Conductor – Wind Ensemble; Brass Choir and Part-Time Professor


Douglas Payson Sturdevant


A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan (B.MusEd., M.M.), Douglas Payson Sturdevant began his professional orchestral career with the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal Trumpet at the age of 22. In 1975 he was appointed Principal Trumpet of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position he held for 23 years. He was often featured as soloist with the Orchestra, both in Ottawa and on its national tours; and with noted conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Trevor Pinnock, Mario Bernardi, Roger Norrington, Helmut Rilling, Jean-François Paillard, Eduardo Mata and Charles Dutoit. Mr. Sturdevant joined the Orchestra’s administration in 2000, first as an Artistic Associate, then as Manager of Artist Training, retiring in 2016.


Mr. Sturdevant has taught on the faculties of McGill University, the University of Ottawa, le Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec and the Crane School at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is an active brass and wind instrument clinician, and has given master classes in universities and high schools throughout North America. Mr. Sturdevant has also appeared as guest conductor with l’Orchestre de la francophonie, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the McGill Brass Choir. As a teacher for the National Research Council’s MusicGrid project and the National Arts Centre’s distance-learning, he reached hundreds of young musicians and professionals in urban and rural locations throughout the world via broadband internet collaboration.


In 2015, Mr. Sturdevant was inducted into the MusicFest Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Festival as an administrator and clinician.

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