Congratulations to all!
Gillian Newburn (Alumna Bmus 2017) has been invited to audition for the prestigious and highly selective Berlin Philharmonic Academie (professional training program) in late February 2018.
Gillian Newburn has been a winner in two recent competitions: she was chosen to be a featured soloist in: Young Soloists Concert with the Sidney Classical Orchestra; she will be playing the Mozart Flute Concerto in D major, Mvt I. The concert dates are:
2:30 pm, Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:30 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2017
both at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney, BC AND the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra on 29 April 2018, playing Piazzolla’s, (arr. by Simon Dawkins) Histoire du Tango.
September 2017 Bailey Finley (Alumna/BMUs 2017) has been hired as the new flute teacher at WindStars Music Academy in Victoria. In August, and in collaboration with the Victoria Composer’s Collective, Bailey also gave a successful month-long cross country tour of Canada, presenting new compositions for flute.
August 2017 BOTH Jasmine Riseley (BMus 2019) and Monica Mun (BMus 2018) have been awarded the JCURA (UVic’s most prestigious Undergrad research award)! Their award winning research on Canadian jazz flutists and Canadian new music for flute, respectively, will both be presented at the UVic JCURA fair on 7 March 2018; both will also receive $1500 awards from the University. This is a tremendous and highly unusual accomplishment (in fact, I have never heard of two students from the same studio winning a JCURA in the same year, this might very well be a school record event)!
June 2017 Taya Haldane (BMus 2019) received a (very well deserved!) music scholarship from the Terrace Arts Council to support her music studies.
June 2017 alum Thomas Law (BMus 2015) will be studying with Paula Robison at Orford this summer.
June 2017 alum Thomas Bauer (BMus 2015) won 1st place at the provincial performing arts festival in the national woodwind category and will be representing B.C. at nationals in Ottawa.
June 2017 Alanna Kazdan (MMus in Musicology with Flute Performance 2018) has her first published article appearing in Metal Music Studies journal this month! The article is called “Textural Applications of Power Chords in Scandinavian Death Metal.”
June 2017 Rhiannon Jones (BMus 2020) Rhiannon is joining Christine Moore (principal flutist of the Okanagan Symphony) and the Okanagan Symphony Wind Ensemble to perform at the UBC-Okanagan graduation ceremonies.
June 2017 Charmaine Tai (MMUS 2018) is performing in early June with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra as part of the Vancouver Children’s Festival on Granville island. Within a mix of world and western classical instruments, VICO will be performing a mix of works featuring Persian and Chinese folk tunes.
News from May 2017: Charmaine Tai (MMus 2018), Jillian Broughton (BMus 2017) and Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) were accepted by audition as the three members of the flute section of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra for the 2017-18 season. Fantastic accomplishment for the UVic flute studio!
May 2017: Gillian Newburn (BMUs 2017) won the “Adjudicators Award” in the senior division of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.
March 2017: Jillian Broughton (BMus 2017) has been accepted to and will attend 2017 Tafelmusik summer programme in Toronto where she will be studying with internationally renown Early flute specialist Jed Wentz.
April 2017: Here’s a link to the youtube video of Gillian Newburn’s (BMus 2017) excellent Sooke Philharmonic concerto competition performance of the Nielsen Concerto:
And a post on the orchestra’s blog about the competition, with some nice photos here: https://sookephil.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sophie-van-der-sloot-concerto-competition-as-well-as-audience-choice-winner/
April 2017 Jamie Pambrun (BMus 2019) will be attending the 2017 Pender Island Flute retreat this summer where she will attend classes led by Gwen Klassen (Calgary Symphony), Lorna McGhee (Pittsburgh Symphony) and William Bennett (legendary British flutist).
April 2017 Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017 ) has been accepted to the 2017 Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW). This will be her second year performing in this prestigious orchestral training institute.
The filmmaking and storytelling talents of fourth-year Writing student Ellery Lam are showcased in this remarkable new thank-you video for UVic’s Donor Relations, which also features a score created and performed by fourth-year School of Music student Jillian Broughton. It’s the story of the connection between a UVic donor, Anna, and a UVic student, Alysha — but it’s also a story about a little boy whose life was forever changed by Alysha, when she applied her learning from UVic to her work in the community.
