With a ravishing tone full of a broad spectrum of colours and palate, a natural musicality and great interpretative intuition, Patricia Creighton is currently Principal Flautist with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position she has held successfully since 1983. As a chamber and orchestral artist, she has performed with such distinguished artists as Julius Baker, Robert Cram, Victor Yampolsky, Isaac Stern, Maureen Forrester, William Tritt, Steven Dann, Fred Sherry, Malcolm Lowe, Erica Goodman, Anton Kuerti, Peter Allen, Jeanne Lamon, Georg Tintner, Simon Streatfeild, Mario Bernardi, Grant Llewelyn, Denise Djokic, Rene Fleming, Bernhard Gueller, James Ennes, Andrew Armstrong and many others.
She is a regular guest artist with the Scotia Festival of Music and most Nova Scotian concert series. She has performed across Canada and in the United States, Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Mexico.
Her extensive repertoire spans from baroque to modern in solo, concerto, chamber, and orchestral literature. Patty has been featured with the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, many times with Symphony Nova Scotia, and with the Scotia Festival Orchestra as a concerto soloist. She has also premiered several flute and piano works composed by pianist/composer, Peter Allen.
Creighton has been heard regularly over the years on CBC Radio. "Abraxas", her 1st compact disc with pianist Peter Allen, produced by CBC, includes twentieth-century flute and piano repertoire. Her 2nd CD, "The Transcontinental", represents musical snapshots of different countries. Her 3rd disc is a completely improvised disc with flute, percussion, and didgerido called "The Twelve Celtic Winds", depicting the various characteristics of the winds that the ancient Celts studied in order to carry out their daily living. Patty’s 4th disc, "Melodies of Love", is a disc of beautiful melodies the world loves with her Nova Brilliante duo partner, harpist Karen Rokos. This disc was nominated for Best Classical Album for both the East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) and the Music Nova Scotia Awards. Her 5th disc, called "Wind Song", was a live CBC broadcast performance with pianist Peter Allen and includes works by J.S. Bach, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Debussy, Colgrass, and Bartok. "Wind Song" was nominated for the 2009 ECMA Best Classical Album. Her discs can be bought through CDBaby and iTunes.
Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, she won prizes at an early age in the Kiwanis Music Festival – the Ontario Top Prize, the Guelph Spring Festival Competition, and the DuMaurier Search for the Stars. She received a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Nora Shulman and Jeanne Baxtresser. During and following university studies, Patty attended the Banff Centre for the Arts and won her first audition to become Principal Flutist of Symphony Nova Scotia the year she graduated from university.
During her first year in Halifax, Patty won a B Grant from the Canada Council to pursue further studies in Banff. She has also attended the Johannesen International School of Music and attended individual master classes and/or lessons with Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway,Marcel and Louis Moyse, Samuel Baron, Robert Aitken, Robert Cram, William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Julius Baker. She had private flute lessons for over 10 years with Louis Moyse. Two years of that time was spent exclusively in Brattleboro, Vermont where she had two lessons a week with the Grand Master.
Aside from a busy performing schedule, Patty now shares her love and knowledge of music by teaching flute at Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of the Performing Arts.