Darrin Thaves is Instructor of Flute at California State University, Long Beach and maintains a successful private studio in Long Beach, CA. He is also Principal Flute with the Northwest Sinfonietta and co-director of the Long Beach Flute Institute and Northwest Flute Collegium Summer Camps.
Darrin was asked to give the North American premier of Emil Vicklicky's Concerto for Flute, Harp, and String orchestra at the World Harp Congress in July 2010 and was the winner of the 2005 National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition and the 2000 Seattle Ladies Music Club Young Artist Competition. He was a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir in 2005 and 2010.
An active teacher and adjudicator, he has judged for Orange County Musical Arts, CSULB Middle School Flute Competition, MTNA Western Regionals, SCSBOA High School and Middle School All-Southern Honor Group Auditions, Seattle Ladies Music Club Young Artist Competition, and many more.
He is the coordinator of the annual CSULB Flute Competitions and past-coordinator for the NFA High School Soloist Competition.,
Founding the Pacific Flute Ensemble in 2000, Darrin has conducted the group in featured performances at the 2005 and 2010 National Flute Association Conventions.
As a conductor, he has been asked to lead Flute Choir Sight-reading Sessions at two National Conventions.
Darrin Thaves is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a 1999 Deans List Graduate of California State University of Long Beach with a Masters in Flute Performance.
He has been featured on the 2nd City Chamber Music Series, P.U.M.A Series, Tacoma Art Museum Chamber Music Series, and performed at the National Flute Convention on numerous occasions.