Northern Westchester Flutes (NWF)
Northern Westchester Flutes is an ensemble of professional flutists from the area just north of New York City, founded in 2001. Performing at the 2015 National Flute Association (NFA) convention in Washington, D.C. as a featured group honoring Alexander Murray, we accompanied Robert Dick in his composition, "Air Alight". We previously performed at the 2009 NFA convention in New York City.
Using four members of the flute family (piccolo, C flute, alto flute, and bass flute), NWF performs an exciting repertoire spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present, including transcriptions and original compositions. The sound of an all-flute 'choir', with as many as eleven flutists playing simultaneously, is both beautiful and unique. There are six core members of the group, each with extensive performance experience.
The musical selections from NWF's vast repertoire are custom tailored specifically to each function at which the Northern Westchester Flutes performs. Concerts may also include smaller flute ensembles such as trios or quartets. The group enthusiastically contributes community service efforts with a myriad of concerts at retirement centers, churches, public libraries, and other events and private functions.
Northern Westchester Flutes have been featured on PC-TV's "Arts In Westchester" and were special guests at the DIANNE SPITALNY and TCO WINDS concert at the Chappaqua Library Auditorium. Other venues include: the Tarrytown Public Library, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Ossining Public Library and others throughout Westchester Country.
The Ensemble's Six Core Members
Alice Avouris studied flute with Paige Brook and Alex Murray. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in music from Michigan State University. For the past ten years she has been organist and choir director at the Reformed Church of Cortlandtown. She teaches flute at her home in Yorktown and performs with the Taconic Opera.
Sandra Chan graduated with a Bachelor in French from the University of Michigan and a Master in Teaching from Pace University. Sandra studied flute with Shaul Ben Meir, and was introduced to flute choir under his guidance. She currently teaches French at Scarsdale Middle School, and performs with Tapestry Chamber Music Ensemble.
Elyse Knobloch has extensive chamber music experience with the Boston Woodwind Trio, Storm King Woodwind Quintet, and Hudson Chamber Music Society. An avid supporter of new music, she has performed premières of composers John Bavicchi, Joel Kabakov, John Leslie Adams, and Peter Frost. Elyse holds degrees from Boston Conservatory and Lehman College and studied with Paige Brook, Paul Fried and Thomas Nyfenger. She is a member of the Bas Duo, a guitar and flute collaboration, and Aves Musicum. She resides in Mount Kisco and teaches in her home studio.
Rebecca Quigley received her Bachelor of Music from Skidmore College and her Master in Music from the University of Illinois. Rebecca has served on the faculty of the Skidmore Summer Flute Institute, teaches privately at her home in Cortlandt Manor, is currently Webmaster for the New York Flute Club website, and performs with Senasqua Winds and Tapestry Chamber Music Ensemble.
Cecilia Sparacio's musical background stems from her experience in opera, orchestral and chamber music performance. She regularly plays with the Amato Opera, Taconic Opera, and the L’Amore della Musica Woodwind Quintet. She is the organist and choir director at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Granite Springs. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music, and Master of Science in Special Education from Manhattanville College. Currently, she is the Assistant to the Director of Titles at the Metropolitan Opera.
Dianne Spitalny is the principal flutist of The Chappaqua Orchestra and a founding member of the Spianato Winds. She has performed with the Norwalk and Stamford Symphony Orchestras, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston, and the Sherwood Woodwind Quintet. She received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Paula Robison, Murray Panitz, Samuel Baron, John Heiss, David Berman and James Pappoutsakis. She taught instrumental music in the Chappaqua Central School District and teaches students privately in her studio.