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UVIc 2019 placement auditions

As promised, here is the list for September 2019:

1. The Mozart Concerto in D major first mvt. from m. 32 to m. 97, please see :,_Wolfgang_Amadeus_-_Flute_Concerto_in_D_major,_K.314.pdf 

Please note: Students are free to use other editions of their own choosing for this Concerto. Also prepare 

2. the Brahms Symphony 1 excerpt, Strauss Don Juan excerpt and the Shostakovich piccolo excerpt from below link (please disregard the other excerpts):


Placement auditions September 2019

There will be an orchestral excerpt list posted here, on the UVIc flute blog, by July. All flute students* will be placed into a large ensemble (either Concert band, Wind symphony or Orchestra) based on results of the placement audition. The auditions will be heard by a committee of faculty members. This audition will take place during the first week of classes (usually the first Thursday, classes begin Wednesday 4 Sept). You will need to sign up for an audition time via a sign up sheet, which will be posted on the large ensemble bulletin board (foot of stairs, lower level Maclaurin b wing).

Every yr I offer all students one lesson in advance (focussed on this audition material); this lesson simply “counts” as one of your first term lessons. This early lesson is optional but highly recommended. Because of time constraints (between first day of classes and the audition), this early lesson will take place between 26-30 August. This also allows you some time to make adjustments to how you are approaching the excerpts. Please contact me well in advance to schedule this “early lesson” as times invariably fill up quickly. 

FYI: lessons will usually be offered through a ‘first-come, first-serve’ sign up sheet process, posted on my studio door.

*with a few exceptions: MA graduate students or some transfer students no longer requiring the credit, if in doubt please consult with me directly…

Article on Careers

As I put together my syllabus for the coming year I am actively thinking about how to tie in career development and our weekly lessons/masterclass…so with this goal in mind, during first term 2019-20 we will be having guest flutist/ speakers talk with us about different career paths in music.

I also came across this article which I thought folks might find interesting and helpful:

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, or phone 250-360-1121.  We also have an informative website at 

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 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! 🙂