Windy fluteCharmaine is a classically trained flutist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is equally at home as a solo recitalist and ensemble musician, a member of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, Winnipeg Chamber Winds Collective, and director and performer in her own concert series Charmaine & Friends. Charmaine enjoys performing as a guest musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Canadian Air Force Band.

Charmaine teaches at her home studio in Charleswood. She has coached students from the University of Manitoba and Provincial Honour Bands, adjudicated for provincial festivals including the Syrinx Flute Festival and Brandon Festival of the Arts, and is on staff as a flute instructor at the International Music Camp. Charmaine’s students participate in and enjoy success in local festivals, honour bands, and youth orchestras, and several have continued their musical studies at the University of Manitoba and Brandon University.

Charmaine attended the University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, and The Glenn Gould School of Music. Her primary instructors include Jan Kocman and Laurel Ridd, she has also studied with Joanne Kosheluk, Martha Durkin, Dr. Kathleen Rudolph, and Leslie Newman.

Charmaine enjoys directing flute choirs and playing the smallest (piccolo) to nearly the largest instruments (contrabass) of the flute families. She is currently organist at McClure United Church, and pianist for Margaret’s Choir, the ‘Ladies’ Choir, and the Joie de Vivre Choir. Charmaine serves as a member of the board for the Music Professionals of Manitoba (Local 190), and is currently the president of the RCCO Winnipeg Centre.