Events archive

May-June 2022 Recording second CD “Silenced Voices,” with recording engineer Kirk McNally and pianist Alexandria Le. Will be released on Centaur records.  Music by Hans Gál, Gunter Raphael, Edison Denisov, Marius Flothuis, Jan Novak and Jardanyi Pál. Fully funded by a UVIc Internal Research and Creative Project grant and a UVic Strategic Initiatives grant.

May 2022 Guest masterclass Langley Community Music school (Lower Mainland region, BC)

April 2022 Guest masterclasses (zoom) hosted by Vernon Community Music School (Okanagan region of BC).

April 2022 Guest Adjudicator for woodwinds: Pacific Northwest Music Festival (Terrace, BC)

5 December 2021 Guest clinician for Vancouver Academy of Music

24 November 2021 Hosting guest flutist Lisa McCarthy (professor at WWU-Bellingham WA)

17 November 2021 Special flute studio concert  marking “Five Days of Action,” a campus wide anti-racism initiative.

10 November 2021 Guest clinician for flute studio at WWU-Bellingham WA

27 October 2021 Hosting guest masterclass: Vancouver Academy flutist Paul Hung

16 October 2021 Studio recital at 4 pm

22 September 2021 Hosting guest artist Gloria Huh, flutist in Mexico State Orchestra (Toluca, Mexico)

July 2021 The UVic Flute Intensive has been postponed to July 2023, when (hopefully?!) we will be able to safely hold FTF class format and gather in the PTY recital hall. Stay tuned…

July 2021 (Postponed to May 2022). Recording second CD (“Silenced Voices”) for Centaur records, funded by UVIc Strategic Initiative Impact grant (“Historical Injustices and Contemporary Realities” interdisciplinary research group) and a UVic Creative Research Project grant. With recording engineer Kirk McNally and pianist Dr. Yoomi Kim. Featuring music by Jan Novak, Jardanyi Pal, Petr Eben, Edison Denisov.

30 May 2021 Guest lecture on Jewish music during the Holocaust for Emmanuel congregation

20 April 2021 Guest clinician (via zoom) Utah State University

3 March at 130-220 (Pacific time) 2021 Hosting Guest flutist Brooke Ferguson (Principal flutist Colorado Symphony). OPEN CLASS held on Zoom.  Guests welcome!

2 March 2021 First year MMus student Ada Qian in recital 12:30 pm in PTY recital hall. Program of Bach Partita, Dohnanyi Passacaglia and Debussy trio

22 February 2021 Fourth yr student Keren Xu in BMus graduation recital at 8 pm in PTY recital hall

10 Feb 2021 Hosting guest artist Dr. Erik Abbink “Crafting a Career in Music and Advice on Building a Private Studio”

30 January 2021 at 7 pm UVIc flute studio recital in PTY recital hall (Maclaurin B wing, UVic School of Music). Program will include “Hypnosis” by Ian Clarke, Morceau de Concours by Fauré, and solo flute repertoire including “Plainsong” by Robert Aitken, J. S. Bach’s Partita in a minor, Passacaglia by Donhányi and  Fantasie opus 38 #1 by Kuhlau.

13 January 2021 Hosting Philadelphia based guest flutist Lois Bliss Herbine (Powell artist) in guest piccolo class

7 December 2020 Dr. Snizek as Guest (online) artist-clinician at Mexico City Conservatory and Toluca Mexico Mexico State Conservatory

18 November 2020 Hosting guest flutist Lorna McGhee (Principal flutist Pittsburgh Symphony)

4 November 2020 Hosting guest flutist Regina Helcher Yost (Charleston Symphony)

21 October 2020 Hosting guest flutist David Cramer (former Assoc. Principal flutist Philadelphia Orchestra)

2 October 2020 at 1230 live streamed event from PTY recital hall; Friday music concert featuring UVic flute students

16 September 2020 Hosting guest flutist Gloria Huh (Associate Principal Mexico National Orchestra, Toluca MX)

4 March 2020 Where are the Women composers? Ideafest event, hosted by Dr. Snizek with Dr. Sikata Banerjee (UVic Gender Studies) together with composers Dr. Annette Brosin and Dr. Anna Hostmann.

4 February 2020 at 8 pm Faculty series (solo) recital with pianist Yoomi Kim. Featuring music by Simon Laks, Philippe Gaubert, Jan Novak.

