FLUTE List Member Of The Week
December 1 to 6, 1998
Defying tradition, I began playing flute as an adult. Beginning with a grant from a community theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, I started my flute lessons with Adele Loraine (Zeitlin) of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Current musical endeavors include:

    Principal Flute, Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's... Pacific Palisades California

    Flute/Piccolo, Torrance Symphony

    Principal Reed in Music Theater West, Downey Civic Light Opera
    Fullerton Civic Light Opera theater orchestras.

    Jim's ensemble, Entr'amis (a chamber music group consisting of Flute, Viola, and Harp) was a finalist in the 1998 American Harp Society Chamber Artist Competition in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

    I also lead a woodwind quintet, and a Flute, Piano, Bass, & Drums jazz ensemble.

    Performing several recitals a year, I particularly enjoy French music, and am constantly seeking out Debussy transcriptions.

When not busy traveling for my job, or playing in orchestras, I enjoy photography, cooking, and meeting Internet/Flute Friends. I coordinated one of the first dinners in London in 1996 with Robert Bigio.

When I travel for my work, (which is very frequently) I always try to contact people from the FLUTE list. I have met people from London, Paris, Northern California, Houston, and St. Louis. Its like meeting old friends for the first time... "not to mention

Jim Lasota
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