Sheridon Stokes
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Emeritus Professor of Flute, UCLA
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Emeritus Professor of Flute at UCLA. Stokes is a specialist in contemporary music and the author of Special Effects for Flute and the Illustrated Method for Flute (endorsed by Rampal). These books are sold worldwide. The Illustrated Method for Flute has been translated into Japanese and is published in Japan. Stokes studied from the age of eight with the finest teachers in Los Angeles. At 16 he was hired to play solo piccolo with the Denver Symphony. He attended USC on a music scholarship, and at 20 became the youngest contract musician in Hollywood; playing piccolo with the renowned 20th Century Fox orchestra under Alfred Newman. Stokes is the solo flutist on "Mission Impossible" (TV and Movie), "Out of Africa", "E.T.", "Kung Fu", "Roots", "Spitfire Grill", "Apollo 13", and thousands of other movie and T.V. scores. He received the MVP award for flute from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1981, 82 and 83. In 1984 he received their prestigious Emeritus award. Masterclasses include "Bud Shanks" Jazz Festival in Port Townsand, Wa. and "Curso de Invierno" in Benidorm, Spain. Premiers include "Concerto" for flute and orchestra by John Williams (1974 UCLA), "Willow Willow" for electric bass flute and percussion by Paul Chiihara (1969 Monday Evening Concerts) recorded on C.R.I., and "On the Wings of the Wind" for solo flute and orchestra by Harry Bulow (1996 Charlotte, N.C.). He has been featured on recordings with Frank Sinatra, Jascha Heifitz, Judy Collins, Natalie Cole, and the Carpenters. His compositions include "Laisse Le Voler" (flute and Marimba). Solo CD records include his transcription of "Six Sonatas" by Boccherini (Orion-Naxos), "Torbellino" by Caliendo for flute and guitar (Efficaci), "Trio" by Lazarof for flute, clarinet and oboe (Laurel), and "Quintet" by Levitch for flute and strings (Orion). Mr. Stokes has been 1st flute and soloist with the Glendale Symphony for 25 years (Carmen Dragon and Lalo Schifrin directors), and has played 1st flute with the ABT, Houston Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, and Harlem Ballet. In 1996 he was 1st flute with the Hollywood Festival Orchestra's CD and Video of the "Three Sopranos" and in 1997 was 1st flute with Hollywood Academy Awards Orchestra at the Shrine Auditorium.