Grace Dunsmore is a native of Saskatchewan, but after many years of living, working, and raising a family in St. John’s, she has long considered Newfoundland to be home.
Graduating from the University of Regina, Grace taught in the Regina Public School system and at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts, and played in the Regina Symphony Orchestra before moving to St. John’s permanently in 1981.
At that time, she established an active flute studio, and joined the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, she has frequently performed solo and chamber works, and has also taken part in numerous recording projects across a variety of genres. She has played in many groups, including orchestras for Festival 500, Opera on the Avalon, and community musicals. She is currently the Principal Flute of the NSO.
Until recently, Grace was an instrumental music specialist with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, spending most of her career at Macdonald Drive Junior High -24 years- teaching band, jazz band, guitar, and classroom music.
Now retired from teaching in the school system, she has recently joined the faculty of the CALOS Youth Orchestras and is very excited to take a position as director of the wonderful young musicians of the String/ Concert Orchestras.
How many years have you been with the NSO?
Who is your favourite composer?
Impossible to say- I love the music of so many composers for different reasons, but I would have to say Beethoven, because his music is monumental but also intimate and unique in the sounds he creates.
What's the best NSO concert you have seen or been a part of?
Again, impossible to say. Over my tenure, there have been so many great musical experiences, a few that stand out are the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos we did with Anton Kuerti a few years ago, also when James Ehnes was our guest, and more recently, the Sibelius Symphony No. 2.