Queen's Community Music

Queen's Community Music

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Don Dawson - Violin / Viola

Don Dawson

An award-winning arts educator with over 30 years teaching experience, Don's latest educational journey is as the Head Teaching Artist for Sistema Kingston. Previously he taught for 13 years in the Limestone District School Board's highly regarded Limestone Education through the Arts Program (LEAP), a program he co-developed in 2000.

Among his many local performance experiences, he has performed with the Kingston Symphony as a violist and with local jazz ensembles as a percussionist. In recent years, Don has been exploring the new directions of string ensemble music, which include jazz, rock and fiddle music. He regularly participates in jazz and creative strings workshops with some of the genres’ leading artists. This passion has been part of his inspiration for the creation of the QCM Stringtown Orchestra.

Don has been actively involved with several provincial arts and education organizations, including Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras - Youth Orchestra Division (OFSO). He has also had a long successful association with the Ontario Education Leadership Centre (OELC), where he was a staff member for many years, co-developer of OELC Elementary Fine Arts, and developer and manager of OELC Secondary Fine Arts.

Don is excited to now be part of the Sistema Kingston team and is looking forward to new challenges.