2024 Adjudicators

Wendy Wagler


Wendy Wagler

An accomplished soloist and orchestral musician, Wendy Wagler holds the principal flute chair in the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and has performed with many ensembles, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Brantford Symphony and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. She has performed as soloist with the K-W Symphony Youth Orchestra, the K-W Chamber Orchestra, the Renaissance Singers and the Symphonic Band of the University of Cauca (Colombia). As a chamber musician, she has spent the last decade with the Springdale Trio, with pianist Boyd McDonald and cellist Ben Bolt-Martin. This winter, Wendy unveiled her new ensemble: The Phoenix Trio, featuring pianist Beth Ann de Sousa and cellist Cathy Anderson.

Wendy holds a Master's Degree in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor Degree in Flute Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, having studied with Bonita Boyd, Dr. Amy Hamilton, Thomas Kay, and Prof. Fiona Wilkinson. She has directed flute masterclasses worldwide, including as a guest artist and clinician at the University of Cauca Flute Festival (Pasto, Colombia), and has been teaching flute at Renaissance School of the Arts since 1995.

Wendy is the flute instructor at Heritage College in Cambridge and the founding director of Renaissance School of the Arts Flute Choir and Flute Camp. She has given her seminar How to Conquer Performance Anxiety to youth orchestras, high school music classes, and university masterclasses throughout North America. Wendy maintains the highest reputation as a flute instructor, routinely taking students successfully through all levels of conservatory exams as well as university auditions, and beyond.