Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough


Baroque Flute

Baroque flute

..After intermission came the more melancholy Cantata No. 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele (Jesus, though who didn't take my soul)." Here the emotional content came mostly from the Empire Orchestra, an early music group organized by cellist Andre Laurent O'Neil. During an aria by Harrison, Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough had a haunting and memorable solo on the wooden flute...(Times Union,  Joseph Dalton, June  5, 2006)

I began playing baroque flute at The Florida State University, while I was pursuing a DM in music.  Mr. Charles DeLaney, my wonderful flute teacher, required all his students to take a semester each of Introduction to baroque recorder and baroque flute.  I fell in love with the sound and  capabilities of the baroque flute. 

I currently own and play three wonderful instruments: a copy of the Dutch maker, Beukers (ca. 1735) made by Simon Polak of the Netherlands.; a copy of a Rippert  traverso (1700) made by Andreas Glatt. It is pitched at A=392 and I love the dark and rich quality of this beautiful instrument. My newest instrument is a copy of a two-keyed flute by Quantz flute at A=415 made by Martin Wenner of Germany. I love the instrument's power and expressive capabilities and enjoy playing music by CPE Bach and Quantz on the instrument.

Photo by Keira Lemonis


Saturday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. EMPIRE BAROQUE Celebrates CPE Bach's 300th Birthday! (b. 8 March 1714)

Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave. Albany, NY

Past Performances:

June 13th, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert, Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston, MA: Genius of the Flutist/Composer, music by de la Barre, Hotteterre, Blavet and Quantz, with Andrew Rutherford, theorbo and Andre Laurent O'Neil, viola da gamba

Sunday, February 17 2013 at 2:30 p.m. with André O'Neil, viola da gamba and Andrew Rutherford, theorbo at The Cathedral of All Saints

Skidmore College Filene Series: Baroque Flute concert with André O'Neil, viola da gamba and Andrew Appel, harpsichord. Friday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Zankel Concert Hall. Music by de la Barre, Blavet, Telemann, Bach and Quantz.

March 20, 2012 at 7 PM: Saint John Passion by Bach with the Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men and Boys, with a baroque period instrument orchestra, 62 South Swan Street in Albany, NY conductor by Woodruff Bynum.  

Empire Baroque at The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 PM: music by Bach, Hotteterre and Telemann; I'll be playing traverso and will be joined by Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, baroque violin; Andre O'Neil, baroque cello and viola da gamba; William Carragan, harpsichord and Andrew Rutherford, theorbo. Concert is free and open to the public, donations welcome. 

The Empire Baroque at The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose
November 2009
Music of Netherlandish Masters: In Celebration of the Quatercentennial of the Voyage of Hendrick Hudson 1609-/2009. Music by: van Wassenaer,van Eyck/Dowland, de Fesch, Hellendaal and Benedictus Buns 
with Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Andre O'Neil and William Carragan


The Musicians of Ma'alwyck
"Dutch Composers of the Golden Age" with Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, baroque violin; Andre O'Neil, baroque cello; and William Carragan, harpsichord. Music by Jacob van Eyck, Willem de Fesch, Benedict Buns and Wassenaer. We had two wonderful performances June  2009 at  Fort Crailo  in  Rensselaer, NY and atThe Boston Early Music Festival  Fringe Concert Series. This was my first time attend BEMF and it was wonderful to hear the performances and see the exhibits. I tried lots of wonderful flutes! 


Concert of music by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach with Anne-Marie Barker Schwartz, baroque violin/viola; Andre O'Neil, baroque cello; and William Carragan, harpsichord at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Albany, NY Fall 2007

The Empire Baroque with The Cathedral of All Saints Choirs in Albany, NY, summer 2007  

The Complete Musical Offering by J. S. Bach at UAlbany, fall 2006  I was honored and challenged to get to perform the famous Trio Sonata in C Minor

The Foundation for Baroque Music Baroque Festival, summers since 2001, Greenfield Center, NY

Other performances and lectures at Skidmore College, MTSU, University of Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth University and UT Chattanooga


The Florida State University: Amy Edmondson, baroque flute; Karyl Louwenaar, chamber music coach

The Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College: Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Kenneth Slowik, conductor

Wildacres Flute Symposium: Stephen Preston, baroque flute

Amherst Baroque Festival: Janet See, baroque flute