Flute Orchestra

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.

Sample of Flute Orchestra:

Conductor: Sandra Saathoff

Sandra Saathoff holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington, focusing on flute performance and instrumental conducting, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University. Mrs. Saathoff is a professor of flute and conducts the flute ensemble at Seattle Pacific University. She also maintains a private flute studio and performs regularly with local orchestral, chamber, and folk ensembles. Learn more.

Contact Sandra Saathoff at flutes@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Dear Flute Orchestra –

I hope you are ready to work hard – intensely – efficiently!  We’ve got a lot to do!!!  And if you’ve been practicing, Monday, Nov. 19th won’t come as such a shock 🙂

Please read your email carefully – lots of information has been sent; and things need to be returned to me.  Also, please print and practice the Hanukkah medley and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (from the Nutcracker) – we will not be playing the March.  (Music has been sent to you via email/part assignments are in the Google Doc spreadsheet.)

Monday’s rehearsal schedule:  We only have 2 rehearsals remaining to prepare for our 4 concerts on Dec. 2nd!

for each piece, please seat yourselves accordingly:

  • FRONT ROW: Bass/Alto/Flute 4 and 5
  • SECOND ROW: Flute 1, 2, 3, and piccolo   (Flute 1 / Bass: on your right side/conductor’s left)

6:30 PM – 7:10 PM – Flute Orchestra and Flute Choir separate.  Flute Orchestra will be rehearsing Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

7:10 – 7:20 PM – Break!  Make the most of it, and be ready to rehearse (arranged accordingly) so we can start playing at 7:20 pm with the Flute Choir.  Please arrange your music in advance, so it is in this order:

  1. 7:20 pm God Rest Ye Merry
  2. 7:35 pm We Need a Little Christmas
  3. 7:45 pm Carol of the Bells
  4. 7:55 pm Patapan (only C Flutes – so Flute 3 and 4 in front row)
  5. 8:05 pm What Child is This  (only C Flutes – so Flute 3 and 4 in front row)  
  6. 8:15 pm Hannakuh Medley  
  7. 8:20 pm Good King Wenceslas (only C Flutes – so Flute 3 and 4 in front row)
  8. 8:25 pm Te Deum (Altos and Flute 3 in front row)

Please listen:

Recordings of our new Nutcracker pieces can be found at:

Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker Suite (Complete Set) – FC302

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

•  We Need a Little Christmas (vocal)

•  We Need a Little Christmas (flute ensemble)

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (orch.)
Nutcracker Suite (our version, for flute ensemble)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (our version)

I would like to extend rehearsal to 8:45 pm on Monday, November 26th.  Please plan to stay if at all possible.  THANK YOU!

Thank you for your fabulous energy and dedication!



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