2 February 2020 at 230 pm Faculty Chamber Music concert in UVic’s PTY recital hall. Dr. Snizek will be performing Simon Laks Divertimento for flute, violin (Ann Elliott), cello (Pam Highbaugh-Aloni) and piano (Yoomi Kim)

1 Feb 2020 UVIc flute studio recital @ 7 pm, including world premiere of new flute choir work by Joseph Chiu

20 January 2020 Hosting guest artist-clinician Brook Ferguson, principal flute of the Colorado Symphony and former NFA Young Artist winner. Ms. Ferguson will be leading a morning masterclass (in PTY hall) and performing a recital at 8 pm in UVIc’s PTY recital hall. Details TBA.

14 January 2020 730 pm Faculty series Solo recital with pianist Dr. Yoomi Kim at UVic PTY recital hall. Program includes works by Jan Novak, Simon Laks, Philippe Gaubert.

5 January 2020 at 11 to 1230 Research presentation for the community. “Music in the Shoah: Making the Connection” at Kolot Mayim JCC in Victoria BC

27 November 2019 Hosting guest in UVic Flute Masterclass 130-220 pm: Richard Volet, Principal flutist Victoria Symphony

22 November 2019 Special Open House for UVic Music School; Open UVic flute MC (time TBA) today. UVic Flute choir performance today during open house, details TBA

9 and 10 November 2019 Guest artist masterclass/recital at Vernon Community Music School (Okanagan region of BC) Details TBA

21-27 October 2019 Loja (Ecuador) International Music Festival

2 October 2019 Hosting guest flutist and UVic alum, Kathy Rogers

18 September 2019 Hosting guest in UVIc flute masterclass: Paul Hung, Vancouver based flutist and teacher

11 September 2019 8 pm in UVIc’s PTY recital hall. Co-hosting special event on human rights and music. “Erasing Culture: Performances and Discussion on the Impact of War” with guests Connie Gitlin (Klezmer clarinetist), Orontes quartet (guitar quartet from Syria) and a guest speaker (tba)  from US Holocaust Memorial Museum

3-4 August 2019 UVic Flute Intensive returns! Join us in beautiful Victoria BC for two days of everything flute: performances, masterclasses, flute choir and flute study. Details soon to follow…

16 June 2019 Guest artist for the “Annual Flute Choir Exchange” (between Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria), this year held in Langford, BC.

24-26 May 2019 Edmonton (Alberta) Flute Festival featured guest artist

9 March 2019 “Echoes of Asia” at 8 pm in UVic’s PTY Recital Hall,  with guest artist Clara Novakova, performing duos by Isang Yun and Yoshihisa Taira

25 Feb to 16 March 2019 Hosting guest artist Clara Novakova, Associate Professor of flute Suzhou University, China

12 January 2019 Representing UVIc at Tom Lee post-secondary Music Career Fair in Vancouver, BC

15-18 December 2018 Guangzhou Opera House guest masterclass and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts lecture recital in China. Funded by Orion extended faculty exchange grant and generous support from GAFA.

10-12 December 2018 East China Normal University; Shanghai, China. Funded by both Orion fund grant and support generously provided by East China Normal University

1-21 December 2018  Faculty exchange and residency Suzhou University, China. Funded by both Orion fund and Suzhou University.

20 November 2018 Flute studio annual recital Tuesday 1230 pm in PTY recital hall at UVic School of Music

17- 27 October 2018 Loja International Music Festival (Ecuador) Guest classes and performances including a double Concerto (for solo flute and guitar with string orchestra) by Cuban American composer José Lezcano, professor of guitar at Keane State in New Hampshire. Co-teaching with Brooke Ferguson, principal flute in the Colorado Symphony and Karla Ortega, principal flutist in the Loja Symphony.

13 October 2018 Faculty chamber music series concert PTY recital hall. Performing Sonatine en Trio by Florent Schmitt (with clarinetist Shawn Earle).

9 October 2018 UVic Faculty recital series PTY recital hall Tuesday 1230. Performing works by Edison Denisov, Isang Yun, Sylvie Bodorova, and Gunter Raphael

1-3 June 2018 Okanagan region annual guest masterclass and recital. Co-hosted by Kelowna Community Music School and Vernon Community Music School. For details please contact Christine Moore at

20 April 2018 Hosting Sara Hahn (principal flute Calgary Symphony) guest masterclass and recital at UVic Music School

12-17 April 2018 Adjudicating winds and brass for Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival

3 March 2018 Hosting guest artist concert and masterclass with Teddie Hwang, Baroque flutist from Germany: 10am-1145 class, 12 recital; further details TBA.

24 February 2018 at 7 pm Annual UVic flute studio recital

3 February 2018 Faculty chamber music concert

14 January 2018 “Suppressed Voices” interdisciplinary  symposium, lecture, recital and masterclass at Memorial University St. Johns, Newfoundland (details TBA)

Sunday 7 January 2018 230 pm UVic faculty concert series. See   for details.

