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.

Sponsored by Burkart Flutes and Piccolo featuring Burkart Artist and Associate Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Catherine Ransom Karoly.

Catherine Ransom Karoly

Saturday, November 5th | University of Washington Brechemin Auditorium

5:45-6:45pm Burkart Exhibit

6:45-8:00pm Recital

8:00-8:30pm Break//Reception//Burkart

8:30-10:00pm Masterclass (3 Participants)

SFS Student Members: $15
SFS Members: $20
General Admission: $25

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About Catherine Ransom Karoly

CATHERINE RANSOM KAROLY was appointed Associate Principal Flute by former Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen in March 2009. She joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as second flutist in May 1996. In October 2000, she made her solo debut with Salonen conducting the Philharmonic in Ibert’s Flute Concerto.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Karoly spent three seasons as flutist in the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. She appeared as soloist with the NWS on several occasions.

As a member of the award-winning Dorian Wind Quintet from 1994 to 1996, she appeared regularly on chamber music series throughout the United States. She has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro, Tanglewood, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. She has been a featured performer at La Jolla Music Society’s “SummerFest” since 1991. Recently, she released a CD of flute and piano music titled ‘French Inspirations’.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Catherine Ransom Karoly received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Carol Wincenc. Karoly graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with Phi Beta Kappa honors and was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to England. Her other teachers include Trevor Wye, Mary Kay Fink, Robert Cole, and Susan Morris DeJong. She is married to LA Phil cellist Jonathan Karoly; together they have three children.


About Felix Skowronek

Felix Skowronek (1935-2006)
B.M., Curtis Institute, student of William Kincaid. Founding member, Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet. Principal flute, U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony. Professor of flute, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico (1960-1966). Principal flute, St. Louis Symphony (1966-1967). Professor Emeritus of flute, University of Washington (1968-2006). Founding President, Seattle Flute Society (1979). President, National Flute Association (1985-86). Music Director, Belle Arte Concerts (1983-1992/1999-2004). Principal flute, Seattle Opera's summer series of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung (1979-1982). Consultant to the Verne Q. Powell Company, flute makers. An authority on the use of foreign and domestic hardwood species for flute and woodwind instrument manufactures, Skowronek documented the tonal qualities of numerous hardwood species carved into wood flutes and wood flute head joints. Skowronek's research, performances and lectures throughout the 80's and 90's 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.