MEET OUR MEMBERS – New Horizons Flute Ensemble

Becky Cholst, flute

 

Nancy Guigle, flute

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The love of music is a major part of Nancy's existence. During the early years in Ohio, piano lessons were taken, then flute, a few violin lessons, and in college she thought the oboe was worth studying; however, the sounds of the flute won her lifelong allegiance. After moving to Chicago she played in various orchestras and has enjoyed being part of these non-professional groups. Currently, Nancy plays with several groups including two flute ensembles. Property management and non-profit volunteering fill many non-musical hours, but rhythms persistently filter through those times. She appreciates the elevated expectations of training at DePaul's Community Music Division.

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Ellen Johnson, flute

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As the daughter of a music teacher, Ellen learned early on what fun it is to play an instrument. While she began on piano, Ellen started playing flute in fourth grade. She continued through high school and college, playing solo and with different ensembles. As a grad student, Ellen took a brief hiatus. However, after completing her Masters degree and moving back to Chicago, she searched for a musical outlet. Luckily she was able to join the New Horizons Flute Ensemble, where she's been a member for two years. Ellen really enjoys practicing with the other members of the group each Sunday night. PLaying as part of an ensemble has helped sharpen her flute-playing skills. During the week, Ellen works for a nonprofit organization in downtown Chicago.

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Gayle Morse, flute

 

Pandora Pappas, flute

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Cathy Rokusek, flute

 

Angelica Zhang, flute


When she was a student at Lincoln Park Elementary School, Pandora began playing the flute at age eight. Continuing to play throughout her time at Lincoln Park High School and a brief time at DePaul University, Pandora also began playing the piccolo and alto flute with the Northwind Ensemble, Lincoln Park Community Concert Band and small changer ensembles such as the Lakeside Flutes. When George Paris, the conductor of the Lincoln Park Concert Band, passed away, Pandora took a seven-year break from the flute before finding the DePaul New Horizons Band and Flute Ensemble. When she is not playing flute, Pandora is a proud home schooling mom and professional psychic.

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