Flute Orchestra

Fall 2020 Program

Flute Orchestra rehearsals are held on Monday evenings via Zoom. Musicians are expected to be prepared and logged in to rehearsal 15 minutes prior to start time. Cameras must be kept ON for the entire duration of the rehearsal session.

Director: Sandy Saathoff

Rehearsal Time: 7:30-8:45 PM


Flute Orchestra is an advanced ensemble for flutes. Flute Orchestra consists of BYSO flutists who were placed at the Philharmonia level after auditioning. Because orchestras need only a few flutes at a time, these students take turns playing in Philharmonia during the year while also practicing and performing in the Flute Orchestra ensemble. The typical Flute Orchestra student has had several years of private instruction and substantial ensemble experience and is highly skilled on his or her instrument.

Flute Orchestra students prepare challenging music encompassing the entire flute family: piccolo, traditional C flute, alto, and bass. Flute Orchestra is a dynamic group where students can develop ensemble and specific flute-related skills in an enjoyable and rewarding setting. Past works performed include Camuglia’s La Danse de la Nuit, De Bosismortier’s Concerto in A for Five Flutes, and Bozza’s Jour d’été à la Montagne.

Conductor: Sandra Saathoff

Sandra Saathoff is a freelance flutist, clinician, and principal flute of the Seattle Philharmonic. She helped launch a nonprofit organization, Silver Flight Ensembles and Foundation, dedicated to helping student flutists, and currently conducts the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra's flute ensemble. A published author and music arranger, she has also performed and taught throughout the United States and Europe. Sandra has served as Assistant Program Chair, Secretary, Convention Manager, and on the Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee for the National Flute Association; as well as President, VP, and Newsletter Editor for the Seattle Flute Society. Learn more.

Contact Sandra Saathoff at flutes@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Hello Flutists and Families!

Wow – composition #1 was fantastic!  Check it out:


To prepare for each rehearsal, you should:

  • Practice our assigned music (Carmen/Slumber/Fantasie) – all in the Dropbox Folder  (for now, pick one or 2 hard spots to practice each day.)  Part assignments have been emailed.
  • Do the assigned listening and take notes (as described in the recent email);  These are the pieces to listen to for the week of October 26th:
  1. https://youtu.be/_iXpJ3YZTLE – Amy Porter
  2. https://youtu.be/3kMXpKmQK10 –  Denis Bouriakov
  3. Your choice
  • Please also email your answers to the following prompts:
  1. How do the 3 different performers interpret the piece?
  2. Compare and Contrast each flutist’s interpretation.  What do you like (or don’t like) – and WHY??
  3. What was the 3rd performance you chose to listen to?  (Include link to recording.)

Please Practice with the audio practice tracks in our Dropbox folder for Carmen (1st 2 mvts) and Slumber and be prepared to play along with them – as a solo leader during our Monday rehearsals.  (Remember to download and save the audio files – see last week’s email.)

If you’re going to be a soloist for the Hue Fantasie – please continue working with your private instructor on the music.

Otherwise, everyone should begin working on the Hue accompaniment parts.  They’ll be tricky to learn on your own – So Please COUNT carefully! 🙂  I’ll have a practice track ready to go later this week.

You’ve been sent links to “Upbeat Perform”  – so please record the 1st 2 movements of the Bizet and Slumber this weekend!  The sooner the better, so we can see how the technology works.  THANK YOU!  I can’t wait to hear you play all together!

Many thanks!  And best wishes for a wonderful Autumn!  Wishing you happy and healthy!

Happy Fluting!


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