Sally Daganzo began playing the flute in the 4th grade when she joined her elementary school band. She quickly took to it and was invited to be a founding member of the school’s woodwind quintet. She studied privately from grade 5-12 and along the way played in the Bay Area Wind Symphony, attended the Hayward La Honda music camp, competed in the Mendelssohn Youth Flute competition and played first chair in the band at Bishop O’Dowd High School. She moved on to study Physics and Chemistry at UC Berkeley where she earned her BS and MA, and then attended medical school at UCSF. In 2011 she moved with her family to Maui where she practices internal medicine as part of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. Sally was ecstatic to find the Maui Flute Choir in her backyard!
Peggy Schecter, founder and director of the Maui Flute Choir, earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Schecter, recipient of a Fulbright award, continued her education at the Paris Conservatory, as well as studying privately with the international soloist Jean-Pierre Rampal and with the acclaimed French soloist and pedagogue Marcel Moyse.
She has made multiple recordings, including “The Art of Bel Canto” with Richard Tucker for Columbia Records, and has participated in the Marlboro, Spoleto, Casals, Grand Teton, Rockport and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
She was a founder and artistic director of the N.J. Chamber Society, and served on the Board of the N.Y. Flute Club, for which she directed their Young Flutist’s Competition.
Additionally, Ms. Schecter served as principal flutist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and performed with such groups as the New York City Opera, N.Y. Metropolitan Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New Jersey State Opera. She was a guest artist with the Guarneri String Quartet at Lincoln Center.
For 20 years Ms. Schecter was a visiting Specialist at Montclair State University where she taught flute and founded and directed the MSU Flute Choir. Ms. Schecter can be heard on the Columbia, Nonesuch, Pantheon, Premier, and Opus One labels. She currently serves as principal flutist with the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Chamber Ensemble, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra, while maintaining a class of private flute students. In July of 2011 Peggy founded the Maui Flute Choir.