Margaret Fay

Assistant Professor
Office: MB 219
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x85844

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Margaret Fay is a frequent substitute musician with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, and Niagara Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Opera Ontario, and was a member of the National Academy Orchestra for two seasons. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Category 5 Woodwind Quintet, the Double Treble Trio, Trio Pistachio, and the Reed Minders Duo. Trio Pistachio was one of a select number of chamber groups invited to perform in the live round of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Her composition Canine Miniatures (2006) for oboe and bassoon was chosen for performance at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference in Oxford, Ohio, where she performed it with oboist Roger Roe of the Indianapolis Symphony. 

Margaret holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Indiana University. She has also completed a Master of Arts in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from Ithaca College, a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. Her most influential bassoon teachers include William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean, Julia Lockhart, Jesse Read, Lee Goodhew, Nadina Jackson, and Chris Palmer.

Before joining the faculty at Western University, Margaret taught at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. During her three years of doctoral course work at Indiana University, she taught six undergraduate courses as an Associate Instructor of Music Theory. She has conducted master classes at the University of Victoria, Kenyon College, and Western University. 

In her spare time, Margaret enjoys running with her dog Roadie, board games, ping pong, and working on her no longer top-secret project: tap dancing while playing the bassoon.

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