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Kim Fleuchaus has been heard on radio, commercials, recordings, film, and in theatres. She 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. She was the winner of the Chicago Flute Club’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition (2003), and the Blocki Flute Pedagogy competitions (2011 & 2012), and the 2022 NFA Convention Performers Competition. Kim has performed for almost 20 years as a founding member of The Sapphire Woodwind Quintet.

 

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. She later studied the Egyptian nay with Jihad Racy, Basaam Saba, and Scott Marcus during years of intensive Middle Eastern music workshops. In 2003, she began collaborating with Morrocan qanunist Hicham Chami and percussionists Karim Nagi and Doug Brush. This unique combination became the Mosaic Ensemble and led to 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 collaboration with Salaam-Shalom Music Project began during this same period. Her nay can be heard on the documentary film about philosopher/poet Mohammad Iqbal titled “A Message from the East”, the audio drama series "Adventures in Odyssey", and  in many other commercial films and recordings.  She has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada with playwright Rohina Malik as the musician for her one-woman play, “Unveiled”.

 

She has performed at the Goodman Theatre for a reading of “The Mecca Tales” and most recently as understudy flute in “White Snake”. Her articles have been published in Flute Talk magazine and the Chicago Flute Club's Quarterly Pipeline. She is often asked to adjudicate competitions and give masterclasses and lectures on both western classical and Arabic music.

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