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Canadian American flutist Todd Skitch joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute in 2013. That same year he also began performing with the Atlanta Chamber Players, and became an Artist-In-Residence at Kennesaw State University, where he taught Flute Performance for ten years.
Mr. Skitch started his orchestral career with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 1997, after completing degrees at both the University of Toronto and McGill University, where his principal teachers were
Timothy Hutchins and Nora Shulman.
A symphony musician, teacher, chamber music performer, and recitalist, Todd's distinguished career includes many credits. He is a charter member and Co-Principal Flute of the IRIS Orchestra, which celebrated it's 20th season in 2019 - 2020. Todd is also a veteran member of the Bellingham Festival of Music, performing every summer since 2008 in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. Always looking for an opportunity to travel, Todd has performed as a guest flutist in other orchestras including Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, and Vancouver. While in Memphis, Mr. Skitch served as Board Chair and the Orchestra Manager of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.
Mr. Skitch has been heard on WABE Atlanta, NPR's Performance Today, CBC Radio-Canada, WKNO Memphis, and as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony and IRIS Orchestra. In 2003, Todd joined the Canadian group Ensemble Noir on the historic three nation African tour to Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
In his youth Todd played in many of the most prestigious music festivals:
In between concerts, Mr. Skitch specializes in preparing young flutists for college applications, youth symphony, All-State competitions, and professional auditions. He is deeply committed to teaching, both as a faculty member of the ASO's Talent Development Program, and in his own private flute studio, where he currently accepts highly motivated flute students. Former private students have attended such schools as Alabama Southern, Princeton, UGA, UT Knoxville, and Yale.
Outside the sphere of music, flute, and teaching, Todd's interests include yoga, health and fitness, pescetarianism, equality and social justice, art and design, books, comic books and superheroes. During the COVID 19 pandemic he began rescuing feral cats and stray kittens.