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Catherine Magowan is a bassoonist, composer, conductor, and arts administrator. She is first-generation Canadian of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry. Recent composing credits (with collaborator Spy Dénommé-Welch) include Maple Sugar Moon (2020, commissioned by Lights on Stratford Festival), RADAR (2019), Rouge Winter (2019), Contraries: a chamber requiem (2018), and Sojourn (2017, commissioned by Signal Theatre). Her second opera (also with Dénommé-Welch) will premiere in 2022. As a bassoonist Catherine regularly freelances throughout Ontario, and is co-founder of the world’s first electric bassoon band. Catherine is the Managing Director of Unsettled Scores, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, and Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre.