BIO – Brenda Arrowsmith (Clarinet)

Brenda_Arrowsmith_lowresBrenda Arrowsmith retired from the Cambrian College School of Music in 2012. She began teaching at the college in 1983 and became the head of theory instruction and wind studies in 1988. She also served as a principal player with the Sudbury Symphony since arriving in Sudbury in 1983, was a member of the symphony board, and filled the role of rehearsal conductor of the symphony for several years.

Brenda is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where her studies were in Theory & Composition. She also attended the Banff School of Fine Arts for clarinet performance, as well as various master class events in past years. Brenda also holds an ARCT in piano performance.

Mrs. Arrowsmith has been in demand as a wind clinician in northern school boards, and has adjudicated many festivals throughout Northern Ontario. She was a recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence from Cambrian College in 2006, three community service awards from the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and the 2012 recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award in the field of the arts in the City of Greater Sudbury. Most recently Brenda and her son, Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith, were co-recipients of the Joan Mantle Trust Fund Award for their particular contributions to music education. Brenda arranges the music and for the highly successful Opera Gala ~ Opera For a Cause concerts, a charity concert that has raised over $30,000 in the last six years for two selected charities. Brenda continues to serve on the board of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra, and to be involved with the Sudbury Symphony.