Crosswinds Flute Choir to perform July 16

Most people have never heard of a flute choir. Just as a vocal choir is a blending of voices and a brass choir uses various types of brass instruments, a flute choir is a group of flutists performing together.

The unusual and unique aspect of a flute choir, which sets it apart from a flute section in a band or orchestra is that it uses a variety of sizes of flutes, some of which you have never seen, working together.

DeKalb’s Crosswinds Flute Choir will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St. in DeKalb. The public is invited. The group will also play at 6:30 p.m. July 21 for the Music at the Mansion series.

The standard concert flute and piccolo, which everyone has heard, are mainstays of the band and orchestra. But having only these two instruments would limit the range of sound. Crosswinds Flute Choir also uses alto flute, bass flute and the very low contrabass flute. These flutes sound lower and are also bigger than concert flutes. They are seldom used in other groups and are mostly unknown.

Cherie Sanderson, a member of Crosswinds from the beginning, will play alto flute. Marissa Murphy plays bass flute. Teresa Muir of Geneva is joining the group for the first time on contrabass flute.

The Crosswinds Flute Choir is made up of friends, flute students and former flute students of Lynn Hansen, founder and director of the group. Members range from high school and college students to adults. The group has been together about five years.

Selections will include “Ring of Flutes,” Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio,” “The Comedians Gallup,” “The Pink Panther“ and more. If the weather cooperates, the concert on July 16 will be held outdoors in the tent behind the church, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, heat or wind, the concert will be inside the church.