Our 50th Year

Steven Banks and Xak Bjerken
Adelaide Boedecker
Lisa Chavez
Jonathan Gentry
Joshua Horne
Dick Hyman
Olga Kern with Vladislav Kern
Tetiana Shafran
Kevin Short
Sheridon Stokes
Jennifer and Christopher Takeda
Maria Wirries

Sheridon Stokes

Sheridon Stokes

Born in Los Angeles, Sheridon Stokes was hired as a piccolo player in the Denver Symphony when he was 16 years old and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20, with the 20th Century Fox Orchestra under Alfred Newman. He studied at the University of Denver and was a scholarship student at USC majoring in composition.

Mr. Stokes appears frequently as soloist, master class technician, and lecturer. His publications are distributed world-wide. He has premiered solo works by former Boston Pops conductor John Williams, and contemporary composers Henri Lazarof, Paul Chihara, and Russell Steinberg. He has been featured in many television and film scores. In 1997, 2008, and 2015 he was solo flute at the Academy Awards. Mr. Stokes received the MVP award in flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and in 1983 received the Emeritus award. He has taught and performed at many music festivals. He is also featured on recordings with Jascha Heifetz, Frank Sinatra, and the Carpenters.

Mr. Stokes won the National Flute Association's International Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him at their annual convention in San Diego, in August, 2005.