Biography

Windy fluteOriginally from Russell, Manitoba, Charmaine holds a MMus in flute performance with a minor in piccolo 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. Charmaine also 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 is piccoloist with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, co-curator of the Wind Chamber concert series where she directs the Wind Chamber Flute Orchestra, and director and performer in her own Charmaine & Friends recital series.

Charmaine teaches flute at her private studio in the River Heights neighbourhood. She has been on staff at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division, coached flute sections for the Manitoba Honour Bands and regional honour bands, and served as interim Flute Choir director at the Canadian Mennonite University. She has been 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. Charmaine has been an adjudicator at the Syrinx Flute Festival and a masterclass clinician for the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division.

Charmaine’s students have participated in the Syrinx Flute Festival, the Manitoba Band Association’s festivals, Winnipeg Music Festival, and International Music Camp. They have performed with the Winnipeg Junior Wind Ensemble, and have played as guest musicians with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. 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. Charmaine is sought out for piccolo instruction and has worked with piccolo students from grade 6-and up. Her students 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 will begin a new post as pianist at First Mennonite Church in September 2018. She 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. Stuart Sladden.