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 –

Continue developing your extended techniques – please visit https://www.flutexpansions.com/videos and learn some extended flute-playing techniques.  Continue practicing Rolled in Air by Robert Dick.  Practice doing an improv solo on your own! 🙂 – based on our performance venues – your solos need to be loud (so don’t choose low notes, or soft sounds).  Also – we’ll characterize our improv – as a harsh winter storm, so choose things that contribute to the story.

Continue to email me your Opera story suggestions and music recommendations.  What are YOUR recommendations for changes/improvements/slight changes in focus or characters?  And we’re not limited to the tunes I have brought or suggested … those are just what I already have.  Again – think about your story and suggest pieces you think help tell Your story.

Opera: Please practice All I Want for Christmas is You, Ringing in the Holidays, What Child is This; and Jolly on a Housetop for sure ….

November Concert:  Boismortier Concerto and La Bamba.  Practice La Bamba with metronome and tuner.  Be sure you articulate with lots of energy!  Apply our phrasing/musicality rules (those repeated notes should …. ???? )  Be a musical leader!

Potential Opera Tunes:  All You Need is Love; This Little Light of Mine; All I Want for Christmas; Jingle Bell Rock;  Let There be Peace on Earth; Jolly on a Housetop Medley; Christmas Medley; Island of Misfit Toys; What Child is This, We Need a Little Christmas; ….

Check your email!  You should have received the November concert information – please listen to the suggested recordings.  ***Check your name at the end of that document, and let me know if you want any changes made for the concert program.

Also, I sent you another email with an attachment (Musicality) you should print and bring to rehearsal, please.  THANKS!



Monday 11/4 and 11/11 – NO Rehearsal:




Concert: November 3rd (La Bamba and Boismortier Concerto in A Major); call time 3:20 pm @ Renton IKEA

Caroling Tour is Saturday, December 7th

Winter Concert is December 8th – could possibly be cancelled for FO and FC … stay tuned …


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