kiara hosie

< musician / developer / educator >

Hi, I'm Kiara (she/her). I'm a classical oboist, web developer, and educator from Victoria, BC.

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate BMus student at the University of Victoria majoring in musicology and sound studies with a minor in psychology. I'm passionate about accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and hope to use technology to make music performance spaces more accessible for neurodivergent artists.

In addition to teaching oboe, making reeds, and performing, I'm currently working as the curriculum coordinator for Engineering For Kids Vancouver Island and the program coordinator for HighTechU. Click through the tabs below to learn more about what I'm up to.

I'm a fourth-year BMus student at the University of Victoria. My notable teachers include Russell Bajer and Anna Betuzzi of the Victoria Symphony. Although I began my musical career as a clarinettist, I've been playing oboe and English horn for nine years. In addition to performing as a soloist and in student and amateur orchestras in the Greater Victoria area, I'm also experienced with musical theatre, wind band, and chamber music.

As a private teacher, I take a patient and individualised approach. It's important to me to meet students where they're at, helping them set and meet their own musical goals to reach their full potential. I welcome students of all ages and abilities— it's never too late to start! Contact me for oboe lesson inquiries or to order handmade oboe reeds.

Kiara Hosie playing principal oboe in the UVic Wind Symphony

As a musicologist, my research interests include musical magic and witchcraft, musical myth (or mythical music!), historical music therapy, and music's role in both national and personal identity creation. My recent research on therapeutic musical ecstasy in the Ancient Greco-Roman world (Was Dionysus a Music Therapist?: Therapeutic Musical Ecstasy in the Ancient Greco-Roman World) was supported by the 2022-23 Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award, and can be viewed on UVic's online research repository.

My article exploring how gender and music direction affect character identity in Shakespeare's The Tempest will be published in the forthcoming issue of Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology.

Check out my recent UX design and web development work below or visit my Github to see more.

< LifeCycles Gleaning Hub >

LifeCycles Gleaning Hub

Volunteer and self-scheduling portal for LifeCycles, a project dedicated to sustainability and increasing food security in Greater Victoria.

Redesign with improved functionality launched October 2022.


< Music Discoveries Website >

Music Discoveries website

The offical website of Music Discoveries, a bandcamp for middle school students hosted by the University of Victoria's Student Music Educators Association in collaboration with the UVic School of Music.

Launched September 2021. Currently maintained by the MD team.