18 November 2017 Hosting guest artist Dr. Michelle Cheramy professor of flute at Memorial University; guest masterclass from 3- 430 (performers: Charmaine, Jessica, Rhiannon, Alanna) 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.*

21/22 October 2017 Vernon Music School Saturday 21 October 10 am -noon Masterclass followed by a solo performance; Kelowna Community Music School on Sunday 22 October (both in Okanagan BC region) guest masterclass. Please contact Margaret Burton for more information at

5/16 July 2017 UVic Biennial Flute Intensive. Classes held in PTY. Pre-registration for class required. Please see 1 May blog post for class details at

15 July 2017 faculty recital 245 pm in UVIc PTY recital hall. Repertoire to include Schumann, Raphael and Rössler. Open to the public. Admission by donation. All proceeds benefit new flute scholarship fund at UVic. See review of this concert here:

May 2017 Stuttgart, Germany; Recital at German Literature Archive recital hall on 9 May. Guest artist recital with pianist and scholar Harald Krebs. Recital programme included Sonatas by German composers Richard Roßler and Camillo Schumann.

30 April 2017 2:30 pm Old School House concert series in Qualicum Beach, BC. Concert with pianist Dr. Yoomi Kim. Featuring French (and French inspired) repertoire including Ravel, Debussy Syrinx, Fauré’s Morceau de Concours and Fantasie, Leo Smit Sonata and Leo Kattenburg Sonata for flute and piano.

4 March 2017 at 7 pm World premiere of commissioned work Sonata for Flutes by American Serbian composer Nebojsa Macura.  Work written during the months leading up to the 2016 US election; movements  titled I. Anxious II. Despairing III. Frantic. For flute choir (current UVic flute students) and Dr. Snizek, soloist.

25 January 2017 UVIc noon- 2 pm Open Masterclass. Our weekly flute master class will be extended in length and open to the public on this day. The class will be held in the Phillip T. Young  recital hall in Maclaurin B wing on UVIc’s campus and will focus on solo flute repertoire (unaccompanied solo pieces). I will also be discussing University entrance audition preparation: bring your questions!  This is a free event but pre-registration is requested. If you plan on attending please let us know in advance by email at with the subject line: 25 Jan master class. All aspiring flutists are welcome to attend and audit the class. Four current undergraduate flutists from UVIc will perform.

21 Jan 2017 Saturday 10:15-13:00  (Please note this event has been RESCHEDULED from 7 January 2017) Hosting Lorna McGhee’s guest class/recital at UVIc in PTY recital hall Maclaurin B wing UVic School of Music. All are welcome to attend; admission by donation. Masterclass will begin at 1015– 1145 with Lorna’s recital following from noon to 1. Reception to follow until 2 pm. Please join us in welcoming this truly inspiring artist and teacher to UVIc!

20-21 November 2016 (Calgary, AB) Guest recital and masterclasses Mount Royal Conservatory.

15 November 2016 Berlin, DE Lecture recital on composer Petr Eben’s life and work under Communism. Sponsored by The Forum Voix Etouffées (France), Orfeo 33.89 (Germany) and Erstickte Stimmen Forum – Wien (Austria); an international conference under the patronage of the European Union, the French Embassy in Germany, the Franco-German Council for Culture and Radio France Internationale on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at the
French Institute in Berlin (Maison de France) on “1945, Europe Year Zero. Music and cultural politics under Nazism and
Stalinism: divergences and similarities.”

10 November 2016 8 pm Open Space Victoria BC. Recital of solo flute works (Flothuis, Rosza, Samandari) and a chamber music piece by Hans Gal for flute and two violins, Includes world premiere of newly commissioned work by Canadian-Iranian composer Farshid Samandari, inspired by poetry by Primo Levi .

6 October through 29 October 2016 Banff Centre (AB, Canada) Early Fall artist residency

4 October Guest Masterclass and recital of solo works by Escher, Wellesz, Rosza; hosted by Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, PA)

10 September 2016 Benefit recital at UVIc “Mysterious Barricades” performing with pianist Yoomi Kim; see

11-14 August 2016 San Diego, CA NFA convention

1/2 July 2016 Pender Island (BC) Flute retreat

27 June 2016 8 pm at the PTY recital hall UVic School of Music This special recital will feature three works included in the Suppressed Music recording project (sponsored by the University of Victoria and the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island). Snizek will be performing the Sonatas for flute and piano by Leo Smit and Boris Blacher with guest pianist Dr. Yoomi Kim, and the Jan van Gilse trio with guest violinist Aaron Schwebel (concert master National Ballet of Canada) and guest violist Keith Hamm (principal violist Canadian Opera Company). Admission by donation.

