Since 2015, Ms. Durnin has been working with presenters and AKAM artists. As an administrator, she completed an internship with the Canadian Opera Company, working for the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Susan was also the Communications Director of the inaugural 2015 Bassoonapalooza, a one-day bassoon festival held in Toronto.
Susan also administered and performed on the Excelsior Ensemble Chamber Series that ran for two season in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. This series was a musicians’ collective that featured an array of instrumentation highlighting the woodwinds.
As a musician, she is an active bassoonist involved in performances around Southern Ontario. Susan has performed in the sections of many orchestras including Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.
Susan is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management from the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Her previous studies were in music, earning her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Manitoba studying with Allen Harrington. She then moved to Toronto and completed her Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in the studios of Kathleen McLean and Nadina Mackie Jackson. She continues the tradition of bassoon teaching with a studio of her own as well as teaching privately and at the prestigious arts high school, Cardinal Carter Academy.
During her free time, she is involved with a quirky electric bassoon quartet, who can be found performing pop tunes across Toronto. Ms. Durnin brings a unique perspective to the art of managing artists, and she looks forward to the continued relationships that come from working in this industry. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Susan now calls Toronto home.