The Board of the Council of Canadian Bassoonists includes members from BC to Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and international members. Please use the contact form if you are interested in standing for election or if you have Board members to recommend for the future.
Neil Bishop is a reed-making recluse from St. John’s Newfoundland. He began playing the bassoon in 2006 with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra and performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in their 2007-2008 season.
In 2008, Neil moved to Toronto to study at the Royal Conservatory’s prestigious orchestral training program, the Glenn Gould School (GGS). While attending the GGS Neil had the privilege of studying with many of Canada’s top pedagogues and performers, as well as performing with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.
Neil diversified his career as a bassoonist when he became part of the world’s first electric bassoon quartet cover band, Das Fagott Mannschaft (DFM). DFM performed at various venues, special events, and music festivals across Ontario, notably ScotiaBank’s Buskerfest, Sudbury’s Northern Light Festival, Toronto Pride, and the Toronto Jazz Festival.
In 2017 Neil relocated to Saint John to join Sistema New Brunswick, where he established the Saint John Centre bassoon studio. Neil is thrilled to be coaching the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra bassoon section this year.
Former principal bassoonist of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2003-2007) and the Niagara Symphony (2007-2012), Patrick is now the principal bassoonist of Symphony New Brunswick and a founding member of Ventus Machina woodwind quintet. After studying at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Patrick continued his studies in Toronto at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.
M. Bolduc has traveled throughout Canada, the USA, Japan, and France. He has played as a freelance musician with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, L’Orchestre de la francophonie Canadienne, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal among others. A native of Québec, Patrick now lives and works in New Brunswick, where he spends his time performing with Ventus Machina and Symphony New Brunswick, serving as bassoon faculty at Mount Allison University, caring for his active young family, and operating as the sole proprietor of his independent sports sales agency.
Après avoir été basson solo avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2003-2007) et Niagara Symphony (2007-2012), Patrick occupe maintenant le même poste avec Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick et est membre fondateur de Ventus Machina. Après avoir étudié au Conservatoire de musique de Québec, il a continué ses études à Toronto au Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.
Au cours de sa carrière, Patrick a performé à-travers le Canada, aux États-Unis, au Japon et en France. En tant que pigiste, il a joué avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, l’Orchestre des grands ballets canadiens et l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, entre autres. Natif de la ville de Québec, il est maintenant basé au Nouveau-Brunswick où il partage son temps entre Ventus Machina et Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick, l’enseignement du basson à Mount Allison University, sa famille et son agence de vente dans le milieu du sport.
Recently appointed Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra, Mathieu Lussier has been associated with Les Violons du Roy as Conductor-in-residence in 2012, and Associate Conductor from 2014 to 2018, Lussier has led the orchestra in concerts in Quebec, and on tour in greater Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Brazil collaborating with artists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Philippe Jarrousky, Alexandre Tharaud, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Julia Lezhneva, Anthony Marwood, and Karina Gauvin.
Previous appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, where he served from 2008 to 2014.
As a soloist, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for more than two decades throughout North America and Europe. He also devotes considerable time to chamber music as a member of ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal. Since the summer of 2014, he has been Professor at Université de Montréal.
His numerous solo recordings include over a dozen bassoon concertos (Mozart, Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette), a CD of bassoon sonatas by Boismortier, three CDs of music for solo bassoon by François Devienne, and two CDs of wind music by Gossec and Méhul.
Mathieu Lussier is also a respected composer, with a catalogue of over 50 titles heard regularly in the concert halls of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2018, He composed the score for « La chute de l’empire américain » from Oscar winner Denys Arcand. In August 2009, his piece Bassango, in its version for bassoon and string orchestra, won the third prize in the Contemporary Classical Song category at the Just Plain Folks Awards of Nashville, Tennessee.
Mathieu Lussier’s music has been recorded on numerous occasions and is broadcast all around the world. “Dos Tropicos”, a wind quintet written in 2001, has been performed over 100 times in Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom. His compositions are published by Trevco Music (USA), Accolade (Germany), June Emerson (UK), and Gérard Billaudot (France).
Eric Macarios is currently a Manager in Licensing at Spotify, working to negotiate music rights deals on a global basis.
Eric is also a classically trained bassoonist and has performed professionally in both Canada and the United States and studied with Nadina Mackie Jackson. Eric worked in the non-profit sector in Memphis, Tennessee. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from London Business School.
Nadina Mackie Jackson
President & Acting Treasurer
Solo bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson is the most widely recorded Canadian bassoonist in history with 13 solo albums, 8 chamber music recordings, and dozens of albums with symphony, chamber, and historical instrument orchestras.
