Flute Choir

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools including:  3 feet of distancing, no shared music stands, mask wearing and wind instrumentalists using bell covers.  We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.

Rehearsals/ Performance Winter Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays Jan 10 – Mar 21, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Winter Retreat at Lake WA High School: Date:  Jan 29, 2022 10:00 – 12:00 PM
Winter Concert at Meydenbauer Theatre: March 20, 2022 4:30 PM
Rehearsal Location                                     .      Drop off/ Pick UP
Bellevue Children’s Academy BCA has limited parking, please plan on
14640 NE 24th Street prompt drop-off and pick-up following the
Bellevue, WA 98007 directions on this map to avoid congestion.
Retreat Location               .   Drop off/ Pick UP
Lake Washington High School.                .         LWHS parking lot and street parking are
12033 NE 80th Street available. Please plan on prompt drop-off
Kirkland, WA 98033 and pick-up to avoid congestion.


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.

Conductor: Dr. 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 Dr. Merrie Siegel Parmley at flutechoir@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Welcome to Winter Quarter

Below are part assignments – please download and print your parts here (BYSO Music), using the code emailed to you.

Quick Study:
Flute I – Hailey, Simrun, Coco
Flute 2 – Adelle, Jackson, Marcus
Flute 3 – Kayla, Suri, John, Suchith
Flute 4 – Ameiya, Shachar, Julinna, Shiho
Piccolo (on regular flute if you don’t have a piccolo 🙂 – Shachar
Flute I – Simrun, Kayla
Flute 2 – Adelle, Marcus
Flute 3 – Coco, John
Flute 4 – Julinna
Flute 5 – Shiho
Alto Flute – Hailey
Bass Flute 1- Jackson (playing bass flute)
Bass Flute 1 part, played on regular flute – Suri
Bass Flute 2 part, played on regular flute – Ameiya, Suchith

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