Victoria Rose Bishop is an active flute soloist, orchestral musician, author, and teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. She 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, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.
Rose Bishop and Lizzy Darling are co-authors of the Flutist's Guide to the Voxman Etudes, a new performance guide in conjunction with Himie Voxman's Selected Studies for Flute. This brand new book includes background information on each composer, tempo ranges, challenges and practice suggestions for each etude, errata, and definitions of musical terminology. Upon the purchase of the book, you will receive access to supplementary recordings of all 55 etudes. Get your copy today!
Equally committed to music education, Rose Bishop is the Adjunct Instructor 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.
As a soloist, Rose is the 2020-21 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 Cécile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and orchestra, present master classes and give solo recitals in Burlington, Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa, Iowa. 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 is to be a guest soloist with the Coe College Wind Ensemble in April 2021, performing Francois Borne's Carmen Fantasie. 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 featured on Iowa Public Radio Classical, 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 named a 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.
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.
Rose is the Artistic Director, Founder and Flute Faculty of the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop, which is a day full of flute presentations and performances at Coe College. This year's Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop was held virtually on Saturday, September 19th. Flute faculty include Rose Bishop, Lizzy Darling, Amy Sams and Emily Duncan, with a special Flute Anatomy class with Cristina Bowes from Flute Authority.
Rose is the Founder and Flute Faculty of the Cornell College Summer Flute and Clarinet 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.