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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
December 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Kevin O'Donnell

Contract Academic Staff; Flute, Chamber Music, Flute Techniques

Contact Information

Office Location: A320

Academic Background

BMus (Performance), University of Toronto, 1992

Orchestral Training Program, Royal Conservatory of Music, 1990


A native of Scarborough, Kevin O’Donnell studied at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Orchestral Training Program, and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Opera Orchestra Residency).

Kevin’s principal teachers include Toronto Symphony flutists Virginia Markson and Nora Shulman, in addition to private and master class study with many of the worlds leading flutists including Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, Carol Wincenc, William Bennett, and Walfrid Kujala.

Active as an orchestral player, Kevin has successfully held the positions of Principal Flute with Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Second Flute/Piccolo with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, with whom he has an extensive recording and broadcast history.

Currently in demand as a Freelance Artist, he performs regularly with the National Ballet of Canada, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony while also being regularly called to perform with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Stratford Festival Orchestra, Orchestra London, and Opera Ontario. As a chosen festival player, he performs with the Elora Festival Orchestra and has also been a member of the Westben Festival Orchestra, and the Banff Festival Opera.

As a soloist, he has been featured with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble (broadcast on CBC Radio), the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the WLU Flute Ensemble, in addition to regular solo recitals as part of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Thursday Noon Series.

A dedicated teacher, Kevin has been member of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music since 1996, and is also a long standing Faculty Member at Inter-Provincial Music Camp. He has also enjoyed participating in the enrichment of young musicians through previous associations with the National Music Camp of Canada, as well as the music camps offered by the Scarborough, Peel, and York Region Boards of Education.


Idina Menzel : Live: Barefoot At The Symphony. Indina Menzel, Marvin Hamlisch (conductor), with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Concord Music, released March 2012.

From Here On Out: Music of Muhly, Greenwood, Parry. Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Analekta, released September 2011.

Brahms/Schoenberg: Quartet in G minor (Fifth Symphony),Bach/Schoenbrg: St. Anne Fugue. Martin Fischer-Dieskau and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. CBC Records, recorded December 2002, pending release.

Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne. Karina Gauvin, soprano; Raffi Armenian and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. CBC Records, released 2002.

MacKinnon’s Brook Suite, featuring Ian McKinnon and Symphony Nova Scotia. WEA Records, released 2001.

Russian Serenade: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov. Martin Beaver, violin with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. CBC Records, released 2001.