Principal Bassoon

Selena Orwin

Having completed a Masters degree with distinction in Bassoon performance at Canterbury University, Selena took up an Associated Board Scholarship for post-graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She gained two diplomas there and had the opportunity to study with bassoonists from leading orchestras and with top conductors. Before her departure, she was awarded many prizes and scholarships including the Alex Lindsay Memorial awarded by the NZSO. 

Since returning to New Zealand she has pursued an active professional career as principal bassoonist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and as a chamber musician. She also tutors Performance Bassoon at the University of Canterbury, Pettmann Junior Academy, The Cathedral Grammar School and has private students. Her students are achieving distinction in examinations and competitions both in New Zealand and Internationally. 

In 2001, she was awarded an honorary diploma by the Royal Academy of Music, awarded to past students who have achieved distinction in the profession. In 2012 she was on the faculty of the Akaroa International Summer Music Festival. 

For recreation Selena enjoys swimming, anything to do with cruise ships and is a Coronation Street addict!