We are often compared to a string quartet, utilizing music for the bass flute, alto flute, C flute and piccolo. The elegance of these four voices creates an incredible diversity in our music repertoire. Custom arrangements and individualized consultation services are also important aspects of our ensemble.
Karen co-founded Grace Notes Flute Quartet in 2000. She enjoys performing on any and all of her flutes: bass flute, alto flute, C flute, Eb flute and piccolo. Karen enjoys the fulfillment of creating many arrangements for the quartet, as well.
Karen received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She then received a graduate assistantship, working on her M.S. in Education at North Dakota State University. She taught at Luther College and also in Bettendorf, Iowa. Karen studied flute with Walter Haedrich, Janet Stodd and Tena Hess. She auditioned and was selected to perform in the Professional Flute Choir at ten National Flute Association Conventions, specializing on flute, alto and bass flutes. She has performed in many flute orchestras at the NFA, the most memorable was with the Swamp Jazz Flute Orchestra, conducted by Ali Ryerson in New Orleans in 2013.
Karen is very busy as a soloist and ensemble performer in the Quad City area. Other musical groups that she has performed with includes Colorado Silver Winds Flute Orchestra, Sterling Municipal Symphony Band, Quad City Wind Ensemble, QC Music Guild, Countryside Community Theatre, QC Flutes Unlimited, QC Big Top Circus Band, and Joyful Harmonies Flute & Violin. Karen arranges many selections for Grace Notes and maintains a private teaching studio in the Quad City area. She is a member of the National Flute Association, the Quad City Flute Association, and is Program Chair for the local Music Students/Etude Club. Karen lives in Long Grove with her husband Don.
Cheryl is a also a founding member of Grace Notes Flute Quartet, and a long time resident of the Quad Cities. She began playing flute at the age of 10 after returning from a school field trip to the Symphony. Cheryl was fortunate to be guided and encouraged by Janet Stodd, Carol Neuleib and Walter Haedrich, who have all become her dear friends.
Cheryl received her Bachelor's Degree for Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She has been active in music instruction and performance for many years, locally and nationally. She has performed with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, Quad City Flutes Unlimited, the Quad City Flute Association, and Elil Recorder Consort. She has been privileged to perform for the National Flute Association Convention with the well-known Wind Sounds Flute Quartet. Cheryl currently resides in Moline where she has her private music studio.
Crystal joined Grace Notes Flute Quartet in 2005. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she obtained a Bacherlor of Music degree in flute performance. A resident of Davenport, Iowa, since 2001, she has established herself as a flutist and flute instructor in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Crystal has maintained a private teaching studio for the past 15 years, producing a substantial number of quality students. She is frequently requested as an adjudicator and clinician in area schools.
Her performance experience has taken her all over the country. She has had the privilege of performing under many prestigious conductors and composers such as Alfred Free, Frank Ticheli, and David Holsinger, as well as conductors from nearly every branch of the U.S. military service. One of her favorite memories is performing in Washington D.C. in a mass band under the direction of Colonel Arnald Gabriel, retired conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band. The group performed patriotic music, with a special performance of "The Stars and Stripes Forever", where she was one of the 100 piccolos! Crystal is a former member of the Quad City Flutes Unlimited and the Quad City Wind Ensemble, where she was principal flutist. Currently, besides playing with Grace Notes, she is principal flutist of the Sterling Municipal Band, and both the Clinton and Muscatine Symphony Orchestras.
Janet joined Grace Notes in 2019 but has performed with the quartet countless times over the years. She is the flute instructor at Augustana College where she founded the Augustana Flute Choir in 1987. She has also taught at St. Ambrose University and the Preucil School of Music. She played flute and piccolo in the Quad City Symphony for 44 years. Stodd performs frequently as a soloist and in chamber groups. She has played many times in the Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Conventions. She received her B.A. from Augustana College and her M.M. in flute performance from Western Illinois University.
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