Mr. Dornian was appointed President and CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2015. He served as Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory from April 1992 to June 2015. Under his direction, the Conservatory grew to become one of Canada’s premier music and speech arts education institutions, serving 4,000 students of all ages and abilities each year. It employs approximately 200 instructors on the Lincoln Park campus and maintains affiliations with another 50 instructors who teach in their own homes throughout Calgary.
Mr. Dornian has also contributed to the Canadian cultural scene as a performer, instructor and arts advocate. As a clarinetist, he is familiar to local audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician and has been featured on CBC Radio in both capacities. He performed in a subscription chamber music series for nine seasons as a member of the chamber music group Aubade with colleagues Marilyn Engle, Amanda Forsyth and Edmond Agopian. Dornian also taught private students at the Conservatory and was part of the Morningside Music Bridge faculty.
An active and community-oriented leader, Dornian was a founding board member of the Calgary Arts Partners in Education Society — a group that championed using the arts to enhance the teaching of science, math and English in the Public School System. He also served as a long-time board member and as Board Chair for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a board member for the Calgary Arts Development Authority and a member of the Honen’s International Piano Competition Artistic Advisory Committee.
He is currently a member of the Prairie Regional Council for the Canadian Music Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new Canadian music.
Mr. Dornian holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an MBA in International Business from the Haskayne School at the University of Calgary.
Mr. Dornian’s wife Kathy is an active pianist and piano teacher – nationally recognized as a Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and actively sought after as an adjudicator of music competitions across Canada. Son Patrick is a mathematician completing his Masters at Waterloo University and twin brother Jonathan is studying medicine at the University of Calgary.