Conservatory Faculty

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

Sing! Adult Summer Class Instructor

M.Mus., MA


Louise Campbell is a clarinettist, pedagogue, Shiatsu Therapist and arts advocate. As a performer, Louise seeks to interrogate and renew the traditional concert format while fostering the creation of new works. She performs works in genres ranging from classical and contemporary to klezmer and swing, and practices improvisation in a variety of styles. Her specializations include commissioning new works, cross-disciplinary creation, works in situ and outreach and audience development.

Career highlights include writing and performing music for film director Jeanette Pope (Dust, a sculptor’s journey, Festival du nouveau cinéma 2011; Berson Boys, Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Program at Cannes 2009); the creation of reeds, a cross-disciplinary site-specific work based on birdsong (Sound Symposium, 2010); writing and performing theatre music work Hear Me Out (NeXtfest Festival for Emerging Artists), and collaborating with writer Annie Abrahams and director Rebecca Barnstaple in the creation of l’envoyer à mars pour y trouver la quiétude (2008), an installation involving projected text, dance and music.

As a pedagogue, Louise teaches through experiential learning so that students learn and understand through doing. She brings together her passion for performing and teaching by developing outreach programs that revolve around participatory music making. Louise maintains a studio of clarinettists of all ages and abilities. She leads workshops in improvisation, singing, and movement for musicians.

Louise specializes in movement for musicians to facilitate the creative process and for health and injury prevention. Her interest in movement as a creative process developed through one-on-one training with Valerie Dean in Laban-Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals (1998- ), workshops with Eryn Dace Trudel in Skinner Releasing Technique with (2005-06) and Denise Clarke in the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre Summer Lab Intensive (1998). She has led workshops in movement and music improvisation (University of Waterloo Music Therapy grad seminar, ICASP Guelph Speaker Series), Musicians’ health and well-being through Shiatsu Therapy (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, McGill University Schulich School of Music Musicians’ Health Week, McGill MUSA Musicians’ Health Series, Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Domaine Forget, Orford Arts Centre, Mount Royal University Conservatory Advanced Performance Program, Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau) and presented at conferences on movement for musicians in Ontario, Newfoundland and Manchester, England. Campbell is co-author of a chapter in the forth-coming book Sounding the body: Improvisation, representation and subjectivity (eds. Ellen Waterman & Gillian Siddall).

Louise is co-founder of Ensemble In Extensio with whom she commissions new works and brings music to diverse audiences through workshops and concerts in traditional concert halls, schools, seniors’ residences, homeless shelters and other unexpected venues. Louise holds an M.Mus. in Clarinet Performance with a minor in Jazz from Indiana University, MA in Music Education from McGill University, and a Certificate in Shiatsu Therapy from Institut Kinéconcept. Her primary influences include clarinettist James Campbell, jazz pedagogue David Baker, artist coach Valerie Dean, and the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company. Louise is a Head of the Youth-Music Education and Language committees of the Canadian New Music Network.