Flute Choir

  • Winter Quarter music will be available via PDF download by Friday, January 5. Instructions on how to download music will be sent via email to all enrolled BYSO students.
  • Click here for Conductor’s Messages

Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.


Rehearsals Winter Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Rehearsals begin on Monday, January 8
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Odle Middle School Parking in the school parking lot is available.
502 143 Ave NE Plan on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Bellevue, WA 98007 congestion.
Retreat Retreat Location
Saturday, February 3 Lake Washington High School
10:00 am – 1:00 pm 12033 NE 80th St
Kirkland, WA 98033
Winter Concert Time & Date
Meydenbauer Theatre Saturday, March 16 @ 7:00pm
11100 NE 6th St ∙ Arrive by: 6:05 pm
Bellevue, WA 98004


Rehearsals Spring Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Rehearsals begin on Monday, March 25
No Rehearsal on Monday, April 8 (Spring Break)
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Odle Middle School Parking in the school parking lot is available.
502 143 Ave NE Plan on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Bellevue, WA 98007 congestion.
Saturday Rehearsal Saturday Rehearsal Location
Saturday, April 20 Lake Washington High School
9:30am -11:30am 12033 NE 80th St
Kirkland, WA 98033
Spring Concert Time & Date
Benaroya Concert Hall Saturday, May 11 @ 3:00pm
200 University St. Call Times TBD.
Seattle, WA 98101
Garden Party Community Concert Saturday, May 18. Time is TBD (afternoon).

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!


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, some of these students may 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.

Recent Flute Choir Performance

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

Greetings, Amazing Flutists and Families!

WOWOWOWOWOW is all I can say!  Fantastic rehearsal last night!

This is the first time that the public will hear Dr. Bassingthwaighte’s incredible piece!  And as we said last night, each and every one of our Flute Choir members are an integral part of our group.  When practicing Zoomies, please be methodical and start slowly, for complete note/finger accuracy, and move up slowly from there.

I know just how committed you all are to making this incredible opportunity so very rewarding!

Thank you again for your dedication to both Flute Choir and BYSO.

Keep on fluting,

Dr. Merrie



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