About Pamela Ravenelle
Flutist Pamela Ravenelle received her Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music majoring in Flute Performance, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Music from S.F.S.U. She also holds a Community College Credential. She studied with Barbara Breeden, Julius Baker, Alain Marion, and with Albert Tipton at the Aspen Music School. She also studied flute privately with the legendary Marcel Moyse the last year of his life in West Brattleboro, Vermont. She has been on the faculty of Canada College in Redwood City and St. Cecilia’s School in San Francisco where she has conducted flute choirs, taught woodwinds and piano. She currently teaches at the Crestmont Conservatory of Music and at The College of San Mateo. Many of her students hold positions in local youth orchestras and are award winners from various competitions. She is currently the Music Director of “Magic Flutes”, an award winning 29-piece flute orchestra. Ms. Ravenelle has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area with S. F. Opera, S. F. Chamber Orchestra, Western Opera Theater and Pocket Opera. She has also performed in numerous musicals, solo-recitals and chamber music recitals including performing with The Amadeus Trio with the late Lawrence Granger, cellist, and Priscilla Carter Granger, pianist in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was also a finalist in the Young California Artistʼs Competition and the NACUSA Competition. She also volunteers at the Peninsula Humane Society.
About the Magic Flutes Orchestra
Magic Flutes is one of the oldest community-based flute choirs in the S.F. Bay Area. The group has grown and flourished by encouraging the development of artistic excellence among our membership and by providing an outlet where professionals, teachers, adult amateurs and students can gather to share our love of flute playing and performance. As a group, MF strives for a harmonious environment where all members contribute equally and are treated with respect. Magic Flutes was formed in 1980 when Music Director Pamela Ravenelle joined the faculty of Canada College in Redwood City. At that time, Ms. Ravenelle was still a student herself, completing her Master of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The group started as a flute trio and has grown to a group of 30 flutists. Magic Flutes rehearses once a week at The College of San Mateo, and performs regularly in the S.F. bay area at venues such as The Filoli Mansion in Woodside, the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, The Piccolo Pavilion in Corte Madera, Burlingame Country Club, Brentwood Art, Wine and Jazz Festival, Foster City Community Center, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and the S.F. Conservatory of Music. Magic Flutes was also invited to perform at the N.F.A. Conventions in Las Vegas in August 2003 and in Anaheim in August 2010. In addition, Magic Flutists have performed many “Outreach” concerts in the Palo Alto and San Mateo School Districts. Magic Flutes has also performed at the S.F. International Flute Festivals in 2010 & 2011, and performed the opening night concert at the 2013 Flutes-by-the-Sea festival in Half Moon Bay. They will perform again at the 2014 Flutes-by-the-Sea Festival in Half Moon Bay on June 8th & 10th. Magic Flutes has commissioned works and have performed pieces arranged by our own choir members. Through fundraising over the years, we acquired a contrabass flute for the group. Magic Flutes was the first flute ensemble to be featured in the N.F.A.ʼs “The Flutistʼs Quarterly” in the new “Spotlight” column in October of 2011.