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BMus (UBC); PGDip, MusM (Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM))


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Natalie Williams Calhoun currently resides in Prince Edward Island and is a freelance professional cellist, performing with the Atlantic String Machine, the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. Prior to living on PEI, Natalie worked with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London Canada and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Williams Calhoun is on faculty at the University of Prince Edward Island (Applied Cello as well as String Techniques). An active teacher, Ms. Williams Calhoun also has a large studio of private cello students ranging in age from 4 to 80 years. She is an active member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners and a member of the PEI Registered Music Teachers Association. Through her undergraduate and graduate studies, Natalie worked with Kim Bak Dinitzen, Leonid Gorokhov and Eric Wilson, and she has participated in masterclasses with Stephen Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Na Mula and John Kadz. She is currently exploring new opportunities on her instrument, including an improvisation course with Eugene Friesen (Boston, MA) and cello pedagogy with Amit Peled (Baltimore, MD). As well as her teaching and performing, Natalie keeps busy writing string ensemble arrangements, both for the Atlantic String Machine as well as for the Senior Singing Strings, a youth orchestra with which Natalie has been involved for nearly ten years.

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