Stephanie Bell is a versatile and experienced flautist, and has played 2nd flute and piccolo in the Victoria Symphony since 2017. She completed her Masters in Flute Performance at the University of Southern California and earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Scholarship at the University of British Columbia. Stephanie is an active performer of contemporary and classical music across Canada, and has performed with the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, as well as with the New York-based Poulenc Trio on their 2016 West Coast tour.
Along with clarinetist Liam Hockley, she is a founding member of Duo 1010, which strives to expand the repertoire of experimental music for flute and clarinet. Duo 1010 were proud to form part of the ensemble in residence for Simon Fraser University’s music composition program in the 2018/19 academic year. In Los Angeles she was a resident guest artist with both the Young Musicians’ Foundation and LA Phil Young Composer programs in Los Angeles. She was a prize winner at the 2015 Stockhausen Concerts and Courses in Kürten, Germany, and was selected to perform at the 2017 Courses with Duo 1010.
As well as performing, Stephanie has a commitment to her community. She participates in many outreach programs through the Victoria Symphony, bringing music education and literacy to schools throughout Greater Victoria. She participated as a teacher in the El-Sistema affiliated Orkidstra program in Ottawa, assisting founder and music director Tina Fedeski. Stephanie also set up a music program in Accra, Ghana during her time volunteering with the Osu Children’s Library Fund in 2009. While residing in Los Angeles, Stephanie was a substitute flute teacher with the Esparanza Azteca children’s music program.
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
First season with the VS: 2017/18
Hobbies and interests: Cooking, yoga, hiking, and exploring the beautiful Pacific coast!
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