Stephanie Bell is a versatile and experienced flutist, and is excited to begin her first season with the Victoria Symphony! She completed her Master of Music at the University of Southern California, studying with former LA Philharmonic principal flutist James Walker, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Scholarship at the University of British Columbia with Brenda Fedoruk, principal flute of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Stephanie has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, the National Academy Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Orford Academy Orchestra, and the Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. Her strong interest in orchestral performance began in the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, under the baton of John Gomez.
Stephanie also has an affinity for contemporary music, and was a member of the UBC Contemporary Players ensemble and USC Thornton School of Music’s EDGE ensemble, as well as performing various solo and chamber works. She has performed solo and duo works at the Stockhausen Concerts and Courses in Kürten, Germany, and was a prize winner in 2015. While studying in LA, she was a resident guest artist with both the Young Musicians’ Foundation and LA Phil Young Composer programs.
As well as performing, Stephanie has a commitment to her community. She participated as a teacher in the El-Sistema affiliated Orkidstra program in Ottawa, assisting founder and music director Tina Fedeski. She 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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