An avid orchestral musician, Victoria Rose Bishop currently serves as Principal Flute of the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, Third Flute and Substitute Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and Piccoloist 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 has performed as Principal Flute and Piccolo of the Quincy Symphony, the Muscatine Symphony, and the Ottumwa Symphony.
In November of this year, Ms. Bishop will perform a solo recital and present a master class as the Guest Artist at the Quincy University Flute Day. In March 2019, she will perform the Midwest Regional Premiere of Peter Senchuk’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with the Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble. 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 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 and has held the position of Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri since 2014 where she teaches Applied Flute and Music Education courses. 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 for 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. She 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. Victoria Rose Bishop performs on a Miyazawa Elite Flute with a gold lip and platinum riser, rose gold LefreQues, and the Hammig Piccolo.