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Flute Choir or Flute Ensemble?

Like a choir of singers, which is an ensemble of voices, a flute "choir" is an ensemble of flutes. Today the term, "flute choir," generally refers to an ensemble of 5 or more flutes.  A smaller ensemble might be called a flute duo (2), trio (3), or quartet (4).  Today's flute choirs also often include flutes of different sizes. The most common instruments in a flute choir today are piccolo, C flute, alto fluteand bass flute.  Eb flute and contrabass flute are recent additions which are quickly becoming more common. There are even some low flute choirs which consist only of alto, sub-alto, bass, contrabass and sub-contrabass flutes!  All flutes are fingered the same way.  

 

Flute Frenzy is fortunate to be able to share piccolo, alto and bass flutes with the members of each ensemble during rehearsals.  Students really enjoy having the opportunity to play the different flutes, and each instrument brings a distinctive tone color to the ensemble.

 

Watch the previous video or a brief explanation of some of these flutes.

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