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MEET KIM FLEUCHAUS

A passionate musical soloist and collaborator, Kim Fleuchaus enjoys a diverse and rewarding performing career as a both an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as frequent work as a session musician for film scores, video games, commercials and recording projects with genres as diverse as heavy metal, funk, smooth jazz, CCM, classical and Irish and Arabic traditional music. She has shared the stage with country singer Johnny Cash, Israeli musician Yair Dalal, and Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux,  and has performed with the Charlotte and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, the South Carolina and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras, the Rockford, South Bend and Elgin Symphony Orchestras, and as soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, New Millennium Orchestra, and Millennium Chamber Players.

In 2022 she was invited to perform at the 50th Annual convention for the National Flute Association as a winner of the Convention Performers Competition, and has also won first prize in the Chicago Flute Club’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition (2003), and the Blocki Flute Pedagogy competitions (2011 & 2012).

As a member of the Silver-Rose Duo with guitarist Julie Goldberg she performs throughout Chicagoland, and has performed for over 20 years as a founding member of the all-female Sapphire Woodwind Quintet, specializing in music written by female composers.

After completing her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University, where she studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, Kim’s passion for music of other cultures led her to complete a M.A. in Ethnomusicology and in 2003 she began learning the Egyptian nay - one of the oldest (and most difficult) wind instruments in the world. This led to collaborations with Morroccan qanun player Hicham Chami and Egyptian percussionist Karim Nagi with performances at the Kennedy Center, the White House, the U.N. Building, NYC's Symphony Space, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and before HRH Queen Rania of Jordan.

Her current collaboration with the Salaam-Shalom Music Project began during this same period, and she also performs with the Chicago Arabic Music Ensemble (CAME), a traditional Arabic “takht” ensemble. Her nay can be heard on the documentary film about philosopher/poet Mohammad Iqbal titled “A Message from the East”, the Christian audio drama series "Adventures in Odyssey", and  in many other commercial films and recordings.  Kim has performed for the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Summer Opera and the Salt Creek Ballet, and has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada with Muslim playwright Rohina Malik as the musician for her one-woman play, “Unveiled”.

As an educator, she has taught at Trinity Christian College and Trinity International University and has given workshops and lectures at Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin Madison,  and Wheaton College. Her articles have been published in Flute Talk magazine and the Chicago Flute Club's Quarterly Pipeline, and she is often asked to adjudicate competitions and give masterclasses and lectures on both western classical and traditional Arabic art music.

At home she relishes time with her 3 little children, 2 energetic Bernedoodles and 1 very supportive husband. 

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