A true communicator, she confidently venturing into new works, venues, and collaborations, joining forces with emerging and established composers, performers, and thinkers, sharing her joy and continual sense of discovery with audiences.
18 new works for solo bassoon and orchestra were written for her in the last decade and she sees great importance in continually commissioning new composers to expand the voice of the bassoon. Recent solo recordings include Vivaldi Concerti Volume I with Nicholas McGegan and the Juno short-listed Canadian Concerto Project with Guy Few and Group of Twenty-Seven Chamber Orchestra. Performing with folk legend Valdy and other virtuoso musicians and orchestras, Nadina has toured extensively across Canada, the US, to Europe and Japan.
Ever mindful of the challenges faced by young bassoonists, Nadina teaches at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music is on the advisory council for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and is the founder of The Council of Canadian Bassoonists – a nationally recognized charitable status group dedicated to assisting low-income students to attain their highest ambitions as bassoonists. Nadina joined the faculty of the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp in North Carolina in June 2019 and was scheduled to be part of the Memphis Music Initiative in 2020. Nadina will be releasing her new bassoon technique book, Solitary Refinement, Chromatics, Chords & Scales, Concepts for the Committed Bassoonist in Fall, 2020.
Following her advanced studies at UBC and the New England Conservatory of Music, Leslie Magowan began her professional life as the principal bassoonist first of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, then of the Windsor Symphony and as a member of the touring and recording woodwind quintet, the Essex Winds.
Though she loved music with all her heart, she quickly realized that a life of following marching orders from a beady-eyed orchestral conductor for starvation wages was not in her list of life goals and she considered alternate career choices. She immediately qualified for medical school, law school, and teachers’ college; opting for teachers’ college as it was the most direct path to a meaningful new vocation. And a profession that immediately welcomed her bassoon-playing skills.
A lifelong teacher, Leslie retired from classroom teaching in 2016 and continues to privately teach bassoon, reed making, and general academic tutoring. Along with Nadina Mackie Jackson and George Zukerman, Leslie is a founding Board member of the Council of Canadian Bassoonists.
Uta Messerhuber has 30+ years of Canadian business telecommunications experience, primarily in the fields of customer experience, organizational change management, business transformation strategies, client account management, program & project management, and business process analysis. Recipient of numerous leadership and excellence awards (Bell, Allstream, Rogers).
Uta has established and operated a first-of-its-kind specialty tea shop serving the Golden Triangle of Georgian Bay, located on main street Collingwood in which were hosted many creative literary and arts events.
Living in Caledon, Ontario, keeps the arts and culture scene of Toronto and the GTA within striking distance and allows for all the beauty and peace of the country to act as a restorative home base.
Uta has an eclectic range of interests that include gardening, animal welfare, sewing and knitting, interior design, reading, cooking, and collecting cookbooks. Currently over 200 cookbooks and counting!
Philip Morehead recently retired after 34 years as Head of Music Staff for Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Ryan Opera Center. During this time he also served as Chorus Master (1986-1991) and Music Administrator (1991-1996).
As a conductor, Morehead has conducted for Lyric Opera of Chicago performances of Verdi Un ballo in maschera, Gilbert & Sullivan Mikado, Strauss Die Fledermaus, and Anthony Davis Amistad, as well as student performances of Carmen, Pagliacci, The Cunning Little Vixen, and The Magic Flute. Morehead is also a freelance pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor.
He is currently a Music Consultant for the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario, where he has conducted Gounod’s Faust, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Puccini’s La Bohème and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.
Morehead is the keyboard member of the Muskoka Big Band and editor of The New International Dictionary of Music and the Penguin Thesaurus. He recently began to revisit the bassoon, which he studied in the 1970s with John Miller.
Christopher Millard is the Principal Bassoonist for Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and has a distinguished career as a performer and educator.
Prior to his engagement with the NACO, Mr. Millard served as principal bassoon of the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra for 29 seasons and was a faculty member at UBC from 1975 thru 2003.
In addition to his continuing work at the University of Ottawa, he was a bassoon professor at Northwestern University for 7 years. He gives regular masterclasses at the National Orchestra Institute, Rice University, the Curtis Institute, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, and the New World Symphony. He was the bassoon instructor for Canada’s National Youth Orchestra for 20 years and taught for many summers at the Orford and Domaine Forget Academies. His ensemble coaching has included Gold Medalists at the Fischoff International Competition.
A Juno award winner, his recordings span a broad range of repertoire including a volume in the prestigious OrchestraPro series of orchestral excerpts. Mr. Millard’s students occupy positions in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Toronto, Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo and Saskatoon Symphonies, and orchestras in Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Memphis, Omaha, and many others.
