Solo Flute Wedding Ceremony Music at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado

Photos Courtesy of Ian Riley Photography

In mid-December, I headed up to Dillon, Colorado to play solo flute for an outdoor wedding ceremony on Sapphire Point Overlook. Sapphire Point has stunning views of the Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. The mountains and pines were covered with snow, making an incredibly romantic setting for this Texas couple’s wedding ceremony. I helped the guests feel warmer by playing a mix of contemporary, jazz, and Christmas music as they arrived and were seated. I think that “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” was particularly inviting to all of us in the steady wind and freezing temperatures.

The ceremony was fairly short and then I continued to play after the ceremony concluded while the wedding party had their photos taken. I can play my flute as long as the temperatures stay above freezing, but the temperatures were below freezing, and soon the inside of my flute was completely covered in a thick layer of ice from the moisture in my breath. I quickly changed flutes to my backup flute but soon that one froze too! Since a few keys froze together, I just avoided the notes that I couldn’t play until the end of my booked time. It was quite an adventure!


Samples from Prelude Music:
Isn’t it Romantic? (Ella Fitzgerald), Annie’s Song (John Denver), Cheek to Cheek (Sinatra), Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), Deck the Hall, The First Noel, Frosty the Snowman, A Holly Jolly Christmas, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Processional Music:
Groom: Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis)
Bride: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Recessional: Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Sapphire Point
Photographer and Videographer: Ian Riley Photography
Officiant: Phil Gallagher
Colorado Wedding Musician: Christen Stephens on Solo Flute

Hire me to play my magical and romantic solo flute music at your wedding.



Boulder Symphony Flute Quartet Dementia Friendly Concert

This week, I played flute and led the Boulder Symphony flute quartet for our first Dementia Friendly Concert. This concert was the brainchild of Leah Quiller, a Boulder Symphony member and music therapy specialist. For this concert, we played a fun collection of holiday tunes and got everyone to sing along and even play some percussion instruments with a few of the songs. We’re planning on doing more dementia friendly concerts in the future. We at the symphony are looking forward to creating a special experience for the elderly members of the Boulder community. In return, we are blessed in return by their enthusiasm and enjoyment of our music.

An Enchanted Evening

I’m looking forward to playing cello and flute at this Boulder Symphony event. We’re playing a really great mix of classic rock, holiday, jazz music and more!

An Enchanted Evening

FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, 2017 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM

at The Highland City Club

Please join Boulder Symphony and Highland City Club for an evening filled with enchantment and magic.

Enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner of global flavors and the magical stylings of a Boulder Symphony chamber ensemble while mingling in the traditional setting of the historic Highland Building.

VIP tickets are available at $65, which include a gourmet buffet dinner, and 1 concert ticket to any Boulder Symphony concert this season (a $20 value).

Purchase a ticket before November 15th and get TWO Concert Tickets (a $40 value)!

Purchase VIP tickets below. A portion of all proceeds go to Boulder Symphony.

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Event Location:

HIGHLAND CITY CLUB
885 ARAPAHOE AVENUE
BOULDER, CO 80302

Flute Quartet Christmas Music at the Boulder History Museum

Our Boulder Symphony flute quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) recently played for a Santa Photo Shoot at the Boulder History Museum. The day dawned in winter chill but indoors the museum was cozy and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Guests enjoyed drinks, cookies and other refreshments as they enjoyed our musical performance. It was a charming and traditional way to ring in the holiday season and everyone left feeling a little more festive.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas Live at the Boulder History Museum

Wassail Song Live at the Boulder History Museum

One World Singers Presents “Christmas in Provence”


I am playing my flute this December in “Christmas in Provence”, a production by One World Singers and Alliance Française de Denver. Join us for a festive celebration in music and the French culture! Here are the details:

Christmas in Provence
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Denver
December 6, 2014, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ, 26th & Leyden, Denver
Tickets: $15 each

Begin your holiday season with a delightful and stirring musical experience, featuring the music of the French countryside! In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Denver, One World Singers presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) as well as best-loved carols in both French and English. Delicacies of the Provence region will be enjoyed following the concert.

We hope to see you on December 6 for a joyeuses fêtes!

Now Offering a String Quartet and a String Trio

It’s time to go traditional, and I am pleased to announce that you can now hire a string quartet or a string trio right here through my website. String music will add a touch of elegance and class to your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, or your special event. The formal sound and appearance of stringed instruments make them a very popular choice for brides.

If you would like to hire a quartet or a trio but want a more unique and varied sound, you can replace the first violin with the flute. The flute has a smooth sound that contrasts beautifully with that of stringed instruments.

Quartet and Trio Options (I will play the instruments in bold):
String Quartet – 2 violins, viola, cello
String Trio – violin, viola, cello
Flute Quartet – flute, violin, viola, cello
Flute Trio – flute, viola, cello

Add Some Sparkle With Live Christmas Music

If you are planning a Christmas party this year, what better way to add to the festive atmosphere than live Christmas music ? All of our ensembles have a large Christmas repertoire. This is the time of year when December dates begin filling up, so book soon to ensure our availability.

New Music Samples for Flute and Harp Duo

Thanks to Brian Hunter at the Swallow Hill recording studio in Denver, I have replaced my ten year old homemade flute and harp recordings with new professional ones. On the recordings I am playing on my new solid rose gold and silver Powell flute that I bought last summer. I was accompanied by talented harpist, Mary Keener.

Our duo is available to play for your Colorado wedding or event, and I invite you to listen to samples of our recordings:
Flute and Harp Music Samples

Christmas Music at Wachoiva

Just in time to get you into the Christmas spirit, I will be playing in the lobby of the Wachovia 1 building on December 9th from 11:30 – 1:30. I will be playing the flute accompanied by Christine VanArsdale on the harp. There is nearby seating and a coffee shop, perfect for a relaxed afternoon.

The Charlotte Music Club presents “Handel’s Messiah, Part I”

We are once again fast approaching the time of year when the Charlotte Music Club and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra will hold their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Part I. The Messiah is a must see event for the holiday season, featuring a full orchestra, a chorus of about 65, a harpsichord, and Ginger Wyrick as conductor. It will be performed on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 501 Tryon Street. Better yet, admission is free. Parking is also free and located in the Odell Parking Garage off of 9th Street. I will be playing with the cello section for this event and am looking forward to a fun time and hoping for a large audience.