• Emeritus Professor of Flute UCLA (45 years)
• Lifetime Achievement Award – National Flue Association
• MVP Emeritus – Flute, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
SHERIDON STOKES, born in Los Angeles, was hired as a piccolo player in the Denver Symphony when he was 16 years old and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20, with the 20th Century Fox Orchestra under Alfred Newman. 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, and Special Effects for Flute (by Sheridon Stokes and Richard A. Condon), Sheridon Stokes: Hollywood Flutist, Stories From The Recording Business Plus Fifty Years in Studios. Mr. Stokes has premiered solo works by former Boston Pops conductor John Williams, and contemporary composers Henri Lazarof, Paul Chihara, 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 with the Murcia Chamber Orchestra. Debuting in fall 2019 the Concerto for Flute, Alto Flute and Orchestra, written by Jürgen A. Kramlofsky.
Mr. Stokes received the MVP award in flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and in 1983 received the Emeritus award. He has taught and performed at music festivals, including Curso Musical International de Invierno in Benidorm, Spain (1989-90), the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington (1986-1988), and the Mozart Festival in Monterey, California. His compact disc releases include Chamber Music by Henri Lazarof (Laurel Records), Quintet for Flute and Strings by Leon Levitch (Bay Cities Records), Willow, Willow for bass flute and percussion by Paul Chihara (CRI Records), Six Sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Luigi Boccherini (Naxas/Orion Records), and Torbellino – 10 Tangos for Flute and Guitar by Christopher Caliendo (Efficaci Records). He is also featured on recordings with Jascha Heifetz, Frank Sinatra, and the Carpenters.
Some of Sheridon Stokes’ compositions are Bon Voyage for alto flute and string bass (1996), Robin Hood Fantasy for solo bass and alto flute (premiered with Ballet California, 1993), Soulscapes for flute and marimba (premiered at the National Flute Association Convention, 1997), and Laissez Le Voler for flute quartet (premiered at UCLA, 1997). His compositions and those of his former students Jared Ferguson can be heard on the CD Wild New Music For Flute. His work Irish In The Lowlands for contra bass flute, bass flutes, and Irish flutes was premiered at UCLA in 2008 and has been released on Move Records. He won the National Flute Association’s International Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him at their annual convention in San Diego, in August, 2005.