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.

Plans for the 2021 Felix Skowronek Memorial Event are being developed. Check back soon for more information.

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

2020-2021 Series Overview

Evan Pengra Sult, Pacific Northwest Ballet

November 1, 2020, 2:00 PM

Erik Nugent, FluteWorks Seattle

November 15, 2020, 2:00 PM

SFS Holiday Party (All Members Concert)

December 6, 2020, 2:00 PM

Flute Health and Wellness with Melissa Thomas

January 10, 2021, 2:00 PM

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon

January 24, 2021, 2:00 PM

Flutes of the World: Brazilian Choro with Kristine Rominski

February 7, 2021, 2:00 PM