Having fun with contrabass flute

At CAFE Flutes, we believe that concerts should be more than just a passive listening experience; they should be dynamic, engaging, and fun for everyone involved. Our mission is to enrich, engage, and inspire our audiences, and we achieve this by employing a variety of interactive techniques that bring our music to life. Here, we’ll share some of the methods we use to keep our audiences involved and create memorable concert experiences.

Greeting and Welcoming

From the moment audience members walk through the door, we aim to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our flutists greet attendees personally, setting the tone for a friendly and interactive concert experience. This initial engagement helps break down the barrier between performers and audience, making everyone feel like part of the event.

Nora introducing a CAFE song

Informative Introductions

Each piece we perform is introduced with interesting background information and trivia about the music and composers. These introductions are designed to provide context and enhance the audience’s appreciation of the music. By sharing stories and insights, we make the music more relatable and engaging, giving listeners a deeper understanding of what they are about to hear.

Demonstrating the Flutes

One of the unique aspects of a flute choir is the diversity of instruments within the flute family. To highlight this, we include demonstrations of the different flutes we use, such as the piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, and even the rare contrabass flute. We explain the distinctive qualities and roles of each instrument, often passing around a demonstration flute and piccolo for the audience to examine up close. This hands-on approach demystifies the instruments and piques curiosity.

Interactive Q&A Sessions

We encourage our audiences to ask questions throughout our performances. This interactive Q&A segment allows attendees to engage directly with the musicians, satisfying their curiosity about the music, instruments, and performance techniques. This dialogue not only keeps the audience involved but also fosters a deeper connection between the performers and listeners.

Celebrating Audience Birthdays

Celebrating audience birthdays at Inspirations of Tempe Senior Community

A fun and unique tradition at CAFE Flutes concerts is our audience birthday celebrations. When we know it’s someone’s special day, we decorate a music stand with a birthday cake banner and put a birthday hat on the contrabass flute. Then, we play an unconventional arrangement of the “Happy Birthday” song. This personal touch makes the concert experience memorable and shows our audience members that they are valued and appreciated.

Encouraging Participation

We believe that music is a communal activity, and we actively encourage audience participation. During our concerts, we invite the audience to sing along, clap, or even play simple percussion instruments. Sometimes, our flutists will wander among the listeners while performing, creating an immersive and interactive experience. These moments of participation make the audience feel like active contributors to the music-making process.

Engaging Performances

Our performances are designed to be visually and aurally engaging. We incorporate movement and choreography into our shows, and our flutists often perform without music stands to allow for greater interaction with the audience. This dynamic approach keeps the energy high and the audience’s attention focused.

Building Community Through Music

Building community at a holiday concert

Beyond the concert hall, we strive to build a sense of community among our audience members. We invite attendees to stay after the performance to chat with the musicians, ask questions, and take photos with the instruments. This post-concert engagement helps to deepen the connection between the audience and the ensemble.

Leveraging Technology

In today’s digital age, we also use technology to enhance audience engagement. We encourage concert-goers to follow us on social media, where we share behind-the-scenes content, upcoming events, and fun trivia about the flute choir. Our monthly newsletter, which has a growing subscriber base, keeps our audience informed and engaged with regular updates and exclusive content.

Creating Lasting Memories

Ultimately, our goal is to create lasting memories for our audiences. By combining informative content, interactive elements, and engaging performances, we strive to make each concert a unique and memorable experience. Whether it’s through learning something new, participating in a performance, or simply enjoying the music, we want our audience members to leave with a sense of joy and connection.


Audience engagement is at the heart of what we do at CAFE Flutes. By making our concerts interactive and fun, we not only enhance the concert experience but also foster a deeper appreciation for the music and the instruments we love. Through personal interactions, educational content, and community-building activities, we strive to create concerts that are not just performances, but shared experiences that resonate long after the final note has faded. Join us at our next concert and become part of the CAFE Flutes community!