30 April 2016 Guest recital of solo flute works (Jean Jean Etude#5 and the CPE Bach solo Sonata in a minor) and masterclass for advanced flutists at Vernon (BC) Community Music School.

25 February 2016 at 1230 PTY recital hall at UVIc. Lecture recital: the virtuosic Richard Rössler Sonata for flute and piano with pianist and theorist Harald Krebs.

9 January 2016 8 pm UVic Faculty Chamber Music concert series (in PTY hall at UVic School of Music); selections include Frank Martin’s Quatre Sonnets de Cassandre  and Jan van Gilse Trio for flute, viola (played by Joanna Hood) and violin (played by Sharon Stanis).

8 November 12:30-2 pm Guest artist masterclass/recital at Music Works Music School in Bellevue, WA.

7 November Guest artist masterclass/recital at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. 1-2 pm. Pieces to be performed by WWU students: Barber Canzone, Burton Sonatina – 1st mvt; Taktakishvili – 1st mvt. Recording of this performance is posted in recordings section.

Faculty recital (in PTY recital Hall in Maclaurin B wing of University of Victoria School of Music) Thursday 5 November 2015 at 8 pm with pianist Alexandria Le. Repertoire featuring Czech music; includes Feld and Martinu Sonatas as well as Miniatures by Petr Eben and E. F. Burian’s Serenade.

UBC Wednesday Noon hour concert series 4 November 2015 at UBC School of Music recital hall in Vancouver, BC. Czech music with pianist Alexandria Le. Repertoire same as above 5 November recital.Tickets for Adults, Students, Seniors: $5 each (at the door/cash only); Groups of 10 or more $4 each (reservation necessary ~ 604-822-5574 or email to reserve) or UBC Noon Hour Series season pass (Adults, Students, Seniors): $75 (Available at the door).

24 October 2015 UVic Faculty chamber music concert in PTY recital hall. Repertoire includes chamber music by composer Gordon Mumma.

Qualicum Beach, BC Sunday 27 September 2015 2:30 pm Old School House Concert series Trio recital with Alexandria Le (pianist) and Joanna Hood (violist). Trio repertoire includes Weinberg, Martinu, Duruflé and Nebojsa Macura’s award winning work Six Year Interlude. This last work was written for me; for more information on this composer please see:

For tickets see

29 September 2015 Tuesday at 8 pm at UVic School of Music PTY recital hall; Trio concert with Alexandria Le (pianist) and Joanna Hood (violist); UVic Faculty Concert series

Edmonton, Alberta 11-15 September Master classes at Taylor Conservatory and University of Alberta; recital U of A’s Convocation Hall on Sunday 13 September at 2 pm. Theme of the recital is ‘Suppressed Music and the Third Reich.’

About ‘Suppressed Music’: The term ‘Suppressed Music’ usually refers to music which was prohibited by the Third Reich, although the term could be used to describe any music which has been suppressed. My recital programme ‘Suppressed Music and the Third Reich’ will feature music written by composers of Jewish background and various nationalities (the phenomenon, like the Shoah or ‘Holocaust’ was an international one). Each composer represented on this programme had very different life circumstances, musical styles and career and life experiences, despite the shared similarity of musical suppression under the Nazis. All the music featured on this programme, despite the variety of styles, shares a very high degree of quality. It is hoped that this concert will help promote greater scholarly attention and inclusion into other flutist’s concert offerings.

About the featured composers:

Boris Blacher (1903-1975) was a composer who was considered ethnically “impure” being of mixed ethnic background (he was 1/4 Jewish as well as having a father who was Russo-Asian-Estonian). He also held leftist political views and wrote in a style which was not endorsed by the regime. He lost his teaching post at the Dresden Conservatory as a result of his non-cooperation with the regime, and his work’s dissemination was affected. Pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor and I will be performing his excellent Sonata for flute and piano.

Hans Gál (1890-1987) was a prolific and long lived Austrian composer of Jewish background who eventually settled in Edinburgh. Following his racist dismissal as Music Director of the Mainz Conservatory, he also had to flee Austria after the Nazi regime took power there. After finally immigrating to the UK, Gál was interned by the British government as an ‘enemy alien.’ He regarded this deeply traumatic experience as the worst period of his entire life. For my DMA thesis on this subject, please see

Gál’s music was largely conservative and deeply imprinted by the Austro-German musical tradition. Gál, in fact, was a direct musical descendant of Johannes Brahms through his work with Eusebius Mandecewski. We will be performing Gál’s lovely Drei Intermezzi (which Gál wrote at the tender age of 84!).

