What Is A Flute Choir?
A flute choir is an instrumental chamber ensemble consisting of the many members of the flute family. Although a flute quartet can, in some cases be considered a flute choir, most flute choirs extend the melodic range of the group in either direction with the addition of "melody" flutes. Most flute ensembles of five or more people can be considered a flute choir, although this is not a fixed number.
The following instruments, listed by descending range, can be included in a flute choir:
The sheer cost and limited availability of contra-alto and contrabass flutes usually prevent most community-based flute choirs from owning these instruments, but many of the well-established community and professional-level ensembles have acquired at least one contrabass flute.
While most of the initial music arranged for flute choir included little more than transcriptions of classical pieces for orchestra and chamber ensembles, in recent years many new compositions have been created for flute choir. Although flute choirs are still a relatively new ensemble in the history of music, their popularity is growing internationally.