Victoria Rose Bishop 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 and Piccolo of the Quincy Symphony, and has served as Piccoloist of the Oneota Valley Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Rose is the flutist of the Durward Ensemble and the GRIT Collaborative New Music Ensemble. She has also performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Rose is to be the 2020 Artist in Residence for the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and will be performing Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for flute and orchestra and giving a world premiere of Linda Robbins Coleman’s new flute concerto, which was commissioned for her by the orchestra. The performances are Saturday, April 25th at 7:30pm at Capitol Theater in Burlington, Sunday, April 26th at 2pm at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, and 6:30pm at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She will also give master classes and recitals all over Southeast Iowa as part of her residency.
She has been invited to be a guest soloist with the Coe College Wind Ensemble to perform Francois Borne’s Carmen Fantasie in April, 2020. Rose gave the midwestern premiere of Peter Senchuk’s Flute Concerto with the Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble as a guest artist of the KWU International Music Festival in March 2019. Rose 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 with the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble, Eugène Damaré’s The Wren Piccolo Polka with the Burlington and Washington Municipal Bands, 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 prize winner 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, Rose Bishop is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Coe College, Cornell College, Mount Mercy University, and Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, and was the Flute Professor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where she taught Applied Flute and music courses from 2014 until 2019. As a private teacher, she maintains a large flute studio of all ages at West Music, her home, and several local schools in the Iowa City area. In November of 2018, she co-created the Iowa City Flute Choir, a semi-professional flute choir made up of local professionals and adult amateurs in Iowa City and the surrounding areas. She has also served as the Instructor of Flute and Conductor of the New Horizon’s Flute Ensemble in Iowa City.
Rose has given master classes and recitals at Iowa State University, Drake University, Graceland University, Central College, Grand View University and a residency with her chamber ensemble, Durward, at Coe College. She has also been invited to perform at the Iowa Flute Festival, the Wisconsin Flute Festival, the Central Iowa Flute Workshop, and as a piccolo guest artist at the St. Louis Flute Fair. In September 3028, she hosted the 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.
In September of this year, Rose created and hosted the new Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop, which is a day full of flute presentations and performances at Coe College. Sessions included warm ups and combined flute choir with Kate Weldon and Heather Neuenschwander, junior high Honor Band and high school All-State master classes with Amy Sams, Dr. Keith Hanlon and Rose, Alexander Technique class with Karen Weirather, Flute 101 class with Dr. Keith Hanlon, flute exhibits from Flute Authority, a panel discussion with our flute faculty, and a recital featuring all flute day members from all over Iowa. Stay tuned for details on the 2020 Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop!
Rose is also the founder of the Cornell College Flute and Clarinet Summer Camp. Students entering college or entering high school grades 8-12 grade in fall 2020 are invited to participate in this incredible four day camp from June 22 to 25. For more information, visit our website at www.cornellsummermusic.com!
This past May, Rose was published in the Flute Examiner Magazine with a performance guide on Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble. She published a second article in the Flute Examiner Magazine on taking orchestral auditions on piccolo.
Rose Bishop has 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 the Philadelphia Orchestra’s piccoloist Erica Peel. She 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 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.
Rose 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. She performs on a Miyazawa Elite Flute with a gold lip and platinum riser, a Hammig Piccolo, and a Trevor James Alto Flute.