Karen Donnelly - principal trumpet
You can hear him on their three recordings: Capital BrassWorks, their first self-produced and self-titled CD; From Russia with Brass, a critically acclaimed CBC SM5000 recording; and Gabriel's Sister featuring NACO principal trumpet Karen Donnelly.
Following three successful seasons (1996-1999) as Acting Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Karen Donnelly was unanimously appointed Principal Trumpet in October 1999.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Karen
became hooked on the trumpet in her
elementary school band program.
displayed a natural ability for the instrument, she
formal training much later at the University of Regina
After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Ms. Donnelly received a major bursary from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to continue studying at McGill University where she completed a Master of Music in 1991.
While in Montreal, she
quickly became one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the area, performing with most major ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
From 1994-1996, Karen held the position of Principal Trumpet with Orchestra London (Canada) and performed with many ensembles in southwestern Ontario during this period.
has been featured as trumpet soloist with the NAC Orchestra
on several occasions.
The NAC commissioned Gary Kulesha, NAC Award Composer, to write a piece especially for Karen.
arrival in Ottawa in 1996, Karen
has kept a busy chamber music schedule performing many concerts for CBC (French and English) and with the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
As a member of the Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet, she is very active in giving educational concerts and workshops in schools.
Also a member of the large ensemble, Capital BrassWorks
is very involved in the organization and presentation of this group's highly successful concert series held in Ottawa.
recently released its third CD, "Gabriel's Sister" featuring Ms. Donnelly
In addition, Ms. Donnelly
performs as soloist with groups varying from professional orchestras, to community amateur orchestras and many local school bands.
has also been soloist with ensembles such as Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra
, Orchestra London
, McGill Symphony Orchestra
, Hannaford Silver Street Band
, Maple Leaf Brass Band
, the Regina Catholic Schools
Honour Band, just to name a few.
Teaching continues to be an important part of Karen's schedule.
Through the NAC
Music Education programs, Karen
has given master classes in Switzerland, Mexico, the United States and in Canada from coast to coast.
Ms. Donnelly joined the teaching staff at the University of Ottawa in 2002.
has been working with a team of volunteer teachers in the newly created "Orchkidstra" program in Ottawa that gives lessons and instruments to children in inner-city schools.
Thanks to the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, during the 2006-2007 season, Karen has been able to embark on a professional development program to study with Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic.