Congratulations to Victoria Santospago who has won a position with the Navy Fleet Bands.
A student of Robert Dick, Victoria is currently matriculating in the Artist Diploma program, having completed the MM degree in flute performance. She was the winner of the 2018 NYU Woodwinds Concerto Competition. Prior to studying at NYU, Santospago received her undergraduate degree in Flute Performance and Music Education from the University of New Hampshire.
Victoria won the position following a seven hour audition in Millington, Tennessee.
The Navy bands are composed of professional musicians from around the United States. They perform a wide array of musical styles, from Sousa marches to 40s hits, at a diverse range of performances such as official ceremonies at sea, public concerts, live broadcasts, and military parades in America and abroad. There are nine bands around the world; Victoria will receive her placement and begin training in February when she is in bootcamp.
Victoria has played with New Music Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, various chamber ensembles, the Contemporary Flute Ensemble, and NYU O1. She has performed at the Black Box Theatre, the Provincetown Playhouse, Symphony Space, and the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Victoria maintains a private flute studio in Brooklyn and in her work as a freelance performer, she has held solo recitals and has performed with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony (with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015), Litha Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and was a performer in the NYC New Music Festival.
Previously, Victoria worked as an elementary school music teacher for four years in all five boroughs with the nonprofit organization Education Through Music.