Colleen McElroy holds the Piccolo/Second Flute chair in the Spokane Symphony, and is Second Flute/Piccolo with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Colleen enjoys working with enthusiastic students of all ages and levels, and has maintained thriving private studios in Seattle, on Bainbridge Island, and now in Spokane. She is a frequent adjudicator for flute competitions in the greater Seattle area.
In 2015, Colleen was awarded first prize in both the 3rd Annual Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Flutissimo! 2015 Solo Artist Competition in Athens, Georgia. Colleen won the University of Washington Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition in 2013, which resulted in a performance of Mike Mower's Flute Concerto with the ensemble. In past summers, Colleen has been invited to perform at the Brevard Music Center Institute in North Carolina and the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan.
Colleen is a member of Emissary Quartet, a flute ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works and advocating for the flute quartet as a valuable and dynamic means of artistic expression. EQ gave their New York City debut performance in November 2016 with the premiere of Annika Socolofsky’s quartet, One wish, your honey lips, the music video of which was released with Second Inversion in April 2017. In 2017, EQ returned to NYC to premiere the three winning works from their inaugural Call for Scores, which were selected from over 190 submissions from around the world. Video recordings of all three new quartets can be found on EQ's YouTube Channel. In May 2018, EQ was invited to be the featured performers at the prestigious 2018 BMI Student Composer Awards Ceremony. EQ performed at the 2016 National Flute Convention in San Diego, CA, and at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and competed as quarter-finalists in the 2016 Fischoff Competition. The ensemble has held education and performance residencies across the US.
Colleen holds degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Washington and Boston University. Her teachers include Linda Toote, Donna Shin, Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Iris Ingram.