The flute ensemble has only six instruments, but their director, Claudia Anderson, swears they sound like 20. “We’re able to play music that has complex harmonics,” says Anderson, adjunct instructor of music.

The group may be small compared to other ensembles, but it sure has heart. Anderson came to Central to revive the flute program and pinpointed incoming students who played. The group grew without any advertising and was immediately successful. “These girls are creating history,” says Anderson.

The students love that they get to experiment with a variety of music, which expands their skills. One of the members comments: “We do things my flute teacher in high school said I would never do.”

Espinosa brings that talent out by letting students choose what style of music to perform. “You might come to one of the concerts and hear 8 or 9 different styles of music,” he says. “Everybody has their own thing.”