World Flute Society



Leadership Team!


Executive Director

Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl 

Areas of Specialization: World flutes, Native American flutes, outreach, research, education, networking, performance, organology, music theory, pedagogy, classical flute, world music and cultures, event organization

Advisory Board

Mary Youngblood

Areas of Specialization: Native American flute, world flutes, classical flute, performance, embellishments, education, networking, mentoring

Peter Phippen

Areas of Specialization: World flutes, antique world flutes, performance, improvisation, research, flute folklore, education, audio production

Dr. Andra Bohnet

Areas of Specialization: Irish flute, classical flute, 19th century flutes, education, performance, pedagogy, arranging/orchestration, audio production

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl

Areas of Specialization: Ancient Mayan and Aztec clay flutes, performance, research, cultural education, ancient percussion instruments of Mexican Indian civilizations, pre-Columbian music, visual artist

Kevin Locke

Areas of Specialization: Northern Plains flute, traditional storytelling, education, cultural outreach, performance, global citizenship, Hoop dancing

G. S. Sachdev

Areas of Specialization: Bansuri master, Indian classical music, instruction/education

Rhonda Larson

Areas of Specialization: World flute performing artist; Pearl® flute performing artist; composer; educator; owner and creator of Wood Nymph Music sheet music publishing company; owner and creator of Bear Behind production company; article contributor to flute journals; radio and music production.



Michael Graham Allen

Graphic Design Consultant

Jonny Lipford

Music Education and Cultural Outreach Council

This council is comprised of individuals who are active in the fields of music education and cultural outreach. Through their positions on this important council, they will share their activities, philosophies, ideas, professional experience, and thoughts concerning the future of indigenous and folk flute traditions with regard to music education and cultural outreach.

Kevin Locke, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Master of Science in Educational Administration; Master of Science in Community Education

Richard Dubé, Bachelor of Music in Music Education; Master of Education in Curriculum Studies; Masters Level in Orff Schulwerk; Alumni Excellence Award in Aboriginal Initiatives from the University of Saskatchewan

Gary Stroutsos, Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations

Council on Flutes for Health and Wellness

The Council on Flutes for Health and Wellness has been established to educate society members about, and promote the appropriate use of, flutes in all aspects of health and wellness. The council members listed below are all Certified Music Practitioners® and healthcare professionals who currently use, or have used, live flute music in their work in healthcare facilities. They hope to provide the best possible information on current practices by publishing in Overtones!, as well as engaging in other educational opportunities that the World Flute Society may offer in the future.

Ivan Iriarte, M.D., CMP®

RuthiE Neilan, RN, MA, CMP®