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Flute and Organ Showcase

  • Trinity Lutheran Church 3637 Golf Road Evanston, IL, 60203 United States (map)

FLUTE & ORGAN DUO: Flutist Valerie Simosko and SVSO Keyboard Specialist Sally Daley team up to present an afternoon of original music for flute and organ. Take the time to listen to the magnificent Tracker Organ of Trinity Lutheran Church and hear compositions for this genre from the Baroque to the present. In a tracker organ, the organist presses keys and pulls stops which control the organ's pipes and couplers through a complex matrix of levers and valves. In a tracker organ, the valve, which admits air to the pipe in order to produce the sound, is directly controlled by the force of the organist's finger on the key.

The concert is free and open to the public.


A native of Allentown, PA, and a graduate with the degree of Master of Music from Northwestern University, Sally has done many things with music. As an organist, she has served as Director of Music Ministry in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago: Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine in Chicago, and for the school at St. Maria Goretti in Schiller Park, IL. She also served as accompanist for the flute and organ concert which was part of the 2017 Flute Festival of the Chicago Flute Club. She is an active member of the Skokie Valley Symphony, where she plays all types of keyboard parts.

Currently she is the music minister and sound technician at the chapel of Three Crowns Park, a large senior citizen complex in Evanston, IL.

Also a composer, she has twice won Honorable Mention in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Original Composition Contest. One of her winning works was Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a composition for organ solo. She has also composed music for flute and organ, and flute and piano. Several of her compositions are published by Fred Bock/National Music Publishers, and will soon be distributed by Hal Leonard.


Normally recognized by Skokie concert goers as the office manager of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, prior to arriving in the Chicago area, Valerie had a long career as the Principal Flutist of the Charlotte Symphony where she lived for 30 years.  During that time she was also the manager of the Charlotte Youth Symphony and the founder of both the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble, the Charlotte Junior Flute Choir, and the Charlotte Junior Youth Symphony. She also had a summer flute camp for young flutists in the Charlotte area and was President of the Board of Friends of Music at Queens University. She was also the conductor and President of the Charlotte Flute Choir.

Through the years she taught many award winning flute students of all ages and served as an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop and Wingate Universities, the University of NC at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, and Queens University, teaching flute, music theory, woodwind methods and music appreciation.

Before moving to Chicago she was the Marketing Director of Flutes at Conn-Selmer, and prior to that for Altus Flutes where she developed the very popular Azumi flute.

In Chicago, she taught at the Peoples Music School and the Suzuki Orff Chime Music School. She was also an active member of the Chicago Flute Club, where she held several offices including the President of the Board and was a regular contributor to the Pipeline newsletter as well as a performer on several recitals.















Earlier Event: February 18
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Later Event: April 22
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