Biography

Windy fluteOriginally from Russell, Manitoba, Charmaine holds a MMus in flute performance from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Jan Kocman, Laurel Ridd and Martha Durkin (piccolo). During her Master’s Charmaine completed a year at the University of Toronto studying with Leslie Newman. Recently she studied orchestral flute and piccolo repertoire with Dr. Kathleen Rudolph at The Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Ontario.

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Charmaine enjoys regularly performing as soloist, chamber musician and ensemble member. She plays in the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, is soloist and co-founder of the Wind Chamber concert series, and her own Charmaine & Friends recital series.

Charmaine is currently on staff at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts and also maintains her own flute studio in the River Heights neighbourhood. She has taught at the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division, coached flute sections including those of the Manitoba Honour Bands and regional honour bands, and served as interim Flute Choir director at the Canadian Mennonite University. In 2014 she was invited to teach and perform at West Texas University’s ‘Big Fat Flute Shindig’ where she worked with flutists of all ages and performed with faculty. In 2016 Charmaine was invited to adjudicate at the Syrinx Flute Festival.

Charmaine’s students have participated in the Syrinx Flute Festival, the Manitoba Band Association’s festivals, Winnipeg Music Festival, and International Music Camp. Performance is an important focus in her studio teaching, as well as cultivating a fluency with the instrument so that students feel comfortable and confident in their day-to-day musical pursuits. Charmaine’s students have had a 100% success rate in being accepted to both the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music and the Brandon University Faculty of Music. Students have placed in all levels of the Manitoba Honour Bands, and excelled in their band programs. Being an avid and trained piccoloist, Charmaine is sought out for piccolo instruction and currently works with 5 piccolo students from grade 6 and up – her students have won the Syrinx Flute Festival piccolo classes in 2016 and 2017.

A classically trained pianist and organist, Charmaine has held posts as organist and music director at Anglican churches in Toronto and Winnipeg, and currently accompanies the Silver Notes Choir under the direction of Marilyn Mensforth, Margaret’s Choir (formerly known as Spirit’s Call Choir) under the direction of Nathan Poole, Winnipeg Youth Chorus Juniors with Jorrell Villones, and Joie de Vivre with Dr. John Tanner.