Petr Eben (1929-2007) was a Czech composer who as a teen survived a German Concentration camp (he was deemed Jewish by virtue of having one Jewish parent). This terrible ordeal was only followed by further suppression by the Communist regime of post war Czechoslovakia, since he was a devoutly practicing Catholic. His regular church attendance did not escape the disapproval of the Czech authorities and his career at Charles University (Prague) was, as a result, largely stagnant despite his popularity with the students there. Eben’s musical style is utterly unique and expressive, and this trio (Drei still Lieder) for flute, voice and piano is one of my very favourite works for flute.

Leo Smit (1900-1943) was a talented and critically recognized Dutch composer of Jewish background whose life was tragically cut short by his murder in Sobibor. We will be performing the beautiful slow movement from his neo-classically inspired Sonata for flute and piano, which was his last work (completed in February 1943, just before he and his family were arrested and transported to death camps). Smit’s musical style often evidences jazz influences and a subtle French sensibility, stemming from his nine years of musical study in Paris beginning in 1927 .

Mieczslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) was a Polish composer of Jewish background who fled eastward from Warsaw and settled in the Soviet Union where he became a respected composer. However, like the aforementioned Petr Eben, Weinberg’s troubles continued under the Communist regime. Weinberg became the son in law of a prominent Jewish artist in Moscow who ultimately was murdered by Stalin (he was accused of plotting to murder Stalin, a completely unfounded charge with strong antisemitic aspects). This family association led to Weinberg’s eventual arrest. Luckily for Weinberg, Stalin died before he could be further persecuted. Weinberg became a close associate and friend of Shostakovich and the two men often shared each other’s new works with each other for comment before releasing them publicly. One can hear a keen similarity in their musical styles. His Twelve Miniatures for flute and piano is an especially substantial, effective and expressive work; we will be performing movements three through twelve.

3 September 2015 Thursday at 130 pm lecture recital as part of Global Connections: Critical Holocaust Education in a Time of Transition” interdisciplinary and international conference hosted by UVic. This lecture- recital features the Huyton Suite (trio for two violins and a flute, written during WWII British internment and performed here with Dr. Snizek by violinists Sharon Stanis of the Lafayette Qtet and Christi Myers of the Victoria Symphony) by Hans Gál.  For more info please see

Music by the Sea Festival 2- 13 July 2015, Bamfield BC Repertoire includes Mozart’s famous D major Quartet; Roussel Trio for fl, vla and vc; Harbison’s Six American Painters (with vc, van and vla); Villa Lobos Choros with clarinet; Frank Martin’s Quatre Sonnets a Cassandre; Weinberg’s 12 Miniatures for fl and pno. For tickets and more information please see

Master class/recital hosted by Kelowna (BC) Community Music School Saturday 30 May 2015 from 2 to 4 pm

For further information please contact the school at 250-860-1737 or write to

Dr. Snizek in recital, together with pianist Bruce Vogt, on 28 September 2014 at 230 pm in the Phillip T. Young recital hall at the UVic School of Music. This exciting and eclectic programme will include Uebayashi’s Sonata for flute and piano; Bonis’s Sonata for flute and piano, Koechlin’s Epitaph for Jean Harlow (with saxophonist Wendell Clanton); Saairaho’s Laconisme d’aile for flute and electronics (the latter provided by Kirk McNally); and an aria from J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio (with soprano Anne Grimm). For tickets please visit

This concert will also be live streamed; please see

On Sunday 5 October 2014 @ 2:30,  Dr. Snizek will be performing with pianist Michelle Mares at the Old School House  ‘Music on Sundays’ concert series in beautiful Qualicum Beach, BC . Programme will include the beautiful Canadian work, the Srul Irving Glick Sonata;  the well known and cheerful J.S. Bach Sonata in E flat major; the French salon piece by Busser known as  ‘Prelude et Scherzo’ and Japanese born French composer Yuko Uebayashi’s Sonata for flute and piano. This last piece, which is breathtakingly lyrical, has been called “Ravel in Tokyo;” it is quite an exciting new addition (published in 2012) to the  flute repertoire. For tickets please visit:

On 1 November 2014 8 pm at PTY recital (UVic School of Music): The annual chamber music faculty concert will include Ginastera’s Impresiones de la Puna for flute and string quartet, played by Dr. Snizek and the Lafayette Quartet. For tickets please visit: