Project Description

Jocelyn Colquhoun, Assistant Principal Clarinetist, has been enjoying her varied career with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988.

She has been known to play first, second, E flat, and bass clarinet, host concerts and even dance the tango! Originally from Sydney, N.S. and growing up in Halifax, Colquhoun graduated in 1982 from Acadia University with a bachelor of music education degree. She spent several summers as a student at the Banff School of Fine Arts, fell in love with the mountains, and played in the Canadian Chamber and National Youth Orchestras. In 1984, after receiving a master’s degree in music performance from UBC, she joined the Edmonton Symphony for four years.

A winner of the CBC radio competition and semi-finalist in the CBC Talent Competition, she was awarded an Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant to compete in an international clarinet competition in Rome in 1985.

Colquhoun has been an extra clarinetist with the Atlantic Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. Happy to be living in Calgary, she is an active chamber musician and has been a member of the Mount Royal Quintet, Rosa Selvatica, and Aubade, and has often been heard on CBC.

Colquhoun has been married to her husband, local business man Alec Milne, for 27 years and has two grown children, Lachlan and Madelyne. This past winter, just in time for the lockdown, they adopted a wonderfully energetic puppy — a Sheep-a-doodle named ‘Jo’ (Josephine). Colquhoun has been busy, weather permitting, with road biking, hiking, and lots of dog walking. Lately she’s been enjoying some online exercise, dance and art classes. She continues to enjoy good food and wine with family and great friends.