We are the current members of the Utah County Flute Choir.
Get to know us below.
Josh Paul has a passion for conducting great music. He has been fortunate to work with some of the best musicians and band directors in the country. In the early 2000’s he was an assistant director of the award-winning Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band and Wind Symphony. Josh was able to attend Brigham Young University on a Music Performance scholarship. He has played with the BYU Wind Symphony, Brass Choir and several chamber ensembles throughout his collegiate career. Josh is the winner of the John Philip Sousa Award and a member of the Texas All-State Band. While working as an assistant director, Ronald Reagan High School won several BOA Regionals and placed in the Top 3 at the San Antonio BOA Super Regional. Josh is delighted to work with the Utah County Flute Choir and hopes to develop the choir into a premier performance group within the community.
Jules Haub 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 three that enjoys off-roading and exploring life with the family. Jules started the Utah County Flute Choir to maintain her own skills, provide opportunity for other adults do the same, and to show her children by example that music is an important part of life.
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 now be part of the Utah County Flute Choir. When Kirsa isn't playing the flute, she can be found teaching yoga, rock climbing, and gardening.
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, LDS 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 and 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 recently moved back to Utah after completing a Masters of Information Sciences in Tennessee and now works at the BYU Library. In her spare time she 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.
Angela Decker has played the flute since fifth grade. She was the primary piccolo player in high school, which is where she first tried alto flute and loved it too. Angela 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 and played in the Utah Youth Preparatory Orchestra. After loving five years of summer marching band as a teenager, in college she invited her now-husband to play in one with her. They now have two children. She loves having this opportunity to practice and perform with an instrumental group. Her other hobbies include graphic design, organization and home décor, quilting, video editing, and collecting rubber ducks.
Brooke Dodds started flute at ten years old and has tried to continue to find 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 us 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.
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Kendra Hamblin enjoys a rich performing career. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and has performed as a featured artist with groups such as the Salt Lake City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Emerald Singers. Ms. Hamblin has served as principal flute of the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra at Utah Valley University and has performed in operas and Broadway-style musicals. She maintains an active recording presence, and was recently awarded a creative works grant to commission and record works from female composers and composers of color.