Alexandra Pohran Dawkins

B.Mus. (Toronto)
Associate Professor
Oboe, Head of Woodwinds and Woodwind Chamber Music, 20th & 21st Century Improvisation Techniques

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment

Brief Biography

Alexandra Pohran Dawkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she was a student of Melvin Berman; she furthered her studies with Heinz Holliger. She has held the principal oboe positions with the orchestras of the National Ballet Company Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company and has extensive orchestral experience with, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. Ms. Pohran Dawkins is well recognized as an interpreter of contemporary music and has commissioned and premiered a number of Canadian works. She was the Director of New Music programming at Open Space Gallery in Victoria from 1989 to 1994 and has performed in ensemble and as soloist with Toronto’s New Music Concerts and Vancouver New Music Society.
Ms. Pohran Dawkins is active as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and educator, nationally and internationally. She has been a guest artist at the Kyiv International Festival where she performed in recital and as soloist with the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 she was invited by the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia to be the featured artist for “Oboe Week in Yerevan”. She appeared as soloist with orchestra in 3 different concerti as well as participating in chamber music. She has given master classes at Conservatories in both Ukraine and Armenia as well as at the universities of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Calgary and at the Glenn Gould School. She has worked extensively with pianist Jane Hayes, with whom she has recorded 3 CDs.

Students of Ms. Pohran Dawkins have continued their educations in graduate programs at McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and California Institute of the Arts. In addition to instruction in oboe and woodwind chamber music at the School, she teaches Music 347, Introduction to Improvisation, which focuses on developing creativity in 20th and 21st Century concert music.

Alexandra plays a Lorée DM model oboe and a Laubin rosewood English horn.



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