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Catherine Magowan: Biography

Catherine Magowan
1980 -

Catherine Magowan

Bassoonist and composer Catherine Magowan has been principal bassoonist with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra since 2002, and regularly freelances throughout Ontario. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2010 for the opera Giiwedin, which she co-composed with her collaborator, Spy Dénommé-Welch, and in 2012 their chamber piece, Bike Rage, took first prize by audience vote in Baroque Idol (Aradia Ensemble). Their comedy duo, Professor Quack & Grunt, has lectured at cabarets, poetry festivals, book launches, and universities. Magowan has also presented at conferences on topics such as decolonization and intercultural collaboration in music, and run workshops for youth and young adults on music creation and the politics of music.

Catherine’s electric bassoon band, Das Fagott Mannschaft (“the bassoon team” in German) has been making a splash at pubs and festivals including Pride Toronto, Buskerfest, and the Northern Lights Festival Boreal. The world’s first electric bassoon ensemble, Das Fagott Mannschaft is at the forefront of the movement to experiment with guitar pedals and the bassoon.