teacher from Alberta who attended the Indiana University School of Music
and studied with Julius Baker, James Galway, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. In
1978, she became Assistant Principal Flute with the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra and has held that post ever since. Other groups with whom she has
worked include the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Banff Ballet Orchestra,
for whom she served as Principal Flute, the Edmonton Wind Ensemble, and the
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
In 1984, she appeared on Pro Coro Canada’s Christmas album, A Ceremony of Carols.
She has also
been active with St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble. On 7th February 2001, they
performed a concert at The Winspear Centre for
the Arts entitled “Glimpses of Grace” which included music of
Pierre Boulez, Gavin Bryars, and Kostas Varotsis.
Returning to the same venue on 23rd April 2008 as a
member of The University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble, she performed
in a program featuring 20th century composers such as Leonard
Bernstein, John Estacio, Gordon Jacob, and David Maslanka.
It may not come as a surprise that she is something of a specialist
when it comes to “new classical” music and cites George
Crumb’s “Vox Balaenae”
as her personal favourite.
In the field
of musical education, she has taught at the Banff International Music
School, MusiCamrose, and the University of
Alberta. Her students have
included Darcie Bentley, Aura Giles, Dorothy Speers, and Aysha Wills, who was the youngest student she ever took
on at the age of eight. It was Aysha’s idea to organize, with Shelley’s
help, a concert to benefit victims of the tsunami in Asia and it was held
on 4th February 2005 at the Francis Winspear
Centre for Music.
In 2009, she
reunited with St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble on a CD of—what
else—new music, entitled Brief
Confessions Breves. Other recordings on which she
appears include the Greenwood Singers’ Joy to the World: Music
for Advent and Christmas, the Edmonton Wind Ensemble’s Snake Fence Country, and Soundland Alberta: Le Pays Sonore,
on which she and Sylvia Shadick-Taylor perform
Ron Hannah’s “Concert Piece for Flute & Piano”. It is not uncommon to find her performing
in duos as part of the University of Alberta’s Monday Noon Music
series, championing composers such as Harrison Birtwistle,
Francois Morel, Toru Takemitsu, and others.
Edmonton Wind Ensemble recordings
Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable)
SMCD 5165 (Snake Fence Country)
Conductor – Harry Pinchin