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About the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble


The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble is an intergeneration flute choir composed of 30+ members performing on a variety of flutes of the flute family including C, alto, bass, and piccolos.

The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, Inc. was incorporated September 26, 2005 and is registered as a non-profit organization in Arkansas and is a tax exempt 501 (c)3 organization.  The ensemble is associated with The Hot Springs Community Band, National Park Community College and the National Flute Association. 

The ensemble performs in a variety of venues including churches, weddings and receptions, retirement communities, public concerts and annually at Christmas in the lobby of the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The ensemble rehearses and performs during the Fall and Spring Semesters of NPCC, and other times on request.

All members are volunteer performers and pay registration each semester at NPCC.  The ensemble rehearses on alternate Tuesdays in Hot Springs, Arkansas.




Conductor: Kristin Grant

Conductor Emeritus: Julian Herring

Executive Director: Dr. Jackie Flowers



About Our Conductor


Mrs. Kristin Grant

Kristin Grant is the conductor of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, a post she began in the 2008-2009 season. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University where teaches Music Theory, Applied Flute lessons, and also directs the Ouachita Flute Choir.

Mrs. Grant performs often as a conductor, soloist and chamber musician, and is a member of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.  Her performances have been aired on KUAR 91.5 as a Featured Artist for “Classical Arkansas”.   She has taught master classes and judged competitions in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and served as a featured guest artist at the 2004 Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association Convention.  She has performed at the National Flute Association annual conventions as a member the of NFA Professional Flute Choir, and the North Texas Flute Choir, and has also performed with the Costa Rica Flute Festival Flute Choir. Her professional memberships include the National Flute Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Mid-South Flute Society, Texas Flute Society, and the College Music Society.

Mrs. Grant received a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Music in flute performance from the University of North Texas.   Before coming to Arkansas in 2002, she served on the music faculty of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where she taught flute and music theory.



About Our Executive Director


Dr. Jackie Flowers


Jackie Flowers leads an extremely active career as a flutist, teacher, registered nurse and executive director of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble.


As a flutist, Dr. Flowers has performed with Symphony Orchestras throughout the country, including the McKeesport & Pittsburgh Symphonies, Long Beach & Orange County Doctor's Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, Napa Symphony, Baroque Sinfonia of Santa Rosa, S. Arkansas Symphony and Pine Bluff Symphony. In the summer of 1970, Flowers toured Israel, Greece & Turkey as flute soloist with the Los Angeles Doctor's Symphony.


As a teacher, Flowers maintains a private music studio for instruction of modern & Baroque flutes, piano & harpsichord. She taught in the nursing program at National Park Community College for 4 years, and has been a flute instructor there since 1983. She served for 11 years as adjunct faculty at Ouachita Technical College, and has been flute instructor at Ouachita Baptist University. She is flute instructor in The New Horizon's Band, and presented a workshop on teaching beginning adult flutists for the National Flute Association. The Flutist Quarterly published her article on "The Spy Flute".


As a registered nurse, Flowers graduated from the McKeesport (PA) Hospital School of Nursing (associated with Penn State University), attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga (CA), Sonoma State University, and Columbia Pacific University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration and Gerontology and has an additional MA in Music.  She is Nationally Certified as a gerontological nurse, and is a part-time nursing supervisor.


Dr. Flowers organized the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble in 1983, after moving to Arkansas. She also performs with the Hot Springs Baroque Ensemble and the Hot Springs Concert Band.




About Our Conductor Emeritus


Julian Herring

Julian Herring, conductor of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble since 2001, is a retired band director with 35 years experience in the public schools of Arkansas and Florida. Subsequently, he served as adjunct instructor of horn for Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Central Arkansas, as well as assisting with teaching interns for Henderson State University.

A lifelong participant in community music, Mr. Herring also serves as associate conductor of the Hot Springs Concert Band, instructor of the Hot Springs Horns, and was the founding director of the New Horizons Band of Hot Springs, a teaching band for adults. 

As a performer, he is a member of the Hot Springs Brass (brass quintet), the High Point Brass (brass trio), and participates as soloist or ensemble member for other community organizations.

A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Mr. Herring received his early musical training under the baton of the renowned R.B. “Scrubby” Watson.  He holds degrees from Hendrix College (BA) and the University of Illinois (MA). Teachers include, Ashley Coffman, Mark Hindsley, and Thomas Holden. Now a member of the International Horn Society, he was active in the American School Band Directors’ Association, Phi Beta Mu, and served as both president and parliamentarian of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association.

For information on the Julian Herring Scholarship, click here.



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