VICKI BELL most recently performed and taught in Sacramento, California prior to moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in late 2020. She holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Colorado and is a certified Suzuki Flute Instructor. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Boston University under the tutelage of James Pappoutsakis.
She has played in Master Classes with Julius Baker and Michel Debost and has performed with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Folsom Lake Symphony and Concordia Wind Symphony as well as with numerous chamber groups, duos, and trios.
She is a founder of the Sacramento Flute Club and has performed with the Camellia City Flute Choir for many years. She has also performed several times at National Flute Association conventions in the Adult Professional Flute Choir and with the Camellia City Flute Choir.
Ms. Bell has taught using the Suzuki Flute method for the past thirty years. Her teaching includes the best of Suzuki and traditional techniques. She is a certified teacher of the Suzuki Method. She has studied pedagogy with Dr. Toshio Takahashi, Dr. Rebecca Paluzzi, David Geary, and others.
Her students have had success in performing with the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Santa Fe Youth Symphony, community college ensembles, concerto competitions, honor bands at all levels, and California and New Mexico All-State ensembles. Several of her students have gone on to major or minor in flute at various universities and conservatories. Her students have also won competitions with the Sacramento Flute Club and National Flute Association.
Vicki was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where her parents were professional musicians in the Omaha Symphony. She loved the sound of the flute from a young age. For her 10th birthday, she received a flute and her first lesson. The rest is history. She is the proud mom of two grown kids and has been married to Bob Schaevitz, her rock and biggest fan, for over thirty years.