Welcome to the Seattle Flute Society!
Inspiring and serving the Pacific Northwest flute community since 1979
In Memoriam Paul Taub (1952-2021)
The Seattle Flute Society mourns the passing of our treasured friend and colleague, Paul Taub, who died after suffering a heart attack on March 13, 2021. He was 68 years old. At the time of his death, he was serving as SFS Director-At-Large; previously, he served two terms (1989-1992 & 2017-2019) as our organization’s President. During his most recent tenure, he led the SFS through a period of significant re-imagining and renewal—the current success of the organization is an embodiment of his vision.
Paul was born in New York City on May 28, 1952. He earned his Bachelor of Music from Rutgers University and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His teachers include James Scott, Michel Debost, Samuel Baron, Karl Kraber and David Shostac. His other musical mentors were Marcel Moyse and Robert Aitken.
In 1979, he moved to Seattle to teach as a professor of music at Cornish College of the Arts, a position he held for nearly 40 years. He quickly established himself as a champion of contemporary music, regularly bringing composers from around the world to the Pacific Northwest, commissioning countless works, and performing on four continents. Paul served two terms on the Board of Directors of both the National Flute Association and Chamber Music America, worked closely with the Baltic Arts Council Northwest and was on the Advisory Board of the Seattle Modern Orchestra. For more than 20 years he was the flutist and Executive Director of the Seattle Chamber Players.
Paul’s other interests included gardening (he was especially proud of his garlic crop), his wine shop, and ongoing political activism, most recently with the voting justice group Common Power. Our thoughts at this time are with his family.
Flute Festival with Valerie Coleman
April 10-11, 2021
Our 41st Season concluded with a remarkable online weekend of flute events, including a special event with Guest Artist Valerie Coleman; the 9th Annual Young Artist Competition; Festival Workshops and Presentations; Horsfall Winners, Young Members, and Flute Choir Recitals; Weeping Willow Grant Presentation; SFS Raffle; and the world premiere of Ken Benshoof’s BitterSweet.
Visit our Flute Festival page to watch recordings of many of these events.
The Seattle Flute Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1979 by Felix Skowronek. To honor "all things flute," the SFS presents a yearly season of events, including recitals, masterclasses, workshops, and competitions. Each event features local, national, or international distinguished artists in all avenues of flute playing - performers of classical, jazz, baroque, contemporary, and world music.
Our members are amateur and professional flutists, teachers, students, flute makers, accompanists, listeners, patrons – anyone interested in the flute! The SFS also sponsors a flute choir which rehearses weekly and is open to all members. Our newsletter, published regularly between August and May, contains a calendar of events, articles of interest to members, and advertisements from our commercial and individual members.
The SFS Season typically runs from September through April. Most events throughout the season take place on Sundays. Every April, we hold our annual Flute Festival which hosts a flute-filled day of activities including a workshop and recital with a high caliber guest artist, a Flute Choir Showcase, our Young Members' Recital (grades 5 and below!), our Young Artist Competition Finals, and Commercial Exhibits where instruments, music, accessories and other flute-related merchandise are exhibited, demonstrated and sold.
To promote music education and performance experience, the Seattle Flute Society proudly sponsors two annual flute competitions. The Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition is for students in grades 6-12 and takes place every March. Our Young Artist Competition is open to flutists who have not reached their 30th birthday by the date of the competition. After a preliminary recorded round in February, three finalists are chosen to compete live at the annual Flute Festival in April.
In recent years the Seattle Flute Society has sponsored appearances by outstanding artists such as Jim Walker, Leone Buyse, Demarre McGill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Bonita Boyd, Marco Granados, Greg Patillo and the Project Trio, and Denis Bouriakov – to name just a few! With your support, attendance and membership, we will continue to bring acclaimed flutists and events to the area.
Join or renew your membership today to be included in a great season of fluting!
The Seattle Flute Society fosters and inspires appreciation of the flute among its members and the general public; promotes collegiality and support within the flute community; educates and inspires the development of flutists at all levels; provides opportunities for local flutists to perform, learn new techniques, and hear performances by professional flutists; encourages the composition of music for the flute; and provides scholarship opportunities for aspiring flutists.
Board of Directors
The Seattle Flute Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is run entirely by volunteers. Thank you to these wonderful Board Members who dedicate their time to this organization! To contact a specific Board Member, please click on their name.
Treasurer, Melissa Thomas
Commercial Membership, Erin Happenny
Events Coordinator, Sungwoo Steven Kim
Flute Choir Manager, Chris Harnois
Historian, Francis Timlin
Horsfall Coordinator & Education Liaison, Cassie Lear
(Members of the 2019-2020 Board, L-R: Francis Timlin, Dean Speer,
Erin Happenny, Evan Pengra Sult, Jan Bleakney, Nayoung Ham,
Christina Medawar, Rose Johnson, Kristine Rominski)
Seattle Flute Society Founder and our
First President, Felix Skowronek