08/11/2017 - 06/12/2017

Check out the great line-up of Masterclasses and Special Events this Fall, offered through the VCM’s Winds & Brass Dept. Oct 25 Masterclass with guest flautist Stephanie Bell, followed by another two amazing Masterclasses Oct 30 by National Arts Centre Orchestra principal flute Joanna G’froerer and principal trumpet Karen Donnelly. All Masterclasses are free for students registered for Studio Instruction in the Winds & Brass Dept. Click for more details, including full listing, dates, times, and locations.

Event Info

November 8, 2017 - Mary Byrne

November 15, 2017 - Richard Volet (flute only)

November 22, 2017 - Canada Music Week Celebration - Winds-Brass Canada 150 Masterclass

November 29, 2017 - Reed Masterclass with Krystal Morrison, clarinet

December 6, 2017 - Winds & Brass Christmas Party

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Winds and Brass Dept Special Events and Masterclasses (2017-2018):

Studying at the VCM has its advantages – in addition to Special Events that give students rare opportunities to benefit from the knowledge and experience of visiting top artists, students enrolled in studio instruction have the added bonus of regular masterclasses, that allow them to drill down into all kinds of important details that are often caught by a “second pair of ears” – i.e. a second opinion.  The VCM’s Dept. of Winds and Brass provides a number of highly experienced clinicians throughout the year, with regular masterclasses taking place on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm in room 303 at the VCM Downtown location.

Each class focuses on performance elements, tone, technique, ensemble, performance practice and more.  Currently registered VCM wind & brass students are encouraged to attend.  Students wishing to perform should contact the department head, Emily Nagelbach, at emily.nagelbach@gmail.com with their desired date and repertoire.

Facilitated through a rotation of senior VCM wind & brass teachers, including the department head, this year we are featuring special events that include a masterclass with Stephanie Bell, flute (Oct 25), and visiting National Arts Centre Orchestra members Joanna G’froerer (flute), and Karen Donnelly (trumpet).

Special Events:

October 25 – Flute Masterclass with Stephanie Bell

October 30 – National Arts Centre Orchestra: Guest Masterclasses with Joanna G’froerer (flute), and Karen Donnelly (trumpet) – See below for more information.

November 22 – Canada Music Week Celebration – Special Canada 150 Winds & Brass Masterclass

November 29 – Reed Masterclass with Krystal Morrison (clarinet)

December 6 – Winds & Brass Christmas Party

List of Masterclasses scheduled for the first term of the 2017-2018 academic year (note – unless otherwise indicated, masterclasses are open to all winds and brass students):

September 27 – Emily Nagelbach

October 4 – Mary Byrne

October 11 – Scott MacInnes (Brass only)

October 18 – Marsha Elliott

November 8 – Mary Byrne

November 15 – Richard Volet (flute only)

All masterclasses take place on Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30 pm in room 302.

National Arts Centre Orchestra Masterclass information:

Brass Masterclass with Karen Donnelly, Principal Trumpet, National Arts Centre Orchestra

Karen Donnelly - NACO-trumpet

Following three successful seasons (1996-1999) as Acting Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Karen Donnelly was unanimously appointed Principal Trumpet in October 1999, and continues to enjoy each year with this wonderful ensemble.  Music education has always been, and continues to be, very close to Karen’s heart.  Through the NAC Music Education programs, Karen has given master classes in Switzerland, Mexico, China, United States, United Kingdom and Canada from coast to coast.  Ms. Donnelly joined the teaching staff at the University of Ottawa in 2002, and since 2009, Karen has been assisting with the Leadingnote “Orchkidstra” program.

Monday, October 30, 2017  |  4:30-6:00 pm 

Downtown  |  Metro Studio  |  FREE





Flute Masterclass with Joanna G’froerer, Principal Flute, National Arts Centre Orchestra

Joanna Gfroerer - NACO-flute

One of Canada’s best-known flautists, Joanna G’froerer enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. She has been the principal flute of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1992; she won the audition for that position when she was twenty years old. Ms. G’froerer performs regularly as a soloist with the NAC Orchestra, having appeared in a solo role in twenty-six different programs since joining the ensemble. As a teacher, Joanna has been on the faculties of the Scotia Festival of Music and McGill University, and currently teaches at the University of Ottawa and is a member of the faculty of the NAC Summer Music Institute.

Monday, October 30, 2017  |  4:30-6:00 pm 

Downtown  |  Room 203  |  FREE