Under the direction of Priscilla Holt, the Flute Choir performs three concerts this season plus a pre-concert performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center for the December Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Holiday Magic concert.
The ensemble, formed in 2008, also performs at several special events throughout the season including lobby performances in the Meyerson, outreach events, pre-concert performances and more.
The Flute Choir is comprised of 12-14 members, high school seniors or younger.
The Flute Choir rehearses at the University of North Texas in Denton on Sunday’s from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All GDYO musicians are expected to participate in their school music programs.
In 2010, the Flute Choir was selected to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, California. The Flute Choir was selected to perform for the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. And most recently, the Flute Choir performed for the 2017 National Flute Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Priscilla Holt, Flute Choir Conductor
Dr. Priscilla Holt has been a conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Flute Choir since its formation in 2008. She has conducted the GDYO Flute Choir at two National Flute Association (NFA) Conventions: 2010, Anaheim, CA and 2013, New Orleans, LA. A flute student of Bernard Goldberg, she attended Duquesne University and spent her Sundays playing flute in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony! She spent summers studying flute and chamber music with French flutist, Marcel Moyse in Brattleboro and later attended New England Conservatory studying flute with James Pappoutsakis. Returning to her home in Pennsylvania, she studied piccolo with Philadelphia Orchestra member, John Krell, was awarded a grant by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and performed locally for the Valley Forge Music Fair. Invited to join American Theater Productions’ pit orchestra, she toured the United States and Canada with musicals, Sweeney Todd and Barnum.
She pursued and completed a doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Miami. Her dissertation topic was inspired by the summers she had spent in Brattleboro, Vermont studying chamber music with Marcel Moyse: Select Twentieth Century Chamber Music: 1900-1920. Concurrently, she performed with the Boca Raton Symphony, the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony, the Miami Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Ballet and the Gold Coast Opera.
Currently, Dr. Holt is an active teacher, performer, published author, arranger, clinician and adjudicator throughout the southwest: she directed the orchestra program at Centennial HS in Frisco ISD until her retirment in 2019, performs locally with Texas Winds Musical Outreach, serves as the Master Class chair for the Texas Flute Society, and as director of special projects for the Marcel Moyse Society. She is a member of TMEA, TODA, TMAA, and the NFA.