Part-time Professor - Trombone
Born in Montreal, Donald Renshaw received his Bachelor degree in Music with distinction in trombone from McGill University in 1977 and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in 1982.
After graduating in 1977, he freelanced in both the classical and commercial fields performing a wide spectrum of musical styles with such groups as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal under Christopher Jackson on sackbut, and the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec under Serge Garant. On the commercial side, he has provided back-up for vocal artists such as Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck and enjoyed many years of performing in both jazz and dance big bands.
While in New York, he performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with the National Orchestra of New York. During this time, he attended summer sessions of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. In 1983, Mr. Renshaw was invited to perform with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone. He was appointed Principal Trombone of Orchestra London Canada in 1983, a position he held for three years while teaching at the University of Western Ontario.
In 1986, he became Principal Trombone of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Donald Renshaw taught trombone, tuba and Jazz Ensemble at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Gatineau from 1987 to 1994 and teaches trombone at the University of Ottawa. He is a founding member of the Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet performing in schools and giving recitals in the Ottawa-Hull region since 1987.