Sheridon Stokes is a fantastic coach. His lifetime of experience, combined with his patience and passion for teaching, create the perfect coaching cocktail. As a published author, Sheridon has championed a unique approach to both learning and playing the flute (Check out Special Effects for Flute). He is classically trained and also studied the mathematical Schillinger system, he is highly respected among his peers, and possesses the rare ability to play all genres of music–making his coaching method highly desirable and relevant. He genuinely enjoys empowering his clients and students with the knowledge they need to be better musicians and performers.
Enjoy one-on-one, group and online-classes with Sheridon. In addition, he offers diagnostician services for those pesky problems you are having trouble correcting. His expertise regarding the flute is vast, and he is happy to share his insight with you.
Some of Sheridon’s notable students:
- Stephanie McNab – Flute and piccolo player for the San Francisco Opera and Ballet.
- Georgia Mohammar – Solo flute, Stockholm Philharmonic orchestra
- Nora Shulman – Former 1st Flute Toronto Symphony
- Susan Greenberg – Nationally renown flutist who plays with Los Angeles’ Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she is the co-director of the Chamber Music Palisades, a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the promotion and support of classical music.
- Louise Di Tullio – Well known flutist in Hollywood for her work on hundreds of scores including, the Color Purple, Star Trek, War Horse, and X-Men. She has also played with Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson.
- Peter Sheridan – Low Flute Specialist (Bass Flute, Contra Bass Flute, SubContra Bass Flute – on many recordings)
- David Soul – Actor acclaimed for his character “Hutch” from the television show, Starsky and Hutch, Sheridon coached him on “flute acting” for a movie role for the movie Through Naked Eyes.
- Fred Selden – Famous studio musician well known for his work on the documentary, March of the Penguins, and the feature film, Admissions.
- Glynis Johns – Famous actress well known for her in work opposite Richard Burton in Under Milk Wood, and her roles in Mary Poppins, Miranda, and Mad about Men. Sheridon coached her on flute in the movie Dear Brigitte, which also started James (Jimmy) Stewart
Flutist, Sheridon Stokes, has been performing in Hollywood studio orchestras for over 50 years. He has played on many of the most influential films and shows throughout the last 3 generations.
He studied at the University of Denver and was a scholarship student at USC majoring in composition. His primary flute teachers were Haaken Bergh and Arthur Gleghorn. He studied composition with Dr. Ernest Kanitz, Russelll Gracia, Haaken Bergh and Walter Kelsey (Schillinger system).
He appears frequently as soloist, master class technician, and lecturer. His publications are distributed world-wide, and include the Illustrated Method for Flute (endorsed by Jean-Pierre Rampal) with two five-star reviews from Amazon.com, Special Effects for Flute and Sheridon Stokes: Hollywood Flutist. Mr. Stokes has premiered solo works by Hollywood film composer John Williams, and contemporary composers: Henri Lazarof, Paul Chihara, William Schmidt, and Russell Steinberg.
He has been featured in many television and film scores, including the television series Mission Impossible (1968 – solo flute), Roots (1977 – high African Flute), Kung Fu (1972 – wood flute), The Sound of Music (1965 – flute, piccolo), Jaws (1978 – solo flute), E.T. (1982 – solo flute), Cleopatra (1963 – piccolo), The Collector (1965 – solo flute), Through Naked Eyes (1983 – flute soloist), Ghost (1990 – solo flute), Patriot Games (1992 – solo flute), Sneakers (1992 – flute) Scent of a Woman (1992 – solo flute), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1982 – solo flute), and more recently; Jumanji (1995 – flute), Independence Day (1996 – solo flute), Spitfire Grill (1996 – solo flute, piccolo), Rush Hour II (1998 – solo flute) & Rush Hour III (2007 – solo flute and Chinese flute), and Witches of Eastwick (1987 – flute solo). He was solo flute at the Academy Awards in 1997 and 1998 and played the famous penny whistle solo from the Titanic song My Heart Will Go On with Celine Dion. In 2008 & 2015 Sheridon Stokes was solo flute again for the Academy Awards.
In 2006, he performed with the Bill Mays Trio at Martha’s Vineyard and in 2007 he was soloist in La Mancha, Spain playing the Mozart G Major Flute Concerto with the Murcia Chamber Orchestra. More recently Sheridon performed at the World Premiere of a new concerto by German composer Jurgen Kramlofsky with the Colburn School of Music at the Lost Angels Music Center.