Floriana Ghitea-Chis has been playing the flute for eleven years. When she was seven years old, one of her cousins played the flute, and she just loved the way it sounded and looked. She begged her parents for a flute and she recieved one for her seventh birthday. She has been playing ever since then. When she was nine years old, Floriana auditioned to get into the Portland Youth Philharmonic association (PYP), where she was accepted into their wind ensemble, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble (PYWE), where she played the flute and the piccolo for four years. When she was thirteen years old, she moved up into the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra (PYCO), where she played for three years. In 2017, she advanced to the top orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP), of which she was the principal flutist last year. Three summers ago, she participated in Chamber Music Northwest’s Masterclass with flutist, Valerie Coleman, as well as last year with flutist Ransom Wilson. Two years ago, she was a finalist in the Oregon Mozart Player’s Young Soloist Competition, and also competed in PYP’s soloist competition. Two summers ago, she attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute for their two week flute workshop. In June of 2018, Floriana graduated from her high school, Washington Virtual Academy, as well as Clark Community College with an AA degree and honors.