B. Mus. (University of British Columbia)
With playing described as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal), flutist Michelle Cheramy is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. One of the few flutists in Canada to hold a full-time university appointment, Cheramy is currently associate professor of music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From her maritime base Cheramy has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Russia; she has also been featured in numerous radio broadcasts, including nationally on CBC Radio’s Symphony Hall, In Performance, Two New Hours and The Signal. Additionally, invitations to present masterclasses and clinics have taken Cheramy across Canada and to many corners of the US. A rare combination of outstanding scholar and performer, Cheramy is past winner of the Canadian Concerto Competition, prize-winner in the Montreal Symphony competition, and winner of the National Flute Association’s annual research competition for her dissertation on the late work of André Jolivet. While her performance work now focuses primarily on solo and chamber projects, past orchestral appointments include second flute/piccolo positions with both the Thunder Bay and Augusta Symphony orchestras.
A proud former student of Camille Churchfield, Peter Lloyd, Kate Lukas and Leone Buyse, Cheramy holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus.), Indiana University (M.M) and Rice University (D.M.A.). She has also enjoyed the mentorship of Trevor Wye, Samuel Baron, Damian Bursill-Hall and Carol Wincenc at the Sarasota, Banff and Domaine Forget summer festivals. A committed teacher herself, Cheramy maintains a diverse studio at Memorial that includes undergraduate and graduate students in a broad variety of degree programs. An active contributor to flute culture in North America, Cheramy has served the National Flute Association as competition coordinator and committee chair, and is a current member of the Flutist Quarterly editorial board.