San Francisco Flute Teachers
Californian-born flutist Christy Kim enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician. From 2016-2018, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago becoming the Flute Fellow in 2017-2018. During her time in the orchestra, Christy performed and taught flute throughout the city of Chicago. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony joining them on their International Tour in 2017. She has performed under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti, David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach and Leonard Slatkin. Her chamber music appearances include performing in the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. Christy has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and National Repertory Orchestra. As a pianist, Christy performed the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic in 2007. Future engagements for the 2018-2019 season include performing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
As a teacher of both flute and piano, Christy believes that freedom of expression is the ultimate goal of any musician. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and fundamental building blocks of musicianship: Scales, tonal exercises and technical etudes in addition to theory, orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire. In addition, she draws awareness to the physical demands of playing an instrument, preventing injuries and ensuring longevity in our musical journeys. Her ultimate goal is to teach students how to become their own teacher by instilling a never ending sense of curiosity for music.
Christy holds a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California. Christy's principal flute teachers are Mark Sparks, Tim Day, Jim Walker and Susan Greenberg.
Recognized for her "big, lavish sound", flutist Michelle Chang enjoys an active career as a soloist and orchestral musician. She has performed in various venues around the world, from the Bayeux Cathedral in France to Carnegie Hall in New York. As a prize winner in various competitions including American Fine Arts Concerto Competition and U.S. Open Music Competition, Michelle is accustomed to a soloistic setting. This past year she was selected as a finalist in the San Francisco Conservatory's concerto competition. Michelle performed regularly in orchestra concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on behalf of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for several seasons in collaboration with conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. Additionally, Michelle has attended Areon Summer Flute Institute and Domaine Forget Summer Academy where she studied chamber music and appeared in solo masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud and Denis Bouriakov. Other masterclass appearances include ones with Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker and Marina Piccinini.
A pedagogue of flute and piano, Michelle emphasizes the usage of music as a method of storytelling. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and are given tools on how to practice, problem-solve and ultimately teach themselves. From here, students develop a freedom of expression that manifests itself into a unique narrative told through the language of music.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Michelle studied with Tim Day, principal flutist of the S.F. Symphony. Previous teachers include Isabelle Chapuis and Kris Palmer.