An avid orchestral musician, Victoria Rose Bishop currently serves as Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, Principal Flute of the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Band, Second Flute and Piccolo of the Ottumwa Symphony, Second Flute of the Quincy Symphony, and Piccoloist of the Oneota Valley Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Bishop is the flutist of the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble and the GRIT Collaborative New Music Ensemble. She also regularly performs with Orchestra Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.
Equally committed to music education, Ms. Bishop is the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Cornell College, Kirkwood Community College, and Mount Mercy University in 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.
In March 2019, Ms. Bishop will present master classes, 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. This year Ms. Bishop has been invited as a guest artist this year at Graceland University, Drake University, Central College, Grandview University and a residency with her chamber ensemble, Durward, at Coe College. In September, she hosted the first annual Cornell College Flute Day for students grades 7-12 for junior high and high school honor band and all-state preparation. She commissioned Nicole Chamberlain’s The Cat’s Pajamas for the thirty two students that attended to premiere as part of the event. You can watch the premiere here!
As a soloist, Ms. Bishop has performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble with the Culver-Stockton College Wind Ensemble, Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for flute and wind ensemble as guest soloist with the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble, and as the flute soloist for J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with members of the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra while completing her Masters Degree. 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.
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 flutist Jim Walker and piccoloist Erica Peel. 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.
This past June Rose Bishop attended Music House International at the Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Festival in Pennsylvania, where she won the principal flute position in the festival orchestra, coached several chamber groups, taught lessons, and studied with former associate principal flute Loren Lind and current piccoloist Erica Peel. Ms. Bishop has also 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 Kensho Watanabe, Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and flutists 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.