Michelle Cheramy served as Principal Flute with the NSO for five seasons between 1999 and 2006, and was reappointed to the same position with the orchestra in the fall of 2022. With playing described as a “…fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal), Michelle is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing, and her interpretive skills in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the newly composed. She has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Russia, and has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts including nationally on CBC Radio’s Symphony Hall, In Performance, Two New Hours and The Signal. Michelle has been the premiering flutist of almost two dozen solo and chamber compositions for flute by Canadian composers.

One of the few flutists in Canada to hold a full-time university appointment, Michelle is tenured professor of music at Memorial University where she enjoys mentoring a diverse studio of undergraduate and graduate flute students and teaching in the areas of music pedagogy and aural skills. Michelle is also currently serving as Associate Dean for the School of Music. She holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (BMus), Indiana University (MM) and Rice University (DMA), where she was fortunate to have the incredible guidance of flutists Camille Churchfield, Peter Lloyd, and Leone Buyse.

Fun Facts About Michelle

When did you join the NSO?

I played principal flute with the NSO for five seasons between 1999 and 2006, and rejoined the orchestra 2022.

Who inspired you to learn how to play?

I think music itself inspired me. There are no musicians in my immediate family, and I remember asking my parents for piano lessons when I was seven despite the fact that we didn’t own a piano! The first time I heard a concert band I was captivated, and immediately wanted to play a band instrument too.

What’s your favourite piece of classical/orchestral music?

It’s impossible to have a single favourite! Brahms symphonies will always be on my playlist, though.

If you could pick one artist to collaborate with, who would it be?

Yo Ma. His thoughtful, intelligent musicianship is inspiring.

What other non-musical creative outlets do you have?

As far as other creative outlets go, I have none except cooking! In my free time I enjoy hiking and reading.