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Susan Durnin

Bassoonist, Administrator
Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 149
Member of the International Double Reed Society

Education

Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University (2017-present)
Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management

Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (2008-2010)
Graduated with Artist Diploma in bassoon performance

University of Manitoba (2003-2007)
Graduated with Bachelor of Music (Performance)

 

Administrative Experience

  • Artist Representative, Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc. (2015-present)
  • Marketing Manager, Das Fagott Mannschaft (2012-present)
  • Outreach Director, Bassoonapalooza (2014-2015)
  • Director of Programming, The Excelsior Ensemble (2012-2014)
  • Intern, The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (2010-2011)
  • Booking Manager, The Annex Quartet (2010-2011)

Ensemble Experience

  • Toronto Sinfonietta, principal bassoon (2012-present)
  • Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, on-call bassoon (2012-present)
  • Guelph Symphony Orchestra, on-call bassoon (2012-present)
  • Niagara Symphony Orchestra, on-call bassoon (2010-present)
  • Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, principal bassoon (2012-2016)
  • Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, substitute bassoon (2012)
  • Sneak Peek Orchestra, principal bassoon (2008-2015)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada, bassoon (2010)
  • Church of the Redeemer Resident Orchestra, principal bassoon (2007-2010)
  • Royal Conservatory Orchestra, bassoon (2008-2010)
  • University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, principal bassoon (2003-2007)
  • Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, principal bassoon (1999-2001)

Chamber Experience

  • Founding member of The DFM Bassoon Quartet (2011-present)
  • Founding member of The Excelsior Ensemble (2012-2014)
  • Participates in numerous chamber ensembles including Woodwind Quintets, Woodwind Trios, Woodwind Octets, Bassoon Trios, Double Reed Ensembles and other large mixed ensembles

Solo Experience

  • Performance at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (2012)
  • Has commissioned 2 works for solo bassoon (2007, 2010)
  • Performed 3 graduate level solo recitals (2009, 2010)
  • Performed a 90 minute fourth year solo recital (2007)
  • Performed a 45 minute third year solo recital (2006)
  • Performed 2 self-presented recitals (2009, 2012)

Competitions and Festivals

  • Canadian Music Competition, Winnipeg (2007, 2010)
  • Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, Toronto (2009)
  • Burgos Chamber Music Festival,  Burgos, Spain (2007)
  • University of Manitoba Concerto Competition, Winnipeg (2007)

Musicals and Operas

  • La Traviata, Opera York (2016)
  • Oliver!, Theatre Norfolk (2011), Stepping Out Productions (2010)
  • Cosi fan tutti, Glenn Gould School (2009)
  • Ariodante, University of Toronto (2008)

Audition Experience

  • Finalist, Niagara Symphony Orchestra 2nd Bassoon (2012)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada, bassoon (2010)
  • Winner, Stratford Symphony Orchestra 2nd Bassoon (2009)

Masterclasses

  • Richard Beene, solo repertoire, chamber music and orchestral excerpts (2010)
  • Samuel Banks, solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts (2009)
  • Mathieu Harel, solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts  (2009)
  • Michael Sweeney, chamber music (2009)
  • Sue Heineman, solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts (2008)

Awards and Honours

  • Acceptance to the Master of Music program in Bassoon Performance at Indiana University  Jacobs School of Music (2009, 2010)
  • Bluma Appel Scholarship (2008)
  • R.S. Williams & Sons Co. Woodwind Scholarship (2008)
  • J. Conrad Grimes Memorial Scholarship (2006)
  • Margaret H. Tyler Award in Music (2006)
  • Richardson Scholarship in Music (2004, 2005)

Major Teachers

Nadina Mackie Jackson, Toronto
Kathleen McLean, Toronto
Allen Harrington, Winnipeg
Jim Ewen, Winnipeg

Teaching Experience

  • Private Bassoon Instructor and Woodwind Clinician (2004-present)
  • Bassoon Instructor, clinics and band workshops (2001-present)
  • Bassoon Instructor, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts (2008-2017)
  • Bassoon Instructor, Manitoba Summer Band Camps (2001-2009)

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