Private Flute Lessons

2012–13 Student Events & Accomplishments

I'm so proud of my students! They work hard, perform concerts and enter competitions all year long. Here are some highlights from this past year. Just click on any heading for details.


August: Snowater Retreat

  • Annual Snowater three-day retreat at Mt. Baker from August 21–24

  • Coaches:
    Donna Shin: Flute professor at the Univerity of Washington 
    Karla Flygare: Flute professor at University of Puget Sound
    Juno Lee: Recent doctoral graduate at the Univerity of Washington came from Korea just to teach at our camp!
    Wendy Wilhelmi: Local teacher and piccolo specialist 
    Katherine Isbill: Doctoral student graduate of the Univerity of Washington
    Mona Sangesland: Sophomore at the Univerity of Washington 

September: Seattle Youth Symphony Auditions

  • Seattle Youth Symphony audition results:

  • Symphonette: Jake Berreth, Minsoo Kwan, DeMeaus Wong, Hannah Ko, Jessie Liu
    Debut: Madeline Gim, Zoe Sheill
    Junior: Rachel Thomson, Haoming Wang, Elise Kim, Esther Lee
    Youth: Sabrina Bounds, Fred Kim, Evan Pengra Sult, Jennifer Shin

October: Solo Performance

Sabrina performed Hue Fantasie with the Seattle Festival Orchestra

November: Master Class

In-studio Master Class

December: Happy Holidays

Flute Family Holiday Party with special guest Carolyn Nussbaum

January: Recitals, Contests & More

Four retirement home concerts

Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Contest

Lower Division Winners
First Honorable Mention: Elise Kim
Third Place: Jake Barreth
Second Place: Madeline Gim
First Place: Zoe Sheil

Upper Division Winners
First Honorable Mention: Fred Kim
Second Place: Sabrina Bounds
First Place: Evan Pengra Sult

MTNA Northwest Division Winner: Elise Kim. She has already won second at Nationals best bridesmaid dresses the year before, and this was her second time competing at the MTNA competition.

Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition Finalist: Fred Kim

Evergreen Youth Symphony Concerto Competition Winner: Esther Lee

Colburn School of Music Auditions Finalist: Evan Pengra Sult

Mercer Island School District Middle School Reflections Contest Winner: Zoe Sheill

February: Simon-Fiset & All-State & All-Northwest

Seattle Music Teachers Association Simon Fiset Contest Results

First place: Minsoo Kwan
Second place: Jessie Liu

Middle School:
First place: Madeline Gim
Second place: Zoe Sheill

First place: Elise Kim
Second place: Rachel Thomson

First place: Sabrina Bounds
Second place: Fred Kim


All-State and All-Northwest

Middle School All-State Band
Principal: Zoe Sheill
Assistant Principal: Jake Berreth

All-State Band
Assistant Principal: Haoming Wang

All-State Orchestra
Principal: Irene Hwang

All-Northwest Band
Principal: Fred Kim


District Solo and Ensemble results:

Eastshore School District
Solo Flute Winner: Fred Kim (After two all-day judges and six people in the play-offs)
First Alternate: Irene Hwang*
Second Alternate: Haoming Wang
Small woodwind ensemble winner: Fred Kim and Haoming Wang

* Irene Hwang also got first alternate in piano and large woodwind group. And honorable mention in a Chopin Competition at the UW the same day! What a girl!

Snoking School District
Solo Flute Winner: Jennifer Shin

March: Master Class, Seattle Young Artists Music Festival

MTNA Nationals Second Place Winner: Elise Kim

Seattle Young Artists Music Festival:
Evan Pengra Sult and Zoe Sheill were chosen for the concerto play-offs.


April: Flute Fair and State School District Competitions

Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE)

Flute Solo
Grades 11–12
First place: Fred Kim
Grades 7–8
First place: Jake Berreth

Washington State Solo and Ensemble
Flute solo first place: Jennifer Shin
Small Woodwind Ensemble third place: Fred Kim and Haoming Wang


May: Recitals, Recordings and Solo Performances

KING Young Artists Awards top 11 finalists: Zoe Sheill and Madeline Gim

The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company Giveaway Winner: Fred Kim

Sir James Galway Haynes Flute Contest ($2,000 gift certificate) Winner: Sabrina Bounds

National MTNA Junior Composition Contest Winner: Sophia Chen

Mother’s Day Gala Concert
All students perform in ensembles, wear costumes, and perform skits followed by a potluck dinner.


June: Senior Graduation

King FM:
Evan Pengra Sult performs Carmen on King FM.

Six seniors graduating:
Jennifer Shin: University of Washington
Sabrina Bounds: University of Washington (music scholarship)
Fred Kim: Dartmouth (full-tuition scholarship)
Haoming Wang: Washington University
Evan Pengra Sult: Eastman School of Music (full-tuition scholarship)



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students with Gerard Schwartz

Jerry Schwarz invited 10 of Bonnie’s students to perform at Benaroya Hall in a flute choir piece for 11 flutes. It was a challenging and exciting experience!

Students in Studio

Flutist extraordinaire Darlene Drew, who travels with Disney's production of The Lion King, brought her many exotic flutes to Bonnie's studio in a presentation about the flutes and life in the orchestra.

Annual retreat

What’s better than fun and flutes in the mountains?
Donna Shin, Professor of Flute at the University of Washington (and Bonnie’s former student) joins us for three days At Mt Baker for our annual flute retreat.

Annual retreat

Janna and Munya know the way to their teacher’s heart.

Annual retreat

Bonnie’s students meet their idols, James and Jeanne Galway.

In their own words…

Working with Bonnie Blanchard’s four fantastic high school flutists was a delight… Their ability to integrate with the various idiosyncrasies of the orchestral timbres and rhythms indicated a high level of musical sensitivity and sophistication that I have rarely experienced from that age group. Bravo!

—George Shangrow, Director Seattle Chamber Singers and Orchestra Seattle

I am always deeply impressed with the level of performance in Bonnie Blanchard’s studio. Not only are her students at the top of their game, but also they clearly love Bonnie and thrive on her teaching approach.

—Catherine Miller, Vice President, Miyazawa (USA)

Bonnie Blanchard has a rare gift as a profound flute teacher and author. The teaching methods outlined in her books have influenced many award-winning students who have gone on to launch professional careers, either as performers or educators.

—Diane Hsu

I was so impressed with the quality of Bonnie Blanchard’s high school flute quartet that I invited them to perform a concerto with the Seattle Symphony. Their technique, tone, intonation and musicality were extraordinary. Bonnie is an inspirational and motivating master teacher.

—Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Seattle Symphony

Every year I hear hundreds of flutists from around the country, and Bonnie Blanchard’s students are a cut above. Her unique teaching style produces musicians with excellent playing skills who demonstrate a joy for music. Bonnie Blanchard delivers!

—Jeff Weissman,
President and owner, JB Weissman Music Company