Dr. Gillian Sheppard
Born and raised in St. John’s Newfoundland, Gillian Sheppard is a piccolo player and flutist who specializes in contemporary music. Gillian is a founding member of the Watershed Ensemble and the St. John’s New Music Collective. She is flutist with Atlantic Light Theatre Orchestra, has played as second flutist in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and Opera on the Avalon Chamber Orchestra and substitutes with both ensembles regularly.
Ms. Sheppard has just finished her Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto where she studied with Camille Watts (piccolo, Toronto Symphony) and researchedextended techniques for piccolo under the supervision of Dr. Gillian MacKay. You can read more about her research at www.moderntwig.ca
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, London UK, Gillian completed her Artist Diploma in Piccolo under the tutelage of Stewart McIlwham, Kathleen Stevenson, and Carla Rees. Ms. Sheppard has a Master of Music from Memorial University and Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa, where she has been privileged to study with Dr. Michelle Cheramy, Camille Churchfield, Robert Cram, and Joanna G’froerer. Gillian has specialized in contemporary solo repertoire for both flute and piccolo. She has commissioned and premiered multiple works in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Sheppard is also passionate about music education and social justice, and is the founder and executive director of the El Sistema-inspired program, Project Grace. Gillian currently lives in St. John’s where she freelances and maintains an active teaching studio called Tutti Flutey.
Currently, Ms. Sheppard also works as Educational Support Coordinator for the MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration.
James Paluk holds a Masters degree in Flute Pedagogy from MUN. A positive and dynamic teacher, James believes in making a relaxed, entertaining, and welcoming learning environment. He encourages student-led lessons and strives to build independent learners who are confident in their work and themselves.