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 –

Thank you for a fantastic year!   I’m so thankful to have such amazing people to work with.  Congratulations on all that you have achieved!

Here’s a photo of the Seattle Symphony flutes playing our bass flute for their Jurassic Park concert!

I hope to see you on June 8th for my concerto performance!  (June 1st is the final day to purchase discounted  tickets):

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 pm on Saturday, June 8th at Benaroya Hall. An incredible honor!    I really hope to see everyone there!  (and hear loud cheering 😊 )    Information on how to get discounted tickets is below.  Tickets for those 16 years of age and under are free – but you need to order a ticket in advance (by June 1st).   Thank you for your support!

With the discount code MEMBER4 at seattlephil.org adult tickets are $12.60 (and no additional fees!), and under 16 are always free at Seattle Phil concerts (but please order a ticket).  This deep discount (tickets are regularly $30) is a great deal, to see a powerfully moving music performance by a full symphony orchestra at Benaroya Hall, a concert hall known world-wide for its superb acoustics.  

Happy fluting and have a great summer!



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