Brass Day

Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Brass Day includes concerts, clinics and a vendor room, and is open to brass enthusiasts of all ages. This year's event will feature Karen Donnelly, principal trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

Brass Day includes concerts, clinics and a vendor room. Open to brass enthusiasts of all ages.

  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Lessons and clinics
  • Concerts featuring guest artists, Western faculty and students
  • Pizza lunch is included
  • And more!

Please note: 

  • Participants should bring their instrument
  • Participants can bring a piece of music for their mini-lesson, and some workshops may encourage participation in a masterclass style


Cost is $25 + HST ($28.25) - includes pizza lunch


Karen is a Yamaha Artist and is appearing with the generous support of Yamaha Canada.


Registration desk open – Music Building (MB) lobby, outside von Kuster Hall (vKH)

Brass classes (#1)

Guest artist masterclass with Karen Donnelly (vKH)

Lunch (Talbot Cafeteria) / Exhibitors (MB27)

Exhibitor time + mini lessons (+ faculty sound check)

Brass classes (#2)

Finale concert* with students, Karen Donnelly and Western faculty (vKH)

*Free admission to concert, all are welcome to attend. No pre-registration required to attend concert only. End-time approximate.

Karen Donnelly, trumpet

Karen Donnelly, trumpetKaren Donnelly was unanimously appointed Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada in October 1999, following three successful seasons (1996–1999) as Acting Principal Trumpet and continues to appreciate each year with this wonderful ensemble.

Prior to the NACO, Karen was a freelancer in Montréal, where she performed with most ensembles in the area including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Karen held the position of Principal Trumpet with Orchestra London (Canada) from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Donnelly has been guest Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Les Violons du Roi, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and currently enjoys playing Associate Principal Trumpet with the Sun Valley Music Festival Orchestra.

Karen has been featured soloist with NAC Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Kington Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Silver Street Band, Maple Leaf Brass Band, Parkdale Orchestra, University of Regina Wind Ensemble.

Karen has given master classes and workshops in Europe, Sweden, Mexico, China, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada from coast to coast. As well, she is a coach for Canada’s National Youth Orchestra. Ms. Donnelly joined the teaching staff at the University of Ottawa in 2002, and since 2009, Karen has been assisting with the “Orkidstra” program, the local “El Systema” inspired program.

Most recently, Karen spearheaded an exciting new initiative called the Canadian Women’s Brass Collective. This group of talented musicians presented concerts, master classes and lectures in Toronto during January 2019 over a five-day conference to great acclaim. During the COVID season, CWBC curated an extensive series of online sessions to support musicians to create healthy and effective practice strategies.

Ms. Donnelly studied at the University of Regina and McGill University where she completed a Master of Music. But she wouldn’t be a musician without her school band program in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.





Contact Information

Sasha Gorbasew
519-611-2111 x80532

Aaron Hodgson
519-661-2111 x85304