordings, etc.

Application can be found here or by typing https://goo.gl/forms/IVdgIzK5FQr3ezmz2 into your browser window.

  • Results will be announced February 14th, 2021.

  • At least one teacher per year will be awarded the $1,000 grant. 

  • Grant recipient(s) must give a 10-20 minute presentation, including time for questions and answers, outlining their project and its observed or intended impact at the Flute Fair held Sunday, April 11th, 2021, either in person or via live streaming depending on the nature of the Festival.

  • Grant recipient(s) must submit a report outlining the award’s fulfillment, and illustrating or describing how students and/or the community have benefited from the grant by April 1st, 2022 to seattleflute.weepingwillow@gmail.com


Please email any questions to seattleflute.weepingwillow@gmail.com

Previous Winners

2020 - Iris Ingram

to purchase a bass flute for her studio flute choir

2019 - Susan Hallstead

to purchase and create enrichment materials to teach music theory to her youngest private students

2018 - Jennifer Slaughter

for use as startup funding to form a community flute choir

2017 -

2016 -

2015 - Katherine Isbill Emeneth

2014 - Rose Johnson

to fund a 'Defining/Exploring Perspectives' workshop

This list is incomplete - if you have information to help complete it,

please contact seattleflute.publicity@gmail.com

2018 Grant Winner Jennifer Slaughter (left) with Grant Administrator Patricia Weston (right) at our annual Flute Festival