Patricia Creighton, flute
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Patricia Creighton, flute


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""...superb Instinct for ensemble...""

"Flutist Patricia Creighton's superb instinct for ensemble, for blend and balance, coupled with her precise intonation, and violist Steven Dann's richly resonant sound served as equilibrium for harpist Erika Boodman's deceptively easy playing." - The Chronicle Herald

"'...a powerful intensity...""

"Dear Patricia,
I just listened to your performance of Wild Riot and my first thought was, "She's playing with the Nova Scotia Symphony when she could be first chair with any orchestra, anywhere? I knew Nova Scotia was a nice place to live, but I didn't know it was that nice!" Your performance was terrific! It combines wildness with tenderness with sudden and unexpected changes of character, just as I have asked for. ....listening to this performance I think you must be Kakumee's half sister, with a hidden wild side. Seriously, your playing fulfills all the requirements. You have a liquid warmth and richness of tone in the low register and a singing quality with color throughout the upper range. And a powerful intensity, which I especially liked, and which surprised me." - Michael Colgrass, composer

""demonstrating extreme virtuosity""

"...she took on Michael Colgrass's Wild Riot of the Shaman's Dreams for solo flute, demonstrating extreme virtuosity." - The Chronicle-Herald

"'...contributed darkness and warmth and something of the mystique of ancient China...""

“They featured Chinese erhu virtuoso George Bao in Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Concerto for erhu and chamber orchestra....Patricia Creighton, playing powerfully in the low register of the alto flute, contributed darkness and warmth and something of the mystique of ancient China....” - The Chronicle-Herald

""...flutist blows crowd away...was a joy to listen to...."

"Flutist blows crowd away... was a joy to listen to..." - Fredericton Gleaner


THE TWELVE CELTIC WINDS; with didgeridoo player Paul Newton; an improvised depiction of the characteristics of the twelve directional winds according to the ancient Gaelic tradition. Available at CDBABY and through iTunes.

WIND SONG, with pianist Peter Allen(CBC recording); 2009 ECMA and MIANS Classical Album of the Year nominee; available at CDBABY; BUY AT iTUNES AT:

MELODIES OF LOVE, Nova Brilliante: flute and harp (Karen Rokos); 2008 ECMA and MIANS Classical Album of the Year nominee
(Recorded in THE MUSIC ROOM, Halifax); available at CDBABY;

The Transcontinental; flute and piano (Peter Allen); available soon at CDBABY & iTunes

ABRAXAS: 20th Century FLute and Piano Music (CBC recorded lease-back disc; pianist - Peter Allen); available soon at CDBABY & iTunes



Described as a flutist with a lovely tone, a fine sense of phrasing and natural musicality, Patricia Creighton is currently Principal Flutist with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position she has held since 1983. Her extensive repertoire spans from baroque to modern in solo, concerto, chamber and orchestral literature. Patty has been featured with the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Scotia Festival orchestra as concerto soloist and audiences delight in her playing.

As a chamber and orchestral artist, she has performed with such distinguished artists as Julius Baker, Robert Cram, Victor Yampolsky, Isaac Stern, Maureen Forrester, the late William Tritt, Peter Bowman, Steven Dann, Fred Sherry, Malcolm Lowe, Erica Goodman, Anton Kuerti, Peter Allen, Jeanne Lamon, Georg Tintner, Simon Streatfeild, Mario Bernardi, Grant Llewelyn, Denise Djokic, Rene Fleming, Bernhard Gueller and many others. She is a regular guest artist with the Scotia Festival of Music and most Nova Scotian concert series and with the New Brunswick Music Festival. She has performed many times in New Brunswick at the NB Music Festival in Fredericton as well as across Canada, in the United States and in Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Mexico.

Patricia Creighton can be heard regularly on CBC Radio. She has a CD of 20th century flute and piano repertoire with Peter Allen called "Abraxas" which was produced by the CBC. A portion of this disc was used to create a ballet for ARC Dance, premiered in May, 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Her second CD, "The Transcontinental" represents musical snapshots of different countries. Her third disc, "Melodies of Love", is a collaboration with harpist Karen Rokos and was a 2008 ECMA and MIANS nominee for Best Classical Album. Their duo, Nova Brilliante, presents concerts around the Maritimes. Her fourth disc "Wind Song" is a CBC recording of a live recital she performed with pianist Peter Allen in March, 2007 and was also nominated for both an ECMA and MIANS Best Classical Album. Her most recent disc "The Twelve Celtic Winds", is an improvised presentation with didgeridoo player Paul Newton. Her CD's can be purchased through and through iTunes.

Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, she won prizes at an early age in the Kiwanis Music Festival-the Ontario Top Prize, the Guelph Spring Festival Competition, and the DuMaurier Search for the Stars. She received a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Nora Shulman and Jeanne Baxtresser. During and following university studies, Patty attended the Banff Centre for the Arts and won her first audition to become Principal Flutist of Symphony Nova Scotia the year she graduated from university.

During her first year in Halifax, Patty won a B Grant from the Canada Council to pursue further studies in Banff. She has also attended the Johannesen International School of Music and individual masterclasses and/or lessons with the late Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, the late Marcel and Louis Moyse (ten years), the late Samuel Baron, Robert Aitken, Robert Cram, William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser and Julius Baker.

Aside from a busy performing schedule, Ms. Creighton now shares her love and knowledge of music by teaching seminars and private flute lessons as an instructor at Acadia University’s and Dalhousie University's Department of Music.