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. 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. As a performer Marsha has toured throughout Canada and the US and has been seen and heard on national television and radio.
Marsha is an alumna of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), and joined the Faculty in 2004. Marsha’s teaching includes private lessons, group instruction, adjudicating exams and recitals for post-secondary students in the Camosun Program and more. In addition to being a Flute Instructor, Marsha is the Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Marsha served as the first VCM Schools Liaison for three years, helping to build upon old and develop new relationships with all 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, Marsha was able to connect and help to enrich Victoria-area children’s musical experiences beyond their classroom programs.
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 flute enthusiasts to post announcements of upcoming events, concerts, masterclasses and summer workshops. The group currently has over 1000 local, domestic and international flutists in the group. Please check out the Group at: Island Flute Guild on Facebook
Marsha also plays and performs with small ensembles made up of dear friends and colleagues in the Victoria area. Her flute duo, Con Affetto Flutes with Hanne Fair and flute quartet, Vols des Flûtes, perform regularly around Victoria. Last year Marsha realized a long-thought of dream of having the first Salon d’Amis concert. “Music made by friends and shared with friends”, the Salon was a huge success and we look forward to making it an annual event.
Marsha is also an avid animal lover and is involved with an ex-racing greyhound adoption group (ncgl.ca) who rescue and place these gentle dogs in loving homes. Her first greyhound, Trixie, was an ever-present “helper” (and excellent audience member!) in Marsha’s studio and was beloved by her students for more than 9 years. Her home studio now boasts both a rescue greyhound, Molly and a zippy Jack Russell Terrier named Max.
Please visit Marsha’s website for more news and announcements.