Camille Churchfield, flute

Camille Churchfield joined the flute faculty at University of Ottawa’s School of Music in 2005 after having served as Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 29 years. Now performing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ms. Churchfield was a concerto soloist nearly every season in Vancouver as well as in other Canadian cities; her creative musicianship and luminous tone have earned the respect of audiences across the country.

She has performed with an array of Vancouver chamber music groups as well as with Scotia Festival, the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland, Northwestern University Faculty Woodwind Quintet in Chicago, Prince Edward County Music Festival,Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Music and Beyond, and has been heard often on CBC Radio. As Guest Principal she has played with NACO, Milwaukee Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Quebec Symphony and the Toronto Symphony with whom she toured Europe.

Ms. Churchfield recorded many times with the Vancouver Symphony and can be heard on disk with bassoonist Christopher Millard (Summit Records). Her training on the flute includes study with the preeminent British flutist William Bennett as well as earlier work with Paul Renzi, Roger Stevens, Julius Baker and Murray Panitz, and she owes a fond debt of gratitude to the many colleagues from whose musical wisdom she has learned over the years.  In another area of interest, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Ms. Churchfield was a long-time faculty member at the University of British Columbia and she now devotes much of her professional time and energy to teaching and mentoring aspiring musicians in Ottawa where she leads the University of Ottawa’s School of Music flute faculty, maintains an active private studio and coaches chamber and orchestral groups.  She has enjoyed traveling to many Universities and communities across Canada to hear and work with young performers in masterclasses and to adjudicate competitions.  Summertime sees her serving on the faculties of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Domaine Forget Music Academy, where her skills have contributed to the successful professional lives of many Canadian flutists.