History

The Seattle Flute Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1979 by Felix Skowronek.  To honor "all-things-flute," the SFS presents 5 events per season including recitals, masterclasses, workshops, competitions, and our highly anticipated Flute Festival.  Each event features local, national, or international distinguished artists in all avenues of flute playing - performers of classical, jazz, baroque, ethnic, and contemporary music.

Our members are amateur and professional flutists, teachers, students, flute makers, accompanists, listeners, patrons – anyone interested in the flute!  The SFS also sponsors a flute choir which rehearses weekly and is open to all members.  Our newsletter, published regularly between August and May, contains a calendar of events, articles of interest to members, and advertisements from our commercial and individual members.

The SFS Season runs from September through April.  Most events throughout the season take place on Sundays and there is typically one event in September, October, January, February, and April.  Every April, we hold our annual Flute Festival which hosts a flute-filled day of activities including a workshop and recital with a high caliber guest artist, a Flute Choir Showcase, our Young Members' Recital (grades 6 and below!), our Young Artist Competition Finals, and Commercial Exhibits where instruments, music, accessories and other flute-related merchandise are exhibited, demonstrated and sold.

To promote music education and performance experience, the Seattle Flute Society proudly sponsors two annual flute competitions.  The Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition is for students in grades 6-12 and takes place every January.  Our Young Artist Competition is open to flutists who have not reached their 30th birthday by the date of the competition.  After a preliminary recorded round in February, three finalists are chosen to compete live at the annual Flute Festival in April.

In recent years the Seattle Flute Society has sponsored appearances by outstanding artists such as Jim Walker, Demarre McGill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Marco Granados, Greg Patillo and the Project Trio, and Denis Bouriakov – just to name a few!  With your support, attendance and membership, we will continue to bring acclaimed flutists and events to the area.

Join or renew your membership today to be included in a great season of fluting!