The Utah County Flute Choir is an audition-based performing group featuring the vibrant, rich variety of piccolo, C flute, alto flute, and bass flute. We have performed all over the valley at public and private events including Christmas on Temple Square, FanX, and Thanksgiving Point, and look forward to continuing throughout each of our performing seasons. We also host and teach an annual spring clinic for players of all ages and abilities.
Founded in 2018 by president Jules Loveless, the goal of the UCFC is to continue developing our musical and flute skills and share our love for music with the community and other aspiring flautists. Thank you for spending some time with us here--we hope to see you at more of our events!
We are the 15 current members of the Utah County Flute Choir.
Get to know us below.
C flute, alto flute
Jules (Haub) Loveless grew up in a very musical family; her 10 older siblings and parents each played different instruments, and by the time it was her turn to learn to play, flute was one of a few instruments not already claimed.
Jules continued playing through high school and played in a flute choir in college.
Now she is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five that enjoys off-roading and exploring life with the family.
Jules started the Utah County Flute Choir to maintain her own skills, provide an opportunity for other adults do the same, and to show her children by example that music is an important part of life.
C flute, alto flute
Kirsa Merrell knew from the time she was little that she wanted to play the flute. When it came time to pick an instrument for sixth grade band, she refused to even try any other instruments. It was love at first sight, and the flute has been her constant companion since.
She has played in multiple bands and flute choirs over the years and is excited to be part of the Utah County Flute Choir.
Piccolo, C flute
Jenny Sittig knew in 5th grade when they demonstrated all of the band instruments that she wanted to learn to play the flute, and she has been playing in at least one musical group ever since. Some memorable band trips in middle school and high school include St. Louis, Washington DC, Disney World, Southern Utah, and throughout Europe.
While studying flute performance in college, she traveled with the orchestra to NYC, where she had the amazing experience of playing at Carnegie Hall. She was a guest piccolo performer with Utah's 23rd Army National Guard band for 5 years. While in that group, she was honored to play with the band for President George W. Bush, Latter-day Saint President Gordon B. Hinckley, and in Germany for the US troops returning home from the Middle East.
In addition to the flute choir, she plays with the Wasatch Winds in American Fork and has been a member of that band since 2010. She continues to pass on her love of music to her private flute students.
Eileen Amari-Vaught has played flute since the age of 9 in various college and community bands and wind ensembles. Most recently, she played flute with the Kansas City Wind Symphony in Prairie Village, Kansas.
She and her family moved to Utah after living Overland Park, Kansas, for 21 years. Eileen is a nurse practitioner and a nursing professor. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Maggie Marchant started playing the flute in fifth grade and fell in love with the instrument from the start. Throughout middle school, high school, and college she enjoyed developing her talent and performing in a variety of ensembles.
She moved back to Utah after completing a Masters of Information Sciences in Tennessee and now works at the BYU Library.
In her spare time, Maggie enjoys baking, reading, and being aunt to 23 nieces and nephews.
She is excited to continue to play and share her love of music as part of the Utah County Flute Choir.
Alto flute, C flute
Angela Decker has played the flute for over 20 years. As a teenager she studied with Laurel Ann Maurer for two and a half years, during which time she attained Superior and Excellent ratings at the Utah Flute Federation's Solo and Ensemble solo competitions. She has played in the Utah Youth Preparatory Orchestra, West Jordan Symphony, and BYU's University Band and University Orchestra.
Angela was the piccolo player in high school, where she first tried alto flute and loved it too. Angela greatly enjoys her opportunity to practice and perform as first alto for the Utah County Flute Choir.
After five fun years of summer parade band as a teenager, in college Angela invited her now-husband to play in one with her. They have two children. In addition to flute, her hobbies include graphic design, video editing (some of which you can see on the flute choir's YouTube channel), organization and DIY, reading, quilting, crafting epic homemade Halloween costumes, and collecting rubber ducks.
Brooke Dodds started flute at ten years old and has found ways to play ever since. She enjoyed playing all throughout junior and high school including marching in the Inaugural Parade for George W. Bush and performing in a youth orchestra at Abravanel Hall.
Now the mom of four, she continues to find ways to improve and perform on the instrument that she loves.
Maddi Ledbetter has been studying the flute since 2007 and teaching since 2017. She studied most recently at Utah Valley University under Rebecca Chapman. Maddi has a minor in music, focusing on flute pedagogy. Over the years she has helped many flute players succeed and excel in their musical abilities, many of whom have received superior ratings and high placements.
When she's not teaching or playing flute with the flute choir or the Saratoga Springs Community Orchestra, you can find her spending her free time crocheting, reading, and being a mom.
She loves playing the flute and getting to share what she knows about music with her students.
