AVANT & AVANCÉ FLUTE CHOIRS
Beaming with talent, dedication and passion, the Avant Flute Choir of the San Jose Youth Symphony plays a well-rounded and eclectic curriculum for the eager performing flutists with performance opportunities that provide a rich diversity in musical selections ranging from Classical, 20th Century Music, Jazz, Pop and music of ethnic origin.
The Avancé Flute Choir is the advanced flute ensemble, comprising outstanding flute musicians who will perform a wide range of the most challenging repertoire. Members of the advanced ensemble are invited to participate in an annual competition, the Solo Competition, where winners are awarded cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to perform as soloists at their concerts.
Both choirs are led by conductor, Sarah Benton, one of the newest members of the SJYS artistic staff, a highly regarded musician and educator, as well as alumna of the SJYS Philharmonic Orchestra, and its former principal flute!
Rehearsals are held every Monday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Avant Flute Choir) and from 7:45 – 9:15 pm (Avancé Flute Choir) at Los Gatos United Methodist Church (LGUMC), located at 111 Church Street, in Los Gatos. (map)
The Avant & Avancé Flute Choirs perform three concerts per season, with the Concert Orchestra, at the Hammer Theatre, San Jose State University, as well as at Archbishop Mitty High School’s Kinkade Performing Arts Center. Winners of prior season’s Avancé Flute Choir’s Solo Competition perform as soloists with the choirs at the concerts. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; and free for kids under 5. (see their schedule of concerts for the current season)
Here is a video of a recent performance by the choirs.