A flute choir with pizzazz!
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Flute Cocktail was formed in 2004 as a trio of adult flute students. We have grown to a flute choir composed of 20 musicians from the Minneapolis metropolitan area who share a passionate love for the flute. Our strong desire to learn and grow musically translates into varied and dynamic performances that are dedicated to communicating our enthusiasm for music and for the flute. We are both professional and amateur musicians who represent a wide variety of occupations. our membership is multigenerational with young and young at heart playing alongside one another.

The original members were students of Cindy Farrell, a teacher at the former Minnesota Valley School of Music (MVSM) in Richfield, Minnesota. The group began expanding and performing more frequently with the assistance of co-directors Lisa Yates, Helga Kuster, Sara Harris, Carol Bros, and Beth Grosser. Johanna (Jo) Krueger assumed the Co-Director position after Beth Grosser recently stepped down from performing (though she will continue to arrange music for the group and advise with artistic direction. With the closing of MVSM in 2008, Flute Cocktail moved its base to Mount Calvary Lutheran School in Richfield, where we continue to rehearse every Saturday morning.

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The voices that make up Flute Cocktail's delightful sound include C flutes, alto and bass flutes, piccolo, and whistles. We perform as a full choir or in smaller ensembles, enabling us to program for many types of gatherings and events. Many of our versatile flutists bring other musical skills to the choir, including piano, vocals, strings, and percussion... even an electric cello!

Flute Cocktail is grateful to recognize that almost every member also belongs to the "Upper Midwest Flute Association (www.UMFAflutes.org), a regional flute club that sponsors multiple annual events. In fact, this year our member Ben Falk is UMFA vice president. Flute Cocktail has performed for ten years straight in the Annual UMFA Flute Choir Showcase, and individuals participate in the annual FluteFest held in the spring as well as in other events sponsored by UMFA and other professional music associations such as the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

Our repertoire includes works composed for flute choir as well as arrangements of classical and contemporary, folk, jazz, pop, sacred, holiday, Latin American music, musical theater, and Broadway. Flute Cocktail performs at shopping malls, schools, senior residences, churches, city parks, Upper Midwest Flute Association events, and parties, and luncheons. We specialize in audience participation concerts where all ages can move, sing, and play along with percussion instruments and manipulate props suggested by the music.

We have four performance seasons:

Winter/Spring: mid-February through April
Summer: June and July
Fall: mid-September through October
Holiday: Thanksgiving through Christmas

JUST PAST: Our summer 2018 program was "Dancin' with the Flutes"--a unique collaboration between our musicians and local dancers, Deuxmensions Dance Theatre & School and Dancing Divas. In addition to dance performances and demonstrations, there were plenty of opportunities for our audience to be part of the fun, including playing along with percussion.

Flute Cocktail is a 501(c)3 arts non-profit organization

Flute Cocktail Members
Amanda Ylvisaker
Ben Fok
Cheryl Sykora
Cindy Farrell
Deb Metz
Debbie Clapp
Erin Hart
Gayle Raymond
Hope Grover
Johanna Krueger
Karalee Brunjes
Karen McGill
Karin Pierce
Kathleen Sullivan
Kay Ellickson
Kristine Klos
Jerry Fisher, Percussion
Jodie Fisher
Rachel Waguespack
Renee Rein
Sharon Kapeluck

Past Guest Performers
Aaron Brown, piano
Barb Kaluza, piano
Cynthia Mortensen, piano
Chris Steer, piano/director
Dick Reed on electric bass
Greg Traxler, percussion
Mary Alice Hutton, violin
Terri Finch-Koinuma, trombone

Board of Directors
Renee Rein, President
Johanna Krueger, Secretary
Kay Ellickson, Treasurer
Cindy Farrell, Artistic Director
(Open), Member at Large