Charm of Finches

Charm of Finches
Region: National
Charm of Finches

Profile Type: Ensemble
I Play: Flute

Biography:

As colleagues and friends, the members of Charm of Finches: Laura Chambers, Terry Lim, Amelia Lyon, Kaili Maimets, and Sarah Yunji Moon have been swooping in and out of each others' lives for more than a decade. Their shared connections include hometowns, high schools, universities, training orchestras, and now Canada's professional arts landscape. The Finches are active soloists and chamber musicians in their own right; their performance history extensively covers Canada and the US, as well as Asia and South America and performance venues stretching from the forests of Halliburton, Ontario to Carnegie Hall.

The Finches' shared love of the flute's orchestral repertoire is reflected within their individual careers. They have had the privilege to perform and/or hold positions in ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony, Kingston Symphony, the Niagara Symphony, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra London,Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. This passion has informed the group's repertoire which includes nuanced quintet arrangements of orchestral masterpieces: Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe and Debussy's Afternoon of the Faun. They also find mutual inspiration in contemporary music. All members have been active in the premieres and promotion of new repertoire by both emerging and established Canadian composers. The group is excited to continue this pattern in the canon of Flute Quintet Repertoire and are actively looking for composers to commission.

The groups' collective history has been enriched by a diversity of training spanning different provinces and countries, and drawing from a rich teaching lineage of some of the world's most prestigious flautists including Jeanne Baxtresser, James Walker, Nora Shulman, Denis Bluteau, and Lorna McGhee.

Dedicated educators, these flautists each have well-established private teaching studios and have been guest artists in schools and summer music programs across the province. They hold Masters Degrees in performance from some of North America's best music programs (McGill, Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the University of Southern California). In addition Ms. Sarah Moon is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts at the University of Toronto.

The Finches’ premiere performance opened the Canadian Flute Association’s 2015 Convention and featured bass, alto, C-flute and piccolo. This performance was unanimously well received and holds the promise of an exciting 2015/2016 performance season.

A bird sings to attract a mate, establish territory, or simply because they love to sing. Charm of Finches look to make an impact on Canada’s music scene.

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