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Adult Amateur Day

with Guest Adjudicator Karla Flygare and the SFS Flute Choir

Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 9:30am-4:00pm

Ballard Homestead
6541 Jones Avenue NW,
Seattle, WA 98117



Support for this Event is provided by our Season Sponsor, FluteWorks Seattle

Applications for Adult Amateur Day are now closed.

Join us for an all-new event designed specifically for adult amateur flute players and enthusiasts! Adult Amateur Day is a non-competitive flute solo and ensemble festival which offers adult non-professional flutists the chance to perform for and receive personalized comments from a distinguished guest adjudicator.


Any flute player over 18 who does not make a living performing flute or teaching flute lessons is eligible to sign up for a non-competitive adjudication slot. There is no minimum level of skill required—all flute enthusiasts are welcome. Interested flutists must register in advance to perform either as a soloist or with friends in an ensemble of up to 6 people. Our 2024 Guest Adjudicator, Karla Flygare, will provide both spoken and written comments and suggestions. The performances and adjudication sessions will be open to the public.


During the lunch break there will be a short performance by the Seattle Flute Society Flute Choir, followed by a 40-minute Flute Choir reading session open to everyone! (No pre-registration needed for the Community Flute Choir Reading Session)


Questions? Contact Cassie Lear at

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Event Schedule


9:15am - Doors Open, Check-In Begins

9:30am-12:15pm - Solo Adjudications with Karla Flygare: works by Mouquet, Martinů, Fauré, Ibert, Ganne, Ferroud, Ravel, Coleman. Honneger, and Schwantner

12:30pm-12:50pm - Lunch Break, featuring a performance by the Seattle Flute Society Flute Choir


Flutes and Vegetables | Jonathan Cohen

The Banks of Green Willow | George Butterworth, arr. Mel Orriss

A Short Nautical Journey | Jason R. Hodac

Refreshments will be available for purchase.


12:50pm-1:30pm - Community Flute Choir Reading Session

Join the Seattle Flute Choir, members of the Flute Society board, and other local flutists to read flute choir repertoire! This session will be conducted by Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones and Sandra Saathoff.


I'll Love My Love | Gustav Holst, arr. Phyllis Avidan Louke

Winter's Journey | Lewis A. Kocher

Beckett's Whisper | Ron Korb

(No pre-registration needed for the Community Flute Choir Reading Session.)

1:30pm-4:00pm - Solo and Ensemble Adjudications with Karla Flygare: works by Bozza, Pessard, Fauré, Raybould, Clarke, and Rimsky-Korsakov

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2024 Guest Adjudicator: Karla Flygare

Karla Warnke Flygare’s career has spanned 30 years as Principal Flutist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony, with whom she has been a frequent soloist. She has toured California with the Seattle Symphony, and with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra on their 2013 and 2016 New York tours. As Principal Flute, she can be heard on frequent recordings with the Auburn Symphony, as well as the 2015 release of the complete Nutcracker recording by the PNB Orchestra. She has served as Principal Flute with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and can be heard on the orchestra’s 2006 CD release of works by Philip Glass. An active musician in Seattle, she has been on tour with the Seattle Symphony, and performed on recordings and television broadcasts. As a regular with the Seattle Opera, she has worked with conductors Asher Fisch, Robert Spano, Gary Wedow, and Gigi Sutej. A respected educator, Ms. Flygare holds the position of Affiliate Artist in Flute at the University of Puget Sound.


Since winning the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition with a performance at the New York City convention, she has continued to be active in chamber music, with appearances at Chamber Music San Juans (Friday Harbor), the Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, the Canadian International Expo Festival, and in 2008 at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in performances of Debussy’s Sonate for Flute, Viola and Harp and the Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel. She has performed chamber music with Joseph Silverstein on the Northwest Chamber Orchestra Chamber Series, presented music by Icelandic composers on the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, and premiered a work for Woodwind Quartet by Robert Hutchinson on the Auburn Symphony Chamber Series. As an advocate of new music she has worked with contemporary composers such as Ian Clarke, Henry Brant and Janice Giteck, performed Wild Angels of the Open Hills by Joseph Schwantner and played in contemporary operas including Mourning Becomes Electra by Marvin David Levy, Florencia in the Amazon by Daniel Catan, End of the Affair by Jake Heggie, and Satyagraha by Philip Glass.

Ms. Flygare has been called "one of the Northwest’s premiere musicians." (Journal American) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stated she "carried off the difficult solo role with ease and flair" and the Tacoma News Tribune commended her "enthusiastic playing." "Flygare’s seductive tone and impressive musicality made one wish for more." (Journal American) She has been heard in performances of the Brandenburg concerti with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Chaminade Concertino and Kent Kennan’s Night Soliloquy with the UPS Wind Ensemble, and the Malcolm Arnold Concerto and Hindemith’s Concerto for Woodwinds and Harp with the UPS Symphony Orchestra. She has soloed with the Auburn Symphony in the Martin Concerto for Seven Instruments, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, and the G Major Flute Concerto. "Flygare spun out Mozart’s melodies with a sumptuous sense of line and seemingly endless reserves of breath." (Tacoma News Tribune)

A Seattle native, Ms. Flygare began her studies with Scott Goff, Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony, while in High School, and then did undergraduate work as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she worked with Barbara Bernhard Breeden, Marc Lifschey, Laurette Goldberg, and noted composer John Adams. Her Master of Music (Flute Performance) degree was awarded from Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala, former Principal Piccolo, Chicago Symphony. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, Ranson Wilson and Samuel Baron.

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