Dr. Suzanne Snizek was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada), where she has taught flute, chamber music and courses in twentieth century musicology since 2011. She received her BMus from IU-Bloomington (Wincenc, Lloyd and Pellerite), continued her study with Julius Baker (UArts in Philadelphia), where she completed her MMus, and in 2011 earned her DMA (UBC-Vancouver), studying with Lorna McGhee. An active chamber musician, Suzanne now regularly performs with leading Canadian concert pianist Michelle Mares.
Her innovative DMA thesis explored the musical culture within World War II British internment. Her work is published in Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire (Routledge 2012), The Impact of Nazism on the Development of Twentieth Century Music (Böhlau Verlag 2014) and Captivité de guerre au XXe siècle: des archives, des histoires, des mémoires (Armand Colin 2012). Suzanne has presented guest lecture recitals at Cambridge University (UK), l’École Militaire co-sponsored by Service Invalides- Historique de la Défense and the Institut l‘Histoire de Temps Présent (Paris, France) and at the 2013 Chutzpah! International Arts Festival.
A prizewinning performer, Suzanne won first prize in the Mid-South Flute Competition (USA) and the UArts Concerto Competition and second prize in the New York Flute Club Competition. Suzanne has adjudicated for numerous festivals, including the International Schools Pan Asian competition (Taipei), the Fraser Valley Music Festival (BC) and the Canadian Flute Association 2013 flute competition (Toronto).
Concert highlights range widely, from Daphnis and Chloé in the Kennedy Centre of Washington, DC;, performing Beethoven Symphony #9 in the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (Taipei) with the National Orchestra of Taiwan (‘ESO’), performances with the Moody Blues and Roger Daltrey, and a summer season as principal flute in the La Roque D’Antheron Festival in southern France, where she played with many famed soloists, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Rudolf Fikuršny and Menahem Pressler.