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Joan Watson

French Horn Faculty

Joan Watson is considered Canada's foremost horn soloist, principal horn, lecturer and educator. She is highly regarded as a consummate musician and skilled virtuoso. She is presently first horn of the Canadian Opera Comany Orchestra (COC) and True North Brass, of which she is a founding member. She was associate principal horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 14 seasons, and was principal horn of the Esprit, Victoria, Pacific Opera and Vancouver Opera orchestras.

Watson is frequently heard on the CBC as a chamber musician and with New Music Concerts. She has been a featured soloist at the International Women's Brass Conference, the International Horn Symposium in Banff and the International Brass Quintet Symposium in Atlanta. Watson was a featured soloist and lecturer at the International Horn Symposium in Chicago in 2009. In June, 2010 she hosted the International Women's Brass Conference in Toronto, the first to be held in Canada. Watson is also heard on numerous commercials, television shows and movie scores. Her solo CD, Songs My Mother Taught Me, is a wonderful collection of favorite soothing tunes. Watson's second solo CD, The Call of Christmas, will bring the spirit of song into your life year round. Watson has a 25-year-old relationship with Yamaha Canada as a Yamaha artist and clinician. In 2008, the Yamaha Corporation chose to create a poster of Watson, making her the first woman brass player in the world featured on a Yamaha poster.

A member of the University of Toronto's faculty of music, Watson teaches horn and lectures on performance skills, audition preparation and practice tips, creating a passionate and fulfilling life of music making. Watson joins The Boston Conservatory faculty beginning in Fall 2011.

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