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Arizona's premiere flute ensemble performance organization

About DEF Project

Desert Echoes Flute Project (DEFproject) is Arizona’s premiere flute ensemble organization. The primary ensemble is the large flute choir or orchestra (the terms are used interchangeably) that is known as DEFproject. 


It was founded in 2006 by music director Christina Steffen and has become a nationally recognized flute choir selected to perform at National Flute Association Conventions (2007, 2010, 2012, 2016), The San Francisco Flute Festival (2014), and the renowned Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix (2011, 2013). 


The smaller DEF Chamber Choir began in the fall of 2011 and performs as a true chamber ensemble without a conductor. Members of both groups are selected through an audition process and include professional flutists, music educators, college students, and community musicians from the Phoenix metropolitan area. 


The ensembles have collaborated with other organizations for concerts and also provide community service programs. DEF flutists have also performed as trios, quartets, and octets for special events and functions such as MCC’s 50th Anniversary Rose Garden Tea. The newest ensemble is the Community Flute Choir, which brings together flutists of varying levels and ages (high school and older) without audition to enjoy playing music together.


DEFproject at Ocean Beach for National Flute Association Convention 2016.