Susan Durnin is an active bassoonist, arts administrator, and educator. An active bassoonist, she is a founding member of the electronic bassoon ensembles DFM and Rebel Bearcat, and is the principal bassoonist of Summerhill Orchestra, and Toronto Sinfonietta. Susan holds an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the Glenn Gould School and a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the University of Manitoba.

As an administrator, she has over ten years of experience as an Artist Manager, specializing in Operations, Grant Writing, Event Planning, Program Management, Marketing and Communications. She was the Communications Director of the inaugural 2015 Bassoonapalooza, a one-day bassoon festival held in Toronto and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Ryerson University.

Dedicated to mentoring the next generation of bassoonists, Susan has a private teaching studio. She focuses on technique and fundamentals, and her students have been accepted into many prestigious post-secondary institutions.

My Music

Arrangements and Performances

No Rain by Blind Melon

This fantastic tune from the 90s needs no introduction (because the first 4 notes are so iconic!) No Rain by Blind Melon was so much fun to arrange and record for electric bassoon quartet and Read more…

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin

My arrangement of Black Dog by Led Zeppelin for Electric Bassoon Duo/Trio and Drums. (Recorded: April 2020). Props to kidkrazy for mixing the audio and the awesome video.

Friday I’m in Love by The Cure

My arrangement of Friday I’m in Love by The Cure for Electric Bassoon Quartet and Drums (Recorded: March 2020). A huge Thank You to kidkrazy for mixing the audio and the awesome video.

Bands and Projects

Some amazing bands and ensembles I am involved with. Check them out!


Electric Bassoon Band

DFM is the world’s first and only electric bassoon band. This genre-bending ensemble reimagines your favourite tunes…on electric bassoons.

Rebel Bearcat

Rebel Bearcat

Electric Bassoon Duo

Electric bassoon duo Rebel Bearcat captures the spirit of rock music and proves that two girls with bassoons and big attitudes can ROCK!

Summerhill Orchestra

Summerhill Orchestra

Principal Bassoonist

Summerhill Orchestra presents inspiring concerts in the heart of downtown Toronto. Susan is a founding member and principal bassoon.

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