Santa Barbara Symphony Names New Principal Flute, Amy Tatum

The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce Amy Tatum has been appointed to the position of principal flute. After receiving over 150 applications, 70 professionals traveled to Santa Barbara to vie for this top flute position. Tatum will be joining the orchestra for their next concert on January 20 and 21, Plains, Trains & Violins.

“There are so many things that I love about playing in this orchestra! The world-class musicians in the Santa Barbara Symphony are colleagues that I have deeply respected for many years” shared principal flute Amy Tatum. “There is a shared respect between Maestro Kabaretti and the members of the orchestra which allows me to express myself artistically with confidence. And there is a sense of family among this group that is rare and just lovely to be part of. I already feel warmly welcomed and supported by my colleagues.” 

“One of the reasons we saw such a large number of auditions for principal flute is that The Symphony has a reputation for being a high-caliber orchestra. When I won the principal oboe position in 2006 there were only 20 applicants!” said Lara Wickes, principal oboe of The Santa Barbara Symphony “With Nir at the helm of the orchestra, the quality of the artistic production has increased dramatically over the last 15 years, so that we are now in extremely high demand with professional musicians from around the world.” 

Amy Tatum is a cross-genre flutist who is in demand as a performer and educator in the Los Angeles music community. As a recording artist, her playing can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks for film (most recently on the blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water), television, video games, and popular music. Tatum holds an affinity for the music of video games, which she regards as one of her generation’s most powerfully innovative creative media. She is the principal flute on Riot Games’ League of Legends, and is a featured soloist on the newly released soundtrack. She performed the music live as a soloist to sold out crowds for the opening ceremonies in both Beijing, China and LA’s Video Games Live, Boston’s PAX East conference, and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She has recorded on the scores of Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo Wars 2, The Sims, Horn, and was heavily featured as flute and bass flute soloist in Austin Wintory’s Grammy-nominated Journey score. Tatum has appeared as principal flute in over 30 performances with LA Opera and performs regularly with orchestras including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, and Long Beach Opera. Tatum believes fervently that arts education should be available to all who seek to make their voices heard. She shares this zeal with her students at LA City College, Mt. St. Mary’s, and her private studio. She has appeared as lecturer and featured artist at CalArts University, Gwangju University and Kyungsung University (Korea), and Scripps College.

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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