Flute Choir

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools. We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.


Combined Flute Ensemble Holiday Tour

This year Flute Choir and Flute Orchestra will be combining for a small holiday tour. This is a BYSO tradition that we are very excited to bring back!

Tour Rehearsal Rehearsal Date
Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm November 28
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Northwest Arts Center Please plan on prompt drop off and pick up to
9825 NE 24th Street avoid congestion, as the parking lot is small. No
BellevueWA 98004 idling or parking in front of the entrance.
Tour Details Sunday, December 4 | 11:45am – 7:30pm
Aegis Senior Living of Mercer Island More information can be found by clicking HERE
Crossroads Mall
& Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Bring your completed Release forms to first rehearsal (TOUR SCHEDULE AND RELEASE FORMS)
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Have fun!


CALL TIME | 12:15 PM
All musicians should arrive promptly 12:15 pm. Please account for possible traffic delays.

This season’s Fall concert is at the famed Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028). Parking is free in the nearby parking lot.

As per our COVID-19 Policy, BYSO will be adhering to COVID safety mandates dictated by Bastyr, which is as follows:

  • Students and volunteers wear masks backstage and in the greenroom.
  • Musicians on stage may choose to remove their mask during the performance, but must put their mask on back stage and in the audience.
  • All audience members are required to wear a mask at all times when in the audience.

If this policy changes, we will notify musicians and families immediately.

Be sure to check your ensemble’s concert attire requirements. Students must arrive wearing their concert clothing. They will not have a place to change later.



  • Your instrument
  • Your music
  • A pencil
  • A water bottle for the greenroom
  • Do not bring a stand

Volunteers will be a vital part of a successful day at Bastyr for all of our students. We need volunteers to help with the check in process and with supporting ensembles during their dress rehearsals. You will be able to get to know the students, see their dress rehearsal process, see the incredible Bastyr University Chapel from a musician’s perspective, and reserve your seat in the hall early! Click here to sign up now! 


Rehearsals Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm September 26 – November 14, 2022
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Bellevue Children’s Academy Please plan on prompt drop off and pick up to
14640 NE 24th St avoid congestion, as the parking lot is small. No
Bellevue, WA 98007 idling or parking in front of the entrance.
Fall Retreat Saturday, October 8 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lake Washington High School Drop Off/Pick Up
12033 NE 80th St Parking lot and street parking are available. Plan
Kirkland, WA 98033 on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Fall Concert | Overture Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm
Bastyr Chapel Call time is 12:15 pm. Parking is free at the venue.
14500 Juanita Dr NE Check below for more details.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsal
  • Have fun!

For a full list of BYSO’s 22-23 Season dates, including Winter and Spring rehearsals and concerts, visit our calendar.


Winter Quarter dates are Mondays, January 9 through March 13, 2023. More information will be posted here after the Thanksgiving Holiday.


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

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 at flutechoir@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Good Afternoon, Amazing Flute Choir Flutists–

Thank you for a fantastic concert yesterday.  I received so many compliments from both BYSO conductors and audience members (not to mention that I thought that it was the best that we’ve ever played Scarborough :).

And thanks to all of your hard work and being really attentive, Ashokan, even after only one rehearsal and our run-through, was so well played.  Your attention to detail and the musical line were beautiful!

Remember that we’ll see each other on Monday from 7-8:30 for the holiday music rehearsal.  Be sure to check the website for the address.

CONGRATS again!!!!!

See you Monday,

Dr. Merrie

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