The Hope College Flute Choir will perform on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Composers from every era have used flutes to represent birds, and the flute choir will highlight some of these pieces:  “The Goldfinch Concerto,” by Antonio Vivaldi; “As Eagles Flew,” by Phyllis Louke; and selections from Camille Saint Saens, Sergei Prokofiev and Luiz Gonzaga.

Featured in the concert will be soprano Staff Sergeant Amy Gould, who will sing “The Bird Song” with the flute choir.  Gould is a flutist and singer who sings with the 126 Army Band.  Her performances include singing during the seventh-inning stretch during the third game of the World Series in Detroit this past fall.

The Flute Choir is directed by Julie Sooy. She received her B.M. and M.M. in music education, performance and theory from Bowling Green State University. She also studied music in Salzburg, Austria, and Gamelan in Bali, Indonesia. Sooy was a winner in the Crane School of Music New Music Festival, a finalist in the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Competition, and a Concerto Competition finalist in both undergraduate and graduate school at BGSU. She has performed at two National Flute Association Conventions premiering new works for flute, and has produced a recording of sacred music for flute and piano. She is currently the president of the West Michigan Flute Association, where she is an active member.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.