Trombonist Shauna DeGruchy is quickly establishing herself at the forefront of the Canadian contemporary music scene. She frequently performs as a soloist and in collaboration with others to create and present new music and interdisciplinary works. She is a founding member and co-artistic director of contemporary chamber group Alkali Collective. She has also commissioned and premiered several new Canadian pieces for her instrument. As an emerging composer herself, she is currently writing her first EP for solo trombone with electronics.
Shauna keeps a busy calendar, performing in a wide range of musical styles in addition to her contemporary music endeavours. She can be found playing regularly with Nova Sinfonia, Chebucto Symphony Orchestra, Scotia Brass, and Glass Winds. She also freelances with several pop, funk, and jazz groups. Shauna has performed in the Sonic Boom Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Cate’s Park Concert Series, the Surrey Fusion Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Shattering the Silence, and the Halifax Jazz Festival. She has also performed as a soloist with the Vancouver Pops Symphony Orchestra on tour in Tokyo, Japan.
Shauna is deeply committed to the field of music education. She offers lessons, workshops, and clinics in trombone and low brass technique. She strives to create an encouraging and positive learning environment that fosters a high level of critical thought and technical skill. She is passionate about helping students to discover and cultivate their own unique artistic voices.
Shauna holds an undergraduate degree from Acadia University with Jack Brownell, and a master’s degree from Université de Montréal with David Martin. She has also studied with Joseph Alessi (New York), Alastair Kay (Toronto), and Nicholas Atkinson (Ottawa). After enjoying several years of living and performing in Montreal and Vancouver, she has recently returned to her home province of Nova Scotia and now resides in Halifax.