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Dale Sorensen is a passionate performer and promoter of Canadian music, who has premiered 20 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works, and recorded an all-Canadian CD of music for trombone. A native of Prince Edward Island, he is also the founder and artistic director of PEI's contemporary music ensemble eklektikos. In addition to his frequent solo recitals, Dale has performed as soloist with the Windsor Symphony, the PEI Symphony, and the Acadia University, UPEI, and University of Toronto Wind Ensembles.
As an orchestral musician, Dale performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, has held positions as Principal Trombonist with the Windsor Symphony and the PEI Symphony, Second Trombonist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has freelanced with groups such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Winnipeg Symphony, National Ballet of Canada, and Opera Atelier in a 3-week, 8-city tour of Japan. He can be heard on CD recordings with the Elora Festival Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Windsor Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia.
A dedicated teacher, Dale has been a sessional lecturer at UPEI for many years, has also taught at Dalhousie University, and continues to teach privately and adjudicate at music festivals throughout the Maritimes and in Ontario. For the 2015-2016 school year he held a one-year appointment as visiting assistant professor of low brass at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
For more information, visit www.islandtrombone.com.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Toronto, 2015
Master of Music, Northwestern University, 1992
Bachelor of Music, University of Prince Edward Island, 1991
Harambee: Canadian Music for Trombone (Pine Grove Music PGCD-01)
World Premiere recordings of music by Canadian composers Scott Good, Thomas Schudel, Paul Théberge, and Barbara York.
Berlioz: Requiem (Naxos CD 8.554494-95) - Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Elora Festival Orchestra; Noel Edison, conductor; Michael Schade, tenor.
Dancing in the Light: Music of Christos Hatzis (CBC Records SMCD 5243) - Symphony Nova Scotia; Bernhard Gueller, conductor.
Mozart and Haydn (WSO CD 99) - Windsor Symphony; Susan Haig, conductor.
MacKinnon's Brook Suite (Warner 240945) - Symphony Nova Scotia; Scott Macmillan, conductor.
Seasons' Celebration (CBC Records SMCD 5226) - Symphony Nova Scotia; Howard Cable, conductor.
Tim Brady: The How and the Why of Memory (Centrediscs CMCCD 21515) - Symphony Nova Scotia; Bernhard Gueller, conductor.
Sorensen, Dale. Forthcoming. "Splendour in the Brass: Malcolm Forsyth’s Legacy of Brass Music." In Images of Malcolm Forsyth, edited by Mary Ingraham and Robert Rival. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.
Sorensen, Dale. 2017a. "Canadian Compositions for Euphonium." www.islandtrombone.com/canadianeuphonium.html.
Sorensen, Dale. 2017b. "Canadian Compositions for Trombone." www.islandtrombone.com/cantrbn.html.
Sorensen, Dale. 2017c. "Discography of Classical Trombone CDs." islandtrombone.com/discintr.html.
Sorensen, Dale. 2015. "Canadian Solo Trombone Repertoire: An Annotated Bibliography." DMA diss., University of Toronto. [Available here: www.islandtrombone.com/bibliography.html].
Sorensen, Dale. 2013. "Tips for Composers Writing for the Trombone." islandtrombone.com/composer.html.