Ken MacDonald

Ken MacDonald

Described as a “master french hornist” by the Toronto Star, Ken joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2001 as Associate Principal Horn.

As a private teacher and horn instructor at the University of Winnipeg, Ken is proud to have had students win major scholarships to prestigious universities in both the United States and Canada, and go on to play professionally. He is equally proud of those students who have achieved success in other fields after pursuing studies in music performance, including law, air traffic control, the clergy, and education. As a certified Focusing trainer, Ken enjoys helping students to realize their performing goals.

Previous to his move to Winnipeg, Ken served as principal horn of the Hamilton Philharmonic since 1997, and before that, principal horn of Vancouver Opera and Symphony Nova Scotia. He has also performed with many long-run musical theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera (Canadian International Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Touring Company), and Miss Saigon (National Touring Company). While living in the Toronto area Ken appeared as a guest with many ensembles such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, as well as with shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Sound of Music.

Please contact Ken for lessons or horn performances.