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!

About Us

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!

Our Mission

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.

Officers

President, Christina Medawar
Vice President, Rose Johnson
Secretary, Jenny Eggert

Treasurer, Melissa Thomas

Directors

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

Hospitality, Megan Seibert
Membership, Kristine Rominski

Newsletter Editor, Dean Speer
Website & Publicity, Evan Pengra Sult

(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)

Past Presidents

Seattle Flute Society Founder and our

First President, Felix Skowronek

2017-2019

Paul Taub

2015-2017

Sabrina Bounds

2014-2015
Melinda Abendroth

2010-2014
Torrey Kaminski

2008-2010
Sandra Saathoff

2006-2008
Jenny Eggert

2003-2006
Shelley Collins

2001-2003
Celine Ferland

1999- 2001
Susan Telford

1997-1999
Sarah Bassingthwaighte

 

1994-1997
Isabel Gallagher

1992-1994
Annie Carlson

1989-1992
Paul Taub

1987-1989
Suzanne Walker

1985-1987
Rae Terpenning

1984-1985
Phyllis McDaniel

1982-1984
Scott Goff

1979-1982
Felix Skowronek

The Seattle Flute Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to the SFS are tax deductible. With your support, the SFS can continue to bring wonderful flute-related opportunities to the Seattle area. 

Donors are acknowledged in concert programs.

donation.png
Join Our Mailing List!

Seattle Flute Society, 4244 University Way NE, PO Box 45597, Seattle, WA 98105

©Seattle Flute Society 2020