Scott Metlicka, Principal Flute, lives in Elgin, IL and is a member of the Rockford, Elgin, and South Bend Symphonies. He is also the contracted flutist for Milwaukee’s Skylight Theater. Additional freelance work includes Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Madison Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In 2020 he was appointed Flute Instructor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He also teaches flute at Elgin Community College and previously taught flute methods classes at DePaul University to music education majors. His degrees in flute performance are from Northern Illinois University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). He studied with Walfrid Kujala, Mary Stolper, Peter Middleton, and Mary Louise Poor. Scott prides himself as a versatile musician; he played bass flute at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago in 2014; played piccolo, flute, alto flute and recorder for the show Wicked in South Bend; and is an accomplished piano accompanist for flute players. Scott performed as soloist on Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto with the Wisconsin Philharmonic in 2018, Lowell Liebermann’s Piccolo Concerto with the South Bend Symphony in 2017, the Ibert Concerto with the Rockford Symphony in 2016, and Dexter Morrill’s Piccolo Concerto with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra in Rockford in 2014. He was awarded first prize in the Chicago Flute Club Piccolo Competition in 2006. In addition to performing and teaching, Scott has served as president and membership chair of the Chicago Flute Club. During the summer, he has performed with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County and the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He enjoys playing a small musical instrument because it enables him to ride his bicycle to work. Scott owns a cabin in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, and loves pedaling across the state to unwind at his favorite place.