Greater VIctoria Youth Orchestra auditions

Auditions for the 2019-2020 season of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion will take place by appointment during the following dates:

April 15 – 17, 2019

May 24 – 27, 2019

Qualifications:  candidates must be taking private lessons on their instrument.  Prospective players should have achieved a minimum standard of Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8. 

Audition requirements:

·         solo piece (accompaniment not required)

·         orchestral excerpts (selected passages only), available from the GVYO office

·         for string players:  specified scales are included in the excerpts, to be played as written.

·         an audition fee of $20 (first time applicants only)

Audition Packages are available by email; contact us at gvyorchestra@gmail.com, or phone 250-360-1121.  We also have an informative website at www.gvyo.org. 

Regular rehearsals of the GVYO take place from September through April on Saturday mornings 9:15 am – 12:15 pm in the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road.

We encourage your students to attend the GVYO Season Finale at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium on April 14, 2019 Sunday at 2:30 pm. (Student Group rates are available – email or phone for details by Tuesday, April 2)   See www.gvyo.org for concert information.

We also invite you and your students to attend our Open Rehearsal Saturday morning, April 6 at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Meet the GVYO players and music director, and ask any questions as you join the orchestra for snacks at the rehearsal break.

CHECK OUT THE New Flute additions to UVic library!

Sonata for flute and guitar (1975) by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Works by Edison Denisov

Sonata for solo flute op. 71 by Vagn Holmboe on order

Vagn Holmboe’s Primavera op. 55 (wind chamber work) on orderh

Ian Clarke: ‘Curves’ for three flutes

De Middeleeuwen : voor sopraan, alt, fluit, klarinet en strijkers by Rosy Wertheim

Trois chansons pour chant, flute et harpe ou piano by Rosy Wertheim

Gunter Raphael: Trio for fl, violin and viola in B flat major, op.48 and his fantastic Sonata in e minor !!

Elsa Barraine: Ouvrage De Dame

Isang Yun’s ‘Sori’ for solo flute

Isang Yun Inventionen for two oboes (or flute/oboe)

Synchronie for two flutes by Yoshihisa Taira (on order)

Sonata by Eduard Tubin

Dec. 2018 Faculty exchange in CHina

It has been quite the past three weeks! I have been guest teaching as part of a three week faculty exchange with Suzhou University and their esteemed flute professor, Clara Novakova (originally from the Czech Republic). Professor Novakova will be joining us at UVic in Feb and March 2019. In addition to my activities in Suzhou (Suzhou University), I performed and taught in Shanghai (at East China Normal University); and at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and the Guangzhou Opera House.

Guest Masterclass at the Guangzhou Opera House, with young flutists of the Guangzhou Youth Orchestra

This is a view of the outside of the amazing Guangzhou Opera House (designed by famed architect, Zaha Hadid).

Music Festival in Ecuador

I am very excited to be visiting Ecuador 16-29 October, where I will be performing “Sojourners,” a double concerto for flute and guitar by Jose Lezcano (Cuban American composer based at Keene University in the US) at the Loja International Music Festival- Ecuador. Loja is in the southern part of the country, and I hear that it is quite beautiful.  Another plus: they grow coffee and chocolate there! 🙂

Second term master class creative research project

Hello UVic flutists,

In second term we will be expanding our repertoires! For this second term MC project I would like everyone to perform a solo (preferably unaccompanied, but if you prefer to do something with piano that is perfectly fine too, if you can arrange for the pianist)  10 min or less piece, or mvt from a larger piece, written by a composer that is ENTIRELY new to you and is relatively unknown. Part of your assignment is to introduce us as a class to your piece and composer, and to this end I would like everyone to prepare a short 5 min. background presentation (either orally or via power point) in addition to your assigned performance. You could choose a newly emerging contemporary composer,  or a historically neglected composer from an earlier period, or someone who falls outside of the conventional repertory and is unfamiliar to us (hint: look for works from non- Western European parts of the world…there is a tremendous wealth of good music out there!). Bill Blair in the main music library might be a good source of research help with this project should you get stuck for ideas. There are so many wonderful but unknown pieces out there! Please come to me with your ideas either in my office hours or via email. To ensure we have a wide variety of music I will need to confirm all pieces/composers in advance. Everyone needs to confirm their selections with me by 15 November.

Thank you and happy researching!

Co-op and Career info day at UVic

This info from John Threfall in Fine Arts highlights what our guest was talking about this afternoon:

This year’s Co-op and Career Info Day is scheduled for 10am to 3pm Tuesday, September 11, in the SUB’s Michele Pujol Room. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about co-op opportunities and career development support in their program areas. Fine Arts has a long history with Co-op, and we had nearly 50 students participate in the program last year.

Did you know that students can get a super-cheap Fine Arts Student Pass at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria? For $12 per student —just $1 more than the daily student admission —the FASP Membership is valid from September 1, 2018 (or date of purchase) to August 31, 2019. That’s a great deal and a great way for students to get involved with the Victoria arts community.