Originally from Russell, Manitoba, Charmaine holds a BMus and MMus in flute performance with a minor in piccolo from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba and University of Toronto. Charmaine studied flute and piccolo orchestral performance at The Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Ontario.
Charmaine holds the piccolo & 1st flute position with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, is the artistic director of the Wind Chamber Flute Orchestra, and is curator of her own chamber recital series featuring her two woodwind quintets, Canadian Bacon and the Hurrycane Wind Quintet.
Charmaine teaches flute and piano at her home studio in Silver Heights, Winnipeg MB. She coaches flute sections for the Manitoba Honour Band and regional honour bands, and works with flute sections from grade 5-12 across the province. Charmaine has been an adjudicator at the Syrinx Flute Festival, and a masterclass clinician and adjudicator for the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division. She has been on staff at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division, a guest instructor at West Texas University’s ‘Big Fat Flute Shindig’, and served as interim Flute Choir director at the Canadian Mennonite University.
Charmaine’s students have participated and enjoyed success in the Syrinx Flute Festival, the Manitoba Band Association’s festivals, Winnipeg Music Festival, and International Music Camp. Her students have played in the Winnipeg Junior Wind Ensemble, and as guests with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Sharing music with others 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 been accepted to study at 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 also sought out for piccolo instruction and has worked with piccolo students from grade 6 and up. She especially enjoys working with adult students of all ages, whether they are new to the flute or returning after a hiatus, and working towards their own unique goals.
A classically trained pianist and organist, Charmaine is pianist for Margaret’s Choir under the direction of Vanessa Nowostawski, Winnipeg Jewish Chorus with Justin Odwak, and Joie de Vivre with Dr. Stuart Sladden. She has previously played for the Winnipeg Youth Chorus and WYC Junior Choir, and has held posts as organist and music director at Anglican churches in Toronto and Winnipeg, including a year term as choir pianist at First Mennonite Church. Her primary teachers include Anne Derksen, Jacqueline Ryz, Dr. Darryl Friesen, and Lottie Enns-Braun (organ).