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Charles MacKinnon

French Horn & Trumpet: All levels

Charles MacKinnon, trumpet, is a native of Kentville, Nova Scotia. While still a teenager, he toured Europe as a member of Canada’s National Youth Orchestra. Upon receiving a Canada Council grant, he moved to New York to study with Mel Broiles, (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Ray Crisara (NBC Symphony), and Vince Penzarella (New York Philharmonic). Also while in New York, Charles played in Broadway shows and toured the American east coast with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Charles left New York for Toronto, where he was a founding member of the Canadian Brass Quintet, and played with the National Ballet and Canadian Opera Company Orchestras. He also worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In the late 1990s, Charles spent several years in Scotland, performing with the Royal Scottish Opera Orchestra.

Here in the Maritimes, Charles has been a member of the Atlantic Symphony and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra throughout his professional career.

He has been a regular teacher and performer with the UNB Summer Music Camp since 2008 and is currently on Faculty at the Fredericton Conservatory of Music.

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