2021 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

In its 27th year!

Judith Lapple, Founder


"Eyes Wide Open"

Judy challenged herself and others to achieve at the highest level.  She was that rare human

being that impacts everyone within her environment and her legacy continues in the work of her students and the many lives she touched.  They will continue her mission to foster excellence and community spirit through music and the arts.   

Judy also founded Flutopia Wind Ensemble which is  a group of high school wind musicians from Northern Virginia and the surrounding Washington, DC region

dedicated to musical

excellence and

promoting music

through community

outreach.  Members

of Flutopia are active

in their high school

bands, community

youth orchestras,

area honors ensembles and competitions.  

Flutopia was founded in the fall of 2000.  In 2010, after the sudden passing of Judith, direction of Flutopia was taken over by Jennifer Lapple, Judith's daughter to continue and further Judith's work and legacy.  Judy Lapple was the inspiration and life force behind Flutopia.  She was a musical visionary who crafted a group of diversified students into a unified and committed whole.  She breathed

passion into their

hearts and minds

and has begun

a musical legacy

that will continue

to thrive in her honor.

She led by the mantra

"Eyes Wide Open",

commit with your

whole self.  Her 

students still quote

her today.  


The Summer Woodwind Camp was founded by the late Judith Lapple who passed away in August 2010. An extraordinary musician and teacher, Judith built an extensive private flute studio and from it the renowned woodwind camp at George Mason University.  

In its 18th year, the Woodwind Camp continued in memory of Judith Lapple so that her legacy will live on forever.  

Judith Lapple was a native of Rochester, NY where she attended the Eastman School of Music and was the former principal flutist for the Air Force Band and Professor of Flute at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Judith soloed extensively throughout the USA and Europe and now gives clinics for many colleges.  Judith was nominated for 'Who's Who Among America's College Teachers 2000 and 2006.  In December of 2003, Judith was honored, "For untiring work in preparing the young musicians of America", by the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.  

Judith's private students have won many national competitions including, Bands of America, National Wind Ensemble, Music Teacher's National Association, and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.  Her former students have been accepted to Duke University, Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Princeton University,


School of






Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon.  In addition, Judith had appeared on the cover of Flute Talk national magazine and had written several articles on performance anxiety.  Judith resided in Northern Virginia with her husband and four daughters.