Danijela McElwee

Danijela McElwee studied flute in Serbia and received a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Novi Sad Academy of Arts. She moved to the United States in 2001 and was awarded a Mortar Board Scholarship at the University of Washington School of Music where she earned her Masters Degree in Flute Performance. Danijela formerly performed with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and is currently Principal Flute for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Spiritus Winds quintet. She also freelances with harpist Tamara Dobranic.


Danijela performs Toot Suite by Huntley Beyer with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in February, 2007
Playing with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Danijela has her hands full with flowers after her concerto with NWSO
Solo flute with the Concord Chamber Choir
Beethoven. Can you find Danijela?
Danijela particularly enjoys performing music in the Eastern European folk traditions of her native Serbia and neighboring countries. Watch Danijela perform a piece that evokes the folk music of southern Romania. This piece was composed for Danijela by Aleksandr Eppler, who is seen here performing on the cimbalom (Oltenian Miniatures, 2004).
Spiritus Winds performing Poulenc's Sextet
Two students during a recital
Recital rehearsal in the living room
After a recital
In addition to indivual performances, Danijela's students performed together



Danijela is devoted to the musical education of young people. She maintains a flute studio in Woodinville, Washington.

Skill Levels

Beginners welcome! Danijela teaches all levels of flute from those who've never picked one up before to experts. She loves working with kids, but also enjoys the time she has with her adult students.


Lesson times are 30, 45 or 60 minutes. She has a separate studio in her house in Woodinville and prefers for students to come to the house for lessons. Her teaching approach is tailored to the situation and above all she wants students to have fun while they learn.


Danijela keeps her rates very reasonable and competitive with teachers of comparable expertise.