Coordinator of the Wind Sector and Part-time Professor - Clarinet
Shauna McDonald joined the Ottawa Symphony as principal clarinetist in September 2008, at the same time becoming a member of the clarinet faculty at the University of Ottawa. She also performs frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and is a member of numerous chamber groups, such as L’Ensemble Prisme, the Ayorama and Bel Canto woodwind quintets and the Harmonious Pigs Trio. Shauna teaches clarinet privately, and coaches the Senior Wind Ensemble at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy.
Shauna began her clarinet study with Stephen Robb in Vancouver, B.C. Her first orchestral experience was with the Delta Youth Orchestra, with whom she performed as soloist. Her musical training includes a Bachelor degree from McGill University with Robert Crowley, and a Masters Degree with honours in Performance with Larry Combs at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Shauna has appeared as a soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra and the Deep River Symphony Orchestra. She has performed and recorded with Les Violons Du Roy, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Thirteen Strings and L’Orchestre Symphonique du Gatineau.