March 2017: Graduate flute student (Musicology with performance degree candidate) Alanna Kazdan has had her paper on Elliot Carter (“That Being So-Called Human” from Elliott Carter’s song cycle What Are Years?, on poetry by Marianne Moore) accepted for publication by and presentation at the 2017 Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University of Calgary. See https://scpa.ucalgary.ca/music/gradconference for details.
March 2017: alum Thomas Law (BMus 2015) Thomas has been accepted to both Domaine Forget and Orford 2017 summer flute programmes, and will be attending Orford to study with Jocelyne Roy.
February 2017: Gillian Newburn (BMUS 2017) was selected as a finalist in the Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, in conjunction with the Sooke Philharmonic (BC) Orchestra. She will be performing the entire Nielsen Concerto in the finalist round held on 22 April 2017 in PTY recital hall at UVic. Congratulations and best of luck, Gillian!
February 2017: Monica Mun (BMus 2018) won first place in the 2017 Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition! She performed the Doppler Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise with fellow flute student and pianist Alanna Kazdan (thank you Alana, for stepping in to play for Monica!). The concerto performances are June 3rd at Vancouver Island University Theater Building 310, 900 Fifth St. Nanaimo BC at 7:30 pm, AND June 4th, at St. Mark’s Anglican Church 138 Hoylake Rd. W. Qualicum Beach at 2:30 pm! Please see their website: http://www.nanaimochamberorchestra.com/ for further information too!
Alum Thomas Bauer (BMus 2015) and current student Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) tied for first place in the 2017 Cowichan Consort Orchestra Concerto competition. Thomas entered the competition with the Khachaturian Concerto and Gillian presented the Nielsen Concerto. They will be performing together as co-winners on a Concerto for two flutes in spring 2017. Terrific news for the UVic flute studio!
Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) received a Fine Arts achievement bursary for her UVic music studies 2016-17. Gillian was also named Oak Bay High (BC) Schools “Artist-in-Residence” for the 2016-17 school year, where she will be teaching a masterclass 3 times a month, performing in their concerts and organizing a chamber group programme for the school.
Bailey Finley (BMus 2017) received a generous grant from the BC Arts Council that will support her musical studies at UVic during 2016-17.
Cooper Reed (BMus 2017), Thomas Bauer (BMus 2015) and Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) were selected by audition to be the flute section in the 2016-17 Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, conducted by Yariv Aloni.
Taya Haldane (BMus 2019) was hired at the summer music programme (Pacific Northwest Music Festival) in Terrace, BC. A multi-faceted talent, Taya will be helping with the camp participants and performing on violin (!) in the camp opera production of Carmen.
Jillian Broughton (BMUS 2017) was chosen to be a performer in the 2016 Philadelphia International Music Festival, a summer training programme featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jillian studied with Loren Lind (flutist with the Philadelphia Orchestra), performed in the Festival orchestra and studied chamber music.
Gillian Newburn (BMUS 2017) was a performer in the 2016 Vancouver Symphony summer orchestral institute at Whistler (BC). She will be performing Rite of Spring, taking lessons with Nadia Kyne and Christie Reside (both flutists with the VSO) and studying chamber music as well as orchestral repertoire.
Alum Lynette Lai (BMUS 2014) was accepted to the highly selective music therapy programme at Capilano University. She is excited to begin her graduate studies there in September 2016.
Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) was nominated for 3 awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival:1. The Outstanding Senior award ($150) – donated by the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association – Victoria branch (in memory of Elise LeGresley) 2. The Adjudicator’s Award – Senior ($75) – donated by the Quail Rock Foundation and 3. Outstanding Ensemble Award ($200), donated by the Victoria Symphony Foundation – to be split amongst the 3 players of the Trio (with Thomas Bauer and Bailey Finley).
