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Nicole Strum
Canadian saxophonist Nicole Strum was awarded the Diplôme Professionel de Perfectionnement Musical "à l`unanimité et avec felicitations du jury" from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, where she studied with renowned saxophonist Marie-Bernadette Charrier. At the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France she studied with Claude Delangle, Jean-Denis Michat, Arno Bornkamp, and Vincent David, and in North America her teachers were Stan Fisher, Jeremy Brown, and Steven Stusek. She earned a DMA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2012.

A recipient of numerous Canada Council for the Arts grants and winner of the 2008 Canadian Federation of University Women Creative Arts Award, Nicole's artistic focus is the performance and interpretation of contemporary repertoire for saxophone. She has performed internationally at the Transitio_MX Festival Internacional de Artes Electrónicas in Mexico City, the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and throughout the US and Canada. Other recent performances include appearances at the Society for Composers Inc. Region 10 conference, the UNCG New Music Festival, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 10 conference, as concerto soloist with the UPEI Wind Symphony, and on the Mount Allison University Concert Series.

An avid collaborator and advocate of contemporary and new music, she is half of Feldsperling Duo, with flutist Liesel Deppe, with whom she has toured the Canadian east coast and premiered new works by Canadian composer Sean Clarke and Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellow Camilo Mendez. Following their debut performance at Halifax's Open Waters New Music Festival, the Strum-De Borba duo, with saxophonist Tristan de Borba, performed a series of concerts of contemporary music this past spring, ending with a residency at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance for its inaugural Saxophone Academy.

Recent post-secondary teaching includes visiting faculty positions at Kwantlen University, UBC, UPEI, and Mount Allison University. Nicole is director of the University of Prince Edward Island Summer Studios, a week-long chamber music workshop for advanced high school wind players. In addition to teaching at the high school and post-secondary level, Nicole freelances as a clinician and adjudicator. Nicole will be sessional lecturer of music theory at the Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts starting in January 2020.