Rachel Taylor's love for music began early. She started piano at 6 years old, and at 9 began playing the flute just like her older sister Jenny, who is also a member of the flute choir.
She played the xylophone for a year of her band experience. Rachel has played in the UVU band, West Valley Symphony, and was a guest flute performer with Utah 23rd Army National Guard band for three years. While in that group, she had the amazing opportunity to play for President George W. Bush during the 2002 Olympics.
Rachel has always been eager to try new instruments, even performing with the Utah Valley Handbells for several seasons.
There is always some sort of music blasting at her home; from 1940s jazz to 50s and 60s music, to classic rock, indie, classical, musicals, and opera. It's probably harder to find music she doesn't like than to list what she does.
In her spare time, she enjoys amigurumi, podcasting, watching true crime, D&D, collecting houseplants and frogs, and spending time with her kids, husband, cats, and dog.
Charice came from a family of trumpet and piano players, but decided to branch out and play the flute. In high school she played in a variety of groups, including playing with the Rockbridge County Symphony and being the drum major in marching band.
She won the John Philip Sousa award, Woody Herman jazz award, and best drum major at two major competitions. She played piccolo in the BYU marching band for four years, while also playing flute in the university band and alto flute in the BYU flute choir. Charice obtained a music minor from BYU and is now currently pursuing a master's degree in music therapy from Augsburg University. As a future music therapist, she also plays the guitar, piano, drum set, and a variety of other instruments.
When not playing music, Charice can be found rock hounding with her husband, reading Harry Potter, scrapbooking, gaming, or taking her cute puppy Azula on walks.
Bio to come!
Assistant Conductor, C flute
Kristen Parrish is a private flute instructor and flutist in the north Utah County area. She taught band and orchestra at South Ogden Junior High for two years, was a flute teacher in the Davis School District area for 3 years, and now teaches in Lehi where she works with local band programs and teaches private lessons. She is a member of the Utah County Flute Choir as both a performer and an assistant director.
Kristen graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a degree in instrumental music education and studied flute with Dr. April Clayton and Hillary Kimball. She performed with various BYU ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz lab band, and various chamber ensembles. She has been a woodwind technician with Skyridge High School, Lehi High School, and Herriman High School marching bands and loves working with students of all ages.
Kristen is an active member of the National Flute Association and the Utah Flute Association. She currently serves as the secretary of the Utah Flute Association. She loves teaching private lessons and working with students one on one to discover each student's musical potential.
Bio to come!
Carrie Wilson’s father, a music professor, thought it was best that she learned piano and another instrument beginning in fourth grade. At the time, she thought it was taking too much of her “play time” but is now grateful to have developed an early love for music. The self-discipline that came from consistently practicing music helped her through all aspects of life and provided many enriching opportunities.
As a senior in high school, she performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as third flute and piccolo player. Since then she has had the privilege of performing with many community orchestras and wind ensembles, including a time with the Northwest Symphony and Clark College Orchestras.
Education has also always been important to Carrie, as demonstrated by her BA, MA and Ed.S. degrees and many years serving as an educator to special needs populations. Presently, Carrie teaches for the Alpine School District.
When Aubrey heard the high school marching band play at her elementary school, she knew she wanted to join band. In 6th grade she chose the flute like her older sister. She played through middle and high school, where she finally joined the American Fork High School Marching Band, playing flute and piccolo. She was able to play in the presidential inauguration parade in Washington, DC as well as the Bands of America grand nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She took a 15-year hiatus from the flute and decided to pick it back up again in 2023 after receiving a new flute as a Christmas gift. She is honored to be part of the Utah County Flute Choir with so many amazing flute players. When she's not playing the flute she enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, crocheting, birding, baking, ASL, reading, hiking, and making memories with her husband and two kids.
How to Join
Regular Performing Group
All prospective members need to audition and be at an intermediate+ level of playing.
Members should commit to attending weekly rehearsals every Wednesday night from 7-9 PM in American Fork and be able to make all the performances. To schedule an audition, contact Jules at email@example.com or fill out the form below.
Seasonal Performing Group
If you are interested in performing with us once a year, we have two concerts open for anyone at an intermediate+ level to play in without having to audition. This will be a summer concert. If you’d like to play at this more relaxed schedule, fill out the contact box below so we can get you on the email list for music and rehearsal information.
We're excited to announce the formation of a seasonal, non-audition flute choir! This group is open to any flutists age 18 and older in the area in and around Utah county. The fee to participate is $20.
There will be five rehearsals and two performances. It is strongly recommended you attend all five rehearsals, but we understand that some conflicts arise. We ask that you attend at least 4 of the 5 rehearsals. It is required that you attend both performances.