Les Roettges

Principal Flute

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I have been Principal Flute here since 1986. I play for the Eastern Music Festival in the summer.
I play 2nd flute for the "All-Star Orchestra" We record programs for PBS and have won three Emmys to date.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Doctor/Research Science/Marine Biology - something in a related field

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Go fishing.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
The never ending mission to improve my abilities to perform. The opportunity to produce something that will be valued by my listener. The challenge of taking musical sound and creating something greater that has meaning beyond just its entertainment value.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
I have played and coached Baseball (Little League) Basketball and Soccer with my children as they have grown up. Now I fish and occasionally Kayak.

Do you have a favorite food?
There are so many! Sushi/Seafood/Spaghetti and all Italian

Who is your favorite composer?
That's a tough one. I am passionately interested in many musical genres from late Renaissance to contemporary music. Highlights would include Telemann, Beethoven, Stravinsky, All "Classic" Rock from the Beatles to Nirvana.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
What's an IPod? :) Seriously, I don't use one. I have an extensive music collection, mostly on vinyl.