Bassoonist and composer Catherine Magowan has been principal bassoonist with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra since 2002, and regularly freelances throughout Ontario. Working as a co-composer with Spy Dénommé-Welch, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for the opera Giiwedin, and in 2012 their chamber piece, Bike Rage, took first prize by audience vote in Baroque Idol (Aradia Ensemble). In the summer of 2017, the composing duo’s chamber work Sojourn premiered at the Luminato Festival as the third act of the dance opera Bearing. Catherine and Spy’s comedy duo, Professor Quack & Grunt, has lectured at cabarets, poetry festivals, book launches, and universities.
Catherine’s electric bassoon band, Das Fagott Mannschaft (“the bassoon team” in German) has been making a splash at pubs and festivals including Pride Toronto, Buskerfest, and the Northern Lights Festival Boreal. The world’s first electric bassoon ensemble, Das Fagott Mannschaft is at the forefront of the movement to experiment with guitar pedals and the bassoon.