Frances Feldon

Baroque Flute & Recorders
Early Chamber & Baroque Orchestral Music, Jazz
Teacher, Conductor, Performer, Arranger

Frances Feldon (baroque flute & recorders) lives in Berkeley, CA, and has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, and in conjunction with Berkeley Early Music Festival. She is the music director of Flauti Diversi, a baroque/contemporary chamber music ensemble; and a principal conductor for The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. She teaches recorder and baroque flute at her studio in Berkeley, and conducts the recorder program for City of Albany Community Services. She is a regular conductor and faculty member at recorder workshops. Ms Feldon directed the SFEMS Recorder Workshop for twenty years; founded and directed the SFEMS Collegium series; and has directed its Evening Class programs. She conducted her recorder orchestra arrangements of Gershwin and Ellington classics at festivals in Montreal and Holland. Among her current projects: writing on jazz and pop recorder players for the magazine American Recorder. She studied recorder and baroque flute at Indiana University‚Äôs Early Music Institute, where she completed a doctorate in collegium directing. She has taught at Indiana University, UC Davis, Albany Adult School, and The Greenwood School in Mill Valley, CA.  She recently recorded the complete Opus 37 trio sonatas for baroque flute, viola da gamba and chamber organ by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier with Flauti Diversi members David Morris and Katherine Heater; the recording is currently being edited and will be coming out in the near future! See


Flauti Diversi: Boismortier Opus 37 Trio Sonatas
Frances Feldon, traverso; David Morris, viola da gamba; Katherine Heater, chamber organ

Upcoming Programs

  • Sunday November 17, 2013 @ JazzSchool in downtown Berkeley/4:30pm
  • June, 2014 TBA

For the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, Frances is working on a new program entitled "Wingin' It" with The Galax Quartet (Elisabeth Blumenstock & David Wilson, baroque violins; Roy Wheldon, viola da gamba; and Amy Brodo, baroque violoncello). "Wingin It" features old and new music (from the early baroque as well as newly-commissioned works) that is founded in improvisational styles and uses birds and bird calls as its vehicle for musical variation. The "Wingin It" program grew out of Frances' recent residency on the central Oregon coast at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in May 2013. She will perform early works by Francois Couperin and Jakob van Eyck featuring the nightingale, and pieces from the 1717 collection Bird Fancier's Delight featuring the canary and other birds. Blackbirds will be featured in newly-commissioned works by Erika Oba, Shira Kammen, Glen Shannon, and Roy Wheldon.

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