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2023 Seattle Flute Festival
with Guest Artist Seth Morris

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 10:45am-5:30pm

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Festival Schedule


 10:45 - Doors Open; Commercial Exhibits Open (Exhibition Hall, Lower Level) 

Beat the crowds and come visit our commercial exhibits when they open! The exhibit hall will be open from 10:45am until 4:30pm. This year's commercial exhibitors include Brannen, Burkart, Carolyn Nussbaum, the Flute Center of New York, FluteWorks Seattle, Flute World, Haynes, Miyazawa, and Sankyo!

 11:00-11:50 - Jill Felber's "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition (Tree of Life Room, Lower Level) 


Jill Felber presents a one-hour distillation of her famous "Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition," initially conceived as a six-week intensive practice regimen for flutists looking to gut-renovate their technique and tone. The exercises encompass the entire range of flute playing focusing on flexibility, tonal control and consistency, embouchure strengthening, technical facility, extreme dynamics, and versatility in expression. This interactive workshop is open to flutists of all ages and skill levels - remember to bring your instruments!

Download the class materials HERE. And download the accompanying practice worksheet (designed for a daily 2-hour practice session) HERE.

Jill Felber is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, dynamic flute recitalist, innovative chamber musician, legendary contemporary music specialist, and a distinguished flute professor who inspires and motivates students worldwide. Ms. Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Brazil and the United States. Also a tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her and for her flute duo ZAWA!, and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over five hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records, BCM+D Records, and ZAWA!MUSIC. In demand as a guest clinician because of her extraordinary motivational teaching style, Ms. Felber is Professor of Flute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned the Distinguished Teaching Award. Holding degrees from University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, Ms. Felber has taught on the faculties of Ohio University, Capital University, and Wright State University. Her teachers include Keith Bryan, Judith Bentley, Samuel Baron, and James Galway.

 11:00-12:30 - Paul Taub Young Artist Competition Finals (Sanctuary, Upper Level) 

Performances by the finalists of the 11th Annual Paul Taub Young Artist Competition. This year's finalists are Jeong Won Choe, Jarrett May, and Julia Pyke. This year's judges are Seth Morris, Jeffrey Barker, and Christina Medawar. More information can be found on our Young Artist Competition page.

All three finalists' programs will be presented with pianist Li-Tan Hsu. A prize winner from the Lizst Garrison Competition, Dr. Hsu was a former collaborative pianist faculty and staff of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Aspen Music Festival, and other international competitions, including Seattle Symphony Piano Concerto Competition, Washington International Competition (WIC), and Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Dr. Hsu has collaborated with distinguished artists from the USA, Europe, and Asia. Currently, she plays with Seattle Symphony Orchestra and serves as the music director of the school program for Seattle Opera.

 1:00-2:00 - Young Members / All Members Recital (Tree of Life Room, Lower Level) 

Solo and ensemble performances by SFS community members, featuring music by Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Plouffe, Donjon, Pleyel, Marcello, Gordeli, Coleman, Hindemith, Loggins-Hull, and Schocker.

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 1:00-2:15 - Flute Choir Showcase(Sanctuary, Upper Level)  

Flute choirs from the greater Seattle area share performances of favored repertoire.

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 2:15-3:15 - Horsfall Winners' Recital (Sanctuary, Upper Level) 

Winners of the 2023 Frank & Lu Horsfall Competition perform music by Griffes, Widor, Borne, Poulenc, and Nielsen. The 2023 Adjudicators were Mihoko Watanabe (Upper Division) and Gabriela Gimenes (Lower Division). More information can be found on our Horsfall page.

 3:15-4:15 - Guest Artist Masterclass (Sanctuary, Upper Level) 

2023 Guest Artist Seth Morris leads a masterclass focusing on orchestral excerpts, with musical selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Stravinsky, Dvořák, Debussy, Hindemith, and Bizet.

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 4:15-4:30 - All Members Meeting (Sanctuary, Upper Level) 

Our annual All Members Meeting includes the announcement of the 2023 Paul Taub Young Artist Competition winners, 2023 SFS Board Elections, a preview of the 2023-2024 SFS Season, and the Flute Festival Raffle drawing!

 4:30-5:30 - Guest Artist Recital (Sanctuary, Upper Level) 

We are thrilled to present Seth Morris as our 2023 Flute Festival Guest Artist! Mr. Morris will be joined by pianist Lisa Bergman for a stunning recital to bring this year's festivities to a close. Musical selections include works by Theofanidis, Kay, Ismail, Larson, Boulanger, Weinberg, and Doppler!

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Seth Morris is principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and previously held the same position with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras. Seth also was a member of the New World Symphony and West Michigan Symphony and has performed with ensembles including the Houston, Detroit, and Pacific Symphonies, American Ballet Theatre, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, and at the Lakes Area Music Festival. He won first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, and James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and has given solo performances with the Houston Symphony, Boston Chamber Symphony, and the Bay View Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Seth has guest taught at universities and festivals around the country and currently serves as faculty and coordinator for the Hidden Valley Festival of Winds in California. Seth is a William S. Haynes Artist and can be heard on the Met Opera’s Grammy-winning recordings of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Glass’ Akhnaten, and Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Seth holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan.

A passionate promoter of classical music, Lisa Bergman is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classic KING-FM streaming worldwide. A concert pianist specializing in collaborative piano and chamber music she is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Stony Brook University and the University of Washington, cum laude. A former member of the University of Washington Music Faculty, her discography includes six CDs (chamber music and solo piano). As an American Artistic Ambassador she represented the U.S. on a concert tour of New Zealand, Nepal, Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia and China. She made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1983. Bergman is founder of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series; Executive Director of Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera and Adult Piano Retreat Director at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts where she served for seven years as the Executive Director.

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