In addition to his ongoing work with the NACO, Mr. Millard is the Principal bassoon for the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and makes annual appearances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He was the creator and host of the NAC’s classical musical podcast and has served on executive director and music director search committees for the NAC.
Mr. Millard was a student of the legendary Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute and coached extensively with the great French flutist Marcel Moyse. He is a noted authority on reed acoustics and a skilled woodwind technician.
Bassoonist Adam Romey is currently the Education and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Born into a musical family, Adam is a native of St Paul, Minnesota. He spent five years in Ontario, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (2010) and an Artist’s Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (2012), studying with Nadina Mackie Jackson and the Toronto Symphony’s Michael Sweeney and Samuel Banks.
In 2014, Adam received his Master of Music Degree from Indiana University where he studied with William Ludwig and Michael McCraw, while teaching as an Associate Instructor of the bassoon.
During this time, he received a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians to live in Amsterdam and study the musical and philosophical legacy of Brian Pollard, legendary principal bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1954-1996
During the summers, Adam has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy Festival.
Adam was a member of The Orchestra Now at Bard College in upstate New York from January 2016 until August 2019.
Since 2018 Adam has served as the Managing Director for the Charlotte Bach Festival, a new series of summer concerts focusing on exploration of baroque music in the historical performance style in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jesse Read has served as Principal Bassoonist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera National Company, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, North Hollands Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, CBC Radio Curio Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, The Canadian National Broadcast Orchestra, and the Harlequin Bassoon Quartet.
He has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik of Toronto, Philharmonia Baroque, San Francisco, Capella Clementina, Köln, Boston Baroque Orchestra, Philomel, and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as orchestras and ensembles in France, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, and Austria.
He has championed lesser-known composers and has commissioned numerous works from this generation of composers. In addition, Mr. Read was active as a studio musician in Hollywood where he performed on many movie and television soundtracks.
Mr. Read served as the Director of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, for eleven years recently retired as the Head of the Wind, Brass, and Percussion Division and Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music.
He has taught extensively for the European Mozart Academy where he has held master classes, has previously held positions at the University of Victoria, the University of Delaware, and the Utrecht Conservatory, Netherlands. His solo CDs on the Etcetera, Bravura, and Skylark labels have received unanimous acclaim, including the recent “Stroll in the Cool” which was nominated as “Best Classical Recording” in the West Coast Music Awards.
Mr. Read studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Music Academy of the City of Basel, Switzerland, where he specialized in the performance of 18th-Century music, and where he began a life-long exploration of lesser-known and undiscovered music for wind instruments. He has researched and written extensively on repertoire for wind instruments – his editions are published by NOVA, London, Editions Viento, and Garland Press.
He has led masterclasses in the conservatories of Montpellier France, Lisbon, Portugal, Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, Prague, Czech Republic, Indiana University, UCLA, and others including repeat visits to the National University of the Arts in Taipei for master classes and recitals.
Mr. Read has recently performed with the newly-formed Avison Chamber Orchestra in Vancouver and is looking forward to an extensive tour in 2020 with a program of early Beethoven works.
Jo Ann Simpson
Bassoonist Jo Ann Simpson received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from The University of Ottawa, where she studied with Gerald Corey. A year of postgraduate studies with William Waterhouse in London England, where she also worked with the BBC Symphony, was followed by a stint as principal bassoon of the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela from 1979-1986. Since returning to Ottawa, Jo Ann has worked as a free-lance player with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, and the Orchestra of Northern New York, among others. She is principal bassoon of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau.
Jo Ann Simpson has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Venezuela, Uruguay, and Canada. She performs recital and chamber music regularly.
Jo Ann Simpson is a professor of bassoon at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, Québec, and Carleton University in Ottawa. She teaches the bassoonists at Canterbury High School and Centre d’Excellence Artistique de Lasalle and runs the Beginner Bassoon Program for The Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Jo Ann has taught the Bassoon Ed Techniques course at the University of Ottawa and at The Crane School of Music, SUNY in Potsdam New York. Jo Ann has given master classes at the 2 most prestigious music schools in Romania – Gheorghe Dima in Cluj-Napoca and The National University of Music in Bucharest.
Jo Ann Simpson is the founder and director of the only residential bassoon camp in Canada – Brooke Valley Bassoon Days, which attracts as many as 46 bassoonists annually from coast to coast in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. www.brookevalleybassoondays.ca
Jo Ann Simpson is one of the few bassoonists in North America who plays both the German and the French system bassoon. She is a member of The North American French Bassoon Quartet and is frequently invited to perform at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, most recently in Grenada, Spain 2018.
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