Bio

August's love for music began as a small child, singing songs with her family in the car. Her organized musical experiences started in choirs, and she picked up the clarinet in seventh grade band. After dabbling in the trumpet and bassoon as well, she finally settled on the flute, which she pursued formally at the University of Calgary under the private instruction of Gwen Klassen. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music in flute performance (with distinction), flute was not the only focus August had during her time at the University of Calgary. She had the opportunity to study voice as a second instrument with Dr. Patricia Hrynciw, and it was there also that August discovered the joys and challenges of multidisciplinary collaboration. Beginning with the new School for Creative and Performing Arts' inaugural interdisciplinary production of Aesop's Fables, August met two then fellow students, dancer/choreographer Meghann Michalsky, and actor/director Matthew Hall. The three went on to collaborate on an original dance and physical theatre production called (Mis)Communication, for which August composed the soundtrack. The work was showcased the following year at MPact dance festival, and at the Theatre Junction Grand LAB.

Constantly striving to expand on her abilities as a performer and teacher, August regularly takes part in short and long term professional development opportunities. In June 2016 and 2017, August attended the Pender Island Flute Retreat where she had the opportunity to play for international flutists Lorna Mcghee and William Bennet, take part in daily professional and personal development seminars, and to learn about the applications of Alexander Technique in flute playing. From September to December 2015, August had the privilege of moving to New York City to be one of seven internationally selected participants in the inaugural Robert Dick Residential Studio; an opportunity that was made partially possible by her receipt of a Calgary Arts Development Grant. In New York she had the opportunity to delve into contemporary flute performance, including multiphonics; an understudied area of modern flute technique. One of her goals is to share the knowledge that she gained there with the music community in Calgary.

August has performed on three continents with a variety of ensembles, from jazz orchestras, to traditional Portuguese wind bands, to marching bands, and orchestras. In Alberta, she has performed with Alberta Winds, the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. Two recent performance highlights for August have been a solo performance of Ian Clarke's Zoom Tube at the 2015 Contrasts Festival, as part of the Fast Forward Chamber Ensemble at the 2016 MUSCAN gala concert in Calgary, and at the Spectrum Performance Space in New York City in 2015. Recreationally, August is a member of the AFPC Portuguese Community Band, and EnChor Chamber Choir.

Currently, August is an active teacher and performer in Calgary. She regularly plays with a variety of ensembles at events around Calgary for concerts and weddings, teaches band clinics around Calgary and Area, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities through her private studio. She starting teaching this year at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's educational outreach program, PhilKids. August is currently working towards a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Calgary.