Felix Skowronek Memorial Event
The Felix Skowronek Memorial Event is an annual event sponsored by the Seattle Flute Society in honor the organization's founder, Felix Skowronek. The event traditionally features local artists and/or wooden flute specialists. Past events have featured performances by Demarre McGill, Jeffrey Barker, Janet See, and Cathy Ransom Karoly, among others. In the online 2020-2021 Season, the Felix Skowronek Memorial Event was expanded into a series of presentations, workshops, and performances by local flutists, teachers, and artisans. The event in its original design returned for the 2021-2022 Season.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
12:30 - 2:15 (doors open at 12:15)
Music Center of the Northwest
901 North 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
(Event will also be streamed online)
Celebrate our triumphant return to in-person programming! The 2021 Felix Skowronek Memorial Event features a masterclass for adult amateur flutists led by Dr. Sarah Bassingthwaighte and a live performance by the SFS Flute Choir.
Please note that in accordance with King County regulations and Music Center of the Northwest policies, every adult (18+) is required to be fully vaccinated, and masks must be worn by all attendees at all times. (Performers may remove their mask while playing.) In addition, all attendees must sign a COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Vaccine Attestation, and will have their temperature checked. Guests with temperatures above 100° will be denied entry. Finally, please note that there is an audience limit of fifty (50) persons; attendees will be admitted in the order they arrive. After fifty (50) audience members have been admitted, all other persons will be denied entry.
For those who would prefer to watch from afar, the event will be live-streamed from our Facebook page.
Masterclass with Dr. Sarah Bassingthwaighte
Astor Piazzolla - Tango Étude No. 3, Molto marcato e energico
Patty Weston, flute
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Piccolo, mvt. 1, Allegro
Brett Bobolts, piccolo | Kristine Anderson, piano
Francis Poulenc - Sonata, mvt. 1, Allegro malinconico
John Meredith, flute | Kristine Anderson, piano
Sarah Bassingthwaighte is an award-winning flutist, composer, and educator living in Seattle. In addition to performing as a soloist, she teaches flute and composition at Seattle Pacific University, and performs regularly as a member of The Ecco Chamber Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, and Windsong Classical Trio, among other chamber groups. For thirteen years, she was founding co-artistic director of Affinity Chamber Players, the premiere large contemporary chamber group in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Bassingthwaighte has served on the faculties of the University of Washington, Seattle University as Instrumental Music Director and teaching flute and chamber music, and the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, performing and teaching master classes for their Summer Festival. She is a past president of the Seattle Flute Society and served on the programming committee for the National Flute Association in 2001. She was a featured speaker and performer at the 2001 National Flute Convention in Dallas. She is included in the Whos Who of American Women and the Whos Who of Music and Musicians.
She has worked closely with a number of composers, including Seattle composers Richard Karpen and Diane Thome, especially in the field of electroacoustic music. She actively commissions new pieces for solo flute or chamber ensembles, and has been responsible for the commission, performance, and recording of more than 25 new pieces. Dr. Bassingthwaighte enjoys having a vibrant life as both a flutist and composer, and enjoys the enrichment that these activites bring to each other. She has a DMA in flute performance and an MM in composition and theory from the University of Washington, an MA in theory and pedagogy from Central Washington University, and a BA in performance from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Patty Weston is a native of Bellevue, WA. She had excellent music teachers attending public schools and private instruction into college and beyond. She studied privately with Karla Flygare in high school and is currently studying with Zart Dombourian-Eby. Despite a love for music and the flute, she also has a lifelong love of science, so she earned her degrees in geology and worked as a geologist for the federal government and as a private consultant for over a decade. She then earned a Master's in Teaching from Seattle University in 2009 and has been teaching science at Mercer Island High School ever since. Seattle Flute Society has been a wonderful support and resource from high school to the present day, to keep in touch with the creative and supportive flute community in this area. She has played with the Seattle Flute Society flute choir, coordinated the Weeping Willow fund, and found camaraderie, inspiration, and friendship among the members of the society. Currently she plays in a flute trio with John Meredith and Jan Bleakney, and with the Lyric Arts Ensemble's orchestra, conducted by Ken DeJong.
Brett Bobolts grew up in southeast Michigan and has been playing flute since he was 11 years old after his mom forced it upon him. It was quick that he realized she may have been onto something. Brett continued participating in band throughout middle school and high school and competed in local competitions whenever available. Toward the latter years of high school Brett was a featured piccolo soloist throughout many performed pieces and during competition. In 2011, Brett was a part of Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles, participating in both the Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. While completing undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University, Brett participated in their Symphony Band performing on both flute and piccolo. After moving to Seattle in 2018, Brett fell back into the passion of playing and performing. He began participating in the Greenwood Concert Band and West Seattle Community Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Brett currently studies privately under local professional, Cassie Lear.
John Meredith graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy as a flute major, and attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he was a double-degree candidate in neuropsychology and vocal performance. John received his PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern University. He has been a research scientist in drug safety for 25 years, working at the FDA, the Schering-Plough Research Institute, and currently at the Merck Research Laboratories as a Senior Principal Research Scientist. John started playing the flute again in 2008 after a 27-year hiatus and has since studied with Diana Charos Reilly, Paul Taub and Cassie Lear.
SFS Flute Choir in Concert
Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones, director
Rhumba - Michael Coolen
Four Southern Folk Hymns - William Averitt
Diffusion and Light from "Suite for Flute Ensemble" - Ladd McIntosh
Country Gardens - Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Elizabeth Jolly)
Ashokan Farewell - Jay Ungar (arr. Ricky Lombardo)
Ballet Music from "Othello" - Giuseppe Verdi (arr. Shaul Ben-Meir)
Scott Arnold (C flute)
Laura Tackaberry Barker (C flute)
Candace Behuniak (C flute)
Deb Bennett (C flute)
Peg Curtin (C flute)
Margaret Dunn (contrabass, C flute)
Kendra Fann (bass flute)
Erika French (bass flute)
Robin Goldstein (piccolo, C flute, alto flute)
Chris Harnois (alto flute)
Danielle Hulton (C flute)
Elizabeth Jolly (piccolo, C flute, alto flute)
Judith Levine (bass flute)
Nate Painter (C flute)
Laura Phillips (C flute, piccolo)
Karen Roberts (alto flute)
David Stephens (C flute)
Deb Suther (bass flute)
Melissa Weakland (C flute)
Felix Skowronek (1935-2006) earned a B.M. from the Curtis Institute, where he was a student of William Kincaid. Skowronek was a founding member of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and played as principal flute of the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle, St. Louis, and Puerto Rico Symphonies. He also played principal for the Seattle Opera's summer series of Wagner's Ring cycle. He served as professor of flute at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the University of Washington. He was the founding president of the Seattle Flute Society and served as president of the National Flute Association from 1985-86. He was twice the music director of Belle Arte Concerts, from 1983-1992 and 1999-2004.
Skowronek acted as a consultant to the Verne Q. Powell Company. An authority on the use of foreign and domestic hardwood species for flute and woodwind instrument manufactures, he documented the tonal qualities of numerous hardwood species carved into wood flutes and wood flute head joints. His research, performances and lectures throughout the 1980s and 1990s contributed significantly to the return of the wood flute and the option of using a wood head joint to create specific tonal effects relevant to the specific genre of music to be performed.
Highlights from the 2019 event
featuring Leonard Garrison
Highlights from the 2018 event
featuring Janet See