and "What is a Flute Choir?"

A flute choir with pizzazz!
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ella Weinbeck is a 10th grader at Orono High School and has played flute for 5 years. She auditioned for and joined  GTCYS (Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra) for two years prior to high school. Ella takes private flute instruction from Deb Metz. She also plays a little piano and is learning the guitar. She enjoys playing volleyball and soccer and going to movies or shopping.  She plans to go into the medical field and continue playing flute!

Zoe Cheung, an 11th grader at Edina High School, has played the flute for 6 years under the guidance of Cindy Farrell. She also studied the piano for 5 years and dabbles in piccolo and clarinet. Other hobbies include mock trial, EHS theatre and downhill skiing; this past winter she coached for the Hyland Hills Alpine Race Team. Although Zoe isn’t sure what she wants to do after graduation, she thinks it will involve some field of science… and of course, music.
Helena Sverak, age 17, is in her senior year at Edina High School. She has been playing flute since 5th grade. Cindy Farrell was her teacher for five years, and Roma Duncan for the past two years. Helena has also played piano since early childhood. Besides being very involved in marching band, she practices Krav Maga--an Israeli self defense. Long term, Helena is thinking about studying to be a doctor, and plans to continue playing flute.
What Is a Flute Choir?

A flute choir is an ensemble of flutes. The "voices" of the choir can include the piccolo, the C flute, the alto flute, the bass flute, the contra-bass flute, and even the contra-contra-bass flute.
  • Piccolo is the smallest member of the flute family and has the highest voice. Made of metal, wood, or a combination, it is only half the size of the C flute.
  • C flute is the most common flute. It plays an important role in bands and orchestras.
  • Alto flute is pitched in the key of G and comes with either a curved or a straight headjoint depending on the player's personal preference (and arm length!).
  • Bass flute is the lowest voice of most flute choirs. It is pitched a full octave below the regular C flute. The bass flute is large and heavy and requires a curved headjoint to allow players to reach the keys.
  • Contra-base flute is so tall that players must stand to play it. There is even a contra-contra bass flute that stands about eight-feet tall and booms like the lowest tones of a pipe organ. There are only three eight-foot contra-bases in the world! A few large choirs and flute orchestras have a contra-bass flute which
When played together, these varied flutes provide a range of texture and dynamics that allow for a diversity of musical arrangements. There is a large body of literature written and arranged for flute choirs, ranging from hymns to marches, folk favorites to jazz standards, classical works to show tunes . . . .