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Another scholarship available for UVic flutists

Hello current UVic flutists,
Reminder of this important opportunity. Please consider applying for this award! I am happy to support your application. However, pLease let me know by tomorrow Friday 3 Nov as I will need time to write references. Thank you.

L. E. Frances Druce Collaborative Piano Award

One or more prizes are awarded to academically outstanding full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Music. The prize is intended to enhance student learning by providing the financial support to enable students to work with a professional collaborative pianist.

For the 2017-18 School year, 8 Awards of $600 will be made.

Preference will be given to students giving a graduating recital for the MMus or BMus degree in Performance or M588 recital.

Application requirements:

n A proposed recital program from the student including timings of works, reasons for the repertoire choices and a projected budget for rehearsals and performance.
n A letter of support from the student’s teacher.

These two items are due at the School of Music office
by 4:00 pm Thursday, November 16.

Students receiving the award will be notified by November 22.

Upcoming OPEN event

Hello everyone

Just an update regarding the guest class and recital on 18 November Saturday. We have flutist Dr. Michelle Cheramy visiting (professor of flute at Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland). Admission to both he concert and masterclass is by donation. The masterclass will be held in PTY recital hall at UVic from 145-345 and yes, will be followed by a reception (yay! Murchies cake and macarons 🙂 The 8 pm recital, given by Trinitas (a trio comprised of the professors of flute, piano and cello from Memorial) will also be held in PTY recital hall at the UVic School of Music. Both events are open to the community. Hope to see you there!

For new fine arts graduates, something to consider…

Thought this was interesting as an option. He doesn’t specifically mention it but there are also positions at government supported arts organisations like Canada Council or the Canadian Music Centre, and what he does say relates also to fine arts graduates. IF you have a graduate degree and relevant experience (which you can get as a student through internships, volunteering, TAships, work study roles, etc) you could consider this route. Would be a great place to work for any artist: good way to make connections, stay abreast of what is going on in the field and also has excellent benefits!


Upcoming open masterclass18 October 2017

When: 12:30- 2 pm Weds 18 October 2017 with reception to follow class in lower lobby

Where: UVIc School of Music in PTY recital hall

Cost: FREE!

All musicians are welcome; please register with Dr. Snizek via email at


Stress management idea…

This sounds like a good idea for virtually anyone…except for those of us allergic to dogs/cats! 🙂 See below…

If your students are feeling stressed, why not suggest dropping by the weekly Pet Café? It runs from 2:30-4pm each Wednesday in the Interfaith Chapel Lobby, just across the parking lot from us. Whether they’re stressed about school or just away from home and missing their pet, they can have tea, coffee & cookies while connecting with cuddly creatures. This is a free drop-in program and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Anglican Chaplain Ruth Dantzer.

Revised MC schedule

Hello everyone,

Please have a careful look over this new schedule. I have tried to spread out the opportunities amongst everyone, taking into account individual interests.

Revised Flute MC Schedule 2017-18

First term focus: Alexander Technique with Johanna Godliman

6 September: Introductions, review syllabus and enjoy ‘tea time’ Victoria style at Murchies (my treat). Meet there at 230 pm.

13 September Alexander technique lessons begin! Wear comfortable clothing and bring your flutes AND the 24 Petite Melodies by Moyse (performers on #1 in 24 Petite Melodies: Charmaine, Rhiannon)

20 September AT (#2 melody Charlie, Alli)

27 September AT (#3 melody Jamie, Alanna)

4 October AT (#4 melody Taya, Jessica)

11 October AT (#5 Monica, Jasmine)

*Saturday 14 October Faculty chamber concert 8 pm; all flute students expected to attend*

18 October Special public masterclass beginning at 1230 (runs until regular time of 220) Solo repertoire with piano (performers: Rhiannon, Jamie, Monica, Charlie)

25 October AT (#6 Monica, Charlie)

1 November AT (#7 Alli, Taya)

8 November no class

15 November Reading break

*18 November Saturday SPECIAL GUEST CLASS (in afternoon) with Dr. Michelle Cheramy professor of flute at Memorial University (performers: Charmaine, Jessica, Rhiannon, Alanna) and details TBA) Guest trio recital in evening at 8 pm: Trinitas Chamber Ensemble (Michelle Cheramy, flute, Phil Roberts, piano, Nathan Cook, cello) in a program of contemporary chamber music that dips its toes into the world of jazz. Featuring works by Nikolai Kapustin, Astor Piazzola and Lowell Liebermann*

22 November AT (#8 Jamie, Charmaine)

29 November AT (#9 Rhiannon, Jasmine)

6 December: Last AT class (#10 Breanna, Jessica) 

Second term focus: Orchestral repertoire. Unless otherwise noted, all students should prepare all excerpts below (available in Kujala book).

3 January Prokofieff Peter And The Wolf

*Faculty recital 7 January Sunday at 2:30 pm Dr. Snizek in recital in PTY *

10 Jan Beethoven Symphony 3

17 Jan Brahms 4

24 Jan Stravinsky Firebird: please note this selection is optional for first yr. students

31 Jan Mozart G major Concerto, exposition from first mvt. only

*Please note special school-wide events 3 and 4 February UVic 50th anniversary New Music festival (details TBA)*

7 Feb Mock orchestral audition today from 12-220 in B071. All students will observe all auditions. Specific audition schedule TBA. Please note: written (preferably 500- 750 word) self-assessment of audition process due beginning of next masterclass. Within your assessment, consider these specific questions:

  1. What went especially well, in your view?
  2. What were the specific musical weaknesses you encountered, and what would you do differently next time to improve those weak areas?
  3. What did you learn about yourself from this audition experience, and how might you apply this new self-knowledge going forward?

12-16 Feb Reading break Reminder: written self-assessments of audition process due at start of next class

21 Feb written self-assessments of audition process due at start of class today;

Solo repertoire

24 February 2018 at 7 pm in PTY Annual UVic flute studio recital. Please note early start time. Please bring a dish to share for reception following recital.

28 Feb Baroque Solo repertoire

3 March Saturday Guest flutist from Germany and former NFA Baroque flute competition winner Teddie Hwang. Master class Saturday 3 March 10 am-1145 (performers Alanna, Jamie, Alli, Monica). Guest solo recital beginning at noon*

7 March no class today; instead attend special guest class on 3 March with Ms. Hwang

14 March Solo repertoire (Taya, Charlie)

21 March Solo repertoire (Alli, Breanna)

28 March Solo repertoire (Jasmine, Rhiannon)

(March 30-2 April long holiday weekend)

4 April Tips for juries

*Friday 20 April Sara Hahn, principal flutist with Calgary Philharmonic*

(in room B016) 9:30-11 am Masterclass (performers Rhiannon, Jessica, Charmaine). Guest performance from 11:15-noon.

End of the year class tea to follow at Murchies; meet there at 4 (my treat!).

*These are very important learning opportunities and I expect every UVic flutist to attend these special events. However, if you have a required UVic activity (a required academic or performance commitment) that conflicts, please notify me asap, in advance. Thank you.