B.Mus (Toronto), M.Mus (New York - SBU), VCM Schools Liaison, BOG Faculty Rep.
Canadian flutist Marsha Elliott is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and educator. As a performer Marsha has toured throughout Canada and the US and has been seen and heard on national television and radio. Marsha holds a B.Mus. in Performance from the University of Toronto and a M.Mus. in Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with soloists Susan Hoeppner and Carol Wincenc respectively. Marsha also spent a transformative year in the Professional Winter Residency Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her past teachers and mentors have included Julius Baker, Emmanuel Pahud and Jeanne Baxtresser among others.
Marsha is an alumna of the Conservatory and joined the Teaching Faculty in 2004. Marsha’s teaching includes private lessons, group instruction, building innovative masterclass series’ including the flute intensive September Savvy and January Jump-Start, adjudicating exams and recitals for post-secondary students in the Camosun Program and more. In addition to being a Flute Instructor, Marsha is the VCM Schools Liaison and the Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
As the School Liaison, Marsha has had the mandate of building new relationships and fostering ongoing relationships between the VCM and the public and private schools across the three Greater Victoria School Districts. Delivering strong and meaningful performances, workshops and interactive appearances in schools by both VCM Faculty and students has been a welcomed addition to the music programs being taught in the schools. These supportive visits– from flute quartets to band sectionals, chamber music concerts to organizing annual visits to public schools by the VCM Senior String Orchestra, have been enriching Victoria-area children’s musical experiences and education.
In 2011 Marsha created the Island Flute Guild, a Facebook community with the idea of uniting and inspiring flutists from Victoria and beyond. The IFG allows for announcements of upcoming events, concerts, masterclasses and summer workshops and currently has about 800 local, domestic and international flutists in the group. Please check out the Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/160879740641367/
Marsha also plays and performs with small ensembles made up of dear friends and colleagues in the Victoria area. Marsha is involved in groups actively serving the musical needs of some of Victoria’s more vulnerable populations. This includes her recent appointment to the innovative “From Breakfast to Beethoven” group: a brand new project spearheaded by people passionately engaged in meeting both the nutritional and musical needs of children in local public “urban” schools.
Marsha is also an avid animal lover and is involved with an ex-racing greyhound adoption group (ncgl.ca) who rescues and places these gentle dogs in loving homes. Her first greyhound was an ever-present “helper” (and excellent audience member!) in Marsha’s studio and was beloved by her students for more than 9 years.