Woodwinds Faculty

Dr. Laurel Swinden is a flute instructor at the University of Windsor and Western UniversityDr. Laurel Swinden, Special Instructor, Flute

Studio in the Music building: Room 107
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2780
 
Praised for her “sweet and distinct tone…breathtaking in colour” (Whole Note), flutist Laurel Swinden is a versatile recitalist, orchestral performer and chamber musician. Equally at home with 18th century through 21st century repertoire, Laurel has premiered contemporary works for flute, promotes hidden gems of the flute literature enjoys exploring works for auxiliary flutes (piccolo, alto and bass flutes), traverso, and simple system 8-keyed flute.
 
Recent performances as an invited guest artist include recitals at the Festivales Internacionales des Flautistas in Lima, Peru, National Flute Association Conventions, the Sichuan Conservatory, Canadian Flute Conventions, and the Perimeter Institute. In addition to her positions as Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and solo piccolo of the Scarborough Philharmonic, Dr. Swinden has performed with the Musicians of Orchestra London, Windsor Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Memphis Symphony, Mississippi Symphony and Tupelo Symphonies.
 
Lauded as “beautifully played…” with “…her very musical phrasing is matched in every turn by longtime collaborator, Stephanie Mara...” (Audiophilia), Laurel’s CD Celebrating Women: Music for Flute and Piano by Women Composers is the first of a mult-CD Celebrating Women Project. Her successive CD Celebrating Canadian Women! has received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
Dr. Swinden is a Special Instructor of Flute at the University of Windsor and Instructor of Flute at the University of Guelph. Laurel is in demand as a clinician, teacher, adjudicator, coach and examiner, adjudicating at festivals across Canada, the United States and Peru. She has served as a juror for the Ontario Arts Council and the National Flute Association’s Myrna Brown International Scholarship competition. Dr. Swinden has given masterclasses in China, Peru, the United States and across Canada. In addition to her home studio in Cambridge, Ontario, Laurel gives Skype lessons to flutists all over the globe and is a faculty member of the Beckett School at the Laurier Conservatory.
 
Dr. Swinden earned a DMA in Flute Performance as a Fellowship recipient at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Toronto Symphony Principal Flute Nora Schulman and traverso with Alison Melville. Her training includes residencies at the Banff Centre and the Harid Conservatory (now Lynn University.) Laurel sought additional training in masterclasses and lessons with Jim Walker, Jeffrey Zook, Jan Gippo, Leone Buyse, Kathleen Rudolph, Bernard Goldberg, Keith Underwood, Philippe-Alain Dupré, Lisa Besnoziuk and Carol Wincenc.
 
Dr. Swinden gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Federation of University Women, Waterloo Region Arts Council, Tafelmusik, David and Marcia Beach Scholarship fund, and the London Music Scholarship Foundation.

 

Clarinet instructor Mr. Trevor PittmanTrevor Pittman, Special Instructor, Clarinet;
Concert Producer/Operations Manager

Studio in the Music building: Room 107;
office room 108.
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2799

Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, Trevor studied clarinet at the University of Lethbridge with Margaret Mezei.  He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music and the School of Fine Arts Gold Medal.  Trevor then received the U.S./Canada Fulbright scholarship to pursue study at the Master’s level at Eastern Michigan University, where he studied with Dr. Kimberly Cole.  He completed his Master’s in clarinet performance in 1999, and taught theory and literature as a Lecturer at the university until 2004.

Trevor now lives in Windsor, Ontario, where he teaches clarinet for the University of Windsor.  He is a regular substitute with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and has played with many orchestras throughout Windsor and Michigan.  In addition to his orchestral playing, Trevor has performed in solo and concerto concerts in both the United States and Canada.  Trevor takes an active interest in new music, performing in the Windsor Canadian Music Festival for several years.  He currently is a member of the Noiseborder ensemble and examples of their work can be found at noiseborderensemble.com. He is also a member of the woodwind quintet, The Essex Winds, and is working on a new recording project with the group.  Trevor currently works as the Concert Producer/Operations Manager for the School of Music at the University of Windsor.

 

Saxophone Instructor, Mr. Jeffrey PriceJeffrey Price, Special Instructor, Saxophone; Jazz/Pop Woodwinds

Studio in the Music building: Room 133
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2780
Jeffrey Price received a Bachelor of Music degree at Youngstown State University, a Master of Music degree at Bowling Green State University and is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University.
 
Mr. Price has received musical honours including placing first in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition of Pasadena, California in 2001 and 2002. He also placed first in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition.
 
Mr. Price instructs saxophone at the University of Windsor, the Flint School of Performing Arts, and the the Michigan State University Community Music School. He is also a lecturer in Music at the University of Michigan -- Flint.
 
In addition to saxophone instruction, Mr. Price also leads the Jeff Price Trio/Quartet.

 

Oboe Instructor, Ms. Faith ScholfieldFaith Scholfield, Special Instructor, Oboe

Studio in the Music building: Room 107
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2780

Faith Scholfield has been the Second Oboe/English Horn in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Faith received her Bachelor of Music and Performer Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of Richard Killmer in 2004. She received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Nancy Ambrose King in 2006. Faith is an active performer in the Windsor and Detroit area, and has participated in the Aspen, Banff, and Brevard music festivals, among others. She is a Special Instructor of Oboe at the University of Windsor.