Caitlin Berger is a Montreal-based flutist and flute teacher. She primarily enjoys performing in solo and chamber recitals, and through these projects, she tells stories and connects with audiences about social issues, music, and life itself.
Due to COVID, Caitlin’s participation in the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab workshop was postponed to June 2021. However, she recently created a virtual concert series entitled Caitlin’s Cozy Concerts, which she hosts and performs in monthly. Together with clarinetist Emilia Segura, Caitlin is also part of the duo Ensemble Camellia. They are looking forward to premiering more than five new works for flute and clarinet in February 2021, in partnership with McGill University’s Association of Student Composers.
Throughout her school years and developing career, Caitlin has maintained a strong connection to the classical music scene in Montreal. She has always loved collaborating with local musicians, whether it be in orchestras or small ensembles. She held the position of principal flute for three seasons in the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the University of Montreal’s Orchestra and McGill University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. She frequently collaborates with and premieres the work of young composers, acknowledging the special relationship between musicians and living composers and the importance of modern music.
Caitlin has humbly received various awards and scholarships that have contributed to her growth as a musician, such as McGill’s Valerie Wood Memorial Award in Music. In 2019, she made her international debut in the first ever Concours de flûte de Paris, where she reached the semi-finals. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned flutists such as Julien Beaudiment, Claire Guimond, and Jeffrey Khaner. Caitlin graduated from McGill University and the University of Montreal under the tutelage of Denis Bluteau.
Apart from performing, Caitlin thoroughly enjoys teaching flute and deepening her knowledge of pedagogy. She has been teaching privately for over four years and currently holds the position of Flute Instructor at the Fortissimo Academy of Music and Arts in Côte-Saint-Luc. Caitlin’s home away from home is in Orford, where she attended the Music Academy three summers in a row. She also has strong interests in self-improvement, blogging, and reading. Caitlin plays on a silver Powell Conservatory flute, which she has happily owned since 2017.