Welcome to the Seattle Flute Society!
Inspiring and serving the Pacific Northwest flute community since 1979
Events and Announcements
2021 Competitions Announced
On December 1, the Seattle Flute Society announced its plans to hold virtual competitions in place of in-person events. The Frank & Lu Horsfall Competition, for students in grades 6-12; and the 9th Annual Young Artist Competition, for flutists under age 30, will both be presented via SFS Online.
Applications for Horsfall are available now; applications for the Young Artist Competition will be available starting January 20, 2021.
Launching SFS Online!
On September 12, the Seattle Flute Society launched its new Members-Only platform, SFS Online. Members will be able to access special resources, attend the 2020-2021 online season of events, and watch recordings of select past events. Visit SFS Online here.
Current and new members received an email with instructions on how to log in. If you didn't receive an email, your membership may have lapsed! Join, renew, or upgrade your membership here.
Release of "8 for August"
On August 3, we released our first ever digital exclusive content: "8 for August," a unique collaborative performance of Paul Hindemith's "Acht Stücke." Eight brilliant Seattle flutists have each taken on one of the movements of this masterpiece for solo flute; the resulting compilation is a wonderful showcase of the vibrant artistry of our Seattle flute-playing community!
Featuring performances by Zart Dombourian-Eby, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Sarah Pyle, Christina Medawar, Rose Johnson, Jeffrey Barker, Merrie Siegel Parmley, and Paul Taub!
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 season of events from September to May, including recitals, masterclasses, workshops, competitions, and our highly anticipated Flute Festival. Each event features local, national, or international distinguished artists in all avenues of flute playing - performers of classical, jazz, baroque, ethnic, and contemporary 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 runs from September through May. Most events throughout the season take place on Sundays and there is typically one event in September, October, January, February, and April. 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 January. 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 – just to name 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
At-Large, Paul Taub
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