Flutist Victoria “Tori” Hauk loves exploring the beauty of music through collaboration with fellow Bay Area musicians and by sharing it with the next generation of young musicians through coaching and teaching. Tori was born and raised in San Diego, but has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area since 2013.
She is an avid chamber musician and can be seen performing with groups including: One Found Sound, The Fête Concert Series, flute duo Siroko Duo, and woodwind quintet Avenue Winds.
She is the winner of the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition, Arizona Flute Society Competition, award winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, award winner of the MTNA Southwest Regional Competition, and has received the Presser Foundation Award. Tori was the featured soloist for the season opener for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in 2010 performing both the Nielsen and Mozart concerti. She has performed abroad at the Charterhouse International Music Festival (U.K.) and toured in China with University of Arizona Harp Fusion. In summer 2011 she was a member of the Opera in the Ozarks orchestra performing Die Fledermaus and Le Nozze di Figaro. In the summers 2012 and 2013 she performed in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Orchestra alongside world-class singers such as Linda Watson.
Tori received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona studying with Brian Luce, Master of Music degree from The Lynn University Conservatory of Music studying with Jeffrey Khaner, Principal Flutist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory studying with Timothy Day, Principal Flutist of San Francisco Symphony.
California-born flutist Christy Kim enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera is Chicago, and the St. Louis Symphony, joining them on their International Tour in 2017. From 2016-2018, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, becoming the Flute Fellow in 2017-2018. She has performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, and under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti, David Robertson, Han-na Chang, Christoph Eschenbach, and Leonard Slatkin. Past summers, she has been invited to the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. Christy is currently flutist of Bay Area wind octet Nomad Session.
Christy holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California. Christy’s principal flute teachers are Mark Sparks, Tim Day, Jim Walker, and Susan Greenberg.
Christy also has a 15 year background in piano. She has been trained as a pianist through the Music Teacher’s Association of California and completed the Certificate of Merit program. In 2008, she performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. She teaches piano and flute at Amabile a School of Music. Her principal teacher is Ornela Ervin.
Christy believes that anyone can enjoy learning music. Through curiosity and discipline, we gain the skills for freedom of expression. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and fundamental building blocks of musicianship: scales, tonal exercises, and technical etudes in addition to theory, orchestral excerpts, and solo repertoire. In addition, she draws awareness to the physical demands of playing an instrument to help prevent injuries and ensure longevity in our musical journeys. Her goal is to instill a lifelong appreciation for music.