Flute Choir

Flute Choir is an advanced intermediate ensemble for flutes. This BYSO ensemble consists of flutists who were placed at the Sinfonia level after auditioning. Because orchestras need only a few flutes at a time, these students take turns playing in Sinfonia during the year while also practicing and performing in the Flute Choir ensemble. The typical Flute Choir student has had some private instruction and school ensemble experience and is developing solid technical skills and musical understanding.

Flute Choir students develop orchestral playing skills in an enriching and unique chamber group setting, learning to produce rhythmic accuracy and clear dynamic contrasts while maintaining appropriate blend, balance and intonation. Since there are usually only one or two players per part in Flute Choir, these flutists gain valuable independence in playing. Past works performed include Castérède’s Flûtes Joyeuses, Adler’s Madrigals for Six Flutes, and the folksong Scarborough Fair.

Sample of Flute Choir:

Conductor: Merrie Siegel Parmley

Dr. Merrie Siegel Parmley holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Rice University. She won the New York Flute Club’s Young Artist Competition at age 19 and since then has performed with the Houston Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Mozart Society of Philadelphia, among others. Learn more.

Contact Merrie Siegel Parmley at flutechoir@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Hi Amazing Flute Choir Flutists,

I hope that you’re still safe and sound and enjoying BYSO Flute Bingo activities with Sandy!

I’ve attached one of my favorite movements from my CD, “Flute Music of the Americas, Vol. II.” It’s from Recuerdos de México by Arthur Gottschalk, who was my thesis advisor at Rice University and wrote it for us for our CD. It was such an honor to premiere and record this amazing work!  It’s based on both a Mexican melody and legend of La Llorona, The Weeping Woman.  Depending on which Latin American country you are in the legend varies, but here’s some information.  Not the happiest of stories….


But I hope you enjoy this beautiful movement for flute and piano.


Dr. Merrie

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