Fri Oct 19
Woodwind Masterclass with Christopher Millard
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Gessler Hall
Christopher Millard is the Principal Bassoonist for Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has had a distinguished career as a performer and educator. Prior to his engagement with the NACO, Mr. Millard served as Principal for the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra for 29 seasons and was a faculty member at UBC from 1975–2003. In addition to his continuing work at the University of Ottawa, he was bassoon professor at Northwestern University for seven 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 twenty years, and taught for many summers at the Orford and Domaine Forget Academies. A Juno Award winner, his recordings span a broad range of repertoire including a volume in the prestigious OrchestraPro series of orchestral excerpts. 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.