Flute Orchestra

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 Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Season 2024-25 rehearsal dates will
be announced Summer 2024.
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
TBA Plan on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Concert Time & Date
Retreat Time & Date
TBA Retreats typically happen on one Saturday
in the Fall & Winter Quarters.

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 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, some of these students may 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.

Recent Flute Orchestra Performance

Conductor: Dr. Sandra Saathoff

Dr. 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. Dr. Saathoff 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 Dr. Sandra Saathoff at flutes@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Woohoo!  Way to make a splash!

BYSO flutists are amazing!  I LOVE MY JOB 🙂   <3

Thank you all for all your hard work and dedication.  Saturday at Benaroya was a fantastic experience and you really peaked to give a wonderful performance.  I’ve heard such amazing feedback and comments – Everyone appreciated the creativity and were wowed by all the sounds. BRAVO! You really impressed your musical peers, as well!

Be on the lookout for some great photos of y’all on BYSO social media.

Our Garden Party performance – despite the cold and wind – was also fantastic!  Way to make progress – and thanks to all who had to step up (play loud/learn new parts) to make up for the students who were absent.  Your efforts were much appreciated!  These type of events are especially important to BYSO and it’s so nice to share music with the community who might not normally hear us.  I was really proud of all your wonderful music-making and attentiveness.


Thank you VERY MUCH for an excellent year filled with lots of musical growth and epic music-making.

We’ve learned music from film, stage, and television – which has had an impact on the sounds of modern American classical music.  We’ve also studied the music of Valerie Coleman – who does an incredible job of combining the styles of music from many different cultural traditions and fusing that with her own ideas – creating new sounds and a fresh style (a more modern American classical music).  We also learned the new style of Argentinian tango, created in part by the contact Piazzolla had with Western Classical Music and U.S. jazz when he immigrated to New York City.    And don’t forget – the amazing masterclass with Marianne Gedigian.  WOWZA!  What a year!  Plus a compelling performance at Benaroya with extended techniques, while doing choreography 🙂

Your understanding of music and your performance skills have improved so much!  There have been many highlights that make me so thankful to be a part of your musical growth.

You all are awesome and have been amazing to work with!  I’ve been proud to take the stage with you 🙂

Best wishes for an amazing summer – and I’ll look forward to seeing you and hearing from you in the future.  Take care!





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