Seattle Flute Society Flute Choir
The SFS Flute Choir is a positive and friendly group. The group's style is upbeat and encouraging, with an emphasis on skill-building. If you are rusty or haven't played in an ensemble recently (or ever!), this may be the ensemble for you—give us a try!
Our director, Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones (see below for more info), says that her "main goal is to increase everyone's musicality." Through this pursuit, "a lot of other skills are naturally improved or adjusted." In each rehearsal, her focus is to get "the musicians to listen to each other to bring out the detail of the music."
Intermediate and advanced level flutists will be comfortable with the difficulty of the repertoire. All participants must be current SFS members (join SFS here). In addition to normal membership dues, there is a twice-yearly tuition fee of $35 to support paying for our rehearsal and performance spaces, maintain our instrument library, and to compensate our director.
We're back! The SFS Flute Choir is excited to return to in-person rehearsals and performances for our 2021-2022 season. We host a series of rehearsals followed by 2 or 3 performances in both the fall and spring. No auditions required, all players are welcome. Note that proof of COVID vaccination is currently required to participate in the ensemble; regular testing may also be required. Please reach out to the Flute Choir Manager, Chris Harnois, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Flute Choir Director
Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones has an M.B.A. in Leadership & Managing Organizational Change, M.Mus. in Flute/Piccolo Performance, a B.M.Ed. in Instrumental, Choral, & General, and a B.Mus. in Flute/Piccolo Performance. In addition to her university studies Stephanie has also studied with Sarah Jolivet, Laura Werner, James Hall, and Karla Flygare. She has played in master classes with Randy Bowman, Leone Buyse, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Marianne Gedigian, Walfrid Kujala, Keith Underwood, Jim Walker, and Marina Piccinini. Stephanie performed and studied at the 2008 Jim Walker Beyond the Masterclass at the Colburn School, the 2007 Northwest Flute and Piccolo Forum and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Flute Focus in Santa Barbara, California. She was also a flute intern at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington in 2007 and 2008.
Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones was selected in 2017 and 2007 for the NFA Piccolo Master class competition and was able to work with Zart Dombourian-Eby and Walfrid Kujala. She was invited to perform in a special master class with Los Angeles Philharmonic piccoloist Sarah Jackson at the 2010 NFA convention in Anaheim, California. She performed Lowell Liebermann’s “Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra” with the University of California Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the 2007 concerto competition and was a finalist in Colorado State University Andrea Makris Woodwind Competition.
Stephanie has been a recipient of the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Award, University of California Santa Barbara USAP Fellowship, C. Farrell Scholarship, Helen-Crow Snelling Scholarship, YMCA music scholarship, and scholarships from Central Washington University and the University of Puget Sound. Finally, as an advocate of contemporary music, Stephanie has premiered several works for the flute and piccolo.
Flute Choir Manager
Chris Harnois is a Seattle-based flutist who has been playing since childhood. Lately, they have taken their playing to new heights, quite literally, with mountaintop concerts at sunrise and sunset in the Cascades. They have played with Anastasia Allison of The Musical Mountaineers, collaborate regularly with Seattle pop-artist John Paul Sharp, and participate in community ensembles. They are always working on something new and exciting reaching beyond their classical training.
You can listen to them on Spotify or Instagram, or visit www.chrisharnois.com for more information.