Misty’s first instrument was a keyboard and her first teacher a computer, a gift from her Grandma who saw her love of music at a young age. She has studied and played a variety of instruments over the years, including piano from a real person, voice and a hint of tuba and oboe. At age 15, when a flute teacher was finally found in her small town, her primary instruments became flute and piccolo. She quickly excelled on the flute and went from the last chair in her high school band to the first. Misty’s flute studies culminated in a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from The Kings University College in Edmonton, Alberta, where she graduated with honors and received awards for excellence in performance. She has studied privately with many great teachers including Liz Koch (principal flutist for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; Margret Burton (former principal flutist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra); Brenda Fedoruk (principal flutist for the Vancouver Opera Symphony); Lorna McGhee and Nina Perlove (internationally renowned soloists). She has attended a variety of summer study programs including Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, The Pender Island Flute Retreat and two programs in Europe with renowned flutists and teachers, Trevor Wye and Julie Wright.
Misty has been teaching private and group lessons as well as flute clinics at middle and secondary schools since graduating from University. She likes to teach “in the positive” which is to tell students what “to do” and avoids using any “do nots”. She believes in building good playing habits right from the beginning, emphasizing breathing, posture, tone, ease of finger movement and how to practice efficiently. Misty enjoys offering small ensembles classes (2, 3 or 4 flutes) to build confidence and learn how to playing with others.
Misty performs regularly throughout the Okanagan on both flute and piccolo and enjoys a variety of styles from classical, ambient or up-beat jazz, Latin and electronic fusion. She has performed as the principal flutist for the Edmonton Youth Symphony Orchestra and spent four seasons with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also played with Kamloops Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, the Kelowna Canada Day Pops Orchestra and is a member of the flute and guitar duo, Pairing Notes.
Misty lives in Naramata with her husband, son and three character cats, where she also enjoys singing in the Naramata Choir.