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Dale Sorensen - Bio

Dale Sorensen is a versatile trombonist with extensive experience in classical, popular, and musical theatre genres. An enthusiastic promoter of Canadian music, Dale has premiered more than 25 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works, and recorded an all-Canadian CD of music for trombone. He is also a member of the Maritime Brass Quintet, and the founder and artistic director of PEI's contemporary music ensemble eklektikos. In addition to his frequent solo recitals, Dale has performed as soloist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Nova Sinfonia, and the Acadia University, UPEI, and University of Toronto Wind Ensembles. He is a proud Yamaha Artist and plays Yamaha instruments exclusively.

As an orchestral musician, Dale performs regularly with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and the PEI Symphony, has held positions as Principal Trombonist with the Windsor Symphony, Second Trombonist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has freelanced with groups such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Winnipeg Symphony, National Ballet of Canada, and Opera Atelier in a 3-week, 8-city tour of Japan. He can be heard on CD recordings with the Elora Festival Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Windsor Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, PEISO, and various popular musicians.

A dedicated educator, Dale has taught at five Canadian universities (the University of Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Allison University, and the University of Toronto), and is currently Assistant Professor of Brass and director of the Wind Symphony at UPEI. He continues to teach privately and serve as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout the Maritimes and Ontario.

A graduate of the DMA program in performance at the University of Toronto, Dale's dissertation project was an annotated bibliography of Canadian solo trombone music, soon to be available in a searchable internet database.

The summer of 2024 marks Dale's 32nd season performing with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra in PEI.


Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Toronto  (Teacher: Gordon Wolfe)
Master of Music - Northwestern University (Teachers: Frank Crisafulli and Rex Martin)
Bachelor of Music - University of Prince Edward Island (Teachers: James Montgomery and Gregory Irvine)

Instruments played

Yamaha YSL-882GO Tenor Trombone (lg bore)
Yamaha YSL-882OR Tenor Trombone (lg bore)
Yamaha YSL-640 Tenor Trombone (med bore)
Yamaha YSL-691 Tenor Trombone (sm bore)
Yamaha YSL-671 Alto Trombone
Yamaha YEP-642 Euphonium