Calgary native Christine Bootland began her love affair of cello with her first teacher, Fay Johnson who instilled in her a love of all music. She later moved to John Kadz at Mount Royal College (now University) Academy of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of British Columbia with Eric Wilson and participated in the Masters Program at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Shauna Rolston. She has studied with renowned artists Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Zara Nelsova, and Lawrence Lesser at the Banff School of Fine Arts and has performed with well known classical musicians David Shifrin, Andrew Dawes, and Kai Gluesteen as well as back up for many rock and roll and country artists. A highlight of her career was touring Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia as a member of the Armadillo String Quartet of Canada.
Christine has been an active performer in various chamber ensembles and orchestras across Canada and was first prize winner in the CIBC National Chamber Music Festival Competition with the JEB Quartet. She is currently an active extra performer with the Lethbridge and Red Deer Symphonies as well as the Symphony of the Kootenays and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Her passion is to share her love of music through performing and teaching and doing educational outreach performance programs within the community. Christine has adjudicated all over Alberta, B.C and Saskatchewan and her students have won numerous awards at all levels. Her philosophy is to help create future generations of music lovers of all styles whether they be professionals, amateurs, or concert goers. Each student is unique and her goal is to help them develop their own individuality and personality in their playing.
Christine has been on the faculty at Medicine Hat College Conservatory as cello instructor, ensemble coach, Academy Instructor and conductor and program coordinator for both the Community and Junior Orchestras since 2001 and the Bring Back the Music Program for public schools since 2013. In 2010, she was pleased to be invited to be a cello instructor at the University Of Lethbridge Conservatory Of Music and is currently an Academy Instructor of chamber music.
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