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 have emailed information about our upcoming concerts on May 5 and 12.  Please read carefully – and listen to the recordings 😊  Also – please invite your friends and family!!!

MAY 12 – Happy Mother’s Day!  Please arrive by 3:15 pm so you’re ready to play by 3:30 pm.

Thanks for a great rehearsal on Monday!  I appreciated hearing all the improvement and your quick adaption of performance suggestions – keep up the great work!

And I included the flutists currently assigned to Philharmonia in this message – because the attachment also includes information about an extra performance you may wish to participate in on May 17th.  (More info to come soon.)  But I would love to have you all join us!

Congratulations on a fantastic Garden Party performance!

Recordings    PLEASE watch/listen to these! :

Africa (original) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=FTQbiNvZqaY

Pontchartrain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRu8A6B11rw  or https://vimeo.com/209006270

Happy fluting!



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