Suzanne Gilchrest Flute
Matt 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


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

02nov4:00 pmFriends of Maple Grove4:00 pm Friends of Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road

22nov7:30 pmTenri Cultural Institute7:30 pm Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street

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 2022 8SW Composer Competition will open on October 1, 2021. For application guidelines and rules please visit our 8SW Composer Competition page.

Our Featured Composer

Timothy Bowlby

I was introduced to Tim Bowlby’s music several years ago by Esther Lamneck, who, at that time, was my Program Director at NYU. She asked me to coach an ensemble on Mined Sets, Tim’s trio for flute, clarinet and piano, which had been composed for Esther in 2009. I found it incredibly challenging and rewarding.