An avid orchestral musician, Victoria Rose Bishop currently serves as Principal Flute of the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, Second Flute and Piccolo of the Ottumwa Symphony, Third Flute and Substitute Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and Piccolo of the Oneota Valley Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Bishop is a member of the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble and the GRIT Collaborative New Music Ensemble. She also regularly performs with Orchestra Iowa, the Quincy Symphony, and the Muscatine Symphony.
This year is full of exciting performances and teaching opportunities! This June Rose Bishop will attend Music House International at the Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Festival in Pennsylvania, where she will perform in the festival orchestra, coach chamber groups, and study with former principal flute Loren Lind and current piccoloist Erica Peel. In August she will be recording a CD with the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble of pieces commissioned by the ensemble. In September she will host the first annual Cornell College Flute Day full of master classes and a flute choir performance with a special flute quartet commission by composer Nicole Chamberlain! October brings a special performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble with the Culver-Stockton College Wind Ensemble. In March 2019, Ms. Bishop will present a master class, solo recital, and perform the Midwest Regional Premiere of Peter Senchuk’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with the Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble as part of her residency.
As an orchestral soloist, she performed a series of concerts in March 2017 as Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony for the world premiere of Robert Tindle’s The Bells. In May 2016, Ms. Bishop was invited to perform Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino as guest soloist with the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble. While completing her Masters Degree, Ms. Bishop performed as the flute soloist for the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with members of the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Additional accolades include Honorable Mention at the St. Louis Flute Fair Young Artist Competition, Finalist for the Georgia State University Concerto Competition, and winner of the Georgia State University Honors Recital Competition.
Equally committed to music education, Ms. Bishop is the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where she has been teaching Applied Flute and music courses since 2014. As a private teacher, she maintains a large flute studio of over fifty students of all ages at West Music, her home, and several local schools in the Iowa City area. In April of 2016, she was invited as a guest clinician to present a piccolo master class at the St. Louis Flute Fair. She has also served as the Instructor of Flute and Conductor of the New Horizon’s Flute Ensemble in Iowa City.
Ms. Bishop holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Iowa where she studied with Nicole Esposito and a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University where she studied with Sarah Kruser Ambrose, and has engaged in post-graduate study with Jim Walker. At the University of Iowa, she performed as Principal Flute with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band, the Chamber Orchestra, and with the TREBS Flute Quartet. Ms. Bishop held the Principal Flute position in both the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra.
Ms. Bishop has performed in Jim Walker’s Beyond the Master Class at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, the Flauti al Castello summer master class in Tuscany, Italy, and the Iowa Piccolo Intensive in Iowa City, Iowa. She has also performed in master classes with Michel Bellavance, Leone Buyse, Nicole Esposito, Carl Hall, Sarah Jackson, Angela Jones-Reus, Walfrid Kujala, Sergio Pallottelli, Christina Smith, and Jim Walker. Ms. Bishop performs on a Miyazawa Elite Flute with a gold lip and platinum riser, rose gold LefreQues, and a Hammig Piccolo.