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 (IL), 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 a founding member of the Ceres Flute Quartet. She has also performed with the Battle Creek Symphony (MI), Orchestra Iowa (IA), the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band (IA), and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (IA).
As a soloist, Rose is the 2020 Artist in Residence for the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and will be giving the world premiere of Linda Robbins Coleman's new concerto, Diversions for alto flute and piccolo, which was commissioned for her by the orchestra. She will also perform performing Cécile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and orchestra. As part of her residency, she will present master classes and give solo recitals in all three cities. Due to COVD-19, these performances have been moved to October, 2020. Performances will still be held at Capitol Theater in Burlington, Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, and at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Rose will also be a guest soloist with the Coe College Wind Ensemble, performing Francois Borne's Carmen Fantasie in April, 2021. In March 2019, she gave the midwest premiere of Peter Senchuk's Flute Concerto with the Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble as a guest artist of the KWU International Music Festival. Rose has also 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.
Rose has been published in the December 2019 issue of Flute Talk Magazine, the May 2019 issue of the Flute Examiner Magazine with articles on taking orchestral auditions on piccolo and a performance guide on Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble, and was featured in Jess Voigt Page's #womencrushingitwednesday blog. Additional accolades include being name a Semi-Finalist in the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for her performance of Peter Senchuk's Flute Concerto, 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 Instructor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where she taught Applied Flute and music courses from 2014 until 2019. In the summer of 2022, she will join the Iowa Ambassador of Music summer Europe tour as the flute instructor to perform concerts in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Germany. 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 residencies with the Durward Ensemble at Illinois State University and Coe College. She has performed at the Iowa Flute Festival, the Wisconsin Flute Festival, the Central Iowa Flute Workshop, the Nauvoo Flute Day, the Atlanta Flute Fair and as a piccolo guest artist at the St. Louis Flute Fair. In September 2018, 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 2019, Rose created and hosted the 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 Miyazawa, Sankyo and Trevor James, 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 the founder of the Cornell College Flute and Clarinet Summer Camp, a summer camp for students entering high school grades 8-12 grade or college in fall. Our 2021 dates are June 21 to 24! The program includes: individual lessons, daily lunch and Thursday evening dinner, daily master classes focused on solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts, music theory workshop, assistance with audition preparation, faculty and guest artist recitals, flute choir, clarinet choir, and combined orchestra ensemble, final student recital in Cornell’s stunning Kimmel Theatre, free digital photographs taken throughout the camp and a link to the final recital video. For more information, visit our website at www.cornellsummermusic.com!
During her summers, Rose 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 world-renown 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, a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University, and has engaged in post-graduate study with flutist Jim Walker and piccoloist Erica Peel. She performs on a Miyazawa Elite Flute with a 9k gold headjoint and platinum riser, a Hammig Piccolo, and a Trevor James Alto Flute.