Alum Thomas Bauer (Bmus 2015) Honours received from Greater Victoria Performing Arts competitions April 2016: Named as a candidate to the Provincial Festival in the Woodwinds section at the National Level. Received the Most Outstanding Senior Award ($200), donated by the James and Noreen Bradshaw Memorial Fund, in memory of Noreen Bradshaw;
Received “For the Love of Playing the Flute” Award ($200), donated by the Victoria Symphony Foundation, and in memory of Austin Scott
– and received 1/3 of the Outstanding Ensemble Award ($200), donated by the Victoria Symphony Foundation (the other members of the winning ensemble were Bailey Finley, current fourth yr UVic flute student and Gillian Newburn, also a current fourth yr UVic flute student).
Update on alum Jennifer Messelink (BMus 2013) In June 2016 Jen presented a paper at the 2016 Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference in coordination with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
In Feb 2016 Jennifer was accepted to the prestigious Phd programme in musicology at McGill, where she will be supervised by David Brackett.
Alum Thomas Law (BMUS 2014) Thomas competed in the national class at the BC Provincials Festival (placing 2nd in the National class 2015 and was first place in the Senior class 2014).Thomas took some time freelancing, teaching and pursuing hobbies in Victoria before relocating to Vancouver in June 2015. Since returning to his home town, Thomas has been actively performing with local orchestras and chamber ensembles, teaching privately and at Long and McQuade and administrative duties at the VSO School of Music. Additionally, Thomas has been keeping in tip-top flute shape through regular studies, mentored by Christie Reside; and has been taking various professional auditions.
Alum Jen Messelink (BMUs 2013) put her stage management work study experience at UVic to good use when she was hired as a stage manager at the Banff Music Centre immediately following her graduation from UVIc in 2013. Jen is now completing her MMus in musicology at the University of Alberta where she recently taught 150 students (!) in MUS 103 ‘Introduction to Popular Music.’ She has completed all the coursework for her degree and expects to be defending her thesis shortly.
Cooper Reed (BMus 2017), alum Thomas Bauer (BMus 2015) and Gillian Newburn (BMus 2017) were selected by audition to be the 2015-16 flute section in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, conducted by Yariv Aloni. The 2015-16 season includes Pictures at an Exhibition with the Victoria Symphony and a tour of BC.
Christie Reside (principal flute- Vancouver Symphony), 2015 adjudicator for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, nominated Thomas Bauer (BMus 2015) to attend the Provincial Festival as the Woodwinds Senior competitor. The Provincial Festival is in Powell River this year from May 26th to 30th.This designation also carries with it an ‘Outstanding Senior Performer’ award of $150.00. Ms. Reside also selected Thomas for the Promising Flute Player Award of $50.00, and the Technicolour Ensemble received the Most Promising Ensemble Award of $100.00.Thomas will perform the 4th movement of the Prokofiev Sonata at the Brass, Classical Guitar, Composition and Woodwinds Honours Concert April 30th at 7:00 pm held in the Philip T Young Hall at UVic.
Sabrina Sun, MMus 2014 completed her Masters in Flute Performance from the University of Victoria, where she was awarded the Audrey St. Denys & M. E. Johnson
Scholarship. Her Artist Diploma was completed at Vancouver Music Academy where she studied with Brenda Fedoruk. Sabrina is currently teaching flute at the Manotick School of Music in Ottawa and the Ottawa Conservatory of Music. She was a UVic Concerto Competition Winner in 2013 and performed the Frank Martin Ballade for flute and orchestra. About her performance, critic Deryk Barker wrote, “..the performance of Sabrina Sun (…) was full of life and character.The flute is an instrument which, in the wrong hands, can sound bland; Sun’s were manifestly the right hands… “.
Sara Page, 2013 BMUS is currently living in Vancouver and engaging in a multitude of artistic activities, including teaching painting lessons, working in floral design, and diligent flute practice. Since 2013 she has been actively playing with a trio called “Free Jazz Vancouver.” Their music focuses on a fusion between jazz and avant-garde improvisation, set with videos made by the trio featuring local artwork and scenes of Vancouver. Sara also had the pleasure to perform works for wind septet by Gaetano Donizetti and Eugene Bozza under the tutelage of Véronique Lacroix in December at the Conservatoire de Musique à Montréal. Looking to the future, Sara plans to compose a series of technical etudes for solo flute and record them in the next year.