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Dale Sorensen - Bio

Dale Sorensen is a passionate performer and promoter of Canadian music, who has premiered 20 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works, and recorded an all-Canadian CD of music for trombone. He is also 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 Windsor Symphony, the PEI Symphony, and the Acadia University, UPEI, and University of Toronto Wind Ensembles.

As an orchestral musician, Dale performas regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, has held positions as Principal Trombonist with the Windsor Symphony, and the PEI 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, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

A dedicated teacher, Dale was a sessional lecturer in trombone at the University of Prince Edward Island from 2001-2011, has also taught at Dalhousie University, and continues to teach privately and adjudicate at music festivals throughout the Maritimes and in Ontario. For the 2015-2016 school year he held a one-year appointment as visiting assistant professor of low brass at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A recent 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 2017 will mark Dale's 28th season performing with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra in PEI, where he lives off-the-grid with his wife and two children in their summer home in DeSable.


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

Shires Tenor Trombone (Bell: 3GM. Valve: axial flow. Hand slide: TW47. Leadpipe: 2. Mouthpiece: Griego 4), Yamaha YSL-671 Alto Trombone, Yamaha YSL-691 Tenor Trombone, Finke Sackbut, Jinbao JBEP-1180S Euphonium, Jinbao JBSL-831 Bass Trombone, Jinbao JBST-1800S Soprano Trombone, Getzen Bass Trumpet, and green pBone.