The UPEI Department of Music has announced two new appointments to its faculty beginning this fall: Magdalena von Eccher as Assistant Professor of Piano, and Dale Sorensen as Assistant Professor of Brass.
Magdalena von Eccher is recognized as one of Canada’s finest musicians as a solo pianist, with orchestra, collaborating with singers, and in chamber music. Magdalena’s musical communication is personal, poetic, and of the highest artistic calibre, says a UPEI spokesperson. She has been on faculty at the University of Lethbridge Department of Music and at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.
Magdalena completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge (recipient of the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal) with Glen Montgomery, and holds a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia studying under the guidance of Jane Coop. Magdalena has studied with distinguished collaborative artists Michael McMahon (McGill University) and Rena Sharon (UBC). Magdalena has been a favourite at the Festival of the Sound in solo performances as well as in collaboration with artists such as the festival’s director, James Campbell. Magdalena is a doctoral candidate at McGill University with Stéphane Lemelin.
PEI trombonist Dale Sorensen is a versatile musician with extensive experience in classical, popular, and musical theatre genres. A frequent soloist, Dale is passionate about commissioning new music, and has recorded an all-Canadian CD of music for trombone. He is also the founder and artistic director of PEI’s contemporary music ensemble eklektikos. As an orchestral musician, Dale performs regularly with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, the PEI Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia.
A dedicated educator, Dale has taught at universities in five Canadian provinces, teaches privately, and serves as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout the Maritimes and Ontario. Dale holds music degrees from UPEI, Northwestern University, and the University of Toronto. His doctoral dissertation and several other educational resources and articles are available on his website at islandtrombone.com.