Anne-Elise Keefer

Virtual Classics for Kids

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to enjoy live classical music in a non-traditional, casual setting.
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Event Details:

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to enjoy live classical music in a non-traditional, casual setting. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to tune in live! The video will also be available after the live session is completed.

This program is designed for children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome to join us for the livestream!

Our October 20 performer will be flautist Anne-Elise Keefer, who will introduce families to the flute family as she performs upon piccolo, alto flute, Baroque flute, and other flutes.


About our Performer:

Anne-Elise Keefer has enjoyed a busy international career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, recording artist, orchestral musician, chamber musician and educator. She performed as a soloist to critical acclaim in England, France, Italy, Norway and former Yugoslavia; broadcast frequently on radio and TV in Europe, and played a private concert for King Olav V of Norway. Anne-Elise was a prizewinner in eight international competitions in Canada and abroad, including the Ancona International Flute Competition (Italy), the Concert Artists' Guild Competition in New York City and the Canadian Music Competition.

Anne-Elise has played with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1986, and has played Principal Flute with the Abbotsford Symphony since 1995. As a freelance artist, she has performed frequently with the VSO, the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Island Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia, Orchestra London and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (playing the baroque wooden flute). She has played eight major Broadway musicals, including "Miss Saigon" and "The Phantom of the Opera"; has played with ten ballet companies including the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Kiev Ballet; and has appeared in concert with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Ben Heppner, Diana Krall and Ray Charles. In January 2004, Ms. Keefer was invited to audition for the position of Principal Flute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Anne-Elise studied with Robert Aitken, Nicholas Fiore, and Louis Moyse at the University of Toronto. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Music Performance and Literature, she received three Canada Council Arts Grants to pursue doctoral studies in Europe with Norwegian flutist, Ornulf Gulbransen. A six-year veteran of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, she continued her studies by attending masterclasses with Marcel Moyse, James Galway, William Bennett, Geoffrey Gilbert and baroque flute specialist, Hans-Martin Linde.

Anne-Elise taught for five years at Western University (Applied Music, Music Education and Music History). She has also taught flute at Boltelokka College in Oslo, University of Victoria, UBC and Douglas College. Anne-Elise was Head of the Suzuki Flute Program at the Vancouver Academy of Music from 1999-2011. Her summers have been spent teaching at Toronto Music Camp, National Music Camp, London Music Camp, Laurentian University, Pacific Rim Festival, various Suzuki Flute camps and at CYMC in Courtenay, BC.

Anne-Elise continues to enjoy sharing her love of music with flute students of all ages.