Known to be a versatile musician, flutist Catherine Flinchum has been able to create music through her instrument and with her pen. As an active performer in the Denver area, Ms. Flinchum performs with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Other performances include the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, as well as Atlanta performances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and American Patriot Winds. Ms. Flinchum’s avid interest for contemporary music has led her to become a member of Nebula Ensemble, the Flinchum/Herring Guitar and Flute Duo, and the HPF Project (harp, percussion and flute). Highlights include the U.S. premiere of Song Without Words: for flute and guitar by Japanese composer Noriyasu Tanaka, and the winnings of the Bronze Medal for the Global Music Awards and First Prize with The Music of the 20th Century (Great Composers Competition) with Robert Paterson’s, The Book of Goddesses.
As a soloist, Ms. Flinchum performed André Jolivet’s Suite en concert for solo flute and percussion with the Lamont Percussion Ensemble in May 2018. Other solo achievements include the selection as a concerto competition finalist for both the KSU School of Music (performing, Georges Hue’s Fantasie in 2013) and the Lamont School of Music (Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto in 2016).
Her musical endeavors has allowed Ms. Flinchum to travel new places, meet phenomenal musicians, and perform a wide range of genres to the public. In 2011, she completed a three-concert tour in China with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, performing at the Beijing Conservatory, Jiao Tong University and Xi’an Concert Hall. Other tours include the 2011 Collegiate Symphony tour with the band KANSAS, and the 2018 tour with Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra.
As a composer, Ms. Flinchum’s music presents a unique voice, reflecting elements of nature (A Sparrow’s Rain Song, for flute, cello and marimba), improvisation (The Cereal Diaries: OPERATION COCOA PUFFS, for solo percussion), mixtures of repetition and funk (Hiccup-pated Groove for flute, clarinet and bassoon), and imitation between players (Shadowplay for bass flute and guitar).
Ms. Flinchum completed a performance certificate and master’s degree at the Lamont School of Music, studying under Julie Thornton of the Colorado Symphony and bachelor’s degree at Kennesaw State University, under Christina Smith of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other teachers include Cecilia Piehl Price and Anna Hobgood. Her instrumental performances include flute, piccolo, alto and bass flute.