Flute & Piccolo
Camille Watts has been a flutist and solo piccoloist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990, positions she held previously with the Atlanta and Denver Symphonies. She has also performed with Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado and as principal flute with Central City Opera.
Camille attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a National Merit Scholar, in the studio of Kyril Magg, graduating summa cum laude with honors. At 21, she became the youngest player in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw, touring, recording, and performing as soloist. She continued her studies with Keith Underwood, Robert Dick, Jack Wellbaum and Walfrid Kujala.
In Toronto, Camille has performed as piccolo soloist with the TSO, and played chamber music with Belladonna, Ergo and HearHere. The Toronto Star wrote, “The star player of the evening was Watts. Her technique, breath control and gorgeously shaped phrases made the music glow.” She has played with the Canadian Opera Company, onstage with Soulpepper Theatre, and in the pit with Miss Saigon playing western and Chinese flutes. She has performed on many pop and classical recordings, as well as on film and TV soundtracks.
Camille is Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she teaches flute and piccolo, coaches chamber music, and leads seminars in the graduate program. She has also served as piccolo faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. As a massage therapist working with musicians, she joined a group of Toronto artists in creating the Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, and serves on the Foundation Board of Directors.
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