Norman Menzales, flute
Filipino-American flutist, Norman Menzales, joined the Great Falls Symphony of Montana as Principal Flutist in September 2012 and was recently appointed the same position with Colorado’s Fort Collins Symphony in May 2013. Praised for his "...warm, attractive sound" by the Winston-Salem Journal, Menzaleshas performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic in New York, the Erie Chamber Orchestra in Pennsylvania, the Chattanooga Symphony in Tennessee, and the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina, among others. He has won top prizes in Young Artist Competitions sponsored by the Atlanta, Central Ohio, Pittsburgh and Rochester Flute Associations. An artist dedicated to sharing his passion for music, Menzalesfrequently performs as solo flutist of Montana’s premier woodwind quintet, the Chinook Winds and strives to bring live, classical music to rural communities throughout the Northwest. Upcoming engagements include solo performances and masterclasses in Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska and Georgia. This October, he will be traveling to Loja, Ecuador to perform and teach in their local schools. A native of Georgia, Menzalesgraduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree with Dr. Tadeu Coelho and went on to the Eastman School of Music where he received a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate with Bonita Boyd. When not playing the flute, Menzales enjoys cooking, movies, reading and spending as much time as he can with his fiancé and their Cocker-Spaniel, Daphne.