Meet the Board

Our organization would not be where it is today without the volunteer board members that keep everything running smoothly. Here are our current board members dedicated to building community through flute artistry and education!

Kimberley Hutton-Franchuk – President & Treasurer

Kimberley Hutton-Franchuk is the current EFA Treasurer and President. She is a professional accountant and an amateur flutist. She is excited for the opportunity to continue to combine her accounting and board experience with her love of flute as President and Treasurer of our Edmonton Flute Association.

Corri Allison – Vice President

Corri is the current EFA Vice-President and Director of Grants and Fundraising. She is an
amateur flutist and pianist who simply loves music. Corri spends her retired time playing in
concert bands, lessons, flute choirs, band camps and any other reason she can find to play with others. She is very excited to continue assisting the Edmonton Flute Association by continuing on in these roles.

Matthew McGuigan – Director & Industry Liaison

Matthew McGuigan is an educational services consultant for Long & McQuade Musical
Instruments and has worked for the company for 13 years as a specialist in flute and choral
music. Outside of his job at the store, he is an active chorister, freelance illustrator, and flutist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Calgary and plays regularly with groups such as Mercury Opera and the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra.

Kate McKie – Director at Large

Kate McKie is a retired elementary music specialist and beginning band teacher, choral conductor, and flute player since grade 7. She has also been a vocal coach for musical theatre in the Shuswap, where she worked and lived for over 25 years. Returning to Edmonton during COVID meant no music, so a board position with EFA has been a great opportunity.

Liz Faulkner – Director at Large

Liz Faulkner’s avid flute & piccolo enthusiasm began 40 years ago. Playing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for 20 years has been the highlight of her career. Regularly playing piccolo/3rd flute, she has had the rare opportunity to perform solos and fill acting positions in the 1st & 2nd chairs with them. She holds B.Mus. & B. Ed. degrees from the U of A, and has performed with many ensembles. Her passions, aside from teaching music from her home, include her husband, delightful teenage boys…the dog & bird too.

Samantha Hunt – Director or Communications (Social Media)

Samantha is a professional flutist from St. John’s, Newfoundland where she studied with Dr.
Michelle Cheramy primarily. Upon graduation, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she
began teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board. In 2016, she successfully auditioned for a Regular Force flute position in the music branch of the Canadian Armed Forces and was posted to Edmonton in 2017. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Karen Shields – Director at Large

Karen has enjoyed a distinguished 20 year career as a professional flutist/piccoloist with the Canadian Armed Forces. She has performed in numerous bands including The Royal Canadian Artillery Band (Edmonton), the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy (Victoria) and has had the opportunity to perform throughout Canada, USA, France, UK, and in 2012 toured New Zealand with The Royal New Zealand Navy Band.  Career highlights include performing for Changing the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, commemorative ceremonies in France for the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremonies, and a Canada wide tour celebrating the Royal Canadian Naval Centennial. Ms. Shields has also appeared as piccolo soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and has been featured in recital on CBC Radio Two as a solo artist and as a member of the Flute Rhapsody Quartet and the Lodos Wind Quintet. Karen has also appeared on numerous CDs recorded by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy during her tenure with the band from 2006-2017.  Ms. Shields holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Acadia University and a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Ottawa.  In 2021, Karen completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Alberta, with a double major in Wind Band Conducting and Flute Performance.  Karen is the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Armed Forces Decoration Medal, and is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her research project entitled The Canadian Armed Forces: A Means to Promote Canadian Wind Band Music. 

Zoe Hawnt – Director at Large

Zoe is a private Flute Coach and Voice Coach. She holds a Musical Theatre diploma with more than 20+ years of practical experience. She is currently a part-time student at Kings University (Music/Psychology). Zoe is happy to be part of Edmonton’s growing Flute community and looks forward to learning from and contributing to the EFA.

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