Chloe Williams: Spark to Flame Student Feature

Feb 14, 2024

Introducing Chloe Williams!

One of the student soloists at the 2024 Spark to Flame Student Showcase!
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Young adult female with long, straight blond hair in a portrait. She is smiling at the camera while holding her flute.

Chloe has been studying flute with Emily Nagelbach for almost six years. She is in her fourth year with the Collegium program and a past member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. She is a grateful recipient of several awards and scholarships from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival where she has been recommended a provincial competitor in her category several times. Chloe is honoured by the opportunity to perform in the Spark to Flame Showcase and acknowledges, with gratitude, the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose territory she continues her learning at the Conservatory and as a grade 12 student at Oak Bay High School.

What program are you enrolled in at the Conservatory? Who’s your instructor?

I am enrolled in the Senior Collegium Young Artists program, and am part of a trio coached by Simon MacDonald. My primary instructor is Emily Nagelbach.

Why did you apply to perform at Spark to Flame? What piece are you performing and why did you choose it?

I was fortunate enough to be selected to play for Spark to Flame two years ago, and enjoyed the experience so much I wanted to do it all over again. It is a privilege to play alongside professional musicians, as well as in the same showcase as these other student musicians, several of whom I have performed with through Conservatory programs.

I am performing Reinecke’s concerto for flute and orchestra. I chose this piece as it is a very romantic concerto that not only showcases a solo flute but also exhibits the beauty of the orchestra.

What are your aspirations in music?

I am currently working towards obtaining my Associate Diploma (ARCT) in flute performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. I plan to take the practical exam as I graduate high school.

2024 Spark to Flame Student Showcase

The annual Spark to Flame program is presented through the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music and supports the development of young emerging professional artists.

Open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, soloists are selected through audition, and then offered the opportunity to be mentored by various Conservatory faculty over the weeks leading up to the concert, including rehearsals with orchestra.

The concert is a magical evening, and this year’s performance on Saturday February 24, 2024, will feature seven very talented student soloists chosen this year to be accompanied by fellow student peers who are joined by faculty artists and other professional musicians.

Supported by the Henwood Family Fund and BC Gaming.

Venue Accessibility

The 900 Johnson Street entrance is at ground-level and wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator located on the first floor: as you enter the building go down the ramp to your right and the elevator is on the left at the bottom. Priority seating can be provided at concerts if you have accessibility issues; please contact the Venues Department . Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the main floor, beside the lobby in the Reception and Registration area.

Capacity is limited for this concert, please order your free ticket in advance for entry.

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Entrance for this concert is at 900 Johnson Street, and the balcony will be closed.