Flute So­ci­ety choir goes ‘or­gan-ic’

Flute choir plays works for or­gans, by or­gan­ists

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The Chat­tanooga Area Flute So­ci­ety adult flute choir will de­but its new con­tra­bass flute in two up­com­ing Sun­day con­certs.

The free con­certs will be held Sun­day, June 10, at Good Shep­herd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., and Sun­day, June 17, at Stu­art Heights Bap­tist Church, 3208 Hix­son Pike. Both con­certs will be­gin at 3 p.m.

This con­tra­bass is the only one in Chat­tanooga and one of only two or three known in­stru­ments in Ten­nessee, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Nora Kile, a re­tired Chat­tanooga Sym­phonh & Opera flutist.

“Many f l ute choirs na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally are us­ing them now, with some of them hav­ing more than one,” she says. “The CAFS choir has been us­ing a string bass to add bot­tom to their sound un­til now. On fu­ture con­certs, the group will still add a string bass oc­ca­sion­ally. The con­tra­bass flute sounds in the same low reg­is­ter as a string bass.”

Kile says musicians Joel Fehd, Kirsten Mercer and Peggy Moyer will be the f irst CAFS mem­bers to play it.

On June 10, the CAFS will be joined by the Rome, Ge­or­gia, Flute En­sem­ble. On June 17, Fa­ther’s Day, the musicians will per­form a piece to honor all fathers. The theme of both con­certs will be “Flute Choir Goes Or­gan-ic” to re­flect the fact the pro­gram will con­sist of sev­eral works orig­i­nally writ­ten for or­gan or by or­gan­ists.

At both con­certs, the flute choir will de­but a new work writ­ten for them, “Four Med­i­ta­tions on South­ern Har­mony, 1835”, by Don Michael Di­cie of Nashville. The com­poser will at­tend the June 17 per­for­mance.

CAFS con­sists of adult flutists from Chat­tanooga and the sur­round­ing area. It is di­rected by Kile and Sandy Mor­ris. For more in­for­ma­tion about the con­cert or mem­ber­ship, email nl­skile@gmail.com or call 423- 842- 4570 and leave a mes­sage.


Mem­bers of the CAFS flute choir gather around the en­sem­ble’s new con­tra­bass flute, the in­stru­ment shaped like the num­ber four in the cen­ter.

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