SAMF Spotlight – Les Roettges

Les Roettges


Les Roettges is the principal flute for the Jacksonville Symphony. Les performs regularly with the Saint Augustine Music Festival and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. Since 2002 he has been the principal flute for Eastern Music Festival. He is also the second flute for Maestro Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra project.

Before winning the position in Jacksonville, Les performed as the principal flute for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, Solisti New York Ensemble, and the Opera Ensemble of New York. He has also performed for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Bowdoin Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute at the Hollywood Bowl.

A native of Ohio, Les became a student of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Maurice Sharp at age 15. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a year in Paris at the invitation of Alain Marion at the Paris Conservatory. His teachers include Paula Robison, Julius Baker, and Robert Stallman.

Les was the winner of the first annual James Papoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. He is a regular participant in the San Marco Chamber Music Society and can be heard on their 2018 release, Songs & Dances, performing Amy Beach’s Quintet for Flute and Strings. The San Marco group has performed internationally on two recent tours to England and Germany performing mostly 20th and 21st-century American music.