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The Cavally Connection
Robert Cavally - Teacher and Mentor of Bootsie K. Mayfield
All unpublished works left to her for publication


Robert Cavally – “Flutists are not born, they are developed”

• Internationally recognized as a flutist, teacher, and author
• Editor of the Flute Forum published by the Armstrong Flute   Company
• Known for his progressive and developmental method of   teaching
• Teachers were Ary van Leeuwen, Marcel Moyse, Phillipe   Gaubert
• Piccolo Soloist with John Philip Sousa,
• Toured with famous operatic soprano Lily Pons, Performed   solos   and obligatos with Pearl Besuner and Mary Moore of   the New York   Metropolitan Opera
• Orchestra Flutist and Soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony   Orchestra (28 years), Cincinnati Summer Opera, Paris Opera,   Dayton   Philharmonic, WLW Radio Orchestra, NBC Radio   Network   and the Armco Band
• Flutist for Famous Conductors: Toscanini, Fritz Reiner,   Eugene   Goosen, Thor Johnson, Max Rudolf, Georges   Enesco, and Igor   Stravinsky
• Professor of Flute and Woodwind Ensembles, Cincinnati   College   Conservatory of Music (1938-1979)Professor of   Flute, Xavier   University
• Private Studios in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio
• Over 10 Flute Works dedicated to him
• Over 50 major works compiled by him and currently in   publication –   15 Progressive Method Books, 5 Solo   Collections, 7 Ensembles for   Flute    Choir, and 24 solos.



Robert Cavally was Bootsie K. Mayfield’s teacher throughout high school and college. When she was appointed to the faculty of Auburn University, he was her mentor as she founded and developed the flute program.

When the National Flute Association honored Robert Cavally for his legacy to the Flute World, he selected Bootsie Mayfield to be the Emcee for his recognition ceremony held at the Del Coronado Resort in San Diego, California.

Bootsie was selected as the only flute soloist to perform at his funeral.

Upon his death, Robert Cavally left all his unpublished teaching materials to Bootsie for publication. According to his will and the wishes of his widow, she is the only person who has the legal authorization to publish anything connected with the publications of Robert Cavally.


Coming Soon

Robert Cavally’s Developmental and Progressive Exercises for Flute

Compiled and edited by Bootsie K. Mayfield

“Pedagogical”, “Fundamental”, “Structured”, Educational”, “Inspiring”

Tone Studies – Primer, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

Velocity Studies – Primer, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

Scale Studies – Primer, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3