In Halifax, Nova Scotia I maintain a flute teaching studio through the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. It is geared towards the artistic goals of each student, whether that be Royal Conservatory exams, music festivals, university entrance auditions, orchestral auditions, celtic and other traditional music forms, learning Baroque flute, playing for sheer enjoyment, or some blend of any of these goals. In terms of student instruments, modern, Irish, and Baroque flutes are welcome across genres. I have also served as Head of Woodwinds at the Maritime Conservatory since Sept. 2016.

In 2015-2016 I launched a new new regular program, the Traditional Music Ensemble, affectionately called the "Trad Ensemble", at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. This program offers instrumentalists from age 13 to adult the opportunity to learn a wide variety of tunes from various nationalities, engage in session playing, and take favourite tunes to the stage as a trad band, learning aural and arranging skills along the way. It also features many guest instructors from the Halifax trad scene. This has included Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton), Gina Burgess (klezmer), Anthony Rissesco (Irish, Old time, etc.), Kirsty Money (Swedish nyckelharpa), Adrianne Greenbaum (klezmer), Jeremy Finney (Irish), Alys Howe (harp), Saeed Foroughi (Persian), and more. We made a music video in collaboration with the Vivid Vocal Ensemble in Nov. 2017 for the CBC Music Class Challenge. Exciting open workshops are coming with Kevin Crawford (Jan. 7, 7pm-8:30pm) and Lewis MacKinnon (Jan. 28, 1:30-3pm).

In 2016-2017 I worked to enable expanded early music and chamber music programming at the Maritime Conservatory. This included taking training to tune and maintain the conservatory harpsichords so that they could be used regularly by faculty and students. I also established and co-coached a brand new student Baroque Ensemble. This currently consists of harpsichord, cello (with Baroque bow provided by the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia), soprano, and traverso (Baroque flute).

I give workshops, clinics, and masterclasses, in classical flute repertoire and traditional music forms from across Europe and North America, in a wide variety of settings, including in schools and festivals.

Open Irish tune workshop with the legendary Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa.

Open Irish tune workshop with the legendary Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa.

Woodwind Department recital, May 26, 2017

Woodwind Department recital, May 26, 2017

Some of my students at Woodwinds & Brass Chamber Day, March 4, 2017

Some of my students at Woodwinds & Brass Chamber Day, March 4, 2017

Photo: Michelle Doucette

Traditional Music Ensemble Nov. 2016. Photo: Jennifer Farrell

Traditional Music Ensemble Nov. 2016. Photo: Jennifer Farrell

Trading steps with the Traditional Music Ensemble, Jan. 2017. Photo: Angela Doak

Trading steps with the Traditional Music Ensemble, Jan. 2017. Photo: Angela Doak

Baroque Ensemble May 2016: harpsichord, traverso, soprano, cello

Baroque Ensemble May 2016: harpsichord, traverso, soprano, cello

Traditional Music Ensemble playing at the Northwood seniors' residence, Oct. 27, 2016

The interior of one of the harpsichords I tune and maintain for conservatory use. Photo: Jacob Caines

The interior of one of the harpsichords I tune and maintain for conservatory use. Photo: Jacob Caines