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Flute Orchestra Messages

Thanks for a great rehearsal last night!

It was FANTASTIC to SEE and HEAR you in person!


If you need the warm-up book, please bring $13.75, payable to me

Our retreat will be Jan. 29th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at LWHS. 

Please develop the habit of checking this site midweek (Wednesday-ish) so you have some practicing reminders, as well on Sundays for any last-minute rehearsal info.  THANKS!

Lastly, please remember to complete the online absence form – anytime you’ll miss all or part of a rehearsal (Covid exposure / ill / family member with Covid / etc.).

Thanks for your consideration and I wish you all a healthy and happy 2022!


  • Part Assignments for 2022:  were emailed to you late Monday night Jan. 10th (along with a couple of practice suggestions.)
    • Please organize all your music in a folder, and arrange it so there aren’t any page turns required.  (If a page turn is required when there is no rest available, copy an additional page, and tape a small section of it as a ‘fold-out’, so you can keep playing, and only turn a page when you have extended measures of rests.)
    • Circle all key signatures, noting where the key signature changes occur.  Write in definitions to all the terms/phrases you find in the music.  Start with an online music dictionary (like – Over 6,000 Music Terms and Definitions), then use something like Google translate.
    • Use a highlighter or colored pencil to draw your attention to dynamic changes
    • Practice at least 2 parts to the woodwind trio, setting the metronome to the 8th note. Write in note/accidental/key signature reminders to help you keep track during the difficult keys and such.
    • Practice the Benaroya concert music, finding hard spots to woodshed and improve
    • Download / print / practice our new piece A Shimmer in the Breeze (see part assignments below)
    • Listen and play along with the recordings, as desired
    • Practice (at least) the 1st 2 keys from the warm-up book – trying to make the high notes sound warm, effortless, and in tune 🙂
    • Consider getting a contact microphone and chromatic tuner (available from any music store/Amazon)  ….. please??? 🙂
    • I love the Tonal Energy app for your phone – it’s got a great tuner and metronome.
    • Please get lots of rest, drink lots of water, do some flute P.E., and spend some time every day thinking about good and happy things 🙂

Winter & Spring Repertoire Piccolo Flute 1 Flute 2 Flute 3 Flute 4 Alto Bass Category FL Ensemble version Original Recording Piece/Repertoire
Tico Tico Elsie, Aubrey Sienna, Claire; Gwen, Ari, Ethan, Katie, Dila, Brian Charis, Karina; Chloe, Anusha, Vivian, Ada, Grace; Rio, Kaylee, Manha, Samiya Manami, Charis, Benoit, Kaylyn (on C Flute) + Sandy Latinx  Choro – Wikipedia Tico Tico
Bernstein – Candide Karina, Grace; Kaylee, Katie, Elsie,  Aubrey (Picc), Chloe Sienna, Claire; Ethan, Kaylyn, Samiya, Manha Charis; Gwen, Rio, Anusha Ari, Vivian, Dila, Ada Manami, Charis Benoit, Brian, (on C Flute) + Sandy LGBTQ+ /women arr. Bernstein – Candide
Mamma Mia Aubrey, Elsie Charis, Claire; Chloe, Vivian, Manha,  Samiya, Sienna, Grace;  Gwen, Anusha, Ada, Dila; Ethan, Part 3 Revised: Karina; Kaylee, Katie, Brian,  Kaylyn, Rio Ari, Manami Benoit. + Sandy Pop/ABBA Mamma Mia
Pirates Escapade Gwen, Katie, Anusha, Ada, Brian Manha, Benoit, Dila, Aubrey (Picc), Kaylyn, Vivian Samiya Ari  Ethan; ___(on C Flute) Women Pirates Escapade
Bonanza – A Shimmer in the Breeze Elsie (Aubrey) Chloe, Aubrey, Katie Rio, Manha, Ada Dila, Ethan, Kaylee, Kaylyn Manami Benoit, (Kaylyn) LGBTQ+ world premiere! Bonanza – A Shimmer in the Breeze




Repertoire Piccolo Flute 1  Flute 2 Flute 3   Alto Bass Category Recording
Bonanza – A Shimmer in the Breeze Elsie (Aubrey) Chloe, Aubrey, Katie Rio, Manha, Ada Dila, Ethan, Kaylee, Kaylyn Manami Benoit, (Kaylyn) LGBTQ+ world premiere!

RETREAT SCHEDULE  (the games are FUN!  with Starbucks prizes 🙂 )

  • 1:00 pm        Warm Up / Tuning / Tone development / Red warm up book / and GAME #1 
  • 1:30 pm        A Shimmer in the Breeze 
  • 2:00 pm        Woodwind Trio  
  • 2:20 – 3:30 pm Game #2  and Benaroya Lobby Music

Discounted Tickets to
Seattle Philharmonic:  Use Promo Code: SPOFRIENDS for discounted tickets ($15).  Students 16 years old and under are free, but you must order a ticket for admission.  More info: Concerts & Tickets – Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

SPO Concerts are on Saturdays at Benaroya, beginning at 2 pm on:                                     *Saturday, Feb. 5 – postponed to July      *Saturday, April 9      and        *Saturday, June 18

I’d love to see you there!



“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music.

Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”         ― Steve Maraboli


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Sandra Saathoff

BYSO Flute Orchestra conductor


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