Suzanne Gilchrest Flute
Matthew Goeke Cello
Ina Litera Viola

Hello and welcome to the Eight Strings & a Whistle website!

We are a flute, viola and cello trio featuring works for our unique combination spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods along with pieces composed expressly for us.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about us and our innovative programming. Please take a moment to watch our videos in the Video Room, read about our composers in the Featured Composer section, and check out our debut release Albert’s Window as well as other recordings in Recordings.

Latest News

  • New Blog!

    Ina has just posted her latest blog. Please visit our blog page and check it out!...

  • Havana!

    We are thrilled and honored to have been invited back to the Festival de la Habana this coming ...

  • New video by 8SW Competition Winner Jorge Amado

    Listen and watch and get blown away as Jorge performs his Sonata No. 1....


Thanks so much for your contributions to the festival, not only through your beautiful performance but also through your work with our students. I hope our paths cross again, too, and soon!”

Scott Perkins - FeNAM

Wonderful performance on Sunday.”

John Sexton – Greenburgh Public Library

It was kind of a beam of light in this otherwise dark world…  I am amazed at how in sync the 3 of you are.”

Sheila Rao – Group Muse concert

I love listening to Eight Strings & a Whistle. Your musicality and attention to the composer’s intentions come through in everything you play.The phrase that comes to mind is ‘passionate elegance’.”

John Newell, composer

Upcoming Concerts

28sep6:00 pmGroupmuse - NYC6:00 pm

02oct(oct 2)9:00 am03(oct 3)10:00 pmTulane!9:00 am - 10:00 pm (3) Dixon Recital Hall, Tulane University

8SW Composer Competition

Building on our advocacy for new music, we launched our first Composer Competition in 2017.  Held every two years, the 8SW Composer Competition invites composers of all ages enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application to submit a work composed for flute, viola and cello. The First Prize is the New York Premiere of the winning composer’s work on our annual Fall concert, and a Featured Composer interview on our website.

Eight Strings & a Whistle is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2020 8SW Composer Competition will open on September 15, 2019. For application guidelines and rules please visit our 8SW Composer Competition page.

Our Featured Composer

Jorge Amado

Ina, Matt and I are very excited to introduce you to our first ever 8SW Composer Competition winner, Jorge Amado. Jorge is currently a student at ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba. His submission to the competition, Eidos II, is a very well crafted, powerful and energetic example of the potential future of chamber music. Eidos II is the second of what will be a set of independent pieces for diverse instrumental ensembles. Its title, a Greek term that means “type” or “species,” is a reference to the diverse possibilities with the instrumentation of chamber ensembles. The piece is greatly influenced by Afro-Cuban rhythms and the folkloric ensembles used for Santería ceremonial music. Please do join us at the Tenri Cultural Institute on November 16, 2018 for the World Premiere of Eidos II. For more information please visit here.

Jorge is a delightful, humble and very gifted young man. I find his generosity of spirit and his love for music to be apparent in this interview.