October 21,22,23

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Salt Spring Island Sailing Club

152 Douglas Road, Salt Spring Island

The Salt Spring Baroque Music Society is pleased to present a three-day workshop for baroque bassoonists led by Katrina Russell.  The workshop is for baroque bassoonists of any age and any level of proficiency.  A baroque bassoon is required.  The workshop will include lots of opportunities for ensemble playing, master classes, reed making, and the option of private lessons.  A provisional schedule will be posted soon.

Tuition:  $180 CAN, payable using the link below.  If the workshop is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, tuition will be fully refunded.

Accommodation:  Participants are required to arrange and pay for their own accommodation on Salt Spring Island.  If this prevents you from attending, please contact us at info@saltspringbaroque.com as limited billeted accommodation may become available.

Travel:  Participants are required to arrange and pay for their own transportation to Salt Spring Island.  A car is recommended while on the island as there is very limited public transportation.  Please check the ferry schedule at www.bcferries.com for ferry information – you can arrive at either of the 3 terminals, Long Harbour, Fulford or Vesuvius.  If you need help figuring out the ferries we can help!  Just contact us at info@saltspringbaroque.com.

Food:  Participants are responsible for their own meals.  Snacks & beverages will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks.  We will have a group dinner or picnic in one of the evenings TBD.

Instructor Biography

Katrina Russell has a diverse performance background with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary music, and from orchestral playing to solo appearances. Having located to Vancouver Island in 2010, she previously lived in London, England where she spent many years playing both modern and historical bassoons. As a specialist in historical performance, she has played and recorded with many of the period instrument ensembles in Britain and Europe, including The English Concert, The King’s Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, L’Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, The Orchestra of “The Sixteen”, and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, amongst others. As a member of many of these groups Katrina has toured widely, appearing at many leading festivals around the world including Perth (Australia), Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart (Lincoln Center, New York), and the BBC Proms. She has also performed with The London Chamber Orchestra, and in North America with New York Philomusica, the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony and the Vancouver Island Symphony. She also appears regularly with various West Coast period instrument ensembles, including Early Music Vancouver, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Victoria Baroque.

As a teacher, Katrina has been teaching privately since 1987 with students ranging in age from 11 to 80. As well as bassoon instruction, she has given specialist classes in reed making techniques and been involved with school and community based educational workshops, including most recently the Early Music Vancouver “Online School – Encountering the Baroque Orchestra”. She taught for several seasons at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre summer music camp, and has been the Baroque Bassoon instructor for the Summer Baroque Academy at the Victoria Conservatory since 2017. Katrina is currently on Faculty at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, and teaches as part of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to performance and teaching, Katrina also works with her husband, horn player Andrew Clark in their joint business – clarkbrass.ca – making both historical and modern horns, and other brass instruments.

Katrina Russell

Venue:  Salt Spring Island Sailing Club